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“Don’t Expect Something Special Every Time.” Magnus Carlsen Opens Up on Shocking Defeat to Indian Grandmaster R. Praggnanandhaa

Published 02/27/2022, 9:00 AM EST

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You can only imagine the feeling of defeating the world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen. The 16-year-old Indian Grand Master, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, achieved the best moment of his chess career so far. He defeated the world number Magnus Carlsen in a rapid game of Airthings Masters tournament currently happening under Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

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With this victory, Praggu became the third Indian to defeat Carlsen after Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna and also the youngest Grand Master ever to defeat the world number one. After the game, Praggu said, “I’m just very happy.”


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Magnus Carlsen asks the media to give young Praggu the needed space to develop

The Norwegian Grand Master praises young Praggnanandhaa for his remarkable achievement and believes he is on the right track. When asked whether he has any tips for the 16-year-old Grand Master, Carlsen said,I think it’s exactly, that give people space to develop and don’t expect something very special every time because that’s not realistic.”

He further added, “I think he has shown a lot of promise over the last few tournaments. Clearly he has a lot to learn, but he is on the right track and the more time and space he can be given to develop his pace then the better. He is obviously doing very well.”


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The young Praggnanandhaa would certainly take Carlsen’s advice into consideration while moving forward with his chess career.

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With Carlsen and Nepo in the finals of Airthings Masters, it was a world chess championship battle all over again, and the result was also the same. After five draw games between the two, Carlsen finally showcased why he is the best chess player in the world. In game six, just like in the world championship, Carlsen overpowered the game and the Russian Grandmaster couldn’t do anything other than resigning from the game.

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After winning the first tournament of Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, Carlsen said, “These things are always going to be about whether you can perform on that particular day. But even so my games were going in a positive direction here. I felt I was playing better as the tournament went along and that was enough.”


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Saurav Panwar

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.