Norway Chess Showdown: India’s Praggnanandha Shines at Norway Chess 2024 R5

Welcome Chess Learners!
The fifth round of the 12th Norway Chess 2024 was nothing short of a roller-coaster, with some nail-biting finishes and big changes in the world rankings. Our very own R Praggnanandhaa has done us proud by defeating the mighty Fabiano Caruana from the USA, catapulting him to the World No. 10 spot. Let’s dive into the key moments of the match and other highlights from this exciting round.
Praggnanandhaa vs. Caruana: A Strategic Masterclass 3-0

The young prodigy from India, Praggnanandhaa, showcased exceptional skill in his game against Caruana. The match seemed to be heading for a draw in a knight endgame, but Pragg, channeling his inner Magnus Carlsen, managed to grind out a win. This victory is significant as it marks his triumph over both World No. 1 and No. 2 within just three days. Truly, this is a testament to his growing prowess and confidence on the global stage.


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Carlsen vs. Firouzja: The Endgame Expert 3-0

Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian maestro, displayed his endgame expertise against Alireza Firouzja. The game reached a critical rook endgame stage, where Firouzja made a crucial error, leading to Carlsen’s victory. Magnus’s ability to squeeze wins from seemingly equal positions continues to set him apart as a legend in the chess world.

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Nakamura’s Dominance Over Ding Liren 0-3

Hikaru Nakamura, the American blitz king, had a stellar performance against the reigning World Champion Ding Liren. Nakamura’s aggressive play and strategic finesse allowed him to secure a victory, propelling him to the World No. 2 spot in live ratings. This match was particularly special as Nakamura had lost to Liren in their last Classical encounter at the FIDE Candidates 2022, making this win a sweet revenge.

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The Road Ahead

As the tournament progresses, the competition is heating up. With Praggnanandhaa’s rise in the rankings, all eyes will be on him in the upcoming rounds. The next set of matches will continue to test the mettle of these top players, promising more thrilling moments and shifts in the leaderboard.

Tournament Standings After Round 5

1. Hikaru Nakamura – 10/15
2. Magnus Carlsen – 9/15
3. Praggnanandhaa – 8.5/15
4. Alireza Firouzja – 6.5/15
5. Fabiano Caruana – 5/15
6. Ding Liren – 2.5/15

Upcoming Round 6 Pairings

– Magnus Carlsen vs. Ding Liren
– Alireza Firouzja vs. R Praggnanandhaa
– Hikaru Nakamura vs. Fabiano Caruana

These pairings set the stage for some intense battles.

Will Carlsen reclaim his top spot?

Can Pragg continue his winning streak?

Only time will tell!

MindMentorz Take:

The 12th Norway Chess 2024 is proving to be a spectacular event with high stakes and dramatic turnarounds. Our Indian champion Praggnanandhaa’s remarkable performance is a beacon of hope and pride for all Indian chess enthusiasts. Stay tuned for more updates and thrilling matches as the tournament unfolds.

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Author: Praveen Sagar
FIDE Arena Grandmaster