Chess World Cup Final: R Praggnanandhaa Is The Runner Up; Loses To Magnus Carlsen In Tiebreak Match

R Praggnanandhaavia

Magnus Carlsen ultimately succeeded in winning the FIDE World Cup for the first time in his career on Thursday after three days and four tight games of chess played in two different formats. The 18-year-old youthful prodigy from India, Praggnanandhaa, had to drag him through the tiebreaker before he could defeat him in the championship match. After the second game of the tiebreaker, Carlsen’s victory was officially declared. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the two players each played one draw. Continue reading to know more about the match.


Pragg Takes The Draw

R Praggnanandhaa

It had come down to Pragg requiring Carlsen to make an incredibly heinous blunder in order to win. Magnus Carlsen decides to shake hands, so the World Cup has been added to his already crowded trophy cabinet.


Our Third Youngest Chess Player

Despite losing the final match, the FIDE World Cup was nevertheless a memorable experience for the young man from Chennai since he qualified for the renowned Candidates Tournament, which is held to select a rival for world champion Ding Liren in the next world chess championship match. Pragg was the youngest World Cup finalist ever and the youngest World Cup champion. He turned 18 during the World Cup. Pragg, who was seeded number 31, became the World Cup champion despite being the lowest seed.

After the illustrious Bobby Fischer and Carlsen, Praggnanandhaa qualified for the Candidate’s tournament by reaching the final. He was the third youngest player to do so.


The Winners

In an exciting tiebreak, Magnus defeats Praggnanandhaa and adds yet another major prize to his collection. He is the game’s victor.

One must keep in mind that the young Indian, by virtue of making it to the final, is already the sole representative of his nation, aside from Viswanathan Anand, to have qualified for the Candidates tournament. He defeated Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana, two of the top three players besides Magnus Carlsen, the player with the highest ranking. Pragg and Carlsen have a quick conversation about the board before departing.

After being knocked out by Praggnanandhaa in the semifinal, Fabiano Caruana defeated Nijat Abasov to win third place.

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