Praggnanandhaa (left) and Vaishali (right) Rameshbabu are the first pair of brothers to have won the title of grandmasters. (Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) -- Chess player Vaishali Rameshbabu followed the family tradition by winning the grandmaster title last Friday.

Vaishali, 22, was crowned the third woman from India to achieve this recognition. However, she is not the first in her family.

His brother, Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, is in fact one of the youngest grandmasters in history, having won the title in 12 at just 2018 years old. Together, Vaishali and Praggnanandhaa became the first brother-sister duo to be chess grandmasters, according to

Vaishali Rameshbabu, pictured here at a tournament in the Netherlands in January, became a chess grandmaster on Friday, December 1. (Credit: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

"Being a grandmaster (of chess) has been my goal since I started playing," Vaishali told after winning the title at the IV Open of El Llobregat in Spain.

"I was so close to achieving it that I was very excited, but I also had some pressure (...) I'm very happy to have finally won the title."


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Becoming a grandmaster is not an easy thing and it takes time. To clinch the title, players must be crowned in three normative tournaments — competitions that in turn must meet certain criteria — and pass an International Chess Federation (FIDE) ranking of 2,500.

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu earned the grandmaster title in 2018, and here he is seen celebrating in Chennai. (Credit: Arun Sankar/AFP/Getty Images)

Vaishali had already won three normative tournaments and ended up surpassing 2,500 points with his second-round victory in Spain last week.

Vaishali's brother, one of the best players in the world, said he always knew his older sister would achieve the feat one day.

"I felt a long time ago that she already had the strength of a grandmaster," he told FIDE last month, as Vaishali neared the necessary ranking points.

"I'm glad to see that he's finally getting to where he belongs," he added.