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Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa emerged winner in the Norway Chess Group A open chess tournament. He won with 7.5 points from nine rounds. The 16-year old GM, the top-seed, was in fine form and remained unbeaten through the nine rounds. He finished 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 Efroimski (Israel). And IM Jung Min Seo (Sweden). Praneeth with six points was joint third but was placed sixth due to an inferior tie-break score. Apart from beating Praneeth, Praggnanandhaa posted wins over Victor Mikhalevski (in round 8), Vitaly Kunin (round 6), Mukhammad Zakhid Suyarov (round 4), Semen (round 2) and Mathias Unneland (round 1). He drew his other three games.
GM has been putting in impressive performances in recent times. He had beaten world number one Magnus Carlsen for a second time in the Chessable Master online event. But lost a close 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 R B Ramesh congratulated him after the win and said it will help boost his confidence.
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