GrandMaster R Praggnanandhaa, Std 12 of Velammal Main School, Mogappair Campus has received the prestigious Arjuna Award. The second highest sporting award of India was presented by the Honourable
President of India Smt. Droupadi Murmu at the National Sports and Adventure Awards- 2022 ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Delhi on 30th November, 2022.
India’s Chess prodigy is brilliant, hardworking and disciplined. To start off with, playing Chess was a mere hobby for him.
Pragg became the youngest International Master in the history of the game of Chess in 2016, at the age of 10. The coveted ‘Grandmaster’ title was earned at the age of 12 which made him the fifth youngest person ever to do so.
He is also the youngest player and the third Indian to defeat Norwegian Chess Superstar Magnus Carlsen thrice in a row in six months in 2022. This is one of the glamourous highlights of his career.
The Chess maestro is serene by victory or loss, and this being his biggest strength has made him conquer the world in the war of checkmates.
It’s a matter of great pride for Velammal to create 9 Grandmasters furthermore the World Class Chess Champions are at their campus as they were always encouraged to show their prowess by being a part at various global tournaments.
The School Management is elated and congratulates the Prince of chess on his remarkable feat.