Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Family, Parents, Net Worth & More

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Who is Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa?

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (born 10 August 2005) is an Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he is the fifth-youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster (GM), behind Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov. He is the younger sibling of Vaishali Rameshbabu.

Praggnanandhaa, 16, becomes only third Indian to beat Magnus Carlsen in stunning upset

Praggnanandhaa, 16, becomes only third Indian to beat Magnus Carlsen in stunning upset
Praggnanandhaa, 16, becomes only third Indian to beat Magnus Carlsen in stunning upset

After move 38, Magnus Carlsen found his king left with just one safe square to seek fleeting refuge. The end was in sight and inescapable. Sixteen-year-old Indian GM R Praggnanandhaa laid out the traps beautifully with Black, which culminated in moving his light-squared bishop to the c2 square, cordoning off the white queen’s ties with the second rank.

Both players knew it was over. The fidgety 16-year-old sank back in his chair, shook his head and rested a palm against his face in mild disbelief as Carlsen promptly resigned after 39 moves.

Praggnanandhaa had just become the third Indian to beat Carlsen in tournament play – after Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna.

The massive moment in the Indian teen’s young career arrived in the early hours of Monday at the Airthings Masters, a 16-player online rapid tournament. It’s the first leg of the Play Magnus group-run Champions Chess Tour and the round-robin is scored football-style – three points (and $750) for a win, and one point (and $250) for each draw. Each player has 15 minutes for all moves plus a 10 second per move increment.

On Move 32, in what appeared to be an equal endgame, Carlsen stumbled into a tactical blunder. He trapped his own knight by pushing it to the c3 square. Chess engines went wild, giving Black the overwhelming odds for a win. Praggnanandhaa leaned forward over his screen, and his surprised pupils filled the webcam feed. He just needed seven more moves to tuck into a win. And win he did.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa Biography, Wiki

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (born (2005-08-10 ) 10 August 2005) is an Indian chess player. A chess prodigy, he is the fourth-youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster (GM), behind Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov.

Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Chess Championships Under-8 title in 2013 earning him the title of FIDE Master at the age of 7. He also won the Under-10 title in 2015.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Full NamePraggnanandhaa Rameshbabu
NicknamePraggu
Occupation/ProfessionChess Player
Famous For/AsAs Chess Player
Date of Birth10 August 2005
Age (as in 2019)14 years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
HometownChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
NationalityIndian
Sun Sign/Zodiac SignLeo
ReligionHindu

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa Career

In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest international master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He achieved his first grandmaster norm at the World Junior Chess Championship in November 2017, finishing fourth with 8 points.

He gained his second norm at the Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM norm tournament in Greece on 17 April 2018. On 23 June 2018 he achieved his third and final norm at the Gredine Open in Urtijëi, Italy by defeating Luca Moroni in the eighth round to become, at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, the then second-youngest person ever to achieve the rank of grandmaster (Sergey Karjakin achieved the title at the age of 12 years and 7 months).

In 2018, he was invited to the Leon Masters in Spain for a four-game rapid match against Wesley So. The 12-year-old Praggnanandhaa defeated So in game one, and after three games the score was tied at 1½–1½. In the last game, So defeated Praggnanandhaa, thus winning the match 2½–1½.

In July 2019, Praggnanandhaa won the Xtracon Chess Open in Denmark scoring 8½/10 points (+7–0=3).

On October 12, 2019, Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Championships in the Under 18 section with a score of 9/11.

In December 2019, Praggnanandhaa became the second youngest to cross the 2600 Elo mark. He did this at the age of 14 years, 3 months and 24 days.

Some Interesting Facts About Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

  • His elder sister Vaishali is also a chess player and is a two time youth chess champion.
  • He and his sister rarely play against each other, they are very competitive and their parents don’t want them to fight.
  • His parents did noit want Praggna to become a chess player, Vaishali was already a player and the family couldn’t afford the expenses of two.
  • Praggnanandhaa practices for 4-5 hours a day.
  • He learned Chess at the age of 5
  • Coach: Praggnanandhaa is coached by RB Ramesh. R.B Ramesh is a former champion, he had won British Championship in 2002 & Commonwealth Championship in 2007. His chess school is called “Chess Gurukul”. Ramesh’s wife Aarthie Ramaswamy is a Grand Master as well. Ramesh and Aarthie are the first Grand master couple of India. Chithambaram Aravindh is another prodigy from the Gurukul
  • Praggnanandha wants to score 3000 points, a feat in chess even the greats have not achieved so far.
  • Praggnanandha’s role model Vishwanathan Anand in an interview was all praises for Praggnanadha
  • Sponsors: Praggnanandhaa is sponsored by Ramco(2019)
  • Praggna is a very rooted child, he visits his grandmother often and goes to temple to celebrate his wins.
  • Heroes of Chennai: He was nominated for the “Heroes of Chennai” award in the sports category
  • Kerala Floods Donation: Praggnanandhaa and his sister Vaishali donated 10000 INR each towards the flood relief fund
  • Vishwanathan Anand after observing Praggnanadhaa’s game said- “What impresses me about Praggnanandhaa is that he’s not just a strong player but mixes imaginative middle game play with patient endgame skills and is uncompromising in not settling for easy, quick draws”
  • Home food: Whenever he goes out to play in the international tournaments, his mother accompanies him, she cooks him South Indian home food for the lunch whereever they are.
  • 2020 Young Athlete of the Year: Praggnanandhaa won the 2020 award gvien by Sportstar Aces

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa FAQ’s

Who is Rameshbabu Parggnanandhaa?

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (born 10 August 2005) is an Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he is the fifth-youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster (GM), behind Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov. He is the younger sibling of Vaishali Rameshbabu.

How old is Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa?

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is currently 16 years old.

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Praggnanandhaa, 16, becomes only third Indian to beat Magnus Carlsen in stunning upset

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