R Praggnanandhaa Shocks Fabiano Caruana, Set To Face Magnus Carlsen In Chess World Cup Final
Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa stunned world No.3 Fabiano Caruana in the semifinals of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament on Monday.
Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa registered a stunning victory over world number 3 Fabiano Caruana in the semi-finals of the ongoing FIDE World Cup chess tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan on Monday. He is now set to face Magnus Carlsen in the final of the tournament that will take place on Tuesday. With the win on Monday, Praggnanandhaa became only the second Indian player following legendary player Viswanathan Anand to enter the summit clash of the tournament. The Indian teenager shocked Caruana 3.5-2.5 via the tie-break in the semifinals.
"Pragg goes through to the final! He beats Fabiano Caruana in the tiebreak and will face Magnus Carlsen now. What a performance!," chess legend Viswanathan Anand wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
Earlier, Praggnanandhaa beat compatriot Arjun Erigaisi 5-4 in a sudden death tie-break to book a place for himself in the semifinals on Thursday. Praggnanandhaa already secured a spot in next year's Candidates event.
Here are some more reactions:
Praggnanandhaa goes to the final of the #FIDEWorldCup!— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) August 21, 2023
The Indian prodigy managed to beat world #3 Fabiano Caruana 3.5-2.5 after tiebreaks and will battle it out against Magnus Carlsen for the title.
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18 years old Indian chess sensation Praggnanandhaa defeats 31 years old Fabiano Caruana (who's the third highest rated chess player ever) & qualifies to the finals.— Mr Sinha (@MrSinha_) August 21, 2023
This guy is already a legend! I wish he gets even 1% of the attention that cricketers get. pic.twitter.com/va15T49Nlw
Congratulations @rpragchess for winning against Fabiano and going to the finals at the World Cup in 2023! Proud and happy!— Ramesh RB (@Rameshchess) August 21, 2023
Praggnandhaa has just beaten chess world #2 Fabiano Caruana and will now face world #1 Magnus Carslen in the finals of FIDE World Cup! This is HUGE for Indian chess! After Vishy Anand, Pragg is going to be the first Indian to make it to the candidates! The future is ours!!— Samay Raina (@ReheSamay) August 21, 2023
Praggnanandhaa had orchestrated one of the biggest upsets of the FIDE World Cup after he eliminated American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura in the tiebreakers.
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