Facts about Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

10 Facts about Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Praggnanandhaa, a golden boy of India, is set to become a World Chess Champion in the upcoming years. Because of his performance in World Cup 2023, he needs no formal Introduction.

In this article, we will see 10 facts about Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu.

Photo: Maria Emelianova/Chess.com

Facts about Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu

Full nameRameshbabu Praggnanandhaa
Birth Date10th August 2005
Father NameRameshbabu
Mother NameNagalakshmi
Coach NameRB Ramesh
Age when become IM10 years, 10 months
Birth CityChennai, Tamilnadu
How to pronouncePrag – Na – Nan – Dhaa
Income$129,000 in 2022

Youngest International Master

Praggnanandhaa became the youngest International Chess Master at the age of 10 years, 10 months, and 19 days. He became very popular after his achievement.

Getting the International Master title at the age of 10 was one of the highest chess achievements ever, and hence, he got various sponsorship deals after that.

Photo: Amruta Mokal/Chessbase India

Net Worth

We were not able to calculate the exact net worth of Praggnanandhaa, but we did some research and found some amazing facts about his income.

  • In 2022, he earned $129,000 (Source – chess.com article)
  • In World Chess Cup 2023, he made $80k as a prize and also approximately $36k (30 Lakh INR) by the Tamilnadu government. It made a total of $110k.

Grandmaster at age 13

Praggnanandhaa defeated GM Moroni to achieve his GM title in 2018 at the age of 12 years, 10 months, and 13 days. Pragg became the second youngest Grandmaster in the history of chess at that time. Later, that record was defeated by GM Abhimanyu Mishra, who became the youngest Grandmaster.

Meeting with PM Narendra Modi

Pragg got a chance to meet India’s honorable PM, Mr. Narendra Modi. Modi met him because of his achievements in the World Cup 2023.

Following are some images.

Praggnanandhaa’s White Mark on the head (Vibhuti Mark)

Vibhuti Mark is sacred ash made of burnt dried wood, burnt cow dung, and/or cremated bodies used in Agamic rituals.

Read more about Vibhuti Mark on the Wikipedia Page.

Following is the video where the interviewer asked him what mark was on his forehead.

Pragg sponsorship to Vaz Ethan

Photo: Chessbase India article about Pragg

In 2022, Pragg became runner-up in the FTX Miami Cup; after that, Pragg decided to donate the amount to a promising young man from India.

After that, Chessbase India and Pragganandha decided to give the amount to Ethan Vaz, a talented Tamilnadu chess player.

It’s unbelievable to see such kind of gesture at this young age from Pragg.

Scholarship from Webster University

Because of his chess skills, he got a full scholarship offer from Webster University. The tuition fee per year is $27000, and the course is of 4 years. In total, he will get $108,000 worth of scholarships.

Following is the Facebook post of Chessbase India, where they have posted all the details.

Link to Original Facebook Post

Second Indian and first youngest to reach finals in World Cup

This is by far the biggest achievement of Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu. In the Chess World Cup, there are 206 players, and they play in a knockout format. It was an extremely difficult event to win, and Pragg managed to defeat very strong chess players such as GM Fabiano Caruana and GM Hikaru Nakamura.

He became the second youngest chess player to qualify in the finals after Vishy Anand.

Did the inner engineering course of Sadguru

Pragg did an offline inner engineering course by Sadguru. Sadguru himself posted a video of Praggnanandhaa attending one of his offline camps. Following is the video to watch.

Trust in one Coach

Since the early stage of Pragg’s chess career, his main coach was RB Ramesh. He trusted him and his beliefs. I think it is very important to find a good chess coach and to keep a trust in him. Sometimes, blind trust can also be effective.

The following video on How can youngsters learn from Pragg

Praggnanandhaa Achievements

Following are some of the biggest chess achievements ever.

  • Youngest International Master ever at the age of 10
  • Second youngest Grandmaster at the age of 12
  • He was the third Indian player to defeat Magnus Carlsen
  • The 2023 World Cup Runner up

Praggnanandhaa Sponsors

He got various sponsorship deals from various companies. Some of them helped with one time while some of them are still providing all facilities.

Following are some of the major companies which helped Pragg to achieve his dream.

  • Baseline Ventures
  • PSPB
  • Microsense Networks for Training Camps
  • Webster University
  • Tamilnadu Government for his excellent performance at World Cup 2023

Best Chess games of Praggnanandhaa

Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen

Pragg defeated Magnus Carlsen in various matches, including the Airthings Masters Rapid Tournament, FTX Crypto Cup, and Chessable Masters. Following are some of the videos of it.

Shortest Game of Praggnanandhaa & Magnus Carlsen

Pragg vs Carlsen | World Cup 2023 Finals

Praggnanandhaa vs Vishy Anand

The very first game between Vishy Anand and Praggnanandhaa

Praggnanandhaa vs Ju Wenjun

Praggnanandhaa vs Gukesh

Videos related to R Praggnanandhaa

Interview with Praggnanandhaa’s father

2 Hour Interview with Pragg about his World Cup journey

About Praggnanandhaa’s sister Vaishali

Vaishali Rameshbabu, also known as R Vaishali, is an elder sister of Pragg. Vaishali is also a very strong chess player and International Master in chess.

She is currently in the top 10 Indian Women chess players and has achieved 2 Grandmaster norms.

Can Praggnanandhaa become the World Chess Champion?

Definitely! Pragg is very young and already a 2700+ player. At the age of 18, he is rated about 2720+, and hence, we are sure that he will become an elite chess player in the upcoming few years.

Becoming a world chess champion will be a huge achievement for Pragg as no Indian became a world chess champion after Vishy Anand.

Apart from Pragg, there are two very talented chess players, Gukesh D and Arjun Erigaisi, who are on the way to becoming future world chess champions.


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