Can One Family in India Wrest Both the Men’s and Women’s Chess Titles from China?
Above, Ding Liren won his battle against Nepo to win the championship. But, since then, he has receded from the public eye. Nepo is in the Candidates tournament again, which sets up a possible rematch with Ding, of course. But, there’s going to be seven other Candidates who have something to say about that.
One of those Candidates is Pragg, whose full name is Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu.
I was confused why Rameshbabu is listed before Praggnanandhaa, so I googled it:
So, we can just call him Pragg as that is how he is known in the chess world. Here’s a chart I saw online from the World Cup:
So, the World Cup had three Candidate spots on the line. Apparently, a Reddit user thought three was too many:
Be that as it may, that is how it is being run this time. And, Pragg punches his ticket to the big dance (the Candidates Tournament). These are all elite players, so for the sake of simplicity, we shall say Pragg has one chance in eight of winning the Candidates.
Let’s assume Pragg does win the Candidates, what happens then? Well, he would face off against Ding Liren for the title. Back in January, he defeated Ding Liren in an elite tournament: