R Praggnanandhaa met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after returning from the Chess World Cup in Baku.
The entire nation of India may be proud of Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa for making it all the way to the FIDE Chess World Cup final. Praggnanandhaa, the youngest Indian to have participated in a Chess World Cup final, lost to World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in a tie-breaker at the age of 18 years old. After Praggnanandhaa left for home, he was greeted warmly in Chennai and had the opportunity to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the encounter, Praggnanandhaa shared details of his conversation with PM Modi in a media interaction.
PM Modi and Praggnanadhaa didn’t simply talk about chess during their meeting; according to the latter, they also talked about cricket. Praggnanandhaa chose the name of India’s seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as his favourite player.
“PM Modi made me feel completely at ease. He probed me about my education, my father’s occupation, etc. I had fun talking to him.” In addition to chess, he mentioned that he also follows cricket, and if he had to choose a favourite player, it would be Ashwin.
Praggnanandhaa detailed his exercise routine and eating habits, including that he practises yoga and meditation. In terms of cuisine, he prefers Indian specialties.
Praggnanandhaa, I meditate and do yoga to increase my focus. I like Indian food most before a game. It’s something I like doing. I’d prefer home cooking so my mother may prepare my meals. “Pragganandhaa,” he murmured.
The Chess World Cup in Baku saw Praggnanandhaa with his mother by his side. Praggnanadhaa’s mother is aware of the scenario her son is in during games, although others may find it difficult to understand what is going on in his head.
“Those who know me well can tell my game position just by looking at me. My mum will undoubtedly understand: Praggnanandhaa
“It’s critical for me to have my mother’s backing. In addition, it provides emotional support. Family support is crucial—I can’t even begin to describe how important that is—and my mother takes care of everything, he said.
Praggnanandhaa went on to say, “I watch films when I want to unwind.”