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Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and his sister Vaishali

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Source: BBC

The remarkable success of Indian chess siblings, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and his sister Vaishali, who have been making waves in the chess world.

Praggnanandhaa, a chess prodigy, achieved the title of International Master at the age of 10 and became the second-youngest Grandmaster in 2018. He has also defeated the five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen three times in online games.

Vaishali, Praggnanandhaa’s older sister by four years, recently became the third-ever female Grandmaster from India, joining the ranks of Koneru Humpy and Harika Dronavalli. This achievement also makes them the first Grandmaster brother-sister pair in history.

Vaishali faced the emotional toll and pressure of being successful as her brother Praggnanandhaa gained international attention. But she overcame feelings of envy and pressure to carve her own path in chess. The siblings, who initially trained under Grandmaster RB Ramesh, have taken different paths in their chess journeys.

The siblings have contrasting playing styles – Praggnanandhaa is known for his defensive skills, while Vaishali is a tenacious attacker. Praggnanandhaa is extrovert and Vaishali is more introvert

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