Chessable Masters final – Praggnanandhaa vs Ding Liren: R. Praggnanandhaa hit back in the second game to make it 1-1 against World No. 2 Ding Liren at the halfway stage of the first set of four rapid games in the final of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament on Wednesday.
Chessable Masters final: Praggnanandhaa keep India’s hopes alive to win an event on Champions Chess Tour, draws level in the 2nd game vs Ding Liren
Praggnanandhaa’s two extra-pawns in the endgame proved too much for the strongest Chinese in the world. After some spirited defence, Ding Liren gave up from the white side after 58 moves.
In the first game, Praggnanandhaa battled a lost cause, sacrificed a knight, but eventually resigned in 42 moves against Ding Liren who stayed in total control.
Praggnanandhaa vs Ding Liren – Praggnanandhaa Chessable Masters: The 16-year-old from Chennai showed off all his skills as he simply overpowered the super-strong Dutch No.1 Anish Giri in the Semifinal.
That set up his summit clash with China’s World No. 2 Ding Liren, who stunned World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the other semifinal.
Praggnanandhaa took lead with a checkmate in the second game of the best-of-four games semifinal encounter.
But after two draws, Giri, a Dutch GM of Nepalese origin, returned the favour in the must-win fourth game to draw level at 2-2.
The triumph made Praggnanandhaa the first Indian to reach the title-clash of an event on the Champions Chess Tour.