Praggnanandhaa Won Norway Chess Championship 2022: India’s Young Grandmaster R Pragnananda scored a landslide victory in the Norway Chess Group A Open Chess tournament. He became the winner with 7.5 points in nine rounds. The 16-year-old, who has been the top seeded grandmaster, remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, maintaining his scintillating rhythm. He ended the tournament with a win over fellow Indian International Master (IM) V Praneeth late on Friday.
Pragyananand (ELO 2642) finished one point ahead of second-ranked IM Marcel Efroimsky (Israel) and IM Jung Min Seo (Sweden). Praneeth was tied third with six points but slipped to sixth in the last table due to a low tie-break score.
Besides Praneeth, Pragyanand defeated Viktor Mikhalevsky (8th round), Vitaly Kunin (6th round), Mukhamadzokhid Suyarov (4th round), Semen Mutusov (2nd round) and Mathias Unneland (1st round). They played their other three matches in draws.
It is worth mentioning that Praganananda, influenced by his sister’s hobby, made chess a part of his life at a very young age and learned the tricks of the game at an age when most boys of his age are called children.
Praganananda joined the game at the age of only 3, while his elder sister Vaishali was taught this game so that she would spend less time watching cartoons on TV. 16-year-old Praganananda is now considered the future of Indian chess.
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