Pragyanand is the third Indian to defeat Carlson.
Carlsen had three wins in a row as he ominously ramped up the gears. But against the 16-year-old Pragyanand, he erred horribly, and the Indian star was out for the win.
It was Pragyanandan’s first chess victory of any kind against Norway and came after losing three games in a row. Carlsen finished fifth in the standings on Sunday, up from 11th.
Batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Monday congratulated 16-year-old Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa for defeating world champion Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round.
Tendulkar said Praggnanandhaa has made India proud and wished him a “successful” career in chess. “What a wonderful feeling it must be for Prague. To beat all 16, and the experienced and decorated Magnus Carlsen, and that too while playing black, is magical! Best wishes for a long and successful chess career ahead. You wish India Proud,” tweeted Tendulkar.