‘My mom has been a huge load of support’: R Praggnanandhaa hailds mother’s role in success | Other Sports

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18-year-old Indian grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa is favourite to win the Chess World Cup 2023 against Magnus Carlsen, going on in Baku, Azerbaijan.

R Praggnanandhaa, Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup 2023

Indian grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa and his mother (Image: FIDE/Twitter)

In the ongoing final of the Chess World Cup 2023 between Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen, Indian grandmaster Praggnanandhaa held Carlsen for a draw on day 2 of the final. No Indian after Viswanathan Anand has won the Chess World Cup for India, and R Praggnanandhaa will have a golden chance to win the title on August 24, 2023. 

3 things you need to know 

  • The Chess World Cup 2023 is being held in the Baku city of Azerbaijan 
  • Praggnanandhaa defeated Fabiano Caruana of the USA to reach the Chess World Cup 2023 Finals 
  • R Praggnanandhaa is the fifth youngest Chess grandmaster of the world 

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R Praggnanandhaa opens up on his mother’s role in his success 

Praggnanandhaa: “My mom has been a huge load of support not only for me but also for my sister.”

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— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) August 23, 2023

After holding Magnus Carlsen for a draw on the second day of the Chess World Cup 2023 Final, Indian grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa opened up on his mother’s role in his success. As per Pragg, his mother has been a huge load of support for him and his sister. While speaking to FIDE, Praggnanandhaa said: 

My mom has been a huge load of support not only for me but also for my sister.

R Praggnanandhaa also opened up on his strategy, that he will use to play the Chess World Cup 2023 Final on the third day. Praggnanandha said: 

I didn’t really think that he would go for a quick draw today, but I realised when he went for this line that he wants to make a draw; I was also fine with that. I also feel exhausted, as I said in the previous interviews. Now I can just give everything tomorrow and relax after that.

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Magnus Carlsen vs. R Praggnanandhaa: Head to Head 

If we look at the head-to-head record between R Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen, both the players, have till now faced each other on 19 occasions, wherein six matches have ended in a draw, whereas, Pragg has only been able to win five games against Carlsen. The Norwegian Chess veteran has been on the winning side on eight occasions against Praggnanandhaa. 

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