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Aug 31 – The game of chess in India is on an impressive upward trajectory. R Praggnanandhaa, a tremendous prodigy who recently reached the final of the FIDE Chess World Cup, is one of the blazing stars guiding the way. However, the attention is not exclusively on him; a new generation of Grandmasters has emerged, giving new layers to India’s chess story.
Despite falling short in the title match against the tough World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, Praggnanandhaa’s journey to the final has engraved history in Indian sports. His heroic efforts have sparked a fire of inspiration, inspiring countless people with similar ambitions to persevere in their pursuit of perfection. Despite failing to secure the ultimate triumph, he left an everlasting impression on the Indian chess environment.
Appreciate your sentiment, Krishlay, & many, like you, have been urging me to gift a Thar to @rpragchess
But I have another idea …
I would like to encourage parents to introduce their children to Chess & support them as they pursue this cerebral game (despite the surge in… https://t.co/oYeDeRNhyh pic.twitter.com/IlFIcqJIjm
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) August 28, 2023
Following the heartwarming though tough finale, a heartwarming story unfolded. Anand Mahindra, the industrial magnate, made a momentous announcement on social media. The Mahindra Group decided to honour Praggnanandhaa’s chess achievements with a one-of-a-kind gift: an all-electric SUV. Anand Mahindra’s personal inception of this concept on ‘X’ (previously Twitter) struck a chord with the chess community and beyond.
Praggnanandhaa’s reaction captured the magnitude of this gesture. He revealed that his parents had a long-held dream of having an electric automobile, which has finally come true thanks to Anand Mahindra and his conglomerate’s generous offer.
His quest continues as the chess prodigy begins a new chapter. After the World Cup, Praggnanandhaa and another promising Grandmaster, Gukesh D, will join the Asian Games camp, which begins on August 30. This new venture demonstrates their dedication to extending the boundaries of Indian chess on the international scene.
R Praggnanandhaa and his contemporaries are spearheading the push for the future of chess in India. Their accomplishments not only brighten the sports world, but also demonstrate the power of dreams, devotion, and the steadfast support of visionaries like Anand Mahindra.