Prodigy Praggnanandhaa leading a chess ascetic’s life

Chennai: Five wins, two draws and one loss against the world chess champion, Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, is the playing record of 17-year-old Indian GM R. Praggnanandhaa.

Praggnanandhaa took the chess world by storm this week, defeating Carlsen in the FTX Crypto Cup, the second major on the Champions Chess Tour to finish runner-up in the strong tournament.

This month has been memorable for the 12th standard student. For, early this month, his team — India-2 — won the bronze medal at the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, and Praggnanandhaa also won the bronze for his individual performance.

On August 10, he celebrated his birthday and followed it up with victories over Carlsen and finishing runner-up in the FTX Crypto Cup.

Sporting the sacred ash on his forehead, Praggnanandhaa makes his first move after praying to the Almighty.

Praggnanandhaa, ranked eighth in the world among juniors with an ELO rating of 2,661 points, also plays table tennis, badminton and watches only nail-biting cricket match highlights.

Image courtesy of (Rediff)

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