17-year-old Aditya Samant became India's 83rd Chess Grandmaster after achieving his third and final Grandmaster norm at the BielChess MTO 2023 tournament on Wednesday.
Samant who is an International Master, became a GM when he started his ninth-round game against compatriot Aryan Chopra.
He had drawn from his eighth-round game against Bu Xiangzhi and needed to achieve his final GM norm by playing the ninth round, no matter the result.
Maharashtra player Samant had already crossed the 2500 Elo mark in the live ratings and had obtained two GM norms, Hence, the third and final norm was all he needed to become India's latest Grandmaster.
To become a GM, a player has to secure three GM norms and cross the live rating of 2,500 Elo points.
His live rating going into the ninth-round game is 2525.4.
He earned his first GM norm at the Abu Dhabi Masters in August last year. He secured his second GM norm at the 3rd El Llobregat Open in December 2022.
Biel Chess Festival has witnessed three Indian IMs achieving their final GM norm in the tournament.