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Good Sports: Chess Prodigy Beats World Champion

Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
April 2022
Good Sports: Chess Prodigy Beats World Champion

Sixteen-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa has recorded many wins in his budding chess career, but none as exciting as his recent victory over world champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway. The Chennai boy, also known as Pragg, defeated the 31-year-old champ in an elite rapid chess tournament, becoming the youngest person to defeat Carlsen since he became world champ in 2013.

Pragg, who became the youngest ever international master when he was 10, has been a grandmaster since age 12. Although he didn’t go much further in the elite tournament, the victory over Carlsen brought him plenty of attention, including congratulatory messages from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar and many others.

“As a kid picking up the sport, I had looked up to Magnus,” Pragg told The Times of India. “I can always go back to this game and seek confidence whenever I need it in the future.”

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Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

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