“From the tiny township to second youngest Grandmaster”, Twitter goes crazy as 16-year-old Indian R Praggnanandhaa stuns the Mozart of chess

Miracles do happen and who better to put life to this maxim than a 16-year-old Indian grandmaster, R Praggnanandhaa who stunned reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters, a tournament hosted online.

The Mozart of Chess’ streak of three blistering wins smashed a roadblock as an young Praggnanandhaa left him drubbed in  span of 39 moves. The young Indian played a Tarrasch variation with black pieces.

Sadly, for the Indian wunderkind, he has so far had a moderate tournament as he could only garner 8 points and is in the 12th position of the players’ list.


Before he got the better of the world champion, he could rack up just a solitary win over Lev Aronian while his other games starred a couple of draws and four defeats.

He shared the spoils of war against Anish Giri and Quang Liem Le while defeats came at the hand of Eric Hansen, Ding Liren, Jan-Kryzstof Duda and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.

Hailing all the way from Russia, Ian Nepomniachtchi is currently stationed at the ace with 19 points and is being pursued by Ding Liren and Hansen who are jointly on 15 points.


In the Airthings Masters the tournament is played between 16 players as a win guarantees you 3 points while a draw earns you 1.

Twitter couldn’t hold back from emoting their thrill and happiness as the kid from India pulled off the unimaginable, a feat that has placed him in the same pedestal of wins against formidable stalwarts as that of the iconic Vishy.






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