Praggnanandhaa finished 11th in the Airthings Masters.©Twitter
India’s Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa beat Russia’s Vladislav Artemiev in the 15th and final round of the preliminary round of the Airthings Masters, an online rapid-fire chess tournament, but missed out on qualifying for the quarter-finals. The 16-year-old started the final day of the preliminary rounds with a draw against Germany’s Vincent Keymer in round 13 before losing to Hans Mokko Niemann (USA) in the next round. His emotional victory over world champion Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round caused a waver but top-down performances brought Praggnanandhaa back.
He finished 11th in the standings with 19 points and the top eight advanced to the knockout stage.
A 32-stroke win over Keymer saw the Indian teenage GM end the event on a high.
He scored five wins in 15 rounds, drew four games and lost six. Victories included those over Carlsen, top 10 player Lev Aronian, Russia’s Andrey Esipenko, former women’s world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and Keymer.
Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi topped the preliminary round with 29 points while Carlsen overcame a few losses to finish second with 25 points, followed by Artemiev (24).
Esipenko, Eric Hansen (Canada), Ding Liren and Liem Quang Le (both Chinese) and Keymer complete the top eight.
In the 16-man Airthings Masters, one player received three points for a win and one for a draw in the preliminary rounds.
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