Grand Chess Tour: R Praggnanandhaa Beats World Number One Magnus Carlsen

In Chess, India’s R Praggnanandhaa scored yet another victory over world number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway to keep himself afloat even as Wei Yi of China stretched his lead to a massive 2.5 points in the Superbet rapid and blitz tournament. With nine rounds still to go in the blitz event, Wei Yi has amassed 20.5 points with seven wins on the first day of blitz. Ending the day with 7.5 out of a possible nine, Yi seems like a man possessed and is poised to win the first leg of the Grand Chess Tour.

 

Carlsen, at 18, is a distant second at this point and the main reason behind that is Praggnanandhaa, who has been beating the world number one often these days in the faster version of the game. Praggnanandhaa, however, is far behind the leaders with 14.5 points which makes it literally a two-horse race for the title.

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