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R Praggnanandhaa loses Chess World Cup final to Magnus Carlsen in tiebreak match

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa loses Chess World Cup final to Magnus Carlsen in tiebreak.

India's Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (R) competes against Norway's Magnus Carlsen (L) during the final at the FIDE Chess World Cup in Baku on August 24, 2023. (Photo by Tofik BABAYEV / AFP)

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa lost the Chess World Cup final to Magnus Carlsen in a tiebreaker match on Thursday. The two classical games on Tuesday and Wednesday had ended in draws forcing the final to a tie-break. The world No. 1 beat Praggnanandhaa 1.5-0.5 in the first tie-break match and then saw the second game to a draw in 22 moves.

“Praggnanandhaa is the runner-up of the 2023 FIDE World Cup! Congratulations to the 18-year-old Indian prodigy on an impressive tournament! On his way to the final, Praggnanandhaa beat, among others, world #2 Hikaru Nakamura and #3 Fabiano Caruana! By winning the silver medal, Praggnanandhaa also secured a ticket to the FIDE Candidates," the "International Chess Federation tweeted.

The 18-year-old also became the third youngest player – after the legendary Bobby Fischer and Carlsen – to qualify for the Candidates 2024 tournament.

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The 18-year old wonderboy has long been seen as a possible successor to the five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand and remains firmly on the path to chess greatness. He is the only Indian player after Anand to book a spot in the Candidates and had the previously beaten Carlsen in an online tournament last year.

Praggnanandhaa has been in the spotlight since he made waves at a young age. He won the national under-7 title to lay down the marker and has been on the rise ever since. He became an International Master at the age of 10, and two years later, he became a GM. Iin 2019 he achieved a ELO rating of 2600 at 14 years and three months and looked to be on the overdrive.

Family support, especially from his mother, has been a great factor in his evolution as a player. His mother Nagalakshmi is a constant at tournaments that he plays and he seems to feed off her valuable presence.

(With inputs from agencies)

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