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 in the morning,” said Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa laconically after winning 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.
A future challenger for the world title
Born in Chennai (formerly Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu (south), the teenager became the youngest international champion 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 in 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 the experienced and award-winning Magnus Carlsen, plus it’s magical to play with Black,” wrote Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter, wishing him a “long and prosperous chess career.” “You make India proud! ” he added.
On Monday, Magnus Carlsen, 31, said he was feeling the effects of the recently contracted Covid-19: “Today was better, the first two days, I felt pretty good but I lacked energy and was struggling to concentrate. ”
Beating one of the strongest players in chess history is a big moment for him.
The Norwegian won his fifth consecutive world title in December, beating Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi, who lost his temper after an epic eight-hour game, the longest game ever played at a World Cup.
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa’s performance in this tournament has been disappointing so far. “His results over the past six months have fluctuated between extremes,” the teenager’s coach, RB Ramesh, was quoted as saying by ESPN. “This win against Magnus is important. Beating one of the strongest players in chess history is a big moment for him.”
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