During the final round of the FTX Crypto Cup in Miami on Monday, young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa outplayed world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen 4-2 by winning three straight games, including two in the blitz tie-breaks.
Nevertheless, after defeating Carlsen, the 17-year-old could only finish in second place overall.
Due to a superior score, the Norwegian took home the top honor. He earned 16 match points in all, compared to the Indian prodigy’s 15.
It’s never good to lose, but this is as good a moment as any! I’ve been playing poorly all day, but now I’m getting the results I deserve! Carlsen stated following the game.
A second highly regarded young prodigy, Alireza Firouzja, ended with 15 points as well but had to settle for third place because he had lost the match against Praggnanandhaa earlier.
In the Carlsen-Praggnanandhaa match, the first two games were tied before the world number one won the third to take the lead.
The fourth game was unexpectedly won by the Indian, sending the match into tie-breaks. By winning both games in the tie-break, he stunned the Norwegian.
The world champion has been defeated twice in online competitions by Praggnanandhaa, who has been in excellent form this year.
He also had a significant impact on the India “B” team’s recent bronze-medal performance in the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai.
Praggnanandhaa commented after the game versus Carlsen, “I think it could have done better the last few days but I think overall 2nd is good.”
Firouzja, the fourth-ranked player in the world, was defeated by Praggnanandhaa to open his campaign. He also defeated Anish Giri and Levon Aronian.