Chessable Masters Final: Indian Praggnanandhaa loses to Ding Liren in tie-break | Chess News



CHENNAI: India’s young grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa battled world No. 2 Ding Liren in the tie-break of the final of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Chessable Masters 2022 online tournament early on Friday.
The 16-year-old from Chennai fought back to win the second set after losing the opener. But then lost the two-game blitz tiebreaker.
The Indian GM, who had lost the first set 1.5-2.5, fought back to win the second 2.5-1.5 and force the blitz tie-break.

Liren, 29, used his experience to beat Praggnanandhaa in the second of the tiebreakers. After the first flash match ended in a stalemate, the Chinese player won the next one in 49 moves to dash the hopes of the Indian teenager.
Earlier in the second set he needed to win to force a tie-break, Praggnanandhaa took the most important win of the second game in 79 moves.

The next match saw the two draw 106 shots before another stalemate meant the title would be decided by the tiebreaker.
After the final, the coach of Indian prodigy RB Ramesh praised his ward’s efforts and wrote on Twitter: “Congratulations Ding for beating both Pragg AND the Mosquitoes! Proud of you @rpragchess, showed good nerves and overall character in difficult situations.”

The Indian general manager had defeated the much-loved Dutchman Anish Giri in the semi-finals to become the first Indian player to reach the final of a Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event.
He had beaten world number one Magnus Carlsen for the second time in the preliminary round in which he finished fourth and defeated Wei Yi of China in the quarter-finals.


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