In just three months, Indian Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, 16, has shattered the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen in the Chessable Masters online rapid chess event.
Carlsen’s one-move blunder by the Indian teenager allowed him to keep his hopes of progressing to the knockout stage alive.
When Carlsen’s knight was misplayed on his previous move, Praggnanandhaa checked with an attack on his back piece, resulting in a draw in the 40th move of the match.
After the tournament, Praggnanadhaa told Chess24 that he was taking school exams at the time.
“My game quality isn’t all that great. “I need to get better,” he said. “I’m missing some things, some tricks, and some tactics.”
An impressive victory in the seventh round by Praggnanandhaa (12 points) over Gawain Jones (England) earned him an impressive 12 points. The 14th place finisher was Vidit Gujrathi, 5 years old.
Praggnanandhaa defeated the Norwegian at the Airthings Masters earlier this year. In the eighth round of the Airthings Masters, an online rapid chess tournament, Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa stunned World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen.
On Monday morning, Praggnanandhaa defeated Carlsen in a Tarrasch variation game with black pieces in 39 moves to snap his three-game winning streak.