Praggnanandhaa stuns world champion Magnus Carlsen for the second time this year


The fifth round match of the Chessable Masters Online Rapid Chess Tournament was headed for a draw, but a one-shot error by Carlsen resulted in the loss.

File image of R Praggnanandhaa. Twitter/@tatasteelchess

New Delhi: Indian grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, 16, stunned world champion Magnus Carlsen for the second time in just three months as he edged out the Norwegian in the fifth round of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament on Friday.

The match in the fifth round of the tournament was heading for a draw but a one-hit blunder by world champion Magnus Carlsen resulted in defeat.

Despite the victory, the 16-year-old general manager was not happy. “I don’t want to win this way!” said R Praggnanandhaa after the Magnus Carlsen gaffe.

With this victory, the Indian general manager is now placed in fifth place in the standings. Carlsen is in third place with 12 points and China’s Wei Yi leads with 18 points at the end of the second day of the tournament.

Earlier, Praggnanandhaa got the better of Carlsen in the Airthings Masters rapid online tournament in February this year.

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