22 Aug 2023

FIDE World Cup: R Praggnanandhaa Had Become International Chess Master At 10, Will Take On Magnus Carlsen Today For World No.1 Title

Baku, Azerbaijan: Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, fondly known as Pragg will take on five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen for World No.1 title today on Tuesday at FIDE World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Praggnanandhaa, 18, defeated World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana and stormed into the final of the FIDE World Cup.

Rahul, Scindia greet

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi greeted Indian Grandmaster for reaching the final of the FIDE World Cup and extended his best wishes for the title match against Magnus Carlsen.

"Congratulations to R Praggnanandhaa for an outstanding FIDE Chess World Cup journey to the Finals. My best wishes for the title match against Magnus Carlsen. More than a billion Indians are cheering for you," Rahul posted on 'X' (formerly Twitter).

Union Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia also greeted Praggnanandhaa on the X. Scindia wrote, "Heartiest congratulations and best of luck to India's young genius Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa as he advances to the finals of FIDE World Cup 2023".

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik wrote, "Congratulate young Indian Grandmaster R #Praggnanandhaa on the stunning victory over World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana in the semi-finals of #FIDEWorldCup Chess Tournament. Best wishes for the final match against reigning world champion Magnum Carlsen".

Took interest in chess at age 2

Praggnanandhaa took an interest in Chess after his elder sister, Vaishali, started playing at age 6. At the time, he was just 2 years old.

Won World Chess Championships for U-8s and U-10s

When Pragg was 6, he bagged second rank in the under-7 Indian championships before winning gold at the Asian Championships, then went on to win the World Youth Chess Championships for under-8s and under-10s.

In 2016, Praggnanandhaa created history after winning his ninth-round game at the KIIT International Chess Festival in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

At the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days, he became an international chess master – the youngest ever.

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