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Sachin Tendulkar Praises Praggnanandhaa For Becoming India's No.1 Chess Player

02:56 PM Jan 17, 2024 IST | 8PM News Desk
sachin tendulkar praises praggnanandhaa for becoming india s no 1 chess player

New Delhi [India] : Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar lauded Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa on Wednesday after the Chess prodigy clinched the number one spot among India’s chess players following his victory over World Champion Ding Liren.

Tendulkar took to his official X (formerly Twitter) account and congratulated Praggnanandhaa for the remarkable triumph.

He also sent best wishes for his upcoming fixtures and asked the 18-year-old to bring glory to India in international chess tournaments.

‘Big cheers to @rpraggnachess for this remarkable triumph against World Champion, Ding Liren. At the young age of 18, you haven’t just dominated the game but also risen to become India’s top-rated player. Best wishes for your upcoming challenges. Continue to bring glory to India on the international stage in chess,’ Tendulkar wrote on X.

The 18-year-old defeated China’s Liren with the black pieces at the chess-tournament’ 2024 Tata Steel Chess Tournament on Wednesday and surpassed the legendary Viswanathan Anand to take the number one spot.

Praggnanandhaa said he was surprised with the outcome as he didn’t expect the world champion to get ousted in such a fashion.

‘I felt I equalized very easily and then somehow things started to go wrong for him. Even after I won the pawn I felt it should be holdable,’

Praggnanandhaa was quoted as saying by Chess.com. 
Praggnanandhaa, who started playing at the tender age of 5, went on to become India’s youngest and the then world’s second-youngest Grandmaster at age 12 in 2018.

He is the fifth-youngest person ever to achieve the title of Grandmaster after Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D and Javokhir Sindarov.

Incidentally, his elder sister R Vaishali is also a Grandmaster, which makes the siblings the world’s first-ever brother-sister GM duo.

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