Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa wins Magnus at 17, everything about him


The Young Indian Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is one of the best great talents in the world. Lately, he surprised us with his ability to earn a win against the grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion.

This incredible success got him that attention that he so deserves for his win, but it is not the first time it happens. You see, GM Magnus Carlsen is not the first nor will be the last elite grandmaster to lose to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa.

He simply is one of the best grandmasters of the new chess generation, and today we will tribute his dedication to chess. Praggnanandhaa is from a country where chess is very important, and where many chess legends were born.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa was one of the youngest masters ever registered, obtaining his GM title at age 12. Since then, he started his career as an incredible chess grandmaster at that age and keeps up until now.

He was one of the first “young talents” that we know today, and certainly one of the most impressive. Nowadays, is pretty normal to talk about a boy making his way into elite chess while he is very young (Firouzja, Artemiev, and others).

But back in 2018, when Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa officially became a GM, it was a shock for the chess community. It’s not the first time he has played Magnus Carlsen in a FIDE event, but it is the first time that he gets to beat him.

Even more than that, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa became the first chess prodigy to defeat Magnus Carlsen ever!

We will learn everything about Praggnanandhaa now, make sure to pay close attention.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa’s playstyle

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It’s not the first time we can perceive a brilliant strategic lesson by Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. But he has proven to be an excellent attacker, as every grandmaster, is a player that can develop excellently at any kind of position.

But, considering his interesting choices of opening and other factors, we can have an idea of what he prefers. He is usually more attracted by strategic games, and he is very positional in most cases.

Rameshbabu has played many different openings in his young career, but their games are always methodically planned. He is a true believer of objective positional advantages, as he won’t care about sacrificing a pawn or two for a positional advantage.

He also has that cold calculation and exact procedure that defines his very games. He is sure a chess talent with a sharp and refined technique in endgames, but also in executing tactical conclusions.

But in most cases, he tends to look for a positional and quiet game, rather than attacking himself. Except in the cases when he feels there is no other option, or that he feels that a certain approach is right.

We could say that most of the time he looks for the positional approach in all of his games. But if he is attacking is because he saw promising attacking chances, which is not all of the cases.

But when the opponent mistakes or leaves some exploitable weakness, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa will punish for sure.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa’s best games

Now, we will see another example in which Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa attacks, but more methodically and less opportunistically.

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