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Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa on Thursday registered his first win in the San Francisco Meltwater Champions Tour Finals chess tournament. The other Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigey suffered his third defeat in a row. Pragnanananda beat Vietnam’s Liem Quang Lee 3-0 in the third round, but Arigesi went down 0.5-2.5 against Wesley So of America.
World number one Magnus Carlsen continued his winning streak with a 3-0 win over Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamedyarov while Poland’s Jan Kristof Duda also registered his third straight victory with a 2.5-0.5 win over Netherlands Grandmaster Anish Giri. Praggnanandhaa (4 points) reached the fourth spot in the eight-player tournament.
The 17-year-old Praggnananda defeated Lee in the first game in 41 moves and then won the second game in 46 moves playing with the black pieces. In the third game, the Indian Grandmaster won the match in 53 moves. He will face So in the next round. The tournament is being played on a round robin basis. The player who collects the most points will become the winner.