Nyzhnyk is the 20th player to become a grandmaster before turning 15 and the 11th youngest ever. Most of those becoming grandmasters at such a young age have done it within the last decade.
Bobby Fischer held the record as the youngest grandmaster (at 15 years, 6 months) for 33 years, from 1958 to 1991, until it was broken by Judit Polgar of Hungary.
Nyzhnyk first attracted attention more than three years ago when he was 10 and won the B section of the Moscow Open by scoring 8.5 points out of 9. Since then, it seemed that it was only a matter of time before he achieved the highest title in chess.
Nyzhnyk is not the youngest to become a grandmaster this year. Richard Rapport of Hungary earned the title before his 14th birthday.