India’s Praggnanandhaa Finishes 2nd in Chess World Cup 2023

In a gripping culmination to the Chess World Cup 2023, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa secured the second position. The tournament witnessed three days of intense and nerve-wracking chess battles spanning four games across two formats. Finally, on Thursday, Magnus Carlsen clinched his maiden victory in the FIDE World Cup. However, the path to victory was not without a formidable challenge, as the 18-year-old chess prodigy from India, Praggnanandhaa, pushed Carlsen to a tie-breaker.

Magnus Carlsen’s triumph was solidified after the second game of the tiebreaker. The lead-up to this decisive moment saw both players engaged in one draw each on both Tuesday and Wednesday, demonstrating the high stakes and intensity of the competition.

About Chess World Cup 2023

Despite the ultimate loss in the final, the FIDE World Cup has been a remarkable journey for the young chess prodigy from Chennai. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa achieved a significant milestone by securing a spot in the prestigious Candidates Tournament, a significant event that determines the contender for the world chess championship against reigning champion Ding Liren.

Multiple Records Broken

Turning 18 during the World Cup, Pragg set multiple records.

  • He became the youngest-ever World Cup finalist and emerged as the youngest World Cup winner.
  • Remarkably, as the 31st seed, Pragg also holds the distinction of being the lowest-seeded player to reach the final of the World Cup.
  • Praggnanandhaa’s journey to the final also led him to become the third-youngest player, following the footsteps of legendary figures like Bobby Fischer and Magnus Carlsen, to qualify for the esteemed Candidates tournament.

About Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

In a gripping culmination to the Chess World Cup 2023, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa secured the second position.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is an Indian chess grandmaster. Praggnanandhaa was born on 10 August 2005 in Chennai. He started playing chess at the age of five.

Praggnanandhaa is considered one of the most promising young chess players in the world. He is known for his aggressive style of play and his ability to calculate complex positions quickly. He is also a very strong rapid and blitz player.


  • Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 title in 2013 and the World Youth Chess Championship Under-10 title in 2015.
  • He became a grandmaster in 2016 at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 11 days, making him the second youngest grandmaster in history after Abhimanyu Mishra.
  • Praggnanandhaa has won several other international tournaments, including the Isle of Man International in 2017 and the Tata Steel Chess India in 2022.
  • He is currently ranked 19th in the world by FIDE.
  • In 2022, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest Indian to win a chess tournament when he won the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz event.
  • He also became the first Indian to beat Magnus Carlsen, the world’s number one chess player, when he defeated him in a rapid game at the Norway Chess tournament.

Praggnanandhaa is a rising star in the world of chess and is sure to achieve great things in the years to come.


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