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Sixteen-year-old Indian Praggnanandhaa stuns world No. 1 chess player Carlsen

R Praggnanandhaa who was playing with black pieces completed the win in 39 moves

Update : 22 Feb 2022, 03:09 PM

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, a 16-year-old stunned the world after defeating World No. 1 Chess Champion 31-year-old Magnus Carlsen with 39 black piece moves in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters, an online rapid chess tournament.

After a disastrous Day One when he lost three successive games, Praggnanandhaa shocked Norway’s Carlsen of Norway in the eighth round of the tournament on Monday, reports IANS.

The Indian, who won the World Youth Chess Championships U-8 title in 2013, which earned him the title of FIDE Master at the age of 7, currently has eight points and is in joint 12th spot after eight rounds.

Following the Carlsen success, Praggnanandhaa now has two wins, two draws and four losses.

On Sunday, Praggnanandhaa drew the first round with Le Quang Liem of Vietnam and lost to Canadian Eric Hensen, Chinese Ding Liren and Poland's Jan-Krzysztof Duda.

On Monday, he drew against Dutch player Anish Giri and and lost to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.

Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi is leading the standings with 19 points.

The Airthings Masters has a 16-player online rapid format, where the winner gets three points, while a draw earns him only one in the preliminary rounds. Seven more rounds remain in the preliminary phase.

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