Praggnanandhaa Continues to Lead: After day five, GM Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa is the only leader of the event. Praggnanandhaa continues to lead. After him, GM Magnus Carlsen has nine points, followed by GMs Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Le Quang Liem, and Jorden van Foreest, all of whom have eight points.
Both GMs Anish Giri and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov have six points in the standings, and GM Eric Hansen is the last player standing with three.
Who is Praggnanandhaa?
Praggnanandhaa, 16, is the solo leader of the Oslo Esports Cup after winning with a game to spare for the second day in a row, this time against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Praggnanandhaa continues to lead as he defeated Carlsen.
Magnus Carlsen mouse-slipped away his queen in the first game against Liem Le, and while he rebounded back in style in Game 3, his push for a win with Black in Game 4 backfired. Causing Praggnanandhaa continues to lead. Jorden van Foreest, who beat Eric Hansen with “the novelty of the year,” and Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who won 2:0 in blitz after drawing all four quick games against Anish Giri, both made their debuts.
Biography of Praggnanandhaa
Praggnanandhaa, born 10 August 2005, is an Indian chess grandmaster. He is the fifth-youngest Grandmaster (GM) ever, after Abhimanyu Mishra, Sergey Karjakin, Gukesh D, and Javokhir Sindarov.
On 22 February 2022, at the age of 16, he became the youngest player ever to defeat current world champion, Magnus Carlsen in a rapid game at the Airthings Masters Rapid Chess Tournament.
Praggnanandhaa won the World Youth Chess Championship Under-8 title in 2013.
Chess Master Praggnanandhaa Continues to Lead
Praggnanandhaa continues to lead and returned to winning ways, defeating Eric Hansen in the shortest amount of games possible, as he had done in his previous three victories. The wunderkind has reclaimed the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Oslo Esports Cup.
He began the day with a win over a popular streamer. The second game ended in a tie after the Canadian could not build on his advantage.
When Praggnanandhaa continues to lead. Pragg won the third game to win the match and reclaim first place in the points chart. Magnus Carlsen was perplexed about how he misplaced when Praggnanandhaa continues to lead a rook in the second game. He ultimately lost the match to Jorden van Foreest.
What was Magnus Carlsen’s response to losing against Praggnanandhaa in a blitz match?
In the second game of Round 5, Magnus Carlsen was defeated by one of his seconds, Jorden van Foreest. The world champion was taken aback when he blundered a full rook.
Magnus Carlsen had a long and difficult day on Saturday, as he began by playing four quick games in a friendly match between Norway and Ukraine. In the last two games, he defeated Vasyl Ivanchuk (on time) and Alexander Moiseenko but then fell to Yuriy Kuzubov and Kirill Shevchenko.
Magnus Carlsen won the first two events on this year’s Meltwater Chess Champions Tour, but in the opening round of the Oslo Esports Cup, the third event in the series, the 16-year-old Praggnanandhaa had the greatest start. Pragg is the field’s youngest player and, along with Canadian Eric Hansen, has the lowest Elo-rating.
Unlike all the other Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tournaments, this online tournament is purely round-robin, with no knock-out phase. And all eight players are not sitting at home in their study or living room but have gathered in an Oslo studio to play online via screen and computer.
When he lost the first game of the Oslo Esports Cup versus Liem Le, he made it three losses in a row. However, it was no ordinary defeat because he squandered a good position, which should have resulted in a tie.
Magnus was forced to force a draw with 39.Qd4 Qxc3 40.Qe4+ and the white queen offer the black king perpetual check from e4 and e8.
Magnus was annoyed by the situation, but it was nothing compared to how he felt when he unintentionally played 39.Qe4+?? Instead, he was forced to retire after 39…Qxe4.
Magnus was so level once more and, in normal conditions, would be a clear favorite, despite having Black in the fourth quick game. However, the circumstances were unusual because the World Champion was ill, as seen by his absence. Before his final interview was cut short due to a coughing episode, he summarized:
“It’s been a struggle. The last game, I didn’t really want to play a tiebreak, so I tried to play very complicated, but he navigated it better than me, so that’s ok.”