After 16-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa won a stunning win in an elite fast chess tournament from his computer in India on Monday, none of his competitors had to shake or snap their cameras to record. moment again.
The one he just defeated, the world champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, is tending to his wounds after a shock loss somewhere offline.
And in Chennai, where Praggnanandhaa lives, it’s almost 3 am
He texted his coach and woke up his father to tell them about the win. Praggnanandhaa – also known as Pragg – has just become the youngest person to beat Carlsen, 31, since he became world champion in 2013. While his defeat to Carlsen, who is struggling with The consequences of Covid-19 infection, without affecting the world title of the International Chess Federation, it still amazes the chess world and the exhilarating people in India.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India congratulated the “young genius” on his victory on Twitter. “I wish the talented Praggnanandhaa all the best for his future endeavours,” Modi wrote.
Sachin Tendulkar, a retired Indian cricket star considered one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, also congratulations to Praggnanandhaa on Twitter and described his victory as “miracle.”
“You have made India proud!” Tendulkar said.
Praggnanandhaa arranged defeat against Carlsen in 39 moves. All the more remarkable because he is playing with black, going second, with the disadvantages involved, especially in elite chess.
“He controlled the game, had a feeling, from start to finish, that’s what Magnus does to everyone,” said Levy Rozman, an international master who summarizes tournaments and discusses strategy on his YouTube channel, said. GothamChesshas more than 1.4 million registered users.
During the early and middle stages of the game, Rozman said, Carlsen played one game correctly, successfully winning one pawn, and then another, giving him the advantage, but Praggnanandhaa made up for it. by keeping the pieces he still has on the board active and regrouped. King of Carlsen.
“He uses what’s left of the board to launch a devastating counter-attack,” Rozman said.
The match turned decisively on move 32, when Carlsen made a move with his knight that was later deemed a foul. This decision prompted David Howell, a British grandmaster and a commentator on the chess streaming platform Chess24to ask, “Is this clever or crazy?”
The answer was soon clear. Praggnanandhaa sped up and Carlsen was clearly frustrated. Seven moves and about 10 minutes later it was over.
After Praggnanandhaa’s win, Kaja Snare, a Chess24 commentator, request How will he celebrate?
“I think just go to bed, because I don’t think I’ll have dinner at 2:30 a.m.,” says Praggnanandhaa.
It was a remarkable night for Praggnanandhaa. He also defeated Levon Aronian, fourth highest evaluate the player in history, at the beginning of the game day.
Praggnanandhaa said he had prepared for the grueling schedule by staying up late in the previous days. “I’m still tired, but it’s okay,” he told Chess24.
However, his early success did not last through the competition. Praggnanandhaa failed to make it through to the quarterfinals of the Airthings Masters, which started on Wednesday, and reduced the group to eight players, from 16.
Carlsen is still participating in the contest, which he says is more difficult because of lingering symptoms due to a recent Covid-19 infection.
“Today was a little bit better,” Carlsen told Chess24 in Monday“But for the first few days, I felt fine, but I had no energy, which made it difficult for me to concentrate because every time I tried to think, I made mistakes.”
This is not the first time Carlsen has faced off against Praggnanandhaa, who became the youngest international master ever at the age of 10 and became a grandmaster at the age of 12.
Carlsen defeated Praggnanandhaa in January, a month after Praggnanandhaa was invited by the international federation perform the first ritual in the world championship match between Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, a Russian grandmaster. Carlsen won the world championship for the fifth time in a row in that tournament.
After Praggnanandhaa beat Carlsen this week, he said India’s period that he received congratulatory messages from all over the world, helping him understand the importance of what he had achieved.
Praggnanandhaa said: “When I was a kid pursuing this sport, I admired Magnus very much. “I can always come back to this game and find confidence whenever I need it in the future.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/arts/chess-magnus-carlsen-rameshbabu-praggnanandhaa.html Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa beat World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen