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After stunning World No. 1 Carlsen in the Airthings Masters, teen GM Praggnanandhaa says, "I was just having fun."


I was just enjoying myself, says teen GM Praggnanandhaa after stunning World No. 1 Carlsen in Airthings Masters

 CHENNAI: Teenaged Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa paralyzed world no. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters online fast chess competition, turning out to be just the third from the country to secure a triumph over the Norwegian whiz.


The 16-year old wonder was hailed by a lot of people on the online media, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and All-India Chess Federation president Sanjay Kapoor, after he followed five-time previous best on the planet Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna in improving of Carlsen, the 31-year-old who is likewise the dominant title holder.


Praggnanandhaa won with dark pieces in 39 maneuvers in a Tarrasch variety game from the beginning Monday to end Carlsen's run of three straight successes.


"I'm more than happy to have beaten Carlsen. It will provide me with a ton of certainty for the remainder of the competition and future likewise," he told PTI over telephone.


For somebody, who cut down the best chess player on earth, Praggnanandhaa was not celebrating huge at this time and said he needed to remain focussed on the remainder of the competition.


"I need to zero in on the impending matches. After the match I simply needed to rest," he said happily.


The teenaged GM additionally said there was no particular arrangement for the match against the Norwegian.


"No extraordinary arrangement or groundwork for the Carlsen match. For simply needed to appreciate playing against him and not set an excessive amount of strain on myself (of taking on the best on the planet)," Praggu, as he is warmly called by companions and mentor R B Ramesh, said.


His mentor, in the interim, said he was thrilled with his ward's victory over the best player on the planet.


"It is an incredible inclination. I'm exceptionally glad for his accomplishment. This ought to do a lot of good to his self-conviction," Ramesh said.


The Indian GM lies in joint twelfth spot after eight rounds with eight places.


His fantastic success over Carlsen came after a moderate spat the prior adjusts, which incorporated a single triumph up and over 10 player Levon Aronian, two draws and four losses.


He drew against Anish Giri and Quang Liem Le and lost to Eric Hansen, Ding Liren, Jan-Kryzstof Duda and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.


What a superb inclination it should be for Pragg. All of 16, and to have beaten the accomplished and enhanced Magnus Carlsen, and that too while playing dark, is mystical! All the best on a long and fruitful chess profession ahead. You've done right by India!" Tendulkar tweeted.


What a brilliant inclination it should be for Pragg. All of 16, and to have beaten the accomplished and enhanced Magnus Car… https://t.co/dsP0WGC91r


- Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1645451831000


Sanjay Kapoor hailed the youthful GM and tweeted : "16 yrs old India #Chess wonder, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa has lowered, as a matter of fact, the World Chess Champion, @MagnusCarlsen. Amazing! This little fellow merits a colossal praise for his exceptional accomplishment."


16 yrs old India #Chess wonder, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa has lowered, as a matter of fact, the World Chess Champion,… https://t.co/XbmfwUkYIF


- Dr. Sanjay Kapoor Chess AICF (@DrSK_AICF) 1645418699000


Praggnanandhaa is the fifth most youthful individual ever to turn into a GM.


Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik additionally saluted the youthful star.


"Compliment youthful Indian Grandmaster R #Praggnanandhaa on his staggering triumph over ruling World Champion GM #MagnusCarlsen during continuous #AirthingsMasters Chess Tournament. Want him to enjoy all that life has to offer for the future," he tweeted.


Compliment youthful Indian Grandmaster R #Praggnanandhaa on his staggering triumph over ruling World Champion GM… https://t.co/qpbtHMBUaN


- Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) 1645446272000


Praggnanandhaa will play four adjusts later on Monday night and will be facing Nodirbek Abusattorov, Andrey Esipenko, Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexandra Kosteniuk.


Nepomniachtchi, who lost the big showdown match a couple of months prior to Carlsen, is on top of the standings with 19 focuses followed by Ding Liren and Hansen (both on 15 focuses).


In the Airthings Masters, a 16-player online quick competition, a player gets three focuses for a success and one for an attract the primer rounds. Seven additional rounds stay in the primer stage.

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