For the second time in just three months, 16-year-old Indian grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu has beaten world champion Magnus Carlsen, the latest victory coming Friday at the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament.
Praggnanadhaa closed out the win after Carlsen made a one-shot error and misplayed his jumper. The win gave the Indian three valuable points and kept their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage alive.
“I’m not so thrilled with the quality of my game. I’m missing tips, tricks and tactics so tomorrow I have to be sharper,” said the Indian teenager as quoted by chess24.com.
In February this year, Praggnanandhaa won praise for the amazing world number 1 Carlsen in an online championship.
Sixteen-year-old Praggnanandhaa, who in 2016 became the youngest international master in history at age 10, beat Carlsen at the Airthings Masters rapid chess tournament.
Praggnanandhaa told CNN after the 39-move blackout win earlier this year that, “Usually I don’t celebrate things too much because, OK, it’s just a win, and that’s is just a win, and it’s a quick game, so there’s a lot more to do and a lot more to work on,”
On Friday, Carlsen had a stunned look on his face at the end as he realized he had made a mistake when even Praggnanandhaa looked on rather quizzically. Commentators have observed that this was a pattern that was beginning to emerge in the legendary player’s game in the recent past.
But the champion and world number 1 quickly bounced back to win the next match of the day against American Abhimanyu Mishra, the world’s youngest GM.
Among the Indians, others have beaten Carlsen – including Indians Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna – but Praggnanandhaa became the youngest to do so since the Norwegian became world champion in 2013.
You can watch the final stages of the match from around 50 minutes in the video below:
The tournament standings are here.