In the first round, the boy wonder drew against Grandmaster Ivan Saric. The two points earned helped him create history.
Sharing the lead with Michelle are top seed International Master Batkhuyag Munguntuul of Mongolia and Woman Grandmaster Olga Babiy of Ukraine.
Former world U-12 champion Divya Deshmukh moved to the second spot with 2.5 points after a win over fellow Indian Sapale Saloni.
Tamil Nadu beat Central Secretariat 4-3 to win the Arise Steel 9th Hockey B division India senior national men’s championship on Sunday.
FIDE vice president DV Sundar insisted that children from the city excel in chess because they have a good understanding of the game from a young age.
Happy and satisfied was how Gukesh described his state of mind.