The semi-finals of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament, hosted in Baku, Azerbaijan, bore witness to an extraordinary clash between the Indian prodigy and the world’s third-ranked player. Following an intense two-game classical series that culminated in a draw, the competition progressed to a nail-biting tie-breaker. In this high-stakes battle of wits, Praggnanandhaa showcased remarkable prowess and determination, ultimately securing a 3.5-2.5 win over Caruana.
With this monumental accomplishment, Praggnanandhaa’s journey now propels him to the championship round of the tournament. His next formidable adversary is Norway’s chess sensation, Magnus Carlsen. The upcoming final promises to be a thrilling spectacle, pitting two exceptional minds in the realm of chess against each other.
The significance of this victory did not go unnoticed, even by legends in the field. Chess icon Viswanathan Anand, expressing his admiration, took to social media to laud Praggnanandhaa’s achievement. Anand celebrated the young player’s remarkable feat on ‘X’, previously known as Twitter, stating, “Pragg goes through to the final! He beats Fabiano Caruana in the tiebreak and will face Magnus Carlsen now. What a performance!”
As the world eagerly anticipates the grand finale of the FIDE World Cup chess tournament, Praggnanandhaa’s exceptional journey and historic achievement take center stage. The culmination of this journey promises an unforgettable showdown that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark in the chronicles of chess history.