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Norway Chess 2024: Praggnanandhaa R defeats Magnus Carlsen; Vaishali R leads women's table

Published at :May 30, 2024 at 2:35 PM
Modified at :May 30, 2024 at 2:35 PM
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Praggnanandhaa took over the top spot from Magnus Carlsen.

A delightful finish to Round 3 saw the brother-sister duo Praggnanandhaa R and Vaishali R leading their respective events at Norway Chess 2024, being held at the SpareBank 1 SR-Bank on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old Indian Grandmaster defeated Magnus Carlsen on his home turf to register his first win in the classical format against the five-time World Champion. Carlsen’s risky approach did not pay off, as Pragg found correct responses to deliver an impressive performance. With this well-deserved win, Pragg took the lead from Carlsen in the overall standings, with 5.5 points.

Pragg’s sister Vaishali held the top spot in the women’s competition, with 5.5 points. She played a classical draw against Anna Muzychuk, and went on to secure points in Armageddon game.

Another exciting game took place between 2018 World Championship Challenger Fabiano Caruana and the current World Champion Ding Liren. Caruana obtained a slight advantage out of the opening and convincingly converted it into a win.

American Hikaru Nakamura defeated France’s Alireza Firouzja in the Armageddon game to secure an extra half point.

Meanwhile, the women’s games were decided in the Armageddon. Koneru Humpy defeated Lei Tingjie, while Pai Cramling defeated Ju Wenjun to bag 1.5 each.

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Round 4 Pairings

Norway Chess main event

Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen; Hikaru Nakamura vs Praggnanandhaa R; Alireza Firouzja vs Ding Liren

Norway Chess Women’s Tournament

Pia Cramling vs Vaishali R;  Koneru Humpy vs Anna Muzychuk; Lei Tingjie vs Ju Wenjun

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