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Norway Chess 2024: R Praggnanandhaa suffers defeat against Hikaru Nakamura, Vaishali extends lead

Published at :May 31, 2024 at 1:15 PM
Modified at :May 31, 2024 at 1:15 PM
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Praggnanandhaa will face Fabiano Caruana in the next round.

Just a day after registering his first classical win over the five-time World Champion Magnus Carlsen, India’s star prodigy Praggnanandhaa R went down against America’s Hikaru Nakamura in the Round 4 of the Norway Chess 2024 at the SpareBank 1 SR-Bank on Thursday.

Nakamura displayed masterful preparation against Praggnanandhaa, who sacrificed a knight in a desperate bid to save the game. Nakamura, having anticipated this very sacrifice, played flawlessly and secured a convincing victory to climb to the top spot of the overall standings.

Pragg’s sister Vaishali, on the other hand, continued her dominant performance by defeating the legendary Pia Cramling, extending her lead to a total of 8.5 points.

Indian Women’s chess Grandmaster Humpy suffered a loss in the classical game against Anna Muzychuk in the round 4. In another exciting game of Norway Chess Women’s Tournament, Ju Wenjun triumphed over her compatriot Lie Tengjie in the fourth Armageddon tiebreak of the tournament.

The local hero Carlsen registered a narrow victory over Fabiano Caruana in the Norway Chess main event to bag three points. Caruana had a golden opportunity to close the rating gap with Carlsen to just four points, but the game, initially calm, took a dramatic turn in the endgame. Carlsen capitalised on a small advantage, ultimately clinching the win when Caruana blundered with only seconds left on his clock.

Meanwhile, Alireza Firouzja stunned the reigning World Champion Ding Liren to earn three crucial points ahead of the rest day.

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After a rest day, Round 5 of the Norway Chess 2024 will take place on June 01, 2024.

Round 5 Pairings

Norway Chess main event

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

Norway Chess Women’s Tournament

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

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