Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa Wins Norway Chess Open Tournament

Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa Wins Norway Chess Open Tournament

Indian Grandmaster R Pargananda wins Norwegian Chess Open Tournament

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Young Indian Grandmaster R Parganandha emerged victorious in the Norwegian Chess Group A Open Tournament with 7.5 points in nine rounds. The 16-year-old GM, top seed, was in good form and unbeaten in nine rounds. He ended the tournament with a victory over fellow Indian V Praneet, an international master, late on Friday. Pragnananandhaa (Elo 2642) scored full points ahead of second-placed IM Marsel Efroimski (Israel) and IM Jung Min Seo (Sweden).

Pranit was joint third with six points but was sixth due to poor tiebreak score.

In addition to defeating Praneeth, Pragnanda defeated Victor Mikhailovsky (round 8), Vitaly Konein (round 6), Mukhmadzokhod Sverov (round 4), Semen Mutusov (round 2) and Matthias Innland (round 1). He drew his other three games.

The young Indian star has been performing impressively in recent times, defeating world number one Magnus Carlsen for the second time in the Chessable Masters online event and losing in the final to China’s Ding Lerin.

GM will be part of the India B team in the open event of the 44th Chess Olympiad to be held in Chennai next month.


Parganandha coach RB Ramesh congratulated him on the victory and said it would help boost his confidence.

“Congratulations on winning. He was the top seed, so it’s no surprise that he won the tournament. He played well overall, drew three games with the Black Pieces and won the rest. Will help boost his confidence, “said Ramesh.

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