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* 24 Feb 2022
Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu is an Indian
grandmaster and the fourth-youngest GM in history (as of April 2021). He
earned the title at 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days of age, and he's
the youngest international master in history. Praggnanandhaa has three
world youth titles: U8 in 2013, U10 in 2015, and U18 in 2019. In 2019,
the 13-year-old prodigy won the Xtracon Chess Open with an undefeated
8.5/10 points, overtaking a field featuring 13 GMs ranked over 2600. In
April 2021, he won the Polgar Challenge and qualified for the next leg
in the Champions Chess Tour.
Source (Text and image): chess.com
Rameshbabu "Pragg" 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 Woman Grandmaster Vaishali Rameshbabu.
- 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 won the Under-10 title in 2015.
- 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 (Karjakin
attained the title at 12 years and 7 months).
- In 2018, Praggnanandhaa was invited to the Magistral de León Masters
in Spain for a four-game rapid match against Wesley So. He defeated So
in game one, and after three games the score was tied at 1˝–1˝. In the
last game, So defeated Praggnanandhaa, winning the match 2˝–1˝.
- In January 2018, Praggnanandhaa tied for third place with GM Alder
Escobar Forero and IM Denys Shmelov in the Charlotte Chess Center's
Winter 2018 GM Norm Invitational held in Charlotte, North Carolina, with
a score of 5.0/9.
- In July 2019, Praggnanandhaa won the Xtracon Chess Open in Denmark, scoring 8˝/10 points (+7–0=3).
- On 12 October 2019, he won the World Youth Championships in the Under-18 section with a score of 9/11.
- In December 2019, he became the second-youngest person to achieve a
rating of 2600. He did this at the age of 14 years, 3 months and 24
- In April 2021, Praggnanandhaa won the Polgar Challenge, the first leg
(out of four) of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour, a rapid online
event organized by Julius Baer Group and Chess24.com for young talents.
He scored 15.5/19, 1.5 points ahead of the next best placed competitors.
This win helped him qualify for the next Meltwater Champions Chess Tour
on 24 April 2021, where he finished in 10th place with a score of 7/15
(+4-5=6), including wins against Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda,
Sergey Karjakin, and Johan-Sebastian Christiansen as well as a draw
against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
- Praggnanandhaa entered the Chess World Cup 2021 as the 90th seed. He
defeated GM Gabriel Sargissian 2–0 in round 2, and advanced to round 4
after defeating GM Michał Krasenkow in the rapid tiebreaks in round 3.
He was eliminated in round four by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
- Praggnanandhaa played in the Masters section of the Tata Steel Chess
Tournament 2022, winning games against Andrey Esipenko, Vidit Gujrathi
and Nils Grandelius, finishing in 12th place with a final score of 5˝.
- On February 20, 2022, he became the third Indian player (behind Anand
and Harikrishna) to win a game against World Champion Magnus Carlsen in
any time format, in the online Airthings Masters rapid tournament of the
Champions Chess Tour 2022.