The 16-year old became the third Indian to defeat World No.1 Magnus Carlsen.

Chess is a sport where age is no bar. Anyone from a 12-year-old to a 60-year-old can participate and play against one another to become grandmasters of the game. Recently, World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen was defeated by a 15-year-old R. Praggnanandhaa.

The Chennai lad became an overnight sensation with even the Prime Minister congratulating him for his achievements. Here are five of the biggest things he has achieved in his career till now.

5. Won the World Youth Chess Championship in 2013

The first success of R. Praggnanandhaa came in 2013. The Tamil Nadu lad won his maiden trophy at the Youth Chess Championships in Al-Ain (UAE).

he won the trophy in the U-8 category in the boys division. He was 7-years-old at the time. The championship victory also earned him the title of FIDE Master. He followed it up by winning the tournament again in 2015. This time it was in the U-10 category in Porto Carras, Greece.

4. Became youngest International Master in 2016

R. Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master in 2016. He was just 10 years, 10 months and 19 days old when he attained this momentous feat.

The young prodigy achieved his first grandmaster norm at the World Junior Chess Championship in November 2017, finishing fourth with eight points. He gained his second norm at the Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Norm Tournament in Greece on 17 April 2018

However becoming an International Master was just a start for even greater things to come.

3. Became second-youngest Grandmaster

R. Praggnanandhaa had already achieved his two norms at the World Junior Chess Championship in 2017 and Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Tournament in Greece in 2018. It was his turn to take the final norm and earn the Grandmaster title.

That is exactly what he did at the Gredine Open in Urtijëi, Italy. He defeated Luca Moroni in the eighth round to become, at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, the second-youngest person to achieve the rank of grandmaster. Sergey Karjakin is the youngest at 12 years and 7 months.

2. Won the Xtracon Chess Open in Denmark in 2019

In July 2019, R. Praggnanandhaa added another feather to his cap. He won the Xtracon Chess Open in Denmark The Indian wonderkid started out as the 21st seed, but with a performance rating of 2741, finished the tournament convincingly.

He finished a half point ahead of the pack of five players who were all higher rated than him. However, the Indian chess maestro did face some stiff competition in the last round against GM Samuel Sevian of the USA. The marathon encounter saw a total of 73 moves.

Though he was not at his best in that match, he managed to salvage a draw eventually, courtesy his fantastic defensive skills.

1. Third Indian player to beat World Champion Magnus Carlsen

R Praggnanandhaa faced Magnus Carlsen at the Tata Steel Chess Open 2022 (Courtesy: TATA Chess Open)

The online Airthings Masters 2022. saw R. Praggnanandhaa triumph over Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Even though he started off with a disadvantage playing with black, Praggnanandhaa didn’t let the colours dictate the proceedings and won the contest.

He thus became the third Indian after the great Vishwanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna to defeat Magnus Carlsen. He also became the youngest player to ever defeat the reigning world champion.

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