FIDE World Cup: Only 18 years old! Who is this Pragyananda? For which Carlsen lost sleep at night

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He is only 18 years old. And Pragyananda is fighting at this age. This Indian is imposing on the world chess stage.


Thin, lean look. Forehead tilak applied. The hair of the head is neatly combed. Short speaking by nature. Slow and steady aim. And not as excited as five 18-year-old boys. Rameshbabu Pragyananda. India’s surprise on the world stage. Bharat Rameshbabu is on the verge of making his milestone again in chess. Everyone was amazed by his talent. He has reached the final of the World Chess Championship.

The International Chess Federation World Championship is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan. This is where 18-year-old Pragyananda stunned everyone. Ramesh Babu is one of the few gifted chess players that India has been blessed with in this game of chess. In this tournament, Pragyananda fell to world number three Fabiano Caruanaro before reaching the final.The wonder star of India won the match in the try-break to everyone’s surprise. Pragyananda will face world number one chess player Magnus Carlsen in the final match.

World number two chess player Fabiano Caruana succeeded in keeping Pragyananda under pressure in the tiebreaker game held on Monday. But the 18-year-old Indian mastered the decisive moves and managed to take the game to a draw. In the 2nd tiebreaker game as well, Pragyananda managed to prevent Fabiano Caruana from winning. The match went to a 10+10 tiebreak. After that, Pragyananda managed to keep Fabiano under pressure by winning the first quick tiebreak.

After Viswanathan Anand, India could not strengthen their ground in chess like that. Viswanathan brought the Chess World Cup to India in 2000 and 2007. He also won the World Chess Championship three more times. Anand’s win India has not made such a mark in this game since the 2012 World Cup. But everyone is surprised by Pragyananda’s talent. Pragyananda won the semifinals by 3.5-2.5.He has also nominated himself for the candidates competition to be held in Canada next year. Pragya is set to become the third youngest chess player to qualify for this Candidates Tournament. He is the third youngest chess player after legends Bobby Fischer and Carlsen.

India’s first Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand tweeted his congratulations to this third youngest chess player and his successor as soon as he reached the final. She posted on her Twitter account and wrote, ‘Pragya has gone to the finals. He beat Fabiano Caruana and will now face Magnus Carlsen. What a wonderful performance!

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