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Indian chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa meets CM Stalin, Sports Minister Udhayanidhi

Praggnanandhaa's coach Ramesh RB, his father Rameshbabu and his mother Nagalakshmi were also present during his chat with the CM and Sports Minister.

Indian chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa meets CM Stalin, Sports Minister Udhayanidhi

CM MK Stalin,Praggnanandha, Sports Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin (Photo:ANI)

CHENNAI: Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa on Wednesday expressed regret at missing the gold at the 2023 FIDE World Cup and said his focus would be to win the world title at the next instance.

Praggnanandhaa, who was felicitated by Chief Minister MK Stalin earlier in the day with a purse of Rs 30 lakh and a memento, was responding to a question on whether he had any regrets over losing the Chess World Cup to Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

“I have some regrets... but the silver medal is a super result. My focus is on winning the main event - the World Cup,” he said.Following his return to the city, Praggnanandhaa received a cheque for Rs 30 lakh for his performance at the 2023 FIDE World Cup, and entering the FIDE Candidates tournament, from the Chief Minister.

Praggnanandhaa also received a memento and a shawl when he called on the Chief Minister at his residence. State Youth Welfare and Sports Development Minister Udhayanidhi Stalin, Praggnanandhaa’s parents besides officials were present on the occasion.

The prodigy showed the Chief Minister the silver medal that he won at the 2023 FIDE World Cup.

Noting that he was delighted to meet the brilliant young mind upon his return to Chennai, Stalin said Praggnanandhaa’s achievements bring glory to Tamil Nadu and the entire country.

“I had the honour of felicitating Praggnanandhaa with a memento and a reward of Rs 30 lakh. This gesture reflects our commitment to nurturing young talents in sports. Keep the momentum going, and emerge victorious in the upcoming challenges too, Prag!” the Chief Minister said in a post on social media.

After calling on Stalin, Praggnanandhaa said, “This is a motivation for sportspersons and a support from the state government. The conduct of the 44th Chess Olympiad has earned recognition for Chess. I thank the Chief Minister and the Sports Minister for their support.”

The Indian prodigy, who made history by clinching the silver medal in the 2023 FIDE World Cup, at Baku, Azerbaijan, received a hero’s welcome to the state.

He was accorded a rousing reception at the airport. The officials from the state sports department welcomed him at the airport. His fans eagerly waited at the exit gate and presented him with a crown of flowers, a shawl and bouquets. Flowers were strewn on his path as he stepped out and artists performed Karagattam and Oyilattam on the occasion.

The teenager took his time watching the media persons swarm on either side of the vehicle which he got into, and said, “I am very happy over the reception.” He accepted the national tricolour offered to him and waved it. His mother R Nagalakshmi too expressed immense happiness over the grand reception accorded to her 18-year-old son.

Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa’s dream run in the FIDE World Cup ended at the hands of Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, who beat him 1.5-0.5 in the tie-break at Baku, on August 24 after the classical games ended in a stalemate.

Despite the final result, Praggnanandhaa’s achievement resonated with the dreams of 140 crore people, Stalin had said congratulating him. The young Grand Master has an elder sister R Vaishali, who is two-time youth chess champion. His parents Rameshbabu, a manager at the TNSC Bank and mother have been a great source of inspiration to Praggnanandhaa.

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