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Praggnanandhaa Surpasses Anand: Stuns World Champion Ding Liren in Tata Steel Chess Tournament

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In a stunning display of skill, teenage Indian chess prodigy R Praggnanandhaa secured a remarkable victory over world champion Ding Liren during the fourth round of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, Netherlands. This triumph not only solidified Praggnanandhaa’s reputation but also elevated him to the position of the top-rated Indian player, surpassing the legendary Viswanathan Anand.

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The FIDE live ratings, updated at the beginning of each month, now showcase Praggnanandhaa with 2748.3 points, surpassing Anand’s 2748 points. This significant accomplishment places him as the leading Indian player in the rankings.

With a strategic 62-move win using black pieces, Praggnanandhaa became the second Indian, after Anand, to defeat a reigning world champion in classical chess. This victory adds to his impressive record, having previously defeated Liren at the 2023 Tata Steel tournament.

Commenting on his win, Praggnanandhaa expressed, “That feels good!” Currently standing at third place in the Masters event with 2.5 points, his exceptional performance signals a rising star in the world of chess.

Praggnanandhaa’s recent successes include finishing as the runner-up in the World Cup last year, earning him a spot in the upcoming Candidates tournament in April. This event will determine the challenger to world champion Ding Liren.

In the overall standings, Dutch player Anish Giri emerged as the sole leader after securing victory against Indian GM D Gukesh, bringing him to 3.5 points. Alireza Firouzja closely trails as the runner-up with 3 points.

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While Praggnanandhaa faces Giri in the fifth round, his compatriots, Gukesh and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi, will take on Ian Nepomniachtchi and Max Warmerdam, respectively. As the chess drama unfolds, Praggnanandhaa’s remarkable journey continues to captivate chess enthusiasts worldwide.

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