“He has a maturity that doesn’t match his age,” says Ding Liren about Gukesh


At the age of 17, Indian Grandmaster Gukesh D made history by becoming the youngest-ever winner at the FIDE Candidates 2024. His victory was marked by five wins, eight draws, and only one loss, amassing a winning tally of nine points. Gukesh’s exceptional performance throughout the competition led him to become the second Indian after Viswanathan Anand to qualify for the World Chess Championship.

Gukesh’s journey to victory culminated in a draw against Hikaru Nakamura, setting a new benchmark in the world of chess. In the upcoming FIDE World Championship, Gukesh will challenge reigning champion Ding Liren, who is currently ranked seventh in the world.

Ding Liren on Facing Gukesh

Ding Liren, the reigning world champion, has acknowledged Gukesh as a formidable opponent. Despite his advantage in classical chess, Ding Liren stated that Gukesh is a tough opponent to face. He praised the young Indian Grandmaster for his maturity and unique understanding of the position.

“He has a maturity that doesn’t match his age, and he has his own unique understanding of the position. Although I have the advantage in classical chess, he is a difficult opponent to face,” Ding Liren told chess.com.

Such praise from a seasoned champion speaks volumes about Gukesh’s exceptional talent and strategic acumen on the board. His ascent to the top is all the more remarkable considering his status as the third-youngest participant ever to grace the tournament stage, following in the footsteps of legends like Bobby Fischer and Magnus Carlsen.

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