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Indian Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa loses Chessable Masters title to Ding Liren


After a successful campaign in the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament, Indian grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa lost to Chinese Ding Liren in the final on Friday. The final encounter of the final match saw Ding earn a decisive victory in 49 moves. The undisputed favorite in the table, China’s Ding Liren beat Praggnanandhaa in the final match tie-breaks to take a 2.5-1.5 lead after the first day of Thursday’s game. The Chinese had won the first set and forced Praggnanandhaa into an inescapable situation in the second set which the Indian managed to bounce back.

Despite losing the match, it was a standout performance from Praggnanandhaa. The 16-year-old Indian chess prodigy defeated China’s Wei Yi in the quarter-finals of the Chessable Masters online rapid-fire chess tournament. Notably, the Indian grandmaster had also defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen in the fifth round of the Chessable Masters online rapid chess tournament. It was Praggnanandhaa’s second win over Carlsen in just three months.

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