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FTX Crypto Cup: Praggnanandhaa’s winning streak ends with loss to Liem Le


Indian Grandmaster R. Praggnanandhaa’s winning run got here to an finish by the hands of China’s Quang Liem Le within the fifth spherical of the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of Champions Chess Tour in Miami.

Liem Le scored an emphatic 2.5-0.5 win over the teenage Indian GM, securing victories in video games two and three after the opener resulted in a draw.

A 43-move win within the third recreation sealed the deal for Liem Le as Praggnanandhaa’s stupendous run was halted.

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, in the meantime, went down 2-4 in a tie-break to Jan-Krzystof Duda of Poland after the four-game match ended 2-2.

The Norwegian is in sole lead after the fifth spherical with 13 match factors, one forward of Praggnanandhaa.

The 17-year-old Indian prodigy has been in superb form within the event, scoring wins over world No.4 Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Levon Aronian and Hans Niemann earlier than the Chinese GM halted the streak.

Praggnanandhaa’s coach Ramesh mentioned after the participant’s first defeat, “Tough loss for @rpragchess against Liem losing with a score of 0.5 – 2.5. Over extended in second game and paid the price. Well done Liem!”

In different matches within the spherical, Firouzja beat the winless Niemann 2.5-0.5 to shut in on Carlsen and Praggnanandhaa with 11 match factors.

Dutchman Giri beat Levon Aronian 2.5-0.5 to transfer into fifth place with 7 factors.

The eight-player all-play-all event is the American finale of Champions Chess Tour. There is $7,500 at stake for every match win on the occasion.

Each match will probably be performed over 4 fast video games, with blitz tiebreaks in case of a 2-2 draw.

Source: www.thehindu.com

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