R Praggnanandhaa, teen prodigy from India will face five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen for the World Cup title on Tuesday. The 18-year-old beat GM Fabiano Caruana 3.5-2.5 in a semi-final that was decided by a single tiebreak win.
On the other hand, 32-year-old Carlsen, who gave up his decade-long world championship title after choosing to sit out the world championship battle, citing lack of motivation and unwillingness to overcome the rigors. of this sport. another campaign.
Here’s everything you need to know about the clash between R Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen:
Praggnanandhaa’s Journey to the Finals
Praggnanandhaa had to say goodbye in the first round of the event in Baku. In the second round, 29-year-old Frenchman Maxime Lagarde couldn’t match him as GM India won with a score of 1.5-0.5. Pragg’s next opponent was experienced Czech GM David Navara but he overcame with a score of 1.5-0.5.
In the next round, Praggnanandhaa eliminated American grandmaster and world No. 2 Hikaru Nakamura (world No. 3 by live ranking) in tiebreaks. The duo drew both of their classics in their fourth-round encounter. Praggnanandhaa won with a score of 3-1. Hungarian Ferenc Berkes faced Prag in the fifth round but was no match for the Indian, who won 1.5-0.5 to reach the sixth round, where he will face compatriot Arjun Erigasi.
Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa drew the second of the FIDE World Cup semi-final against American GM Fabiano Caruana on Sunday. (PHOTO: FIDE/Stev Bonhage)
Praggnanandhaa reached the semi-finals of the FIDE World Cup after defeating compatriot Arjun Erigaisi in a frenetic flash match after eight previous matches had failed to find a winner.
In the semi-finals, Praggnanandhaa defeated the 31-year-old opponent who is the world number 1. 3 Fabiano Caruana (World No. 2 by live ranking) became the first Indian since Viswanathan Anand in 2002 to reach the final of the FIDE World Cup.
With the win, the youngster has also officially confirmed his place at the 2024 Candidates Tournament, the winner of which will challenge world champion Ding Liren.
Carlsen’s Journey to the Final
Magnus Carlsen also had to say goodbye in the opening round. He beat Georgia’s Pantsulaia Levan 2-0 in the second round, winning both games. His compatriot Tari Aryan couldn’t match Carlsen as he won the match 1.5-0.5
Carlsen faces stiffer competition with German Keymer Vincent. Vincent won the first game, but Carlsen made a spectacular comeback in the next game to make it 1-1. Then, in the first leg, they played three draws, and Carlsen took the lead by winning the tie-break.
Carlsen (right) is only one draw away from reaching the semi-finals. (FIDE)
In the match before the quarter-finals, Carlsen defeated the Ukrainian grandmaster with a score of 2-0. In the quarterfinals, Carlsen was in the mood despite playing with black, punishing Gukesh for a minor mistake and managing to get through an arduous final game to win the first game after 49 moves. In the next game, a draw was enough for Carlsen to advance to the semi-finals.
Carlsen defeated Nijat Abasov of Azerbaijan by 1.5-0.5 in the semi-finals and will face Praggnanandhaa, who in 2016 became the youngest international grandmaster in history at the age of 10, and has advantage over one of the sport’s greatest players.
Do you know?
Vincent Keymer was the only one to bring Magnus Carlsen to the tiebreak. On the other hand, Praggnanandhaa played a tiebreak against Nakamura, Arjun and Caruana.
Pragg beat Carlsen?
Yes, a few times. Praggnanandhaa defeated Carlsen in February 2022 at the Airthings Masters (an online fast chess tournament), in the process becoming the youngest person to defeat Carlsen since he became world champion in 2012. two thousand and thirteen.
The second time he stunned the Norwegian was at the Chessable Masters online fast chess tournament on May 20.
By the way, Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Praggnanandhaa defeating then-world No. 1 Carlsen in three consecutive matches in one day — one quick game and two blitz games — at the 2022 FTX Crypto Cup .
How will the final match take place?
Carlsen and Pragg will face each other in two classic matches, the first on Tuesday and the second on Wednesday. . Time control for each game will be: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game in 30-second increments for each move starting from move 1.
If the two classic games fail to determine a winner, two quick tie-breaks will be played on Thursday with the allotted time of 25 minutes for each player + 10 seconds increments for each move. go, starting from move 1.
If those two tie-breaks fail to find a World Cup champion, the players will play two more quick games with 10 minutes of control time for each player + 10 extra seconds for each move, starting from country go 1.
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If there is still no winner, there will be two more games with the allotted time of 5 minutes for each player + 3 seconds increments for each move, starting from move 1.
If there is still no winner, the competition will enter the sudden death phase where a single game of blitz has a control time of 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move, starting from move 1 will be awarded. Play to determine the winner. This single game will be repeated until there is a winner.
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