16-year-old Indian grandmaster beats world chess champion Magnus Carlsen

Indian chess grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, 16, was showered with praise on Tuesday after his shock victory over world number one Magnus Carlsen in a rapid online tournament.

The youngster defeated Carlsen of Norway on Monday night in the Airthings Masters rapid chess tournament.

"It’s about time to go to bed, I don’t think I can eat dinner at 2:30 in the morning"declared Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa laconically after his win in 39 moves playing black.

Other players have beaten Magnus Carlsen in the past, including Indians Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna, but Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is the youngest since the Norwegian won the world title in 2013.

The teenager, born in Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, became the youngest international master in history, when he was 10 years old in 2016. Two years later he became a Grand Master.

Viswanathan Anand, five times world champion, considered the best chess player in the history of India, or the Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar joined the chorus of voices in recognition of Praggnanandhaa’s deed.

"He is only 16 years old and has beaten Magnus Carlsen (…) and on top of that playing black, he is magical"Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Twitter."You have made India proud!"he added.

On Monday, Magnus Carlsen, 31, claimed to feel the aftermath of the covid-19 he recently contracted. "Today I was better, the first two days I felt more or less well, but I lacked energy and could hardly concentrate",

The Norwegian player captured his fifth world chess title in December, defeating Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi at the end of an epic eight-hour game, the longest ever played in a world championship.

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