Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

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Keith Arkell
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Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

Post by Keith Arkell » Tue Apr 17, 2018 3:50 pm

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa makes his 2nd GM norm, at the age of 12, here in Heraklion, Crete:

https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-tourn ... 2018/9/1/1

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Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

Post by NickFaulks » Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:00 pm

His strategy seems to have been to draw with Black against the three GMs and bash up everyone else.

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Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

Post by Keith Arkell » Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:39 am

Yes, he played correctly against us and didn't take any chances ( actually, he was White against GM Nokolaidis - but even then he played very solidly). HIs remaining 5.5/6 was a bit bumpy in parts, eg Adam Taylor was doing well early on, and so was one of the young lads who made an IM norm. In fact that kid, one Georgios Mitsis, was doing rather well when they agreed to a draw.
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Post by Kevin Thurlow » Wed Apr 18, 2018 8:51 pm

RP looked pretty solid at Reykjavik as well, although any risks looked well-calculated, and he had a good demeanour at the board. Nodirbek Abdusattorov was playing as well and I have written a report for a club magazine, where I (rather unhelpfully) say, "Remember these names".

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Post by Mick Norris » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:05 pm

I see he's playing in the fantastically strong IoM Masters
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Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

Post by AustinElliott » Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:35 pm

Mick Norris wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:05 pm
I see he's playing in the fantastically strong IoM Masters
Given that's not until October, he'll presumably be a GM by then.

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Re: Congrats to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa!

Post by LawrenceCooper » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:12 pm

Best of luck to anyone facing him in his next rapid tournament with his current rating: https://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=25059530


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Post by David Robertson » Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:43 pm

Pfft! I hope someone advises the young lad that he can do very much better than Webster University, scholarship or not, PR stunt or not. Webster is a 2nd tier (regional) university, ranked #23 among Mid-Western universities. You won't have heard of the other 22 either. And then there's Polgar-Truong. Another reason to steer well clear

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Post by Leonard Barden » Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:29 pm

David Robertson wrote:
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:43 pm
Pfft! I hope someone advises the young lad that he can do very much better than Webster University, scholarship or not, PR stunt or not. Webster is a 2nd tier (regional) university, ranked #23 among Mid-Western universities. You won't have heard of the other 22 either. And then there's Polgar-Truong. Another reason to steer well clear
For Pragg the attraction will be a chess team with GM Le Quang Liem, GM Ray Robson, GM Illia Nyzhnyk and GM Alexander Shibanov. I don't see any evidence that he is academically and culturally gifted like, say, Vincent Keymer or Hou Yifan.

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