Praggnanandhaa Beats a 2700+ GM #iomchess

#agadmator One of the shocks of the fifth round of the 2017 Isle of Man Masters, played at the Villa Marina on 27 September, was the defeat of 26-year-old English grandmaster David Howell, rated 2701, by the 12-year-old Indian prodigy Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, already an IM and rated 2500.

David Howell was himself a chess prodigy with many remarkable chess performances from the age of eight, and he is also a three-times British Champion. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is a remarkable talent and has already reached a rating of 2500, which is one of the qualifying factors for the grandmaster title. He still needs three grandmaster-level tournament norms to become a grandmaster, but should he achieve this in the next few months he will become the youngest grandmaster ever, a record that was held by such legendary figures as Bobby Fischer, Judit Polgar, Peter Leko and Sergey Karjakin.

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa vs David Howell
Isle of Man Open (2017), Douglas ENG, rd 5, Sep-27
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance. Short Variation (B12)

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. O-O c5 7. c4 dc4 8. Na3 Nbc6 9. Nc4 Nd5 10. dc5 Bc5 11. Bg5 Qc7 12. Rc1 O-O 13. Qb3 h6 14. Ne3 Be3 15. Be3 Ne3 16. Qe3 Qb6 17. Qb6 ab6 18. a3 Be4 19. Nd2 Nd4 20. Rfe1 Bd5 21. Bd3 Rfd8 22. Rc3 g5 23. Ne4 Be4 24. Re4 Ra5 25. b4 Rad5 26. Bc4 R5d7 27. Bf1 Nf5 28. g3 Rd1 29. Kg2 Ra1 30. Bd3 Kg7 31. h4 gh4 32. Rg4 Kh7 33. Bf5 ef5 34. Rh4 Re8 35. Rc7 Kg7 36. Rb7 Re5 37. Rb6 Ra3 38. Rbh6 Re4 39. Rh7 Kg8 40. Rh8 Kg7 41. R8h7 Kf8 42. Rh8 Ke7 43. Rc8 Rb3 44. Rc4 Re5 45. Rh7 Rb5 46. Rc7 Ke6 47. Rh6 f6 48. Rc6 Ke5 49. Rhf6 R3b4 50. Rfe6 Kd4 51. Rcd6 Rd5 52. Rd5 Kd5 53. Re2 f4 54. g4 Rb3 55. f3 Rb8 56. Re4 Rf8 57. Kf2 Rf7 58. Ke2 Rf6 59. Kd3 Rf8 60. Ra4 Rb8 61. Rf4 Rb3 62. Ke2 Ke5 63. Rf5 Kd4 64. Kf2

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