Updated: Oct 19, 2019
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the ‘Chess Grandmaster’ is the second child in the world and first in India, to achieve this great title.
The 13 years old chess prodigy who hails from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, won his first grandmaster standard at the ‘World Junior Chess Championship’ in November 2017 and second norm at the ‘Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Norm Tournament’ in Greece in April 2018. On June 23, 2018, Praggnanandhaa accomplished his third and final GM norm at the ‘Gredine Open in Urtijëi’ to become the second youngest person ever to achieve the status of Grandmaster at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, (after 12 years and 7 months old Sergey Karjakin from Russia who is the youngest record holder).
In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the ‘Youngest International Master’ in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He also won the ‘World Youth Chess Championship’ 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.
In 2018, he was invited to the ‘Leon Masters 2018’ for a four game rapid match against Wesley So, the Filipino-American Chess Grandmaster. It came as a surprise to many when Praggnanandhaa defeated So in game 1. After three games, the score was tied at 1.5-1.5 and in the last and final game, So defeated Praggnanandhaa winning the match 2.5-1.5.
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