R Praggnanandha declared joint-winner at London Chess Classic, let’s praise him

It is no secret that India has produced countless brightest talents so much so that even other country people are mesmerized by it. Be it academics, sports or any other field, India’s aspiring minds have always lived up to their reputation and make a real case for themselves as successful assets.

R Praggnanandha, a 14-year-old boy from Tamil Nadu has done something great in life which others can only dream of. India’s chess grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa continued his rich vein of form as he was crowned joint-winner at London Classic.

The 14-year-old chess master who became the second youngest in the world to inch past the 2600 ELO rating on Thursday, put on a candid show to win the title with 7.5 points from 9 rounds.

The young Indian talented shared the prize with Australian GM Anton Smirnov.

He had earlier won the Xtracon Open in Denmark in July. He followed that by clinching the World Youth Championships in Mumbai in October.

Looked at as the next big thing in chess, Praggnanandhaa again showed his tremendous temperament and skill to notch up a hard-fought tournament win.

Following another remarkable show, R Praggnanandhaa will be vying to add more points to end the year on a high. With the kind of form he is in, it is certain that he would add one more accolade to his trophy cabinet.

The superb performance in London earned him 15 ELO points and his rating stands at 2601. Praggnanandhaa will be looking forward to adding more rating points when he participates at the Sunway Sitges Open starting in Barcelona from December 13.

Praggnanandha taught many people that age is just a number as anything in the world is possible. It’s all about the passion, grit and determination that keeps one alive and energetic in the concerned field. His inspiration is none other than the legendary Vishwanath Anand.

Having achieved one of the greatest feats in his career at such a young age, he should have got immense praises from all corners of the world. But, unfortunately, the media has never taken any note of this. The typical media is not fond of giving equal praises to each sport.

Every snippet of moments regarding cricket is going rife all over the social media. There is always been so much of hype when it comes to cricket. Why is it so easy for the media to emphasize only cricket and not any other sport? Is it just because cricket is the most followed sport in India?

Every sport deserves equal respect, society has to change its mindset. To highlight the fact that the aspiring athletes should get the much-needed praises for their earnest attempts that they make irrespective of what sport they play. Let us give equal importance to all the games in India! Jai Hind!