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Praggnanandhaa becomes India's no. 1 after beating world champ Ding Liren

Praggnanandhaa overtook Viswanathan Anand to become India's new no. 1 after he beat reigning world champion Ding Liren at Tata Steel Masters on Tuesday.

Praggnanandhaa becomes Indias no. 1 after beating world champ Ding Liren

R Praggnanandhaa beats Ding Liren of China at Tata Steel Masters in the Netherlands.  


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 17 Jan 2024 6:46 AM GMT

Indian chess prodigy R Praggnanandhaa overtook legendary Vishwanathan Anand to become India's no. 1 chess player after the Chennai boy beat reigning world champion Ding Liren of China at the Tata Steel Chess Masters in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, on Tuesday.

Praggnanandhaa went past five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand with a FIDE rating of 2748.3, while Anand is in the second spot with 2748.

Praggnanandhaa also became the second Indian after Anand to beat the defending world champion in classical chess.

Playing with black pieces, the 18-year-old was in a commanding position throughout the game. This was also his first win in four rounds at the Tata Steel chess event in this year after three draws.

Incidentally, Praggnanandhaa defeated Ding with black pieces in 2023 as well at the same event. At that time, Ding was world no. 2.

Ding has made a rare appearance at Tata Steel chess since winning the world championship by beating Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Last year, Gukesh surpassed Anand to become India's no. 1 in 36 years. However, he lost his contest with Anish Giri at the Tata Steel Masters.

Vidit Gujrathi, the third Indian player in the fray, was held to a draw by Jorden Van Foreest.

Pragganandhaa is currently third on the leaderboard as Giri topped the chart at the end of the first day of the event.

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