India’s teenage chess grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa won praise for an impressive victory over world number one Magnus Carlsen in an online championship.

Praggnanandhaa, 16, who in 2016 became the youngest international master in history at age 10, beat Carlsen on Monday night in the Airthings Masters rapid chess tournament.

“It’s already time to go to bed, as I don’t think I’ll have dinner at 2:30 in the morning,” said a visibly calm Praggnanandhaa after the 39-move victory as Black. Others have beaten Carlsen, including Indians Viswanathan Anand and Pentala Harikrishna, but Praggnanandhaa is the youngest since the Norwegian became world champion in 2013.

Anand, a five-time world champion and hailed as the greatest chess player India has ever produced, tweeted: “Always proud of our talent! Very good day for @rpragchess”.

Indian cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar also joined in the praise for Chennai-born Praggnanandhaa, widely regarded as a future world title contender.

“What a wonderful feeling it must be for Pragg. All 16, and to have beaten the experienced and decorated Magnus Carlsen, and that too while he was playing black, is magical!” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.

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