The great “checkmate” has found its master for one evening!
An Indian teenager brought world chess champion Magnus Carlsen (31) to his knees on Monday evening. The only 16-year-old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa won the online blitz chess tournament Airthings Masters against the Norwegian.
Praggnanandhaa had previously attracted attention for his prowess in chess, but the win over Carlsen was his biggest to date, Indian media wrote.
At the age of 16, he was the youngest player to defeat Carlsen since 2013, when he became world chess champion for the first time. In the duel with Praggnanandhaa, Carlsen gave up after 39 moves.
The game had a time limit of 15 minutes and 10 seconds per turn. It was the third game of the two: Carlsen had won the first game, the second duel ended in a draw. The teenager was only the third Indian to beat Carlsen.
Praggnanandhaa on his impressive victory: “I didn’t realize that I’m only the third Indian player to beat Magnus. It feels good. This win is a big win for my confidence.”