Welcome the player from the Candidates Tournament
Prague eagerly anticipates the arrival of the current 13th player in the world rankings, Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa, who is set to showcase his skills just a month before the Candidates Tournament. Vincent Keymer is trailing closely in the live rating, making it challenging to predict their standings for the upcoming February Masters Tournament.
The rising star of Indian chess made his debut at the Prague International Chess Festival in 2019 at the tender age of 15. Despite playing against more experienced and often generation(s) older GMs of the Challengers tournament he secured the 8th place. However, let's shift our focus to the present. In February, fans will have the opportunity to witness Praggnanandhaa at the Prague Masters Tournament—now five years older and more seasoned, boasting a rating 200 points higher and just a few positions away from the top-ranked player globally.
The 18-year-old prodigy from Chennai has achieved a string of successes and reached significant goals. This year marked another remarkable ascent for him, notably with an outstanding performance at the World Cup in August held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Praggnanandhaa was literally unstoppable, defeating even opponents like Nakamura, Erigaisi or Caruana on his way to the finals. After Vishy Anand he is only the second Indian player to qualify for the Candidates Tournament. In the finals he lost to the former world champion Carlsen. "He played really well. In general, in the tournament, he had an exceptional performance,“ said Magnus Carlsen after the finals about his opponent.
The current #1 of the German Vincent Keymer rating is making his third appearance at the Prague International Chess Festival. Trained for numerous years by the Hungarian legend of world chess, Peter Léko, Keymer celebrated his 19th birthday a few days ago and is steadily securing his position in the top 20 of the world FIDE ranking. In this year's World Cup, he battled his way to the fourth round, where he faced the future champion Magnus Carlsen. Despite winning the first game, Keymer succumbed in the tie-break, with Carlsen winning the rapid game.
The 6th year of the Festival is just three months away, scheduled for February 26 to March 7, 2024. We send a warm invitation to every fan to visit the Don Giovanni Hotel Prague and remind those contemplating participation that the Open and rating tournaments registrations are currently in full swing.