It's official! Vaishali is the 84th Indian Grandmaster

It was four months of preparationbut Vaishali Rameshbabu is officially grand master, now that FIDE has approved the latest batch of title applications. She joins her brother GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu to establish the first GM brother-sister combination in chess history.

Vaishali's feat, as the 84th Indian grandmaster and 42nd woman from any country to become a chief executive, has already been widely recognized. In January, she was received the Arjuna award. Last month, before 2024 Women's Candidates TournamentVaishali spoke with IM Lévy Rozman on a number of topics, including the tournament where she met all the CEO's demands, her opponents in the contestants, the chess boom in India, and much more.

Vaishali is not the only notable player to hold a brand new title as FIDE has approved a total of 58 players: nine grandmasters, two women grandmasters, 40 international masters and seven women international masters. (Learn more about the title approval process below.)

Notable players who have become grandmasters besides Vaishali include GM Shawn Rodrigue-Lemieux15th Grandmaster of Canada and Chief Executive of 15 years Ediz Gurel, who is the 15th grandmaster of Türkiye. I AM Yagiz Kaan ErdogmusWHO recently won the GM title at 12 years old, his title application will be processed at the next FIDE meeting.

15 year old MI Brewington-Hardaway tops the list of new international masters, who account for more than two-thirds of players holding newly approved titles. Iranian instant messaging Sina Movahed is another junior player who has joined the ranks of international masters, while IMs Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova the United States, Sarah's father from Germany, and Meruert Kamalidenova were among the women who are now officially recognized as international masters.

Only two players, WGM Tijana Mandura and Michalina Rudzinskaare new women grandmasters, but seven players now hold the title of women's international master, the the most remarkable among them being Yosha Iglesias.

The youngest player in the new WIM group, Aydin Gulénaywas born in 2006 and, like Gurel and Erdogmus, is part of a growing chess trend in Turkey.

Grandmasters must achieve a score of 2,500 and three standards to win the title, but it is not conferred instantly. Players officially apply for the title, as they must also do for the other three titles that require standards, grandmaster woman, international masterAnd female international master– and approval decisions are taken at each quarterly FIDE meeting. That said, it is rare for FIDE to deny a title application and, for record keeping purposes, players are considered to hold the title from the moment they obtain it, rather than from the moment it is officially approved.

Full list of titles approved by FIDE at their first meeting of 2024 can be found here. (Note: WIM Anastasia Nazarova is actually Anastasia Keinanen. The FIDE ID and country given, Finland, are correct.)

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