Tata Steel Masters: R Praggnanandhaa breezes off Vidit Gujrathi

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen continues to be at the top of the standings with seven points. The five-time world chess champion, Carlsen, and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin had played one of the shortest games at the tournament, which lasted just 16 moves.

Young Indian Grandmaster, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa emerges victorious against his compatriot Vidit Santosh Gujrathi in a marathon 10th round clash at the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament.

On Wednesday, Praggnanandhaa ceases his three-match losing streak to blow the high-rated Gujrathi in 78 moves at a Nimzo-Indian Classical variation game.

Gujrathi who was among the leaders about two rounds before has slid to joint fourth with 5.5 points. While Praggnanandhaa improves to 3.5 points but stands in 13th place.

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen continues to be at the top of the standings with seven points. The five-time world chess champion, Carlsen, and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin had played one of the shortest games at the tournament, which lasted just 16 moves.

Dutch chess player, Anish Giri manages to draw with Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda, moving to the second spot with 6.5 points.

The winner of the day comprises Hungary’s Richard Rapport, who beats America’s Fabiano Caruana, Russia’s Andrey Esipenko, who thrashes Dutch Jordan Van Foreest, and Sweden’s Nils Grandelius who seals his maiden victory by defeating Russia’s Daniil Dubov.

At the Challengers event, India’s Arjun Erigaisi makes his two-point lead over the field, with a draw against Russia’s Polina Shuvolava. He contains 8.5 points whereas his nearest challengers, Thai Dai Van Nguyen and Jonas Buhl Bjerre have 6.5 points.

The remaining three more rounds are to be played both in the Masters and Challengers event.

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