Kerala-born Nihal Sarin has become India's 53rd Grandmaster after drawing in the eighth round of the Abu Dhabi masters against Uzbekistan's Temur Kuybokarov. Sarin is the third Grandmaster from the state of Kerala after GN Gopal and SL Narayanan. The 14-year-old, who was the 2014 World Under-10 Champion, is the 12th youngest grandmaster in chess history.
"Congrats and welcome to @NihalSarin. The boys are on a roll!" wrote Viswanathan Anand.