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Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
R Praggnanandhaa 
Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2017.
Photograph by Wikimedia User: Vysotsky
Number of games in database: 171
Years covered: 2014 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2529 (1736 rapid, 2335 blitz)

Overall record: +69 -39 =59 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (22) 
    B40 B83 B32 B51 B33
 Reti System (21) 
    A06 A04 A05
 King's Indian Attack (8) 
 Giuoco Piano (8) 
    C50 C53
 French Defense (7) 
    C01 C11 C07 C05 C00
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B12 B13 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C78 C76 C77 C72 C60
 Queen's Pawn Game (9) 
    A45 A46 E10 A50 D01
 Sicilian (7) 
    B90 B42 B51 B43
 English (7) 
    A13 A15
 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 Pruijssers vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2018 0-1
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Slaven Pastar, 2014 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs V Pranavananda, 2014 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Wonder Kids ('Wunderkinds') To Conquer the World by syracrophy

   🏆 Leon Masters
   W So vs R Praggnanandhaa (Jul-06-18) 0-1, rapid
   R Praggnanandhaa vs W So (Jul-06-18) 0-1, rapid
   W So vs R Praggnanandhaa (Jul-06-18) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   R Praggnanandhaa vs W So (Jul-06-18) 0-1, rapid
   R Pruijssers vs R Praggnanandhaa (Jun-24-18) 0-1

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FIDE player card for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

(born Aug-10-2005, 13 years old) India

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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) and

(3) (2016 U 12 Cadets)

References (15 October 2016 video podcast with "National Master Jerry from Pennsylvania" on ICC) and Wikipedia article: Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Last updated: 2018-06-25 07:20:07

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 171  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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May-24-18  ketchuplover: Good luck from July 5-9 young man
Jun-16-18  ketchuplover: He stumbled at his most recent event :(

You guys pushed him too hard. GRRRRR

Jun-24-18  ndg2: Pragga will becime the second yozbgest Grandmaster ever (see e.g. Karjakin's record still holds. Congrats, little big man!
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  alexmagnus: Missed Karjakin's record by just 3 months.
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  Penguincw: Here's video analysis of a game that helped him become GM:

This game he won, and it actually allowed him to clinch that final GM norm, with a round to spare!

Jun-24-18  ketchuplover: mega kudos young man!
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  whiteshark: chess24 report on how he became 2nd-youngest-GM-evr:
Jun-25-18  Caissa04: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa for being second youngest GM in history.
Jun-25-18  kishore4u: Hearty congratulations to rameshbabu praggnanandhaa for being GM at the age of 12 years 10 months. 2nd youngest GM in history.
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  LucB: Well done Praggu! Wonderful news!
Jun-26-18  dwavechess: Congratulations Praggu!!
Jun-27-18  oolalimk1: At his age I had never even seen a set of chessmen.
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  Sneaky: Returning to India with a very warm reception :D

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  alexmagnus: Let's see if he can keep it up and not suffer the fate of a different Indian former second youngest ever GM (Negi).

But to me Prag looked different, ever since I took notice of him at the age of 8.

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  jith1207: I thought Negi wanted to pursue university, not sure what his next plan is.

Here's an article where Vishy participated in a congratulatory ceremony in Chennai for GM Praggnananda, Anand gave him few advice going forward: ‘Just go out there and enjoy yourself’: V Anand’s advice to India’s chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa.

Jul-07-18  Caissa04: Is Pragg the only modern GM with more wins than draws?
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  tpstar: <more wins than draws> Great question!

Jonny Hector

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  OhioChessFan: Not to mention the LM with far more wins than draws:

A J Goldsby

Jul-08-18  Granny O Doul: I'm surprised and impressed to learn that Karjakin remains the youngest ever. I had assumed the record was still being broken every six months.
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  jith1207: Usually, <more wins than draws> could mean losses were more than draws too! As in the above examples given.

You may need to narrow down to GMs who have < more wins than draws > and < more draws than losses >.

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  alexmagnus: <I'm surprised and impressed to learn that Karjakin remains the youngest ever. I had assumed the record was still being broken every six months.>

The record was never broken after as short as eix months. Indeed, only once did it hold less than a year - in 1997, when Bacrot broke the record (held by Leko back then, three year old one) in March and Ponomariov improved it in December of the same year.

He is the fulll timeline of the youngest GM ever record since the GM titles started getting awarded officially in 1950:

1950: Bronstein
1952: Petrosian
1955: Spassky
1958: Fischer
1991: Polgar
1994: Leko
March 1997: Bacrot
December 1997: Ponomariov
1999: Bu
2002: Karjakin.

Jul-10-18  Granny O Doul: That is some great trivia there. Everyone knows Fischer was the youngest-ever GM for thirty-odd years, but how many know whose record he broke? It's like Reggie Jackson breaking Billy Martin's record for most total bases in a six-game World Series.
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  ChessHigherCat: Wise beyond his years:
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  norami: There's a golfer in the Open named Jazz Janewattananond.
Aug-26-18  Knight13: <Everyone knows Fischer was the youngest-ever GM for thirty-odd years, but how many know whose record he broke? It's like Reggie Jackson breaking Billy Martin's record for most total bases in a six-game World Series.> So are you saying that Fischer breaking Spassky's record is more impressive than Polgar breaking Fischer's record?
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