Praggnanandhaa beats World No.1 Magnus Carlsen for the 1st time in Classical Chess

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In a historic moment for Indian chess, Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa defeated world number one Magnus Carlsen in a classical game format. This victory took place during the third round of the 2024 Norway Chess tournament.

Praggnanandhaa outsmart Magnus Carlsen

At just 18 years of age, Praggnanandhaa displayed his mettle on Carlsen’s home ground. He utilized the white pieces and executed a series of strategic moves to secure the win. This match marked Praggnanandhaa’s first classical win against Carlsen, a significant achievement considering Carlsen’s dominance in the world of chess.

Praggnanandhaa, who was the runner-up in the previous year’s FIDE Chess World Cup, led the open section of the six-player tournament after this victory. Following this round, Praggnanandhaa led with a score of 5.5 out of nine points. This victory propelled him to the top, while Carlsen dropped to the fifth position in the tournament standings.

Prior to this encounter, Praggnanandhaa had recorded victories over Carlsen in both rapid and blitz chess formats. However, a win in the classical format is considered more prestigious due to the longer time controls and the emphasis on strategic depth and endurance.

The Norway Chess 2024 tournament, which is being held from May 27 to June 7, features both the traditional Norway Chess tournament and the newly introduced Norway Chess Women tournament. Both tournaments follow a 6-player double round-robin format and offer equal prize funds.

As the tournament progresses, all eyes will be on Praggnanandhaa as he continues his journey. His victory over Carlsen has set high expectations, and chess enthusiasts worldwide will be eagerly watching his future games.

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