Indian grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa has reached the final of the FIDE World Chess Championship after defeating his fellow American and world No. 3 Fabiano Caruana 3.5-2.5 after the tiebreak series. Praggnanandhaa will face Norwegian player and five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen in the ultimate title match.
The 18-year-old drew the second set of his semi-final against Caruana on Sunday to push the match into a tie-break. Praggnanandhaa ended the classic two-match series against Caruana with a 1-1 scoreline. The two players then played a tie-break on Monday to decide Carlsen’s opponent in the final.
🔥 Praggnanandhaa in the final #FIDEWorldCup!The Indian prodigy beat world No. 3 Fabiano Caruana 3.5-2.5 in tiebreaks and will face Magnus Carlsen for the title.📷 Maria Emelianova pic.twitter.com/FDOjflp6jL
— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) August 21, 2023
Sunday’s match between Praggnanandhaa and world number 3 Caruana ended in a stalemate after 47 moves. Carlsen, who won his first match on Saturday, won a draw after 74 moves against Azerbaijani Nijat Abasov to secure a place in the final. This is the first time the Norwegian superstar has reached the World Cup final.
Praggnanandhaa, a teenage chess star from Chennai, has become the second Indian ever to reach the semi-finals of the World Championships after the legendary Viswanathan Anand and he will also feature in the Candidates tournament next year. next. The top three finishers in the tournament qualify for the 2024 Candidates event to determine challenger Ding Liren.
(With input from PTI)