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Che International Chess Festival 2023: Praggnanandhaa beats Nihal 7.5 - 2.5 in their first-ever Blitz match

by Shahid Ahmed - 23/11/2023

GM R Praggnanandhaa won the first-ever Blitz match against GM Nihal Sarin at Che International Chess Festival 2023. The FIDE World Cup 2023 Silver medalist won the match with two games to spare 5.5-2.5. He won the last two games to register a one-sided victory of 7.5-2.5. It was not a rated event, an exhibition match to showcase the talent of both Indian youngsters. Afterwards, they both played a Simul against a combined total of 31 players. 13-year-old Aadinath Harilal of Ernakulam, Kerala became the sole player to draw against Nihal. Check out the ten blitz games along with lots of photos, videos and interviews of the last two days of the festival which had an excellent facility for both players and spectators, organized by Sports Ministry of Kerala. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

GM R Praggnanandhaa and GM Nihal Sarin always keep looking forward to giving their best

Day 4: Masterclass with GM FST R B Ramesh

One of the best trainers of the world GM FST R B Ramesh held two sessions with kids and one short one with their parents. All three sessions will be made available on our channel at a later date.

GM FST R B Ramesh during his sessions

Kids listening to the lecture with rapt attention

Parents and accompanying persons waiting outside, surrounded by various world champions' standees

Parents attending the interactive session

For more photographs of GM R B Ramesh's Masterclass sessions, photo session with GM Nihal Sarin, and Under-12 and Under-19 prize distribution ceremony, please click at the respective links.

Nihal Sarin signs autographs, takes selfie & photos, remembers to return pens too | Video: ChessBase India
Nihal Sarin on his upcoming Blitz match against Pragg at Che International Chess Festival and more

Day 5: Praggnanandhaa wins the Blitz match against Nihal

GM R Praggnanandhaa and GM Nihal Sarin faced each other in a ten-game Blitz match for the very first time. Praggnanandhaa won the match with two games to spare when the score became 5.5-2.5. However, as agreed earlier, since it was an exhibition match, they played the remaining two games and Praggnanandhaa won the match by 7.5-2.5. Check out all ten games separately in its entirety in separate videos. You can also replay the entire livestream with comments by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal.

Praggnanandhaa - Nihal match definitely draws all attention of various media

IM V Saravanan, the event coordinator with GM Nihal Sarin, moments before the match

GM Nihal Sarin plays his first-ever big match in his home state Kerala, glances at the event banner

GM Nihal Sarin and GM R Praggnanadhaa laser focused moments before their game

Praggnanandhaa and Nihal are so fast, that even technology had a hard time catching up to them

Caption this

No one wanted to miss a single shot

Irrespective of the outcome of the match, the friendship between Praggnanandhaa and Nihal remains strong
Game 1 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 2 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 3 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 4 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 5 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 6 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 7 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 8 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 9 | Video: ChessBase India
Game 10 | Video: ChessBase India
Replay Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

R Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin Simul: Aadinath Harilal draws against Nihal

13-year-old Aadinath Harilal (1474) became the sole player out of 31, to draw against GM Nihal Sarin (2692).

GM Nihal Sarin and GM R Praggnanadhaa played their own selected players inside a barricaded area

Praggnanandhaa went through 15 players in less than two hours

Nihal Sarin defeated 2-3 out of 16 in two hours before...

...Praggnanandhaa decided to join his friend and help him to finish the games faster

For more Simultaneous Exhibition photos, please click here.

13-year-old Aadinath Harilal (1474) faces GM Nihal Sarin in a Simul | Video: ChessBase India
13-year-old Aadinath Harilal is the sole player to draw against GM Nihal Sarin in Simul | Video: ChessBase India

Prize distribution ceremony

Aadinath Harilal receives his prize for becoming the sole player to draw against GM Nihal Sarin in the Simul

GM R Praggnanandhaa unveils the logo of International Sports Summit Kerala 2024

GM R Praggnanandhaa, GM S L Narayanan, GM Nihal Sarin with GM FST R B Ramesh, organizers, officials and volunteers

Video Gallery

The R Praggnanandhaa interview after Che International Chess Festival 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
GM R B Ramesh on the origin of 'Be Like Pragg', Vaishali winning Grand Swiss 2023 and more | Video: ChessBase India
IM V Saravanan on Che International Chess Festival, Pragg v Nihal match and more | Video: ChessBase India
The man who started Chess Houseboat - Correspondence IM FT N R Anilkumar | Video: ChessBase India
"This is a great experience for us to organize under the banner of Sports Ministry of Kerala" | Video: ChessBase India

More videos will be published on our channel and page, stay tuned!

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