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Charity Cup | Praggnanandhaa stuns World No. 3 Ding Liren

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Earlier within the day, Praggnanandhaa misplaced to Duda however greater than made up by beating Canada’s Eric Hansen

Earlier within the day, Praggnanandhaa misplaced to Duda however greater than made up by beating Canada’s Eric Hansen

R. Praggnanandhaa continued to make strides by gorgeous World No. 3 Ding Liren and transferring to the joint sixth spot after eight rounds of the $150,000 Charity Cup on-line speedy chess match on Sunday.

Vidit Gujrathi, fourth in a single day, slipped to the tied tenth spot following two defeats and P. Harikrishna not solely remained undefeated through the day but additionally scored his first victory to climb to the joint twelfth spot.

Vietnam’s Le Quang Liem (20/24) held a four-point lead over Norwegian World champion Magnus Carlsen and Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Seven rounds stay within the 16-player round-robin league, the place a win is value three factors and a draw, one.

Sixteen-year-old Praggnanandhaa, who shocked Carlsen within the earlier leg of the $1.6 million 2022 Champions Chess Tour final month, bought the higher of the Chinese No. 1 in 49 strikes of their eighth-round conflict.

Playing from the black aspect, Praggnanandhaa needed to commerce his rook for a bishop and a ‘queening’ pawn. Immediately, in an equal place, Ding Liren’s choice to retreat his king on the forty second transfer proved deadly. Praggnanandhaa discovered the precise continuation by advancing his king to assist the advancing queenside pawns. Ding, the conqueror of Carlsen on the primary day, noticed no manner of stopping the three linked handed pawns and gave up.

Earlier within the day, Praggnanandhaa misplaced to Duda however greater than made up by beating Canada’s Eric Hansen.

Vidit remained winless on the second day following two attracts and two losses. His losses got here towards Dutchman Jorden van Foreest and chief Le Quang Le. Harikrishna, after a disastrous opening day, defeated China’s Lei Tingjie to open the second day. He went on to attract with Praggnanadhaa, Foreest, and David Anton (Spain).

Interestingly, Carlsen went for broke and the strategy paid off. He scored three wins towards a lone defeat to make up for the gradual begin to his marketing campaign. The favorite defeated Hans Moke Niemann (USA), misplaced to David Navara (Czech Republic) earlier than defeating Richard Rapport (Hungary) and Lei Tingjie (China).

The outcomes (involving Indians): (eighth spherical): Ding Liren (Chn) misplaced to R. Pragnanandhaa (12/24); Vidit Gujrathi (10/24) misplaced to Le Quang Le (Vie); P. Harikrishna (8/24) drew with David Anton (Esp); (seventh spherical): Praggnanandhaa bt Eric Hansen (Can); Gawain Jones (Eng) drew with Vidit; Jorden van Foreest (Ned) drew with Harikrishna; (sixth spherical); Harikrishna drew with Praggnanandhaa; Vidit misplaced to Jorden van Foreest; (fifth spherical): Praggnanandhaa misplaced to Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol); Foreest drew with Vidit; Lei Tingjie (Chn) misplaced to Harikrishna.

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