Praggnanandhaa defeats world champion Ding Liren at Tata Steel Masters

He surpassed Anand to become India No. 1

Praggnanandhaa (File) R. Praggnanandhaa | PTI

Indian chess teen sensation R. Praggnanandhaa shocked world champion Ding Liren of China in the fourth round clash at the 2024 Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.

The win also helped the 18-year-old surpass five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand as the country's number one chess player, as per the FIDE’s live ratings with a rating of 2748.3—Anand's is 2748.

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Praggnanandhaa thus became the second Indian after Anand to defeat a reigning world champion in classical chess.

It was Praggnanandhaa's first win in four rounds at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament this year, after three draws. Interestingly, last year on the same day, he had defeated then world number 2 Ding Liren with black pieces at the same event.

Praggnanandhaa is currently third in the tournament standings.


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