Indian Chess Players Who Beat Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen

After Ramesh Praggnanandhaa’s clever move to snatch his latest victory over Magnus Carlsen, he has once again shown himself as a chess prodigy in the making. However, he is not alone in this achievement and joins three other Indians who have defeated Carlsen in different game formats. We take a look at every Indian chess player who has beaten Magnus Carlsen to date.

Ramesh Pragnanandhaa

Just three months after beating Magnus, ‘Pragg’ was back to seal another win. It looked like this specific match would end in a draw, but Pragg turned the game in his favor by capitalizing on his opponent’s mistake of misplacing a jumper. This sealed the match and ended Magnus’ three-game winning streak.

Pentala Harikrishna

The 1996 World Under-10 Champion showed early signs of being a chess prodigy and indeed performed as expected. Pentala Harikrishna defeated Carlsen in an online match at the St Louis Rapid and Blitz online chess event. This victory surprised many given that Carlsen was already an experienced and well-regarded chess player at the time, but was another feather in the cap of one of India’s top chess grandmasters.

Vishwanathan Anand

Anand and Carlsen have had a famous rivalry since 2007. Anand first beat Carlsen in 2007 at the Morelia-Linares chess event. He won again in 2008 in the final of the Grenkeleasing event. The latest victory came at the 2017 World Rapid Chess Championship in Riyadh.

Anand and Carlsen (source-Chess24)

Nihal Sarin

Nihal Sarin has beaten Magnus twice in his career. The first win came in an unofficial event where Sarin beat Carlsen in an online blitz game in May 2020. The second official match was in April 2021 when Sarin beat the Norwegian chess player in a Blitz format of 3 minutes. He was one of 2 out of 19 players who beat Carlsen when none of the other players could even hold him to a draw.

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