Inspiring: Praggnanandhaa is the New World Chess Star Adored by Millions

    Praggnanandhaa won million hearts with his astounding performance against Carlsen at the World Chess Championship Finals. PM Modi joined the nation to cheer and express his profound pride for the young Praggnanandhaa, on his remarkable performance at the FIDE World Cup!

    After three days of gritty chess across two formats, Magnus Carlsen finally emerged victorious to win the FIDE World Cup for the first time in his career on Thursday. He defeated India’s R Praggnanandhaa in the final, but not before the 18-year-old teenage prodigy had dragged him through the tie-breaker.

    From now on, every time the two chess stars meet, there will be a huge anticipation around those games. The 2023 World Cup could have started a rivalry between two players whose backgrounds could not have been more distinct.

    In the world of chess, a brilliant new luminary has emerged, illuminating the path to success for India on the global stage. Praggnanandhaa, a rising star in the realm of chess, has been a driving force behind India’s surging prowess in the game. With his remarkable skills, unwavering dedication, and inspirational journey, Praggnanandhaa is propelling Indian chess to unprecedented heights

    Modi in his message to the young chess star said “Praggnanandhaa showcased his exceptional skills and gave a tough fight to the formidable Magnus Carlsen in the finals. This is no small feat. Wishing him the very best for his upcoming tournaments.”

    In the final of the World Chess Tourney 2023, Magnus Carlsen took the second rapid game of the day by storm and R Praggnanandhaa chose to shake hands and agree to a draw. With the Norwegian having already won the first game, it meant that World No.1 Carlsen finally added the World Cup to his overflowing trophy cabinet. Carlsen had briefly been on the backfoot in the first game of the day but took command towards the end, putting some time pressure on Praggnanandhaa. Carlsen was far more dominant in the second game.

    R Praggnanandhaa scripted a fairy tale by reaching the final after beating two of the top three in the world. In the final, though, he came up against a player who has ended many a fairy tale run in the past. And yet, Pragg made a good case of himself against Magnus Carlsen and it pretty much shows that sky is the limit for him in his career. He leaves the tournament with a runners-up tag and an elusive place in the Candidates tournament.

    A Mother’s Love: Praggnanandhaa’s Rock in the Chess Arena

    Inspired, Inspiring Duo – Praggnanandhaa with his mother

    Each time Praggnanandhaa steps out of the chess hall, his gaze searches earnestly for a figure, a presence more vital than any piece on the 64-square battlefield. His mother, Nagalakshmi, often finds solace in an unassuming corner of the corridor, her fingers entwined with the nervous threads of her saree’s pallu. As their eyes lock, his stride quickens, bridging the distance in a heartbeat. It’s a hug that transcends victories and losses, a bittersweet clasp that conceals his choked-back tears, while hers shimmer with an affectionate understanding. Unconcerned with the game’s outcome, she doesn’t dissect missteps or extol strategic triumphs.

    The intricate dance of strategies and counter-strategies, the mental gymnastics across the 64 squares—these are not her domain. The intricacies of each move and countermove are a mystery to her, the profound battles of intellect within her son’s mind remain largely concealed. Yet, her presence is all that matters; a steadfast pillar of unwavering love. She stands beside him, a silent companion, just as he yearns for her to be, an embodiment of his source of strength and solace, a love unburdened by wins or losses.


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