FTX Crypto Cup: R Praggnanandhaa makes it four wins in a row | chess news


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Indian prodigy R Praggnanandhaa handed world No. 6 Levon Aronian a 3-1 fourth-round thrashing to take his fourth straight win in the FTX Crypto Cup, the US final of the Champions Chess Tour, on Friday. The 17-year-old Indian is together with the world’s number 1 Magnus Carlsen in the lead with 12 match points, who defeated Quang Liem Le from China 3-1. Praggnanandhaa won the third game with white pieces after the first two of the four-game match ended in a stalemate.

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First, he won with White pieces to take a 2-1 lead after game three and stormed to victory in 44 moves in the fourth to seal a clear win over the acclaimed American star.

After starting his campaign with a win over Alireza Firouzja, the Indian GM went on to beat Anish Giri and Hans Nieman.

Carlsen, meanwhile, delivered a similar result, winning games three and four after the first two tied.

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The duo of Praggnanandhaa and Carslen has a four-point lead over Alireza Firouzja, the world’s number 4 and best-ranked junior.

Firouzja defeated Poland’s Jan-Krzystof Duda 2.5-1.5 in another fourth-round clash, while Dutchman Anish Giri scored his first win of the tournament, beating Hans Nieman by a similar margin.

There are still three rounds to play in the eight-player tournament.

The eight-player all-play-all tournament is the U.S. final of the Champions Chess Tour. There is $7,500 on the line for every match won during the event.

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Each match is played over four quick games, with blitz tiebreaks in the event of a 2-2 draw.

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