R Praggnanadhaa has been the toast of the nation since his runner-up finish to Magnus Carlsen at the FIDE Chess World Cup.
Sportstar’s Rakesh Rao speaks about the prodigy and his ability to come back from defeat, drawing parallels with Pragg’s sister Vaishali who he says is a little more affected by the loss suffered.
Prag doesn’t make a big deal of either a win or a loss, which is a sign of a true champion, Rao says. Gukesh is another star from this generation and these two are showing maturity way beyond their age.
Rao speaks about the difference in personality between a young Vishwanathan Anand and the current generation led by Praggnanandhaa but also touches upon the similarities in their play.
The current Indian chess stars are capable of going toe-to-toe with Magnus Carlsen on any given day and if the number-one-ranked player isn’t fully focused, these players are equipped enough to beat him.
He explains how Pragg brought out a completely different opening during his game against Carlsen, a move he had never experimented with against the champion, an example of the level of preparation he undergoes before these high-profile games.
Rao says the current generation is still a few years away from its prime and when it reaches the age of around 25, it will provide fans with many more moments to cheer and rejoice
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