Praggnanandhaa’s Big Win in Round 3 Norway Chess 2024: A Game Changer!

Welcome Chess Learners!
In an exciting turn of events at the 12th Norway Chess 2024, young Indian prodigy R Praggnanandhaa secured his first-ever Classical victory against the legendary Magnus Carlsen. This remarkable feat has been the talk of the chess world and marks a significant milestone in Praggnanandhaa’s budding career.

meteoric rise on the Leaderboard

This victory has elevated Praggnanandhaa’s status in the chess world, making him the sole leader of the tournament with 5.5 points out of 9. He now holds the 11th spot in the live world rankings, a testament to his growing prowess. Fabiano Caruana follows closely with 5 points, having defeated world champion Ding Liren in a Classical game. Hikaru Nakamura, another formidable opponent, stands at 4 points after winning his Armageddon match against Alireza Firouzja.

Praggnanandhaa’s Strategic Brilliance

Praggnanandhaa’s game against Carlsen showcased his deep understanding of the Sicilian Kan opening. By playing 13.f5, a thematic move, he put Carlsen in a tough spot. This move prevented Carlsen from playing e5 and controlling the d5-square. The game progressed with Praggnanandhaa maintaining a strong position, eventually leading to a win. His tactical prowess was evident as he maneuvered his pieces to create a winning advantage, leaving Carlsen with no room for a comeback.

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The Road Ahead

With this victory, Praggnanandhaa has set the stage for a thrilling tournament. His next challenge is against Hikaru Nakamura, a seasoned player known for his aggressive style. This match is eagerly anticipated, as it will test Praggnanandhaa’s ability to maintain his lead and continue his winning streak.


Coverage of other top boards:

Caruana – Liren: 3-0
In another exciting game, Fabiano Caruana ended his long drought of wins against Ding Liren with a brilliant performance. Caruana, known for his deep opening preparation, played a new idea in Ding’s favorite variation, catching him off guard. This victory has boosted Caruana’s confidence as he aims to close in on Praggnanandhaa’s lead.

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Nakamura – Firouzja: 1.5-1
Meanwhile, Hikaru Nakamura secured a dramatic win against Alireza Firouzja in the Armageddon game, adding another layer of excitement to the tournament. Firouzja, despite needing only a draw, played aggressively but eventually lost on time, marking his second consecutive Armageddon loss at Norway Chess.
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Looking Forward

The tournament continues with Round 4, where all eyes will be on Praggnanandhaa and his performance against Nakamura. The chess world is abuzz with excitement as this young talent from India continues to challenge and overcome the giants of the game.

MindMentorz Take:

Praggnanandhaa’s victory against Carlsen is more than just a win; it is a statement. It signifies the rise of a new generation in chess, ready to take on the world’s best. As the tournament progresses, fans can expect more thrilling games and unexpected turns. For Praggnanandhaa, this is just the beginning, and the chess world eagerly awaits his next move.

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Author: Praveen Sagar
FIDE Arena Grandmaster