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Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Number of games in database: 166
Years covered: 2014 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2507 (1736 rapid, 2207 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517

Overall record: +68 -39 =59 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (21) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Sicilian (21) 
    B40 B32 B83 B50 B51
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
 Giuoco Piano (7) 
    C50 C53
 French Defense (7) 
    C01 C11 C07 C05 C00
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B12 B13 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C78 C72 C77 C60 C76
 English (7) 
    A13 A15
 Queen's Pawn Game (7) 
    A45 A46 A50 D01 E10
 Sicilian (7) 
    B90 B42 B51 B43
 English, 1 c4 e5 (6) 
    A20 A28
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Bachmann vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 0-1
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Slaven Pastar, 2014 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs V Pranavananda, 2014 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs C Schoppen, 2017 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Wijk aan Zee Top-tienkamp (2017)
   Hastings 2016/17 (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2017)
   Dubai Open (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2018)
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   World Cadets U12 (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2014)
   Isle of Man Open (2016)
   Rilton Cup 2017/18 (2017)
   Reykjavik Open (2017)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Isle of Man Open (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2018)
   Chigorin Memorial (2017)

   🏆 Reykjavik Open
   R Praggnanandhaa vs N Navalgund (Mar-14-18) 1-0
   E Can vs R Praggnanandhaa (Mar-13-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Landa (Mar-12-18) 1/2-1/2
   V Stefansson vs R Praggnanandhaa (Mar-11-18) 0-1
   R Praggnanandhaa vs D Shailesh (Mar-10-18) 1-0

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FIDE player card for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

(born Aug-10-2005, 12 years old) India

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FIDE Master (2013); International Master (2016); 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. (2) 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.

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. He scored eight points after 11 rounds at the World Junior Championship (2017) (a GM norm here for him was probable, but needs to be ratified by FIDE) 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.

References / Sources

(1) (2016 U 12 Cadets),
(2) (chessbase article),

(3) (15 October 2016 video podcast with "National Master Jerry from Pennsylvania" on ICC).

Wikipedia article: Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Last updated: 2018-01-10 05:20:53

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Praggnanandhaa vs N R Visakh  1-0582014World Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
2. S Gagare vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0582014World Junior ChampionshipA20 English
3. R Praggnanandhaa vs K P Surya  ½-½352014World Junior ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
4. B Ider vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0782014World Junior ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. R Praggnanandhaa vs Slaven Pastar 1-0232014World Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
6. V Antonio vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0642014World Junior ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
7. R Praggnanandhaa vs E Ronka  ½-½762014World Junior ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. P Iniyan vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0702014World Junior ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. R Praggnanandhaa vs V Pranavananda 1-0402014World Junior ChampionshipB15 Caro-Kann
10. A L Muthaiah vs R Praggnanandhaa 0-1762014World Junior ChampionshipD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
11. R Praggnanandhaa vs V Borisenko  1-0452014World Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
12. R Praggnanandhaa vs B D Deac  0-1492014World Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
13. U R Sahoo vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0362014World Junior ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. R Praggnanandhaa vs Kundu Subhayan  1-0522016World Junior ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
15. R Praggnanandhaa vs V Artemiev 0-1412016World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
16. D B C Prasad vs R Praggnanandhaa  0-1452016World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
17. P Grandadam vs R Praggnanandhaa 0-1742016World Junior ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
18. R Praggnanandhaa vs S Gagare  ½-½252016World Junior ChampionshipC11 French
19. P Maghsoodloo vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½332016World Junior ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
20. R Praggnanandhaa vs Yi Xu  ½-½322016World Junior ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. S Beukema vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0432016World Junior ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
22. R Praggnanandhaa vs Rajdeep Sarkar  ½-½932016World Junior ChampionshipC55 Two Knights Defense
23. S P Rahul vs R Praggnanandhaa 0-1452016World Junior ChampionshipD85 Grunfeld
24. R Praggnanandhaa vs C Henriquez Villagra  0-1492016World Junior ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
25. R Praggnanandhaa vs Harsha Bharathakoti  ½-½432016World Junior ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
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Nov-23-17  aliasniamor: He most likely needs 2 wins if he wants to become the World junior champion which would grant him the GM title. He already had a great event and a first GM norm is something he can be proud of. I'm sure he can grab a second norm before march and the deadline for the record, but to get the third as well could prove harder. GL anyway to him
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  LucB: Excellent performance at the World Junior! Almost 2690 (2nd highest after A. Tari), and a half-point behind the leaders.

