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'Confidence levels up after world under-18 chess title win'


Press Trust of India Chennai
: Having won the world under-18 chess title recently, young Indian Grand Master R Praggnanandhaa on Wednesday said his confidence level is up and wanted to do even better.
"There is stiff competition in the Under-18 category.
My confidence levels have gone up after the triumph. I am motivated to do even better in the upcoming tournaments," Praggnanandhaa said on the sidelines of a felicitation function at the Velammal School campus here.
The 14-year old will be taking part in a the London Chess Classic in London (December 1-9) and Sunway Chess Open in Sitges (December 13-22).
"More people have started to take notice of me after my showing in Mumbai.
I have also been getting some invitations for events. I will be travelling to England and Spain before the close of the year," he added.
The Chennai-based chess prodigy took part in two back to back major events: the World Youth (U-18) and then the World junior (U-20) championships in Mumbai and Delhi respectively.
After claiming the under-18 title, he finished ninth in the Under-20 event.
Praggnanandhaa said playing back to back tournaments had left him tired, which probably affectd his performance.
"I was a little bit tired as I was constantly in action. A lot of high-calibre players were also there and that made it difficult for me," he added.
Praggnanandhaa, a Class IX student of Velammal School, dedicated his recent world under-18 title to Sujith Wilson, the two-year old boy who passed away on Tuesday after getting stuck in an abandoned bore well near Tiruchirapally.
"This is for him. I hope tragic incidents like this dont happen in the future," he said.

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First Published: Oct 30 2019 | 7:30 PM IST

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