North-East chess genius Mayank Chakraborty becomes the 2nd International Master

Mayank Chakraborty
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In the world of chess, 14-year-old Mayank Chakraborty from the Northeastern state of Assam has carved a name for himself by becoming India’s second International Master.

He was awarded the title on 23rd November 2023 after he defeated FM Marc Jay Bacojo (PHI) in the tenth round of World Youth U-18 Championships 2023 held in Montesilvano, Italy.

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This successful feat by Mayank helped him cross the Elo threshold of 2400 thereby becoming an International Master.

Mayank’s achievement was announced by Chess Base India in a recent post on X, where they congratulated him for his wonderful feat at the World Youth Championships 2023.

Mayank Chakraborty, born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam, is a student at the South Point School in Barshapara. He is the second chess player from the North-East of India to be awarded the prestigious International Master title.

Sahil Dey, who also hails from Assam was the first from the North-East India to be awarded the International Master title. Sahil’s feat was a little tough one because the event in which he achieved the title happened during the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 at Budapest, Hungary.

Mayank Chakraborty performed wonderfully well at the 2nd Maharashtra GM Open in Nagpur, Maharashtra earlier this year that earned him his first IM-norm. Subsequently, a month later, he secured his second IM-norm at Issykkul Open in Isyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan. His final IM-norm came at the Qatar Masters held in June this year.

Mayank comes from a place where resources are limited but with his determination and support from his parents and coaches have made him a tough boy against any opponent. His coaches GM Saptarishi Roy Chowdhury and Swayams Mishra have been his strength, not only teaching him about professional chess but also constantly guiding and motivating him to achieve higher goals.

His parents and admirers say that Mayank is a boy having phenomenal talent who is likely to become India’s next GM if he receives the right kind of support and training.

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