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International Master Pranav Venkatesh with a 7/7 start achieved his second Grandmaster Norm with two rounds to spare in the recently concluded Vezerkepzo round robin GM tournament in Budapest, Hungary. Pranav came up with an Elo 2832 rating performance logging 8.5/9 a clear 2.5 points ahead of second placed GM Vojtech Plat of Czech Republic.  Having achieved a rating of 2512 in the FIDE rating list for July 2022 Pranav is one GM Norm shy of becoming India’s latest Grandmaster.  Pranav, a 10th standard student of Velammal Vidyalaya, Chennai trains under FIDE Trainer K Visweswaran. 

Pranav, who achieved his International Master title in 2021, followed it up with his maiden GM Norm in the Serbia Open 2021 in Belgrade. In good form, Pranav is playing the strong Serbian circuit consisting of tournaments that offer good GM Norm possibilities.  15-year-old Chennai lad has warmed up well by winning the rapid & blitz tournaments in Novisad, Serbia. In the Zmajevo Rapid Open he swept the field with a 9/9 score, defeating 2 Grandmasters and increasing his rapid rating by 79 points. In the blitz event, he scored 10.5/11, gaining 29 rating points! 

Pranav has two bronze medals from World Cadets Under 10 in 2016 and World rapid final Under 16 in 2021 to his credit. Earlier this year, he completed a hat-trick of titles winning the Tamil Nadu State Senior Championships for the third year in a row. With two Grandmaster Norms and July rating well above 2500 Pranav can strike it rich, completing his GM title requirement in Europe, and return home as a GM elect. 

Chess rasikas can surely expect the Chennai boy to blaze the trail in Serbia. 

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