Anand: ‘Praggnanandhaa punishing the king, a pleasant feeling’

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It’s an enormous achievement for Praggnanandhaa, beating Magnus Carlsen, the world champion. To start with, it tells that now he is aware of ‘I can beat him’. That is one thing doable. It’s not straightforward, and I’ve misplaced video games like this, however I can do it once I’m taking part in nicely and that’s one thing he can take with him personally. The second factor is, the celebrity he acquired for a few days could be very wholesome. All of us want it to face out on this planet. And that is one chip and it was very useful, however it’s numerous publicity. In fact, these items must occur repeatedly, to be bolstered. However I feel, for him, essentially the most useful factor is just the information that ‘I did it as soon as’.

Pragg additionally had just a few setbacks in these 15 video games. He had some good outcomes, some dangerous ones. I need to say it’s a standard efficiency. The sport with Magnus was a type of scrappy affairs that you’ll are inclined to encounter extra usually.

Pragg’s recreation with Levon was a masterpiece. I imply, it’s a recreation that you would be able to get and say, “Look that is the way you play simply in this type of approach.”

Levon pushed him round and Pragg punished him for that. That’s actually good as a result of each these video games occurred a day after he scored half-a-point from 4 video games. Pragg has brilliance. He is available in on Day Two and issues bounce off him. It’s a really wholesome angle. He misplaced six, received 5 (together with three with black items). He fought until the top and that’s superior.

What I imply by a scrappy affair (when referring to the Carlsen-Pragg encounter) is, very often in these on-line tournaments, folks push their luck even in an excellent place due to the match’s code.

Uncommon miss: “I feel Magnus (Carlsen) was making an attempt to catch up as a result of he pushed exhausting ready he might have closed,” says Anand.   –  AFP


I feel Magnus was making an attempt to catch up as a result of he pushed exhausting ready he might have closed. He might have had that queen that was selecting b2. If he had tried to trade the knights and herald his bishop, it’s a draw. As a substitute, Magnus goes on a fishing expedition, pondering, ‘I can get away with this’. And it’s crucial to punish him as a result of he has gotten away with homicide towards me, towards many others.

It’s essential to punish Magnus when he goes on these items, as a result of Elizbar Ubilava (Anand’s former coach) as soon as informed me, “Kramnik, each time Kasparov oversteps line, punishes him. That’s why Kasparov doesn’t overstep the road with Kramnik and he learnt the exhausting approach to not do it. And if Pragg repeats it just a few occasions, Magnus will simply be that little bit cautious of going off the rails towards him than he does with others.

Magnus nonetheless received the match, so let’s not blow all of it. However there are many good takeaways and I’m glad. All of us want title recognition today, and persons are being bombarded with issues to recollect.

They’re discovering it tougher and tougher to recollect. These two days, Pragg received observed by everybody on this planet. Good for his profession. And I’m joyful about that as nicely.

Nowadays, nothing stops the gamers from excelling at 18 or at 21.

All of them are competing. Arjun (Erigaisi) will compete within the Tata Metal Masters subsequent 12 months and Pragg will qualify for some large occasions.

Other than these two, Gukesh and Nihal (Sarin) are additionally heading in direction of 2700 and I simply can’t anticipate that to occur. I actually really feel they’re very, very shut.

(As informed to Rakesh Rao)

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