R. Praggnanandhaa has won the last five games in a row, giving him a 6.5 point advantage:
The first day of the Tata Steel Chess India Blitz 2023 was won by Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, who is now in first place with 6.5 points after winning five consecutive games.
On Friday, Praggnanandhaa, who is only 18 years old, won the first five rounds of the “Tata Steel Chess India Rapid 2023” tournament. On Thursday, he tied for third place in the “Tata Steel Chess India Rapid 2023.”
After the Russian Grandmaster forced a draw out of R Praggnanandhaa in the sixth round, India went on to suffer defeats at the hands of fellow Indian Arjun Erigaisi in the seventh and eighth rounds before bouncing back to win the final round of the day.
Vidit Gujarathi and Grischuk are in second place, one point behind Praggnanandhaa after nine rounds, each holding six points.
Both D Gukesh and Erigaisi are tied for first place with 4.5 points.
The day began with R Praggnanandhaa’s victory over the Grand Master Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan in the first round. After that, he had no trouble beating the French champion in rapid, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.
Praggnanandhaa, who just recently finished in second place at the FIDE World Cup, launched an attack on the Vachier-Lagrave king while playing a nearly flawless game. The Indian was victorious in the game after only 47 moves.
In the third round, Praggnanandhaa was victorious over German GM Vincent Keymar. Praggnanandhaa won two pawns, which ultimately led to Keymar’s resignation, and the rook endgame decided the winner.
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The Indian player kept his perfect record by claiming victory over the Uzbek Nodirbek Abdusattorov and the Indian GM Harikrishna Pentala.
Gujrathi broke R Praggnanandhaa’s winning streak after an 86-move match against Grischuk ended in a draw. The Indian lost once more in the eighth and final round, while Gukesh won.
However, Praggnanandhaa quickly recovered and dominated GM Erigaisi. The extra pawn Praggnanandhaa had in the endgame made all the difference in his 45-move victory.
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