That DOES qualify for a first GM norm, yes?

Nov-25-17  markz: Yes, he get a 11-game GM norm, which is better than the 9-game one.
Dec-04-17  ketchuplover: please enlighten us grasshopper. thank you
Dec-06-17  Whitehat1963: This kid might have a bright future indeed, in about four or five more years. By then, he might break the world’s top 20 or even top 10. Who holds the record as the youngest player to break into the world’s top 10. I’m assuming it belongs to Carlsen or Fischer. Kramnik and Kasparov might also be high on that list. But I can’t help wondering at what age people like Capablanca, Morphy, Reshevsky, Tal, and others might have broken into the world’s top ten. Anyone have a clue?
Dec-07-17  sac 4 mate: Chessmetrics has a pretty handy tool for ranking players by age for the pre-Elo eras if you're interested in "youngest-ever" type of records. If we're talking about official FIDE lists only, Carlsen first cracked the top 10 on the April 2008 list aged 17 years and 3 months, and seems to be the youngest to achieve that distinction. Before him, it was Kramnik, who hit the top 10 in January of 1993 six months before he turned 18, and might still hold the record if FIDE had computed its rating lists as frequently as they do today (they only did them twice a year back then). A year earlier, Kamsky also made the top 10 a few months before his 18th birthday.
Jan-12-18  todicav23: According to Wikipedia "Fischer became the youngest person ever to qualify for the Candidates (8 players) and the youngest ever grandmaster at 15 years, 6 months, 1 day". So we can assume that Fischer was top 10 (or at least very close) at 15 years and 6 months.
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  alexmagnus: Qualifying for a single event doesn't make one a top player yet. Just as becoming a challenger in 2016 didn't make Karjakin world number two.
Jan-24-18  todicav23: <alexmagnus: Qualifying for a single event doesn't make one a top player yet. Just as becoming a challenger in 2016 didn't make Karjakin world number two.> There was no accepted Rating System in 1958. "Qualifying for the Candidates" was probably the best criteria at the time for determining top 10 players. And it was not a single event. There was a complete cycle to determine the challenger for the World Title.

The Elo System is not an absolute measure of strength. In a sense, Karjakin was in Top 2 at the time because he won a tournament where all strong players, except the World Champion, were present.

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  alexmagnus: <In a sense, Karjakin was in Top 2 at the time because he won a tournament where all strong players, except the World Champion, were present.>

But it was <one> tournament. It's like saying Caruana was #1 when he played at Sinquefield 2014. And don't say the one was for WC and the other one wasn't, good form doesn't care about which tournament it is, it just happens.

And I'm not saying Elo is perfect. But determining position based on one event (and a full WC cycle is still one event, just a longer one) is even less perfect.

Jan-26-18  ketchuplover: Looks to me like Mr.P will not set a new record for youngest GM so far.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Hmm.. I guess he's overworked.
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  alexmagnus: It looks like he just draws everyone (one win and four draws at Gibraltar now. The win against a 2152, the draws against players rated between 2340 and 2681).
Jan-31-18  ketchuplover: He has until March 9 (Fischer's birthday) to set a new record.
Feb-01-18  ketchuplover: Today's loss does not help :(
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  alexmagnus: Well, he performed at Gibraltar just as expected by rating (gained 0.1 points).
Feb-08-18  ketchuplover: What is his upcoming schedule? tyia
Feb-20-18  ketchuplover: Best wishes at the Aeroflot Open
Feb-26-18  ketchuplover: At least he's not losing too much lately :)
Feb-28-18  SueursFroides: After a hard loss against GM Lysyj in round 2, Praggnanandhaa has been very solid to make 4/9 in a very strong "Aeroflot open".
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  alexmagnus: He won't become GM by drawing all games :D
Feb-28-18  SueursFroides: ketchuplover, that's right, but maybe he needs to draw a lot of games to improve later ;) "Aeroflot" is not the easiest way to won a lot of games for a 12 yo kid^^
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  moronovich: Seems to me the little guy needs a break.
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  whiteshark: With -1 he played a Rp of 2,530, so he earned +3 Elo points.

Mar-14-18  SueursFroides: Good perf by Praggnanandhaa (and Sarin) during "Bobby Fischer memorial", a GM norm is not far I think.
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