November 29, 2023

AZERBAIJAN/INDIA: R Praggnanandhaa, 18, received a tie-breaker towards World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana to advance to the finals. Magnus Carlsen, 32, superior to the championship match after defeating Nijat Abasov. Carlsen will play within the World Cup closing for the primary time this 12 months, hosted by FIDE.

India’s Pragnanandhaa, who turned 18, is the youngest participant to take part within the World Cup championship recreation and has handed the age requirement for the Candidates Match. He’s the third-youngest particular person on the earth to take action, following Carlsen and Bobby Fischer, who certified for the competitors at 16 years outdated. The ultimate recreation will start in Baku on Tuesday.

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Praggnanandhaa is likely one of the most proficient chess gamers in India and he’s additionally known as Pragg. Because the youngest Worldwide Grasp within the recreation’s historical past, he was simply 10 years outdated on the time. He rose to the second-youngest grandmaster place on the earth two years later, in 2018.

He turned simply the third Indian to overcome the Norwegian grandmaster when he overcame Carlsen on the Airthings Masters, a web-based fast event, final 12 months.

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He’s additionally the primary Indian to advance to the FIDE World Cup closing because the legendary chess participant Vishwanathan Anand.

Anand wrote on X, “Pragg goes by to the ultimate! He beats Fabiano Caruana within the tiebreak and can face Magnus Carlsen now. What a efficiency!”

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{The teenager}, Praggnanandhaa, received the chess competitors towards Carlsen, a participant he had not anticipated. He was praised by former world champions Susan Polgar and Garry Kasparov on social media.

Praggnanandhaa expressed his pleasure about going through Carlsen within the closing, stating he would give his greatest shot and see the way it goes.

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