Sixteen year old Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa has become the youngest chess player ever to defeat Magnus Carlsen in his long reign as world champion.
The two faced off in an online tournament that had featured 16 elite players.
Praggnanandhaa is a grandmaster from India who is commonly referred to simply as Pragg. The chess prodigy said after the game that he was glad to improve on his play from the tournament’s first day — and to avoid a draw in his game against Carlsen, which included 39 moves.
“I’m just really happy,” he said.
Pragg is the youngest person to defeat Carlsen since he became world champion – a streak that extends back to 2013.
For Carlsen, it was another disappointing game in a tournament that has seen him make uncharacteristic blunders. The Norwegian said he’s feeling the effects of COVID-19, after testing positive for the coronavirus before the tournament.
“It’s been pretty bad. I played a couple of decent games, but the rest of them have been poor. I need to do a lot better than that,” Carlsen said.
Pragg was bouncing back from three losses.