To a long list of Indian chess prodigies, Parimarjan Negi is the latest addition. Parimarjan Negi was born on 9th February 1993. This 16-year-old chess prodigy in July 2005, became the youngest International Master. At the Sort International open chess tournament held in Sort, Spain he earned his third and final IM norm in the tournament. At the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 22 days, on 1st July 2006, he became the second youngest International Grandmaster, second only to Sergey Karjakin. At the Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal Championship, he earned his third and final GM norm at Satka in Russia.
He received his second GM norm on 6 January 2006 at the Hastings Chess Congress. At the tournament he scored 6/10, a performance of 2568. He was just 12 years 10 months and 29 days old and Negi finished 16th at the Congress. Thus Negi became the youngest Grandmaster in India and on 1st July, 2006 became the second youngest in the history of the game by drawing with Russian Grandmaster Ruslan Sherbakov. He finished the game with six points from nine rounds of the Chelyabinsk Region Superfinal chess tournament held in Satka. As the country`s youngest ever GM, Negi replaces Pentala Harikrishna. In August 2001, Hari reached the landmark at the age of 15 years and 99 days.
At a tender age of four Negi started playing chess and step by step made his presence felt at the national level. Parimarjan smacked his first international success in the year 2002, after winning the Asian Under-10 championship held at Tehran. He has been the youngest Indian to earn the Grandmaster title and in the year 2005 he became the world`s youngest International Master. His current FIDE rating is 2529, but the highest rating achieved by him was 2538. The number of games he has played is 191. Most of the notable games he has played against are: Hector vs P Negi in the year 2007 won by 0-1, P Negi vs B Lalic in the year 2006 won by 1-0, P Negi vs S Erenburg in the year 2005 won by 1-0, P Negi vs Z Mamedjarova in the year 2005 won by1-0, P Negi vs Hebden in the year 2005 won by1-0. He is regarded as the youngest GM on the planet. His favourite player is Viswanathan Anand.