R Praggnanandhaa defeats world number 1 chess player Magnus Carlsen for the 3rd time in 6 months
india prodigy boy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaawho had grabbed the headlines with stunning performances against the chess giants, once again showed his skill as he got the better of world number one Magnus Carlsen on Monday.
The 17-year-old beat Magnus 4-2 in the FTX Crypto Cup. The score was tied at 2-2 after regulation time and the match went into a tie-break where Praggnanandhaa outplayed the Norwegian.
Not the ending Magnus Carlsen would have wanted, as he slips up on Praggnanandhaa just as he was about to force Armageddon! https://t.co/IbzJPYmpjn #ChessChamps #FTXCryptoCup pic.twitter.com/RYjbaO4WMZ
– chess24.com (@chess24com) August 21, 2022
However, despite Magnus losing, the Indian teenager could only finish second as the world number was declared the winner based on his best overall score. Magnus finished with 16 points to Praggnanandhaa’s 15.
After seeing another world-class performance from the 17-year-old, fans flocked to social media to congratulate the Indian wonderkid.
Prag the King https://t.co/julrlUakwu
— Tobi (@mederchoxx) August 22, 2022
He is not even 18 years old and yet he is touching the sky he once dreamed of.
Bharat is proud of you, @rpragchess.
Jai Hind. Jai Bharat. https://t.co/Y7RS5Inyyr
— Pranav Dhir (@JR_DHIR) August 22, 2022
This kid is amazing! With so much talent, he is calm and poised. Of course, his confidence comes from humility. Path to follow !! https://t.co/w08MsEyrYX
— Anubha Shukla (@AnubhaShukla3) August 22, 2022
It’s “Indian swag”.
What an achievement! https://t.co/xiPooEl1xH
— Jai Anant Dehadrai (@jai_a_dehadrai) August 22, 2022
What a hurricane this little champion is https://t.co/G2dswdgBIa
— Jill of All Trades (@RhythmLovely) August 22, 2022
The Indian wonderkid started the Crypto Cup, where he finished second, in fine fashion by winning the first four games, including a win over world No. 6 Levon Aronian.
It was the third time Praggnanandhaa got the better of Magnus Carlsen in the past six months.
Praggnanandhaa defeats world champion Magnus Carlsen with the black pieces at Airthings Masters 2022. It was an online game with a time control of 15+10.
So far, the only Indians to beat Magnus in a tournament match were Anand and P. Harikrishna. Pragg now joins the list! pic.twitter.com/ZX1emeY9v6
— ChessBase India (@ChessbaseIndia) February 20, 2022
He had defeated the number one chess player for the first time in February in the Airthings Masters online chess tournament.
The second win came at Chessable Masters where Magnus was forced out of the game after being outplayed by the Indian boy wonder.