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