India’s young grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa surprised world number 1 Magnus Carlsen in the eighth round of the Airthings Masters, a fast-paced online chess tournament.
Praggnanandhaa won with black pieces in 39 moves in a Tarrasch variation game early Monday to snap Carlsen’s three-game winning streak.
The Indian GM is in 12th place after eight laps with eight points. His dramatic win over Carlsen comes after a subdued run in the earlier rounds, which included a lone win over Lev Aronian, two draws and four losses.
He drew against Anish Giri and Quang Liem Le and lost to Eric Hansen, Ding Liren, Jan-Kryzstof Duda and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi, who lost the world championship match a few months ago to Norwegian world number 1 Carlsen, leads the standings with 19 points followed by Ding Liren and Hansen (both with 15 points).
In the Airthings Masters, a 16-player online fast-paced tournament, a player gets three points for a win and one for a draw in the preliminary rounds. Seven other rounds remain in the preliminary phase.
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