Indian Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, 16, shocked World Champion Magnus Carlsen again in the span of 3 months at the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tourney.
The Indian teenage virtuoso made the most of the one-move error from Carlsen and kept his chances flourishing of moving to the knockout stage.
The game was heading for a dull draw following Praggnanandhaa’s 40th move however in a shocking twist, Carlsen misplayed his knight on his previous move as Praggnanadhaa checked with an strike on his back piece.
Praggnanadhaa later discloseed that he was taking school exams during the event in an interview.
“I’m not so thrilled about my game quality. I’m missing some stuff, some tricks, and some tactics so I need to be sharper,” he stated.
With a victory worth 3 points, Praggnanandhaa (12 points) smashed Gawain Jones (England) in the 7th round, following drawing the 6th with 11th placed countryman P. Harikrishna. Vidit Gujrathi (5) was 14th.
Before this year in February at the Airthings Masters, Praggnanandhaa had trounced the Norwegian.
Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa astound World No 1, Magnus Carlsen, in the 8th round of the Airthings Masters, an online rapid chess tourney.
Praggnanandhaa triumphed with black pieces in 39 moves in a Tarrasch variation match early to stop Carlsen’s run of 3 consecutive victories.