Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

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Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu
Praggnanandhaa at Tata Steel Chess 2017
Born (2005-08-10) 10 August 2005 (age 13)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Title Grandmaster (2018)
FIDE rating 2519 (September 2018)
Peak rating 2532 (August 2018)

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (born (2005-08-10)10 August 2005), is an Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he is the second-youngest person ever to achieve the title of grandmaster, behind Sergey Karjakin.[1]

Chess career[edit]

Praggnanandhaa is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He won the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 title in 2013 earning him the title of Fide Master at the age of 7. He also won the Under-10 title in 2015.[2]

In 2016, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days.[3][4] He achieved his first grandmaster norm at the World Junior Chess Championship in November 2017, finishing 4th with 8 points.[5] He bagged his second norm at the Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Norm tournament in Greece on 17 April 2018.[6] On 23 June 2018 he achieved his third and final GM norm at the Gredine Open in Urtijëi by defeating Luca Moroni in the eighth round to become, at the age of 12 years, 10 months and 13 days, the second-youngest person ever to achieve the status of grandmaster (Sergey Karjakin achieved the title at the age of 12 years and 7 months).[7]

In 2018, he was invited to the Leon Masters 2018 for a four-game rapid match against Wesley So. So was expected to win comfortably, but the 12-year-old Praggnanandhaa surprised chess enthusiasts by defeating So in game one, and after three games the score was tied at 1½–1½. In the last game So defeated Praggnanandhaa, thus winning the match 2½–1½.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Praggnanandhaa lives in the suburb of Padi in Chennai. His father works at a bank and his mother is a homemaker. His elder sister, Vaishali Rameshbabu, is a two-time youth chess champion. They are devotees of Kalki Bhagavan.[citation needed]


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