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Chess: India’s Praggnanandhaa stuns world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in Airthings Masters

Chess: India’s Praggnanandhaa stuns world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in Airthings Masters

Chess: India’s Praggnanandhaa stuns world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in Airthings Masters
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By PTI Feb 23, 2022 7:01:24 PM IST (Updated)

Airthings Masters chess: Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa's spectacular win over world no 1 Magnus Carlsen comes after a moderate run in the earlier rounds, which included a solitary victory over Lev Aronian, two draws and four defeats.

Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa stunned world number 1, Magnus Carlsen, in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters, an online rapid chess tournament. Praggnanandhaa won with black pieces in 39 moves in a Tarrasch variation game early on Monday to halt Carlsen's run of three straight wins.

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The Indian Grandmaster lies in joint 12th spot after eight rounds with eight points. His spectacular win over Carlsen comes after a moderate run in the earlier rounds, which included a solitary victory over Lev Aronian, two draws and four defeats. He drew against Anish Giri and Quang Liem Le and lost to Eric Hansen, Ding Liren, Jan-Kryzstof Duda and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi, who lost the world championship match a few months ago to the Norwegian world no 1 Carlsen, is on top of the standings with 19 points followed by Ding Liren and Hansen (both on 15 points).
In the Airthings Masters, a 16-player online rapid tournament, a player gets three points for a win and one for a draw in the preliminary rounds. Seven more rounds remain in the preliminary phase.
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