18 year old pragganandha became world champion in chess

At the age of 18, India’s pragganadha became the world champion by defeating Carlsen in chess

Prag, who beat Carlsen at 18, is in line to challenge the world champion

Often you must have seen very big players, but let me tell you today, a mere 18-year-old boy has defeated a chess player known all over the world, today India’s chest has become even higher. Everyone is congratulating that pragganandha for 18 years.

congratulations champion 🎉 rpragchess , after vishwanathan Anand , a teenager R pragganandha becomes the second Indian player to enter into Chess world cup final ,this itself is an achievement 👏
So it’s gonna be Magnus Carlsen Vs R Pragganandha in the final


Now let me tell you in detail.

Viswanathan Anand’s city boy became the first Indian chess player since the maestro to make it to the World Cup semi-finals, a feat that has earned him a place in the 2024 Candidates series.



He may be only 18, but Praggnanand Rameshbabu has made a habit of featuring chess on the front pages of newspapers in a cricket-obsessed country like India. From beating reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen early in 2022 to sealing a spot in the 2024 Candidates Series – to determine who will play world champion Ding Liren – the prodigy has shown the ability to surprise across 64 categories .

Praga, the pencil-thin youngster born in Viswanathan Anand’s hometown Chennai, defeated compatriot and friend Arjun Erigaisi in a thrilling five-hour encounter in the World Cup Chess quarter-finals in Baku on Thursday. This made him the first Indian since Anand to reach the semi-finals of the tournament, earning him a place in the eight-man Candidates Tournament field as Carlsen opted out of the race.

It is too early to say whether Prag will be in line to become the youngest ever world champion in a few years from now, but he is surely a remarkable addition to the conveyor belt of Indian chess, which churns out grandmasters in their teens on a regular basis. gives rise. , While he became the GM at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, Gukesh Dommaraju emerged as the third youngest person to wear the cap in 2019.

Gukesh, who lost to Carlsen in the quarterfinals of the ongoing World Cup, is currently the top-ranked Indian (eighth in the world) as per FIDE rankings with 2758 Elo points. Five-time world champion Carlsen, who is competing in Baku but will not compete in the Candidates Series, feels Gukesh may still be in contention to play in the event that decides the challenger for the world champion. Is. If that eventually happens, there will be two Indians in the race to clinch the world crown in Prague and Gukesh – the country’s powerhouse in the sport.

“Prague is the real deal. All he has to do is dot i and cross t. The basic ingredients are all there – just need to be packed,” Anand remarked when the youngster surprised Carlsen in February last year. It was the beginning of a streak of three consecutive victories when he emerged as champion by defeating Carlsen in the Chessable Masters rapid chess tournament, and followed it up with another victory in the final round of the FTX Crypto Cup, where he was runner-up. -Above.

In a viral sound bite from Prague, during a media interview after defeating Carlsen for the first time, when asked the secret of his success, he simply said, “I think it’s just about going to bed.” ” A year after coming into the limelight, Prag has now become a widely followed person on social media, with over 26,000 followers on Twitter and over 11,000 followers on Facebook, indicating his rising celebrity status.

Born in a middle-class family, Prag and his elder sister Vaishali took to chess like a fish to water. His early days were not without struggle, as the only source of income for the family was his mother as his father was affected by polio. Thankfully, this did not deter the siblings as Prag became the youngest International Master (10 years 10 months and 19 days), while Vaishali became the Women’s Grandmaster (WGM) in 2018 and IM in 2021.

This is only the beginning of what could be a fascinating journey.


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