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Praggnanandhaa defeats Magnus Carlsen again; finishes second at FTX Crypto Cup

17-year-old Indian chess prodigy Praggnanandhaa created history by defeating 5-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen at the FTX Crypto Cup. Praggs became runners-up at the high-intensity tournament.

R Praggnanandhaa Chess

R Praggnanandhaa


The Bridge Desk

Published: 22 Aug 2022 3:19 AM GMT

Recording a third consecutive win in his career against the Norwegian great, 17-year-old Indian chess prodigy, R. Praggnanandhaa pulled off a stunner as he defeated the reigning 5-time World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen at the FTX Crypto Cup.

Creating quite the high-pressure moment in his final match at the FTX Crypto Cup, Praggnanandhaa produced a clutch moment against Magnus Carlsen and won 3 games in a row in the blitz playoffs to create history.

Although Carlsen went on to win the FTX Crypto Cup, it was not without having to really sweat it out against the teenage prodigy from Tamil Nadu who has been a bit of a bother for Carlsen of late.

The clash was intense and Praggnanandhaa had to dig deep to pull off a comeback with some stunning moves and ended up finishing a well-deserved second at the FTX Crypto Cup, just one below Carlsen, who somehow managed to defend his title despite the threats posed by Praggnanandhaa.

Ultimately, Norway's World Champion, Carlsen, overcame the talented 17-year-old with a game to spare in their final round shootout for the title, while Praggnanandhaa, in solid form all throughout this tournament, finished as the runners-up.

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