Abhimanyu Mishra is a New Jersey-based American chess prodigy. On June 30, 2021, he became the smallest master ever, graduating at the age of 12 years, 4 months, and 25 days, breaking Sergey Karjakin's milestone, which had been held since 2002.
He broke the US Chess Federation
mark for the smallest Expert
by attaining a 2000 USCF ranking
at the age of 7 years, 6 months, and 22 days, shattering
Awonder Liang's mark
. He then broke the US
mark for the smallest National Master
, attaining a 2200 USCF ranking at the age of 9 years, 2 months, and 17 days, shattering
Liran Zhou's mark
. He set the world record for the smallest International Master,
a distinction he acquired in November 2019 at the age of ten years, nine months, and twenty days, shattering
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa's record
. In February 2020, FIDE gave him the title.
Mishra tied for the lead with GM Vladimir Belous
at the Spring 2021
GM Norm Invitational
held in Charlotte, North
., in March 2021, with a score of 5.5/9 and exceeded 2400 FIDE
for the foremost span on an authorized ranking list but missed to earn a GM norm. Mishra competed in the
2021 Chess World Cup
but was eliminated in the first round by Baadur Jobava.