The final of the FIDE World Cup 2023 chess tournament took place in Baku, Azerbaijan, starting on Tuesday, August 22. The initial game of the best-of-four series featured a match between Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa and Norwegian World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
- The first classical game concluded in a draw after 40 moves, with both players displaying cautious and solid gameplay.
- Despite being only 18 years old, Praggnanandhaa impressed observers by holding his ground against the world’s top-ranked player, Magnus Carlsen, who has a significantly higher rating.
- Praggnanandhaa’s path to the final involved defeating World No. 3 Fabiano Caruana in the semifinals, setting a record as the youngest player to achieve this feat.
- Magnus Carlsen’s journey to the final included a victory over Levon Aronian in a closely contested match.
- The second classical game of the final was scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, followed by two more games on Thursday and Friday.
- In the event that the score remains tied after the four games, tiebreaks were set to take place on Saturday.
Q.: What record did R Praggnanandhaa set during the FIDE World Cup 2023 chess tournament?
a) Youngest player to reach the final.
b) Most wins in a single tournament.
c) Highest rating increase.
d) Most games played in the tournament.
Ans : a) Youngest player to reach the final.