Chennai, March 30: Srinath Narayanan, who hails from Chennai became India's 46th Grandmaster after he defeated Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro at the ongoing Sharjah Masters 2017 chess tournament in Chennai. Notably, Srinath Narayanan defeated David Guijarrro of Spain in the sixth round and got past the Elo rating of 2500, the minimum points needed to go with three norms for the GM title.
Former world champion Viswanathan Anand congratulated and gave his best wishes to Srinath on Twitter and wrote: "Congrats srinath narayan. Welcome to the GM fold. Still remember you visiting us many years ago & I tried suggesting books! Impressive play."
The coach and Grandmaster RB Ramesh congratulated Srinath on his achievement and said the Chennai player had shown promise from a young age. "He (Srinath) became an IM at the age of 14, won the world under-12 championship. He took some time to become a Grand Master but is a talented player. With more hard work, he can go places," Ramesh added.
Notably, Srinath earlier became India's youngest FIDE-rated player in 2002 when he was just eight, also finished as joint winner in the Under-12 World Championship in 2005 in France. Later, he became an International Master at the age of 1. He had already secured five GM norms.