Hyderabad: Hyderabad’s promising R Raja Rithvik became chess Grandmaster after he crossed the ELO Rating of 2500. The 17-year-old achieved this GM title in Vezerkepzo Grandmaster Chess Tournament at Budapest, Hungary. He thus became the 70th Grandmaster from the country.
Going into the tournament with 2496 points and needing just four points for the GM title, Rithvik, who is a 12th class student of Bhavan’s Sri Ramakrishna Vidyalaya, Sainikpuri, achieved 5 ELO points in 4 rounds and got live rating of 2501. In the 4th round, playing with white pieces Raja Rithvik defeated FIDE Master Finek Vaclav of Czechoslovakia in 57 moves and reached the live rating of 2501.
Rithvik had got his third GM norm in the First Saturday Grandmaster Round Robin Tournament at Budapest, by scoring 7 points out of 9 rounds. He had scored 4 draws and 5 wins against top players from Hungary.
A native of Warangal, Rithvik has been undergoing advanced coaching at RACE Chess Academy under reputed coach N.V.S. Rama Raju.
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