Ground Report | New Delhi: Who is Praggnanandhaa CHESS; 16-year-old Indian Grandmaster R Pragyanand stunned the field by defeating 31-year-old Magnus Carlsen, world No.1 Chess champion Magnus Carlsen, with 39 black piece strikes in the 8th round of the Internet fast chess match AirThings Masters.
Carlsen had 3 wins in a row as he unluckily cranked up the gears. But towards 16-year-old Pragyanand, he erred horribly, and the Indian superstar clinched the victory.
According to a PTI, Praggnanandhaa lies in joint 12th spot after eight rounds with eight points. His spectacular win over Carlsen comes after a moderate run in the earlier rounds, which included a solitary victory over Lev Aronian, two draws and four defeats.
The 16-year-old drew against Anish Giri and Quang Liem Le and lost to Eric Hansen, Ding Liren, Jan-Kryzstof Duda and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Norwegian world no 1 Carlsen defeated Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi at the world championship match a few months ago and is now on top of the standings with 19 points followed by Ding Liren and Hansen (both on 15 points).
Airthings Masters is a 16-player online rapid tournament, a player gets three points for a win and one for a draw in the preliminary rounds. Seven more rounds remain in the preliminary phase.
After Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergei Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov, Pragganandha is the fifth-youngest player to become a Grandmaster. He first rose to fame in 2013 after winning the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 title, which earned him the title of FIDE Master at the age of seven.
Who is R Pragyananand?
- A chess prodigy, he is the fifth youngest person to have achieved the title of Grandmaster (GM) after Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergei Karjakin, Gukesh D and Javokhir Sindarov.
- Pragyanand won the 2013 World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 title, earning him the title of FIDE Master at the age of 7. He won the Under-10 title in 2015.
- In 2016, Pragyananand became the youngest international master in history at the age of 10 years, 10 months and 19 days.
- In April 2021, Pragyanand won the Polgar Challenge, the first leg (out of four) of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour, a rapid online event for young talent organized by the Julius Baer Group and Chess24.com.
- Pragyanand played in the Masters section of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022, winning games against Andrey Esipenko, Vidit Gujrathi and Nils Grandelius, finishing 12th with a final score of 5.5 points.
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