Indian grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu picked up his second win of the season against Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament, exactly three months after first knocking down the world champion.
The 16-year-old from Chennai capitalized on a late error from Carlsen on Friday to bag three crucial points to keep him in the hunt for a knockout spot.
“I didn’t want to win this way,” Praggnanandhaa said when asked about his second triumph against the world champion.
The match was heading for a draw before the Norwegian made a mistake on move 40 when he misplaced a dark knight in the closing seconds and resigned immediately on the next move as Praggnanandhaa emerged victorious.
The Indian drew with Harikrishna in the next round, beat Gawain Jones before losing to David Anton Guijarro to end the day. The victory took Praggnanandhaa to 12 points, while Carlsen was in second place behind China’s Wei Yi on day two of the $150,000 tournament. Praggnanandhaa currently shares fifth place with Ding Liren.
In February, Praggnanandhaa stunned Carlsen in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters online rapid chess tournament, becoming the third Indian to score a victory over the Norwegian superstar.
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