Chess: 16-year-old Grandmaster R Pragnananda won the chess tournament

R Pragnananda emerged winner with 7.5 points in nine rounds

Good news has come out of chess for India. India’s Young Grandmaster R Pragnananda brought laurels to the country by securing a stupendous victory in the Norway Chess Group A Open Chess tournament. R Pragnananda emerged the winner with 7.5 points from nine rounds. Top seeded 16-year-old Grandmaster R Pragnananda remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. He finished the tournament with a win over fellow Indian International Master (IM) V Praneeth late on Friday.

Pragyanandan of ELO 2642 finished one point ahead of second-ranked IM Marcel Efroimsky (Israel) and Sweden’s IM Jung Min Seo. Praneeth was tied third with six points but slipped to sixth in the last table due to a low tie-break score. Besides Praneeth, Pragyanand defeated Viktor Mikhalevsky in the eighth round, Vitaly Kunin in the sixth round, Mukhamadzokhid Suyarov in the fourth round, Semen Mutusov in the second round and Mathias Unneland in the first round. While the other three matches played out in draws.

It is worth mentioning that Praganananda was taught this game to his elder sister Vaishali so that she spends less time watching cartoons on TV. In such a situation, being influenced by his sister’s hobby, he learned the tricks of the game at a very young age by making chess a part of his life at a very young age. He joined this game at the age of just 3 years, while Pragannanda, 16, is still considered the future of Indian chess.

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