• Monday, November 28, 2022


Grandmaster in a flash: Indian prodigy chess champ at 12

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

By: Sarwar Alam

A 12-year-old Indian boy described as “unstoppable” by his proud father has become the world’s second youngest chess grandmaster ever. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the son of a bank employee from the southern city of Chennai, achieved the feat with some aggressive play at an event in northern Italy that ended Sunday. Praggnanandhaa — whose 17-year-old big sister Vaishali Rameshbabu is also no slouch at the game, being a two-time youth chess champion — was aged 12 years, 10 months and 13 days when he won the title. But this was too old to beat the current record-holder, Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine,…

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