In the aftermath of R Praggnanandhaa’s loss to Magnus Carlsen in the Chess World Cup final, chess legend Viswanathan Anand offers insight into the young player’s defeat, pointing to the factor of ‘fatigue’ as a potential contributor. The intense summit clash extended to a Rapid Chess tie-breaker, with Carlsen emerging victorious in the first game, while the second game resulted in a draw. Despite the loss, Praggnanandhaa’s commendable performance throughout the tournament secured him the runner-up position and a spot in the FIDE Candidates tournament, underlining his impressive skills.
Anand suggests that Praggnanandhaa’s remarkable journey led to fatigue catching up with him during the final. He emphasizes the considerable number of significant matches the young player had recently participated in, both before the World Cup in Hungary and the Global Chess League. Anand views Praggnanandhaa’s performance as indicative of his consistent excellence, asserting that a new star is emerging in the chess world. The Indian chess prodigy now possesses a goal to aspire to: qualifying for the World Championship final at The Candidates.
Praise for Praggnanandhaa’s performance poured in from various quarters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his pride in the young chess player’s accomplishments, acknowledging his formidable display against Magnus Carlsen in the finals. President of India, Droupadi Murmu, lauded Praggnanandhaa’s journey to the final and his runner-up position in FIDE’s World Cup Final. She commended his exceptional skill in facing a chess great like Carlsen, conveying her heartfelt congratulations to him for making the nation proud.
Droupadi Murmu’s message extended appreciation to Praggnanandhaa’s mother, Mrs. Nagalaxmi, his educational institution Velammal School, and all his mentors and coaches for their contributions to his remarkable journey amid challenges and hardships. The message concludes with wishes for Praggnanandhaa to achieve even greater glory in his future endeavors.
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