Prraneeth Vuppala is an Indian chess player. In 2023, he became the 82nd grandmaster of India.
Prraneeth Vuppala was born on Monday, 1 Jan 2007 (age 16 years; as of 2023) in Telangana, India. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. When he was a child, his parents used to take him to play tennis, swimming, and other sports, and from there he started to play chess and developed an interest in it. Later, his parents taught him some basic rules of chess and then he joined a chess club for practising. He also took coaching from Ramaraju, the owner of Ramaraju Academy of Chess Education, for about seven years. He also works and trains with Victor Mikhalevski, an Israeli chess grandmaster. He studies at Vishwa Chaitanya Junior College, Hyderabad, Telangana.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Prraneeth Vuppala belongs to a Tamil family in Telangana, India.
Parents & Siblings
He has a brother.
In 2017, Prraneeth Vuppala participated in Hyderabad District Under-11. In the same year, he took part in Hyderabad District Under-11 and Telangana State Under-11. He participated in the 4th IIFL Wealth Mumbai Op 2018. In 2018, he participated in many chess competitions including Capablanca Men IM, Narcis 7 GM, FSIM in Budapest, 3rd IIFL Wealth Mumbai Open, and 11th Triandria Open. In 2019, he participated in Netanya Open, 37th Balaton GM, and Bavarian Championship. In 2021, he took part in Vezerkepzo GM and multiple matches of Titled Tuesday Blitz. In March 2023, he participated in MPL National Teams Chess Championship held in Jammu, India.
In 2023, he defeated GM Hans Niemann of the United States in the penultimate round of the Baku Open tournament and became the grandmaster after achieving 2,500 FIDE rating points.
- 2015: Won Bronze medal at Asian Youth Chess Championship Under-8
- 2019: Won Silver medal at Asian Youth Chess Championship Under-8 held in South Korea
Records & Achievements
- 2015: Became Candidate Master (CM)
- 2018: Scored his first IM-norm at the age of 11
- 2021: Became champion in the AICF National Under-14 Open
- 2022: Scored his second IM-norm at Vergani Cup in January
- 2022: Earned his final IM and maiden GM-norm at First Saturday GM March 2022 in Budapest, Hungary
- 2022: Received the title of International Master (IM)
- 2022: Received his second GM-norm at Biel MTO in July
- 2023: Received his final GM norm at the Formentera Sunway International Chess Festival in Spain
- Prraneeth Vuppala is the 6th grandmaster from Telangana.
- On 15 May 2023, after Prraneeth Vuppala became India’s 82nd grandmaster, the Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekar Rao invited Prraneeth and his parents to the Secretariat to congratulate them. The Chief Minister also gave him a reward of Rs. 2.5 crores to support him financially and undergo advanced training in chess.
A day after he returned from Europe, India’s 82nd GM Prraneeth Vuppala met the Chief Minister of Telangana K. Chandrashekar Rao, who has promised an amount of Rs. 2.5 crores (US$300,000) so that Prraneeth can train and prepare well in his journey to become a super GM.#chess pic.twitter.com/JZcUNDGgqC
— ChessBase India (@ChessbaseIndia) May 15, 2023
- In an interview, he talked about how he felt after becoming the 82nd grandmaster of India and what are his future goals. He said,
I am happy and I will keep working hard. My next target is to reach 2,600 rating points. I didn’t set any deadline but want to achieve it as soon as possible. My goal is to achieve 2,800 rating points and become the World Champion. But as of now, my focus is on my next tournament. I am going to participate in the Asian Continental tournament in Kazakhstan starting next month.”
- Reportedly, he practices chess eight to ten hours daily to win the World Chess Championship.
- He is an admirer of the Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen.
- In an interview, while talking about how he trains for playing chess, he said,
I train on my own during the tournament and on regular days, I read chess books and I play chess online with multiple players. That keeps me on my toes.”
- After becoming the 82nd grandmaster of India, he surpassed an Elo rating of 2500.
- He is an avid reader and likes to read books about the history of chess champions.
- As of 2023, according to FIDE (International Chess Federation), his world rank is 1240.