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11-year-old Indian chess prodigy R Praggnanandhaa makes history by defeating Paraguayan Grandmaster

R Praggnanandhaa had created history earlier by becoming the youngest ever International Master (IM).

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R Praggnanandhaa becomes the youngest IM in the world (Image courtesy- chessbase)

The 11-year-old Indian prodigy R Praggnanandhaa from Tamil Nadu, who is coached by Olympian RB Ramesh, showed Axel Bachmann of Paraguay why he is the youngest ever International Master (IM) in the world.

At the Masters' section of the Isle of Man chess championships held at Villa Marina here on Sunday, he displayed a clinical exhibition of swift attack with the black pieces. In just 18 moves, he compelled one of the best players in the American continent to resign.

Praggnanandhaa had lost three of his four games in the tournament, but he was brave enough to take the bait from Bachmann. In the process, he showed that blooming talent can give more cheer to spectators than the intellectual Grandmasters who believe in the concept that a drawn game is not a moral defeat.

Playing against the Paraguayan GM, Praggnanandhaa dismantled the opposition’s pieces in a sequence of nine top-notch aesthetic moves (starting with the 10th move), which would have made any chess legend in the history of the game proud.

The Isle of Man chess championships – one of the toughest Open tournaments – was eventually won by Fabiano Caruana of USA (Elo 2813) with 7.5 points in nine games. He won over Michael Adams of England in the last round.

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A bright future for Indian chess

A. Rameshbabu has been a proud father whose two children Vaishali and Praggnanandhaa were so good at chess that they won titles at state, national and international levels. His sister won the Indian National Women's 'B' champion in 2015, along with winning a number of medals in the various youth events. Praggnanandhaa also had his fair share of youth medals. The siblings have made it pretty clear that they intend to go a long way.

Praggnanandhaa let his moves do the talking, and went on adding accolades to his kitty, brushing up his skills in the tough Indian tournaments. The Indian also suffered his share of ups and downs, but by February 2016, at the age of 10 years and seven months, he was already rated 2301.

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Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 boys title in 2013, and the Under-10 boys' title in 2015. In April, Praggnanandhaa made his way to the Asian Youth Championship 2016 and effortlessly won Gold in the Under-12 section. In 2016 Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Master in history, at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days.

But this is just the start. Praggnanandhaa is up there in the list of prodigies creating a colossal impact on world chess. Exciting times are surely ahead for the little Indian IM.

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