At 16, India’s Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa defeats World No 1 Magnus Carlsen

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa defeated world no 1 Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters, an online rapid chess tournament. At the tender age of four, he began his training. By the time he was five, he began competing and winning district and state-level championships. He is the younger brother of Indian chess player Vaishali Rameshbabu.

This young chess prodigy has won several national and international titles. At 16, he is now the youngest player to defeat Carlsen in the Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament.  He has become the third Indian, after Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna, to get the better of the world No 1. Magnus Carlsen, a five-time world champion. Carlsen is also a three-time World Rapid Chess Champion and five-time World Blitz Chess Champion.

Praggnanandhaa won with black pieces in 39 moves to halt Carlsen’s run of three straight wins. The time control for this event is 15 minutes plus a 10-second increment per move for each player.