Praggnanandhaa: The Chess Prodigy Shines Again
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, a 16-year-old Indian Grandmaster, stunned the world no.1, Magnus Carlsen, earlier today.
The Chess prodigy put a halt to the consecutive wins of the world champion. He defeated Carlsen in the 8th round of Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament. He played the black pieces in a Tarrasch Variation game and was victorious in 39 moves. This win came after an average play in the previous rounds. Before this match, he had a solitary win over Lev Aronian, 2-draws, and 4-losses. Three of the four losses occurred on the first day of the online tournament.
Praggnanandhaa became the youngest international master in 2016. He was named the first grandmaster norm at the World Junior Chess Championships in November 2017. Earlier this year, Praggnanandhaa played in the Master's section of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022, finishing in 12th place with a score of 5.5.
Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess champion. He is the reigning five-time world champion of chess. He is also a three-time world rapid chess champion which makes Praggnanandhaa winning a bigger deal.
The Airthings Masters tournament has seven more rounds to go in the preliminary stage. It is a 16 player online tournament, where players get 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw.
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