Making India proud, R Praggnanandhaa from Chennai won the Under-18 Chess Championship which was held in Mumbai.
The 14-year-old Grand Master finished with draw in the 11th and final round against Valentin Buckels from Germany, hence emerging on the top with 9 points.
A big congratulations to Praggnanandhaa R. for winning the under-18 World Championship. Pragg scored 9.0/11, performed at an Elo of 2700+ and gained 19 Elo points to reach a live rating of 2586.
Congratulations Pragg, you have made the entire nation proud!
Photo: Amruta Mokal pic.twitter.com/9NNpjtmy8D
— ChessBase India (@ChessbaseIndia) October 12, 2019
Overall, the Championship ended on a high note for India, as we won 6 other medals. This includes 3 silver and 3 bronze.
Before heading out for the World junior championship next week, Praggnanandhaa took out time to interact with media houses and said:
I chose to play in the under-18 category because I was looked for stiffer competition. Being the second seed and winning the title feels good.
Praggnanandhaa has previously been the under-8 champion in 2013 and the under-10 winner in 2015.