Swayams Mishra becomes India’s 62nd and Odisha’s second Chess Grandmaster after achieving his third and final GM norm at the Polonia Wroclaw Master Cup, which was held at Poland’s Wroclaw between 28th April and 5th May 2019.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated International Master Swayams Mishra of Bhubaneswar for becoming the second ever chess Grandmaster of the state. Debashis Das is the first Grandmaster.
Grandmaster (GM) is a title awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest title a chess player can attain. Once achieved, the title is generally held for life, though exceptionally it may be revoked for cheating.
This was this third Grandmaster norm that Swayams needed to qualify for the coveted title. He scored seven points in the entire nine-round tournament to reach the top of the table.
Swayams has been playing chess for over 19 years and is also a reputed FIDE trainer. He has also been coaching upcoming chess players for the past 8 years, who have won many major tournaments and awards.
In 2014, he had bagged his first Grandmaster norm in the KIIT Open held in Odisha capital.
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