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Eight-year-old Ashwath Kaushik from Singapore smashed the record to become the youngest player ever to defeat a grandmaster (GM) in classical chess, Chess.com reports.

In the fourth round of the 22nd Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in Switzerland, Ashwath defeated 37-year-old GM Jacek Stopa from Poland.

The previous record was set just last month when 8-year-old Serbian Leonid Ivanovic defeated GM Awonder Liang, but Ashwath is almost five months younger than Leonid.

Ashwath finished the Burgdorfer Stadthaus Open in 12th place and his chess ranking is expected to rise after his historic performance.

He had already made a name for himself before entering this tournament, notably becoming the World Under-8 Rapid Champion in 2022, while two years shy of the age limit.

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