Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Chessgames premium membership fee will increase to $39 per year effective June 15, 2023. Enroll Now!

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
R Praggnanandhaa 
Tata Steel (Wijk aan Zee) 2017.
Photograph by Wikimedia User: Vysotsky
Number of games in database: 664
Years covered: 2014 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2608 (1781 rapid, 2555 blitz)

Overall record: +211 -122 =197 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 134 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B90 B51 B32 B40 B47
 Reti System (56) 
    A06 A04 A05
 King's Indian Attack (26) 
    A07 A08
 Giuoco Piano (23) 
    C50 C53
 Sicilian Najdorf (19) 
    B90 B92 B91 B94 B95
 Caro-Kann (17) 
    B12 B13 B10 B18 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (63) 
    B31 B30 B41 B33 B22
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    E10 D02 A45 A46 A50
 Ruy Lopez (27) 
    C78 C60 C72 C70 C77
 English, 1 c4 e5 (24) 
    A20 A21 A28 A29
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E32 E21 E46 E53 E33
 English (20) 
    A15 A13 A18 A10 A14
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2022 0-1
   Mishra vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2022 0-1
   Bachmann vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2016 0-1
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Aronian, 2022 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs T S Ravi, 2018 1-0
   V S Gujrathi vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2022 0-1
   R Praggnanandhaa vs J van Foreest, 2022 1-0
   G Jones vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2022 0-1
   R Praggnanandhaa vs Krasenkow, 2021 1-0
   Wei Yi vs R Praggnanandhaa, 2022 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Kvika Reykjavik Open (2022)
   Xtracon Open (2019)
   London Chess Classic Open (2019)
   Chessable Masters (2022)
   World Cup (2021)
   Oslo Esports Cup (2022)
   World Junior Championship (2019)
   Charity Cup (2022)
   Airthings Masters (2022)
   World Cadets U12 (2016)
   World Junior Championship (2016)
   Gibraltar Masters (2020)
   Reykjavik Open (2019)
   Sunway Sitges Open (2019)
   FIDE Online Olympiad (2020)

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

   🏆 Sharjah Masters
   T D V Nguyen vs R Praggnanandhaa (May-25-23) 1/2-1/2
   R Praggnanandhaa vs T Kuybokarov (May-24-23) 1-0
   N Yakubboev vs R Praggnanandhaa (May-23-23) 1-0
   R Praggnanandhaa vs A Korobov (May-22-23) 1/2-1/2
   V Kovalev vs R Praggnanandhaa (May-21-23) 1/2-1/2

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Search Google for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
FIDE player card for Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa

(born Aug-10-2005, 17 years old) India

[what is this?]

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 November 2019, Abhimanyu Mishra beat his record by 17 days.

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 at that time 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.

In January 2018, Praggnanandhaa tied for third place with GM Alder Escobar Forero and IM Denys Shmelov in the Charlotte Chess Center's Winter 2018 GM Norm Invitational held in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a score of 5.0/9.

In July 2019, Praggnanandhaa won the Xtracon Chess Open in Denmark, scoring 8.5 of 10.

In December 2019, he became the second-youngest person to be rated 2600 Elo. He did this at the age of 14 years, 3 months and 24 days.

In April 2021, Praggnanandhaa won the Polgar Challenge, the first leg (out of four) of the Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour, a rapid online event organized by Julius Baer Group and for young talents. He scored 15.5/19, 1.5 points ahead of the next best placed competitors.This win helped him qualify for the next Meltwater Champions Chess Tour on 24 April 2021, where he finished in 10th place with a score of 7/15. including wins against Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Sergey Karjakin, and Johan-Sebastian Christiansen as well as a draw against World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Praggnanandhaa entered the Chess World Cup 2021 as the 90th seed. He defeated GM Gabriel Sargissian 2 0 in round 2, and advanced to round 4 after defeating GM Michael Krasenkow in the rapid tiebreaks in round 3. He was eliminated in round four by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

