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Chess World Cup 2023: Praggnanandhaa Makes It As Runner-Up As Carlsen Beats Him To Win Title

In an electrifying finale at the Chess World Cup 2023, the reigning World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen, clinched his first-ever World Cup title. He secured this triumph by prevailing over India’s prodigious young talent, R Praggnanandhaa, in the tie-breakers of the final clash held in Baku on Thursday, August 24. Read more: Manchester United Set […]

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Aug 24, 2023 19:13 IST
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Chess World Cup 2023
Chess World Cup 2023

In an electrifying finale at the Chess World Cup 2023, the reigning World No. 1, Magnus Carlsen, clinched his first-ever World Cup title. He secured this triumph by prevailing over India’s prodigious young talent, R Praggnanandhaa, in the tie-breakers of the final clash held in Baku on Thursday, August 24.

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Despite grappling with a bout of food poisoning, Magnus Carlsen drew upon his extensive experience and strategic prowess to emerge victorious against the young Indian prodigy. R Praggnanandhaa had earned a formidable reputation for his ability to defeat strong opponents, making him a “giant killer” in the world of chess.

Securing a silver medal at the Chess World Cup has earned Praggnanandhaa a place in the prestigious Candidates Tournament, marking him as just the second Indian to achieve this distinction.

Despite falling short in the highly anticipated final showdown in Baku, the 18-year-old chess sensation from Chennai has made an indelible mark on the annals of Indian chess history.

He proudly followed in the footsteps of Viswanathan Anand as the first Indian to reach the final, coming tantalizingly close to attaining the same pinnacle of success as the revered Indian chess legend.

Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa engaged in two classical time control games on Tuesday and Wednesday, both culminating in draws. Tuesday saw Praggnanandhaa miss a chance to secure a victory with the white pieces, while Carlsen exhibited an intriguing strategy, opting for a draw in the second game despite having the white pieces. Carlsen disclosed his intention to seek an additional day of rest following a bout of food poisoning, deliberately pushing the final into tie-breakers.

Carlsen’s decision was a daring one, given Praggnanandhaa’s remarkable track record in tie-breakers, having emerged victorious in three of them before the final clash. Both contenders acknowledged their fatigue, with Pragg having played 29 games, a notable 9 more than Carlsen leading up to the final.

The ultimate match was characterized by strategic maneuvers and unwavering perseverance, with Carlsen’s seasoned expertise proving decisive, preventing Praggnanandhaa from securing a historic victory.

Praggnanandhaa missed a chance to carve his name in history as the first player ever to claim the World Cup crown after defeating the top 3 players in the FIDE Rankings. Despite this, Pragg’s journey to his inaugural Chess World Cup final underscored his resilience, including his triumph in three previous tie-breakers against prominent opponents like World No. 2 Hikaru Nakamura and World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana.

With a rapid ELO rating of 2723, Praggnanandhaa’s World Cup achievements serve as a poignant reminder that the young prodigy excels under pressure, showcasing his remarkable tenacity and prowess on the grand stage.

 

First published on: Aug 24, 2023 05:31 PM IST

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