Praggnanandhaa Secures First Ever Win Over Magnus Carlsen In Norway Chess Tournament

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New Delhi: Indian Chessmaster Praggnanandhaa claimed his first-ever win over Magnus Carlsen to take the lead in the Norway chess tournament. The 18-year-old chess star who has beaten Carlsen quite a few times in exhibition and rapid games quite a few times took the leader’s position with 5.5 points after three rounds.

Praggnanandhaa was playing with white pieces and his victory pushed favourite Carlsen to the fifth spot in the points table. Classical chess also known as slow chess allows players a significant amount of time to make their moves usually around an hour.

Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa had a draw in their previous three encounters in this format. Praggnandhaa’s sister R Vaishali took first place in the women’s tournament with 5.5 points as well. She drew her game against Anna Muzychuk. World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana of the USA defeated China’s Ding Liren, the current world champion, in previous games in the event. After the defeat, Liren fell to the bottom of the six-player field.

American Hikaru Nakamura beat Frenchman Alireza Firouzja in his Armageddon match to earn an additional half-point and move up to third in the standings. In the fourth round, Nakamura will compete against Praggnanandhaa.

 

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