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: 2021-11-19 23:32:31

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 855  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 S 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 Deac  0-1492014World Junior ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
13. U R Sahoo vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0362014World Junior ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. S Das vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-02720147th Chennai Open -15C70 Ruy Lopez
15. R Praggnanandhaa vs Deepan Chakkravarthy J  0-14520152nd Kolkata GM OpenB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
16. M Gagunashvili vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½8620158th Mayors Cup OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. R Praggnanandhaa vs V Neverov  0-14420168th Chennai OpenB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. H Hayrapetyan vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½402016Aeroflot Open BD85 Grunfeld
19. R Praggnanandhaa vs P Potapov  0-1422016Aeroflot Open BB01 Scandinavian
20. N Ziaziulkina vs R Praggnanandhaa  1-0502016Aeroflot Open BC78 Ruy Lopez
21. R Praggnanandhaa vs M Arabidze  1-0662016Aeroflot Open BB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
22. S Melia vs R Praggnanandhaa  0-1392016Aeroflot Open BC28 Vienna Game
23. Balashov vs R Praggnanandhaa  ½-½272016Aeroflot Open BD85 Grunfeld
24. R Praggnanandhaa vs L Babujian  1-0342016Aeroflot Open BC53 Giuoco Piano
25. R Praggnanandhaa vs P Schreiner  0-1552016Aeroflot Open BC55 Two Knights Defense
 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 855  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Praggnanandhaa wins | Praggnanandhaa loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 9 OF 9 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Oct-19-21  Albertan: Impressive Praggnanandhaa wins Julius Baer Challengers Tour Finals:

Oct-26-21  cro777: Carlsen and Caruana top the field for the Tata Steel Chess Masters, returning to Wijk aan Zee from 14-30 January 2022.

The youngest participants are 16-year-old GM Praggnanandhaa R. from India and 19-year-old GM Andrey Esipenko from Russia, who managed to beat Carlsen in their first-ever encounter in the last edition.

Nov-10-21  Albertan: This 16-year old prodigy defeated a former World Champion:

Dec-07-21  cro777: Symbolic gesture.

Praggnanandhaa made the first ceremonial move in Game 9 of the world championship match in Dubai.

Jan-03-22  Albertan: Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa.versus Fritz 18:

Feb-20-22  Albertan: Praggnanandhaa in Wijk aan Zee:Analyzes and reflections:

Feb-22-22  Albertan: The Praggnanandhaa Story:How Sister’s Hobby Shaped Chess Wizard’s Life:

Feb-22-22  Albertan: At 16, India’s big chess hope scales first peak,beating his own hero, and World No.1 Magnus Carlsen:

Feb-24-22  Albertan: Magnus on Pragg,”He has promise but he needs time to develop”:

Feb-27-22  Albertan: How a 16-year-old is changing the world of Chess:

Feb-27-22  Albertan: Call me Pragg:Kara Snare examines the rise of a superstar:

Mar-04-22  Albertan: India’s teen chess sensation sets sights on world title:

Mar-07-22  Albertan: Our teen chess geniuses and the wonder years:

Mar-21-22  Albertan: How chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa starred in cricket-crazy India:

Apr-13-22  Albertan: Pragg beats Gukesh after sudden twist, wins Reykjavik Open:

Apr-14-22  Albertan: Praggnanandhaa wins 2022 Reykjavik Open:

Apr-15-22  Saniyat24:
May-21-22  Albertan: ´´After beating Magnus Carlsen,Indian teen chess sensation first thought was to catch up on sleep.´´:

May-27-22  Albertan: It’s about staying grounded for teen chess sensation Praggnanandhaa:

Rival applauded,pundits speechless as Praggnanandhaa finishes runners-up:

May-27-22  Albertan: 16-year-old Chess Grandmaster R. Praggnanandhaa Inducted into IndianOil Corporation:

May-30-22  Albertan: ´´I have surprised myself’,says India’s giant-slaying chess genius Praggnanandhaa:

Praggnanandhaa-student by day,world-beating Chess star by night:

Jun-10-22  Albertan: Praggnanandhaa wins Norway Chess Open 2022:

Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: Really? It can't be. Is this more fake news?

Look what happened amid all-time high gasoline prices:

Thank you so much for keeping us informed <Alberton>. I was celebrating Judy Garland's 100th birthday yesterday:

Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: I'm getting my Norway chess tournaments mixed up.

At a rating of 2642, GM R Praggnanandhaa was the highest rated player at the Norway Chess Open 2022. Thus, he performed up to his rating.

Premium Chessgames Member
  PawnSac: rating as of today = 2676 .
he is climbing his way up the ladder
I expect he will break 2700 by years end
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 9)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 9 OF 9 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC