In the eighth round of the Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament, R. Praggnanandhaa shocked Carlsen, becoming only the third player from the country to defeat the Norwegian superstar.
Many on social media praised the 16-year-old prodigy, including cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and All-India Chess Federation president Sanjay Kapoor, after he beat Carlsen, the 31-year-old who is also the reigning world champion, after he followed five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna in defeating him.
“I am delighted to have beaten Carlsen. It will give me a lot of confidence for the rest of the tournament and future also,” he told PTI over the phone. former world champion Vishwanath Anand congratulated him on Twitter