News | The 16-year-old Indian beats world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

From La Provence (with AFP)

India’s 16-year-old chess grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa was showered with praise on Tuesday after his overwhelming victory over world number one Magnus Carlsen in an online championship.

The youngster beat Carlsen in Monday night’s Airthings Masters rapid chess tournament.

It’s time to go to bed, I don’t think I can have dinner at 2:30‘ said Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa laconically after his win in 39 moves with Black.

Other players have beaten Magnus Carlsen in the past, including India’s Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna, but Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is the youngest since the Norwegian won the World Cup in 2013.

Born in Chennai (formerly Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu (South), the teenager became the youngest international Masters in History in 2016 at the age of 10.

Five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand, considered India’s greatest chess player, or Indian cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar joined the chorus of praise for young Praggnanandhaa, who is widely seen as a future contender for the world title.

He’s only 16 and has beaten Magnus Carlsen so experienced and rewarded, plus it’s magical to play with Black‘ Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Twitter, wishing him a ‘long and successful chess career“.

You make India proud!” he added.

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