Grandmaster(GM) Alireza Firouzja just became the new world #2 after crossing the legendary 2800-rating barrier. The 18-year old Grandmaster just finished with a superb 8/9 at the European Team Championship adding a massive 22+ rating points. A final win over the strong GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar did the trick resulting in a 3015 performance rating!
He is currently the youngest to ever cross the 2800 barrier at the age of 18 years and 5 months, breaking the record of the World Champion and World #1, Magnus Carlsen of 18 years and 11 months.
Firouzja will be rated 2804 on the December FIDE rating list. A quick look at the live ratings shows this:
The International Chess Federation took to celebrating the young chap on his notable and record-breaking achievement;
Firouzja rapid rise to the top of the leaderboard just shows that he’s going to be contending with Magnus Carlsen very soon for the world championship crown. What are your thoughts?