Grandmaster R Pragganandhaa has won the prestigious Reykjavik Open chess tournament
Young Indian grandmaster R Pragganandhaa won the prestigious Reykjavik Open chess tournament here on Tuesday with 7.5 points from nine rounds. Pragganandhaa, 16, beat compatriot GM D Gukesh in the final round to emerge as the sole winner. Praggnanandhaa turned things around in the all-Indian battle after his opponent blundered as he looked to be losing. The highly rated Indian went undefeated through the nine rounds and finished with victories over Matthieu Cornette (France) and Gukesh in the last two rounds.
He also had four other victories, including that against American Abhimanyu Mishra, who last year became the youngest grandmaster at the time at the age of 12 years and four months.
Praggnanandhaa (ELO 2624) gained 13.2 ELO points after the triumph.
He had recently grabbed the limelight after knocking down world number one Magnus Carlsen in an online tournament.
Gukesh, who recorded six points, finished 17th while general manager Abhijeet Gupta took eighth place, earning 6.5 points.
Dutch GM Max Warmerdam took second place seven points ahead of Mads Anderson (Denmark), who also scored the same number of points.
Abhimanyu Mishra had seven points and finished fifth.
Among other Indians, IM Tania Sachdev (6 points) took 21st place while experienced GM B Adibhan scored 5.5 points and settled for 34th place.
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