FIDE World Cup Final: First Match between R Praggnanandhaa and former world champion Magnus Carlsen ends in draw

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.

  1. The first classical game concluded in a draw after 40 moves, with both players displaying cautious and solid gameplay.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Magnus Carlsen’s journey to the final included a victory over Levon Aronian in a closely contested match.
  5. The second classical game of the final was scheduled for Wednesday, August 23, followed by two more games on Thursday and Friday.
  6. 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.

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