Indian chess players who defeated Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen


After Ramesh Praggnanandhaa’s clever move to snatch his most recent win over Magnus Carlsen, he has once again shown himself to be a chess prodigy. However, he is not alone in this feat and joins three other Indians who have defeated Carlsen in different formats of the game. We take a look at all the Indian chess players who have beaten Magnus Carlsen so far.

Ramesh Praggnanandhaa

Just three months after defeating Magnus, ‘Pragg’ was back to seal another victory. It seemed like this particular match would end in a tie, but Pragg turned the game in his favor, capitalizing on his opponent’s mistake of misplacing a knight. This sealed the game and ended Magnus’ three-game winning streak.

Pentala Harikrishna

The 1996 U10 World Champion showed early signs of being a chess prodigy and has effectively lived up to expectations. Pentala Harikrishna defeated Carlsen in an online match at the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz Online Chess Event. This victory surprised many as by then Carlsen was already an experienced and respected chess player but was another feather in the cap of one of India’s top chess grandmasters.

Vishwanathan Anand

Anand and Carlsen have had a famous rivalry since 2007. Anand first defeated Carlsen in the 2007 Morelia-Linares Chess Event. In 2008 he again won the Grenkeleasing event final. The most recent win came at the 2017 World Rapid Championship in Riyadh.

Anand and Carlsen (Quelle-Chess24)

Nihal Sarin

Nihal Sarin has beaten Magnus twice in his career. The first win came in an unofficial event where Sarin defeated Carlsen in an online blitz match in May 2020. The second official match took place in April 2021 when Sarin defeated the Norwegian chess player in a 3-minute blitz format. He was one of 2 of 19 players to beat Carlsen while none of the other players could even hold him in a draw.


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