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Norway Chess 2024: Praggnanandhaa stuns world champion Ding Liren, Koneru Humpy defeats Vaishali in round 7

Published at :June 4, 2024 at 1:06 PM
Modified at :June 4, 2024 at 1:06 PM
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Round 7 of the Norway Chess Tournament witnessed gripping matches with tense moments that significantly impacted the standings. 

With top players in high-stakes games, the outcomes of this round have set the stage for an exciting conclusion to the tournament. Both Norway Chess and Norway Chess Women saw intense battles, strategic plays, and key victories that have reshaped the leaderboard and heightened the competition.

One of the highlights of the day was the match between Koneru Humpy and Vaishali R as Koneru Humpy scored the only classical victory of the day in both tournaments. With this loss, the former tournament leader Vaishali’s winning chances have significantly decreased.

The World Champion Ding Liren, who has been underperforming with four losses in a row, finally stopped the bleeding with a much-needed draw against India’s Praggnanandhaa R. However, he missed a trick and lost the Armageddon tie-breaker, with Pragg remaining on the third spot of the standings (11 points). 

In the highly anticipated game between Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura, the classical game ended in a draw relatively quickly, as both sides avoided complicated positions. The Armageddon tiebreak was one of the most intense games so far in the tournament, as Nakamura won when Carlsen’s time ran out on the clock. This win brought Nakamura within half a point of Carlsen, who is leading the tournament with 13 points. 

Fabiano Caruana sacrificing his knight against Alireza Firouzja almost backfired, but managed to play a draw in classical chess before the latter gave no chances in the decider. 

In the Norway Chess Women’s tournament, the classical game between co-leaders Anna Muzychuk and Ju Wenjun ended peacefully. However, it was Muzychuk who won the Armageddon tiebreak to lead the standings with just half a point ahead of the World Champion Wenjunn. In another closely-fought game of the day, Lei Tingjie defeated Pia Cramling in the Armageddon.

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Round 8 Pairings

Norway Chess Main Event

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

Norway Chess Women’s Tournament

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

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