Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa Norway Chess Open Tournament© Twitter
Young Indian grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa came out on top in the Norwegian Chess Group A open tournament with 7.5 points from nine rounds. The 16-year-old GM, the topper, was in excellent shape and remained unbeaten for the nine rounds. He closed the tournament with a win over fellow Indian V Praneeth, an international master, late on Friday. Praggnanandhaa (Elo 2642) finished a full point ahead of second placed IM Marsel Efroimski (Israel) and IM Jung Min Seo (Sweden).
Praneeth tied for third with six points, but finished sixth due to a lower tie-break score.
Except for Praneeth, Praggnanandhaa beat out victories over Victor Mikhalevski (in round 8), Vitaly Kunin (round 6), Mukhammadzokhid Suyarov (round 4), Semen Mutusov (round 2) and Mathias Unneland (round 1). He tied his other three games.
The Indian teenage star has put in some impressive performances in recent times, beating world number one Magnus Carlsen for the second time in the online Chessable Master event, losing a thrilling final to China’s Ding Liren.
The GM will be part of the India B team in the open event of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai next month.
Praggnanandhaa’s coach RB Ramesh congratulated him after the win and said it will boost his confidence.
“Congratulations on the win. He was the top seed so it’s no surprise that he won the tournament. He played well overall, drew three games with black pieces and won the remaining games. It will boost his confidence give.” Ramesh said.
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