GM R Praggnanandhaa, the young chess sensation from India, is riding high on his recent World Cup silver medal win and is confident about India’s prospects of clinching gold at the upcoming Asian Games in Hangzhou. The talented chess player was honored by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur at his residence, where he expressed his optimism about India’s chances at the Asian Games.
Praggnanandhaa is a pivotal member of the 10-player Indian chess team set to compete in this prestigious continental event. His recent stellar performance in various tournaments has boosted his confidence, and he believes that India has a strong chance of securing the gold medal.
The 18-year-old prodigy made history by becoming the youngest silver medalist at the FIDE World Cup just last week. Following this remarkable achievement, he was not only felicitated by Sports Minister Thakur but also had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Minister Thakur praised Praggnanandhaa’s mental toughness and rapid gameplay, acknowledging his dedication and hard work. He commended the young chess master’s journey from becoming an International Master at the age of 10 to defeating the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, at the age of 16.
Praggnanandhaa expressed his delight in the growing recognition and support for chess in India. He emphasized the importance of government support for athletes, which is crucial for their development and success. He also highlighted the growing popularity of chess in the country, a trend that he is enthusiastic about as a devoted chess fan.
Throughout his journey, Praggnanandhaa acknowledged the unwavering support of his parents, who have played a pivotal role in his success. Their dedication and encouragement have been instrumental in shaping him into the chess prodigy he is today.