Pragnananda wins Caruana: 'Top 10' position in rankings

Indian Prodigy Praggnanandhaa Cracks Top 10 After Stunning Upset in Norway Chess!

Stavanger, Norway – 18-year-old Indian chess sensation R. Praggnanandhaa sent shockwaves through the chess world today, defeating world number 2 Fabiano Caruana of the United States in the prestigious Norway Chess tournament. This spectacular victory not only secured a dominant 3-0 win for Praggnanandhaa but also propelled him into the elite group of the Top 10 in the International Chess Rankings.

The 5th round of the Norway Chess tournament witnessed a display of exceptional chess from all participants. While Praggnanandhaa’s triumph over Caruana stole the show, other matches also saw decisive finishes. Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Hikaru Nakamura of the USA secured convincing 3-0 victories against Alireza Firouzja of France and Ding Liren of China, respectively.

In the women’s section, the Indian challenge yielded mixed results. Vaishali emerged victorious against China’s Tingzhi Lei in the thrilling Armageddon tiebreaker format after their classical game ended in a draw. However, Koneru Hampi fell short against Zhu Wenjun of China in the Armageddon.

Current Standings:

  • Men’s: Nakamura leads the pack with 10 points, followed closely by Carlsen (9 points). Praggnanandhaa’s impressive win places him in third with 8.5 points. Firouzja (6.5 points), Caruana (5 points), and Liren (2.5 points) round out the top 6.
  • Women’s: Vaishali continues her reign at the top with 10 points. Muzyshuk (9 points), Wenjun (7.5 points), Lei (6 points), Hampi (4 points), and Gramling (3 points) follow in the rankings.

Praggnanandhaa’s meteoric rise continues to impress the chess world. With his strategic brilliance and unwavering determination, he is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

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