FTX Crypto Cup: R Praggnanandhaa loses out on top prize despite beating Magnus Carlsen for the third time

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Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa bagged three straight games including two in the blitz tie-breaks to outwit world No.1 Magnus Carlsen 4-2 in the final round of the FTX Crypto Cup on Monday. Though he secured the win over Carlsen, the 17-year old chess sensation grabbed the second place in the final standings. The Norwegian won the top prize on the basis of a higher score. The winner got his hands on the prize by a mere margin as he finished with 16 match points to the Indian prodigy’s tally of 15.

R Praggnanandhaa defeats Magnus Carlsen for the third time

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The young chess prodigy came up with yet another masterclass but this time around could not achieve the goal. The first two games of the Carlsen-Praggnanandhaa match were drawn before the world No.1 went ahead by clinching the third.

What turned out to be astonishing is the fact that the Indian won the fourth game to push the match into the tie-breaks. He stunned the Norwegian by winning both the games in the tie-break.

Praggnanandhaa has been in splendid form this year and had previously beaten the world champion twice in online events. He also played a crucial role in the India ‘B’ team claiming a bronze medal in the 44th chess Olympiad in Chennai recently.

“I think it could have done better the last few days but I think overall 2nd is good,” Praggnanandhaa said after the game against Carlsen. Praggnanandhaa started his campaign with victory over world No.4 Firouzja and also scored wins over Anish Giri and Levon Aronian.

Another Indian prodigy Alireza Firouzja, also finished on 15 points but had to settle for third place as he had lost the clash against Praggnanandhaa earlier.

“I’ve been playing badly all day, but now I’m getting the results I deserve… it’s never good to lose, but this is as good a time as any!,” Carlsen said after the match.

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