In the eighth round of the Airthings Masters Chess Tournament, Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa upset World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen.
Praggnanandhaa’s 39-move Tarrasch variation ended Carlsen’s three-game winning streak on Monday.
The Indian GM is tied for 12th place with eight points after eight rounds. Aronian had won one game, drawn two, and lost four games in the earlier rounds.
How did Praggnanandhaa defeat World Champion Magnus Carlsen?
The young GM won with black in 39 moves in the eighth round of the online rapid chess tournament using a Tarrasch variation. It was a 15+10 time control. Pragganandhaa became the third Indian to defeat Magnus Carsen in a tournament, joining legends Vishwanathan Anand and P Harikrishna on the list of elite Indian chess players.
On Monday, Praggnanandhaa beat the World No. 1 after an average performance on Saturday. After starting with a draw, he lost three straight games to end the first day of the tournament. Carlsen lost two rounds to Russians Andrey Esipenko and Ian Nepomniachtchi to drop to 11th ahead of his match against the Indian teenager. Pragganandhaa will be looking to continue his winning momentum in the remaining rounds of the preliminary stage.
R Pragganandhaa’s journey in chess
Pragganandhaa is the fifth youngest Grandmaster, after Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov. He earned the FIDE Master title at the age of seven after winning the World Youth Chess Championships Under-8 in 2013.
After winning the U-10 title in 2015, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest international master at 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days in 2016. By defeating Luca Moroni in the eighth round of the Grenadine Open in Urtijei in 2018, he became the second-youngest grandmaster at the age of 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days.