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Latest Sports Current Affairs 2019 for National and International sports and tournaments, awards, trophies and cups related to cricket, football, tennis and other sports for UPSC, SSC, States, Civil services and other competitive examinations.

Raunak at 13, becomes India’s 65th Grand Master

Raunak Sadhwani will be the 65th Indian Grand Master (Chess) at the age of 13 years! On October 18, 2019, Sadhwani with a rating of 2479 has already gained 23 points to cross the stipulated mark of 2500 in live ratings. He just needs to turn up for the next two rounds to gain his final norms.

Even Viswanathan Anand and Adhiban were battling on the leading boards. However, the youngster drew with Gabriel Sagrissian to take four points from seven rounds.

Sadhwani is from Nagpur and is an international master. He got his first master title at Aeroflot Open 2019 and second title at Poticcio Open 2019. He was trained by the former world champion Vladimir Kramnik. He worked with the Russian player as a part of Kramnik-Microsense India Chess program. It was held in Switzerland in August, 2019.

About Grand Master

Grand Master is the title awarded to chess players by the world chess organization FIDE. FIDE is Federation Internationale des Ethecs or International Chess Federation. It connects various national chess federations all over the world. It is the governing body of the international chess competition. It was founded in Paris.

Leonel Messi wins 6th Golden Shoe award

Barcelona FC captain Leonel Messi won the Golden Shoe for the 2018/19 season, for being the top scorer in the European leagues with 36 goals (in 34 games). This is his sixth Golden Shoe.

Key Highlights

Messi has won the trophy for a 3rd straight year (or consecutively) after scoring 36 goals. His goals are only three more than his closest challenger, Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain.

Leonel Messi now has two more Golden Shoes than his legendary rival Cristiano Ronaldo, a Portuguese professional footballer.

About European Golden Shoe (or European Golden Boot)

The award was originally called Soulier d’Or, which in French translates means as Golden Shoe/Boot. The award was created in the 1967–68 season when it was won by Eusebio. Since 1996–97 season the award is given by European Sports Media.

This award trophy is in shape of a football boot and is presented each season to leading goal scorer in league matches from top division of every European national league.