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Praggnanandhaa suffers second defeat in FTX Crypto Cup

Source: PTI
August 21, 2022 12:01 IST
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IMAGE: Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa remains in second spot, behind world No.1 Magnus Carlsen, despite losing to Poland's Jan-Krzystof Duda, in the FTX Crypto Cup. Photograph: Kind courtesy Stev Bonhage, Mark Livshitz & Niki Riga/FIDE

Teenaged Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa went down to Poland's Jan-Krzystof Duda via the tie-break in the sixth round of the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of Champions Chess Tour, in Miami, on Sunday.

 

It was the second defeat for the 17-year-old GM after going down to Quang Liem Le in the previous round. He, however, remains in second spot with 13 match points, behind world No.1 Magnus Carlsen (15 match points).

Duda drew first blood, winning the opening game. After two draws, Praggnanandhaa won the fourth game to level the match. The Polish player then showed his class, winning both the tie-break games for a 4-2 victory.

Praggnanandhaa takes on Carlsen in the last and final round of the tournament later on Sunday night.

Carlsen had to bring out his best to subdue the highly-rated Alireza Firouzja 3.5-2.5 via the tie-breaker.

The Norwegian lost the first game but bounced back to win the next to level the match. Games three and four were drawn before the World champion won the blitz tie-break series.

In other matches in the round, Liem Le pulled off a surprise 2.5-1.5 win over Anish Giri of the Netherlands, and Levon Aronian defeated Hans Niemann 2.5-1.5.

The eight-player all-play-all tournament is the American finale of Champions Chess Tour. There is US $7,500 at stake for each match win at the event.

Each match is played over four rapid games, with blitz tie-breaks in case of a 2-2 draw.

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