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"Don't get carried away" — chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa's coach RB Ramesh advises

After R. Praggnanandhaa defeated Magnus Carlsen in an online chess event, a lot of frenzy is taking place around the prodigy. His coach advises people to not get carried away.

Smt. Nagalakshmi, mother to GM R. Praggnanandhaa and WGM R Vaishali
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Smt. Nagalakshmi, mother to GM R. Praggnanandhaa and WGM R Vaishali (Source: Twitter)

By

Sohinee Basu

Published: 23 Feb 2022 5:15 PM GMT

Ever since 16-year-old chess prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa defeated the reigning 5-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen during the online Airthings Masters event with black pieces, he has taken the whole of the Indian chess fraternity by storm.

Being only the third Indian to have upset Magnus Carlsen in their career, R. Praggnanandhaa joined the elite list of Vishy Anand and Pentala Harikrishna who have achieved this feat before the Chennai lad.

READ | WATCH: R Praggnanandhaa becomes the third Indian to defeat Magnus Carlsen

With wishes pouring in from everywhere, including the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi also lauded this immense victory of R. Praggnanandhaa, the chess prodigy's coach, Grandmaster RB Ramesh took to Twitter to remind people that they should not be getting ahead of themselves and lose perspective from the matter.

RB Ramesh who has always known that R. Praggnanandhaa is a special case and was exceptionally talented ever since he came under his wing, also acknowledged the greatness of what the teenager has managed to achieve but also reminded that there is a "long journey ahead" to focus ahead and one shouldn't be dwelling for too long on this lone online victory alone.

After this stunning win, a lot of parents have been approaching RB Ramesh to also train their kids but the Grandmaster also reminded them that the success that comes from the game is reliant on the child and not on the coach so much. Stressing on the fact that parents should let their children appreciate the beauty and values of the game and enjoy it rather them pressurize them into it, RB Ramesh's timely reminder comes at a time when the whole country is buzzing with Praggnanandhaa's big victory.

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