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The Indian siblings taking the chess world by storm


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In the last decade, few have fit the chess prodigy descriptor as well as India's Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa. He was 10 years old when he became the then-youngest International Master, the second-highest title after Grandmaster.

He became the second-youngest Grandmaster in 2018, defeated five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen three times in a row in online games, and is only the second Indian after Viswanathan Anand to make a World Cup final and qualify for the Candidates tournament.

While all of this unfolded, another chess-playing member of his family diligently awaited her turn - Praggnanandhaa's sister Vaishali, who is older than him by four years.

The first in the family to play chess, Vaishali's skill and toil have never been in doubt. She's now ended India's 12 year-wait, becoming only the third-ever female Grandmaster after Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli. It also makes the Chennai siblings the first Grandmaster brother-sister pair in history.


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