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Praggnanandhaa triumphed in a major chess tournament


Praggnanandhaa triumphed in a major chess tournament

Pragganandhaa, an Indian Chess Grandmaster

The prestigious Reykjavik Open chess tournament was won by young Indian Grandmaster R Pragganandhaa on Tuesday in Reykjajvik, Iceland, after nine rounds of play.

Only Pragganandhaa, a chess prodigy at the age of 16, emerged victorious in the final round.

After his opponent made a blunder when he appeared to be losing, Praggnanandhaa turned the tide in the all-Indian battle.

Matthieu Cornette (France) and Gukesh (India) were the only opponents the Indian lost to in the final two rounds.

He also recorded four other victories, including one over Abhimanyu Mishra, the then youngest Grandmaster at the age of 12 years and 4 months.

The victory was worth 13.2 ELO points to Praggnanandhaa (ELO 2624).

He had been in the spotlight recently after defeating world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in an online tournament.

GM Abhijeet Gupta finished eighth with 6.5 points, while Gukesh finished 17th with 6 points.

A tie for second place between Max Warmerdam of the Netherlands and Mads Anderson (Denmark) resulted in a seven-point difference.

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Abhimanyu Mishra finished fifth with seven points.

Indians IM Tania Sachdev (six points) and GM B Adibhan (five points) rounded out the top ten in the country’s rankings, respectively.

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