Pragyanananda and Gukesh shine, India abounds in chess talent

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Gukesh just keeps on getting better after his stupendous performance at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai last year. He has improved his game since then and became the country’s number one player in the live ratings, overtaking five-time world champion Anand. Anand had said that he was quite surprised to see that most of the players in the current generation have an Elo rating of more than 2700, especially the players under the age of 20 whom he termed as special.

For long, five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand used to be the sole flag-bearer of Indian chess, surprising the world with his performances. But in the last decade or so, things have changed a lot and Indian chess is seeing many talented players who are bringing laurels to the country in the world. Seeing so many grandmasters leaving the country, Anand also said that the current generation is the golden generation of Indian chess. Four Indian players – R Praggnanandhaa, Arjun Erigesi, D Gukesh and Vidit Santosh Gujrati – reached the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup in Baku, a first for the country in a sport long dominated by the Soviet Union and later Russia . Praggnanandhaa produced a dazzling performance to reach the final of the World Cup, becoming the first Indian since Anand to achieve the feat.

In doing so, he also secured a spot in the Candidates Tournament, which would determine who would challenge reigning world champion Ding Liren. Praggnananda defeated world number two Hikaru Nakamura and world number three Fabiano Caruana before the final. The trio of Praggnanandhaa (18), Gukesh (17) and Erigey (19) can be called the leaders. Praggnananda’s achievements have been seen by all, Gukesh is getting better and better in the last year and Erigey’s game has also become much better. Praggnanandhaa became the third young player after American great Bobby Fischer and Magnus Carlsen of Norway to qualify for the Candidates tournament. By qualifying for the Candidates, Praggnananda has put himself in the running to become a challenger for the world title.

Gukesh just keeps on getting better after his stupendous performance at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai last year. He has improved his game since then and became the country’s number one player in the live ratings, overtaking five-time world champion Anand. Anand had said that he was quite surprised to see that most of the players in the current generation have an Elo rating of more than 2700, especially the players under the age of 20 whom he termed as special.

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