16 year old Indian Chess prodigy R Praggnanandhaa shocked the world No 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the Airthings Masters rapid online chess tournament on Monday.
Praggnanandhaa, playing with black pieces carved history by winning against the 31-year-old Carlsen, in 39 moves in a Tarrasch variation game. His win marked an end to Carlsen’s run of three consecutive victories in the championship.
Pragg had struggled so far in the tournament with two draws, four losses and one victory over GM Levon Aronian until the Round 8 clash with the world No 1. Currently the youngster has eight points and holds a joint 12thspot after eight rounds.
On Monday, he became the third Indian player after Vishwanathan Anand and P Harikrishna to register a win over the world No 1 Magnus Carlsen.
Praggnanandhaa, (http://sportsnarad.com/ive-come-to-learn-chess-not-cricket/) is the fifth-youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster at the age of 12 years 10 months and 13 days. He won the World Youth Championships U-8 title in 2013 earning him the prestigious FIDE Master title at the age of 7 years.
Wishing him all the very best in his future endeavors.