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Praggnanandhaa beats world champion Magnus Carlsen for 2nd time in three months

Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu defeated Magnus Carlsen for the second time in three months in the fifth round of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament. 

Kartik Mehindru Edited by: Kartik Mehindru New Delhi Published on: May 21, 2022 21:01 IST
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R Praggnanandhaa 

Indian Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa defeated Magnus Carlsen for the second time in three months in the fifth round of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament. 

The 16-year-old from Chennai capitalised on a late blunder from Carlsen on Friday to pocket three crucial points to keep himself in the hunt for aa knockout berth.

"I did not want to win that way," said Praggnanandhaa when asked about his second triumph against the world champion.

The match was headed for a draw before the Norwegian committed a blunder in the 40th move when he misplaced a black knight during the final seconds and resigned immediately in the next move as Praggnanandhaa emerged winner.

The Indian drew with Harikrishna in the next round, defeated Gawain Jones before losing to David Anton Guijarro to finish the day. The victory took Praggnanandhaa to 12 points, while Carlsen was at the second spot behind China's Wei Yi on the second day of the USD 150,000 tournament.

Praggnanandhaa is currently sharing the fifth place with Ding Liren.

In February, Praggnanandhaa had stunned Carlsen in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament, becoming only the third Indian to clinch a victory over the Norwegian superstar. 

(Inputs PTI)