Prraneeth Vuppala Age, Girlfriend, Family, Biography & More

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Profession: Chess Player
Age: 16 Years
Hometown: Alagadapa

ProfessionChess Player
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 60 kg
in pounds- 132 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
FIDE World Rank1240 (May 2023)
Medals2015: 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
Prraneeth Vuppala meeting Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekar Rao, after winning silver medal in U8 Asian youth 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
Personal Life
Date of Birth2 January 2007 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2022)16 Years
BirthplaceTelangana, India
Zodiac signCapricorn
School• David Memorial High School in Tarnaka, Hyderabad
• Vishwa Chaitanya Junior College, Hyderabad, Telangana
HobbiesReading Books
ParentsNames Not Known
Prraneeth Vuppala with his family
SiblingsHe has a brother.

Note: Image in Parents' section.
Chess Player(s)Magnus Carlsen, Alexander Alekhine

Prraneeth Vuppala

Some Lesser Known Facts About Prraneeth Vuppala

  • Prraneeth Vuppala is an Indian chess player, who became the 82nd grandmaster of India and the 6th grandmaster from the state of Telangana.
  • He belongs to Ilagadapa village in the Nalgonda district of Telangana.
  • When he was two and a half years old, he used to recite Bhagawad Geeta shlokas and deliver dialogues. He also began to draw at that age. [1]ChessBase India
  • In childhood, his parents took him to play tennis, swimming classes, and other sports. Later, he began to take chess classes and developed an interest in playing chess. He learned some basic rules of chess by watching his parents play and then he joined a chess club for practising.

    A childhood photo of Prraneeth Vuppala with his family

    A childhood photo of Prraneeth Vuppala with his family

  • He joined the Ramaraju Academy of Chess Education and received chess training from Ramaraju for around seven years.
  • He has also trained with the Israeli chess grandmaster Victor Mikhalevski.
  • He won the State Championship Under–7 in 2013 and Under-9 in 2015.
  • Apart from chess, he also won National ABACUS Championship in 2016 and 2016.
  • In 2017, he won Hyderabad District Under-11. In the same year, he participated in Telangana State Under-11.
  • In 2018, he took part in many chess tournaments including the 4th IIFL Wealth Mumbai Op, Capablanca Men IM, Narcis 7 GM, FSIM in Budapest, 3rd IIFL Wealth Mumbai Open, and 11th Triandria Open.
  • In 2019, he participated in many chess tournaments including Netanya Open, 37th Balaton GM, and Bavarian Championship.
  • In 2022, he participated in First Saturday GM in Budapest, Hungary.

    Prraneeth Vuppala during a match at First Saturday GM 2022 in Budapest

    Prraneeth Vuppala during a match at First Saturday GM 2022 in Budapest

  • In March 2023, he took part in MPL National Teams Chess Championship held in Jammu, India.
  • In May 2023, he appeared in the Baku Open tournament and defeated GM Hans Niemann of the United States in the penultimate round. He obtained 2,500 FIDE rating points and became the 82nd grandmaster of India.

  • On 15 May 2023, after Prraneeth Vuppala became India’s 82nd grandmaster, he and his family were invited by, the Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrashekar Rao to the Secretariat. The CM congratulated him and his family and gave him a reward of Rs. 2.5 crores to provide him with financial support so that he can afford advanced chess training.

  • In an interview, on being asked about how he felt after becoming the 82nd grandmaster of India and 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.”

  • He trains by himself during the tournament, and on regular days, he read books about chess and plays chess online with multiple players; this keeps him active and on his toes. He also likes to read books about chess champions’ history.
  • According to sources, he plays and studies chess for about eight to ten hours daily.
  • He crossed the Elo rating of 2500 after winning the title of grandmaster.