FIDE Master (2013); International Master (2016); Grandmaster (2018); Asian U8 Champion (2013); World U10 Champion (2015); Asian U12 Champion (2016).
Praggnanandhaa is the youngest person ever to become an International Master. He did so on 29 May 2016 at the age of ten years and ten months and nineteen days, beating by over a year the record previously held by Sergey Karjakin. (1) He won his IM norms by:
- scoring 4.5/9 at the 30th International Festival of Games - Tournament A held in Cannes in February-March 2016
- scoring 5/9 at Aeroflot B in Moscow in March 2016 and
- scoring 6.5 from the first nine rounds of the 9th KiiT International Festival in Odisha in India in May 2016.
In June 2018, at the age of 12 years 10 months and 14 days, he became the second youngest person after Sergey Karjakin to become a Grandmaster, and along with Karjakin only one of two players to win the title before the age of 13 years. (2) His GM norms were achieved at the:
- World Junior Championship in 2017 (see below)
- Heraklion Fischer Memorial GM Norm tournament in Greece in April 2018 and at the
- 4th Gredine Open in June 2018.
At the 2016 WYCC (U12 cadet's section), Andrew Z Hong, Sarin Nihal and Vincent Keymer and he all tied (behind Nikhil Kumar who won) with scores of 8.5/11. (3) He scored eight points after 11 rounds at the World Junior Championship (2017) behind Aryan Tari (winner), Manuel Petrosyan (2nd after tiebreaks) and Chithambaram V R Aravindh (3rd after tie-breaks), tying with 3 others at 8 points.
His older sister, Ramesh Babu Vaishali, is also a notable chess player.
(2) https://en.chessbase.com/post/pragg... and https://chess24.com/en/read/news/pr...
(3) http://www.e2e4.ge/ (2016 U 12 Cadets)
https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects... (15 October 2016 video podcast with "National Master Jerry from Pennsylvania" on ICC) and Wikipedia article: Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu