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Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Number of games in database: 129
Years covered: 2014 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2509 (1736 rapid, 2207 blitz)

Overall record: +56 -32 =41 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B40 B32 B33 B50 B83
 Reti System (17) 
    A06 A04 A05
 Giuoco Piano (6) 
    C50 C53
 King's Indian Attack (6) 
 Caro-Kann (5) 
    B12 B13 B15
 French Defense (5) 
    C11 C01 C07 C00
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (14) 
    C78 C60 C77 C76 C72
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D78 D85 D74 D70
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D39 D35 D36 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (5) 
    A46 A45 D01
 Giuoco Piano (5) 
    C53 C50
 Sicilian (5) 
    B90 B42 B51
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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 C Schoppen, 2017 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs D Howell, 2017 1-0

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

   🏆 World Junior Championship
   R Svane vs R Praggnanandhaa (Nov-25-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Semen Lomasov (Nov-24-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Tari vs R Praggnanandhaa (Nov-22-17) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs A Liang (Nov-21-17) 1-0
   K Alekseenko vs R Praggnanandhaa (Nov-20-17) 1/2-1/2

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(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, over twelve months younger than the record previously set 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: 2017-11-26 21:33:18

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 129  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. R Srivatshav 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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Sep-24-17  ketchuplover: Got bit by the spider today :(
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  tamar: Fate slipped him a mickey.
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  norami: If my calculations are correct he needed just half a point more to get a GM norm at Isle of Man.
Oct-02-17  ndg2: He got 5 1/2. He needed 6 1/2 against the field he played (see FIDE regulations table 1.72 and his results
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  alexmagnus: Praggnanandhaa's milestone wins:

First 2000 and first 2100 beaten: P V Nandhidhaa (2166) in November of 2012

First 2200 beaten: R Praggnanandhaa vs N R Visakh, 2014 (our page gives Visakh's rating in the game as 2300, but FIDE says 2282)

First 2300 was beaten in the same tournament: R Praggnanandhaa vs V Borisenko, 2014 (2316). Overall he gained 158 rating points in those 2014 World Juniors.

First 2400 beaten: Sharma Himanshu (2420) in June of 2015

First 2500 and 2600 beaten: Karen H Grigoryan (2616) in May 2016 - and not, as I myself thought, Axel Bachmann for 2600

First 2700 beaten - R Praggnanandhaa vs D Howell, 2017

Oct-13-17  ketchuplover: What's his current GM norm status? tyia
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  WorstPlayerEver: Zero point zero
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  norami: Like Bluto.
Nov-16-17  dwavechess: GOOD LUCK..about to break karjakin's record if winning world junior championship
Nov-16-17  dwavechess: and Jeffery Xiong's record also
Nov-17-17  technical win: How to pronounce it: <prag-na-nand-a> -

but people like to call him <Praggu> or simply <Pragg>.

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  perfidious: <technical win....but people like to call him <Praggu> or simply <Pragg>.>

Especially in the latter instance, one might say that it is <Praggmatic> of them.

Nov-20-17  aliasniamor: Why does the World Junior (and World Girls) Championship not have a page on chessgames ? Very interesting games there and future top players there for sure.
Nov-22-17  aliasniamor: Why is this page so silent ? Pragg has his first GM norm secured, is still in contention for the World Junior title and thus a direct GM title.
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  morfishine: <aliasniamor: Why is this page so silent ?> Because no one can pronounce his name


Nov-22-17  scholes: One win away from gm title in world juniors
Nov-22-17  beatgiant: <morfishine>
You won't be silent if he ever plays Nikolas Theodorou because a "pragmatist vs theorist" pun is inevitable.
Nov-22-17  dwavechess: currently third, two rounds left
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  perfidious: <beatgiant: <morfishine> You won't be silent if (Pragg) ever plays Nikolas Theodorou because a "pragmatist vs theorist" pun is inevitable.>

No-one would miss that chance. (laughs)

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.
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