R Praggnanandhaa arrives in a chariot at his school in Chennai (Image: X/BCCI)
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, an extraordinary chess prodigy, has swiftly ascended as an emerging star in the competitive chess arena. Praggnanandhaa's extraordinary skill became apparent at an early stage, propelling him through the ranks to attain the distinction of one of the world's youngest grandmasters. His astute strategic acumen, tactical mastery, and unwavering commitment to the game have garnered him several honours, including triumphs in renowned international tournaments.
R Praggnanadhaa received a King's welcome at his school on Monday, with a grand celebration involving the chess prodigy and his mother. In a video shared by ANI, Praggnanandhaa was seen sitting on a chariot, accompanied by his mother. A massive garland was also draped around Praggnanandhaa. The 18-year-old has now reacted to the video that is doing rounds on social media. In a tweet posted on Tuesday, Praggnanandhaa thanked his school for the grand welcome.
Big Thanks to my school Velammal for a continous support and encouragement and also for such a grand welcome yesterday!— Praggnanandhaa (@rpragchess) September 12, 2023
Favourite moment from last evening , with my mother on a chariot!😇 https://t.co/QbxykMY3GA
Earlier, at Chennai airport in Tamil Nadu, a large crowd enthusiastically welcomed the young grandmaster after he returned to India following a successful campaign at the FIDE Chess World Cup. He was honored with a crown, a shawl, and a bouquet. Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin also met with the young player after he arrived in India and offered him cash prize.
Praggnanandhaa created history by securing the silver medal in the recently concluded 2023 FIDE World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Praggnanandhaa lost the final to reigning world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen. Praggnanandhaa became only the second Indian player to play in the final of the Chess World Cup after former world champion Viswanathan Anand.