Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is an Indian chess prodigy. He is the second-youngest person ever to achieve the title grandmaster, after Sergey Karjakin. Recently, he won his ninth-round game at the KiiT International Chess Festival in Bhubaneswar, India, and made his third IM norm (after norms in Cannes and Moscow). He is currently holding a FIDE rating of 2612. Praggnanandha is the second-youngest player to achieve a 2600 rating at the age of 14 years.
In a recent Airthings Masters Online Rapid tournament (2022), Praggnanandhaa, a young prodigy defeated the World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Pragg played in the black pieces against Carlsen and clinched victory after the blunder made by Magnus. Praggnanandhaa is the third grandmaster from India to win a victory over the Norwegian Carlsen after the Vishwanathan Anand, Pentala Harikrishna. Indian Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar took to social media and conveyed his wishes for Pragg, for beating the world champion.
Praggnanandhaa was born on 10 August 2005 in Padi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. His father Ramesh Babu works at a bank and his mother Nagalakshmi is a homemaker. His elder sister, Vaishali Rameshbabu, is also a two-time youth chess champion. They are devotees of Kalki Bhagavan. In 2013, Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 boys title and after two years, he also won the Under-10 boys’ title.
In 2016, the talented boy became the youngest International Master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days. In 2017, Praggnanandhaa achieved his first grandmaster norm at the World Junior Chess Championship by finishing 4th with 8 points. On 17 April 2018, he bagged his second norm at the Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Norm tournament in Greece. He also achieved his third and final GM norm at the Gredine Open in Urtijëi on 23 June 2018. In that, he defeated Luca Moroni in the eighth round to become, at the age of 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days, the second-youngest person ever to achieve the status of grandmaster.
In Online Chess Olympiad 2020, the young gun Praggnanandhaa leaves his mark in the match, helping the Indian team to place top spot in Pool A with 17 points and 39.5 board points beating China in the final preliminary round.
|Real Name||Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu|
|Date of Birth||10 August 2005|
|Age||16 (as of 2021)|
|Zodiac sign||Yet to be Updated|
|Father Name||Ramesh Babu|
|Educational Qualification||Yet to be Updated|
|School||Yet to be Updated|
|College||Yet to be Updated|
|Hometown||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Current City||Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India|
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- Youngest Ever Grandmaster – 2018
- World Youth Chess Championship – 2013
Praggnanandhaa Tournament Wins
Here are the recent winnings and placements of Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa,
- Xtracon Chess Open (July 2019) – Won 1st
- World Youth Championship U-18 (Oct 2019) – Won 1st
- Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour (Apr 2021) – Won 1st
- Meltwater Champions Chess Tour ( 2021) – 10th
- Tata Steel Chess Masters – 12th place with a score of 5.5
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