R Pragananda, 16-year-old Indian Grandmaster, wins

Grandmaster R Pragananda wins prestigious Reykjavik Open Chess Tournament

Young Indian Grandmaster R Pragananda on Tuesday won the prestigious Reykjavik Open chess tournament with 7.5 points from nine rounds. The 16-year-old Pragananda defeated compatriot GM D Gukesh in the final round to emerge the sole winner. Pragyanananda changed things in an all-India fight when his opponent suffered a defeat. The highly rated Indian remained unbeaten for nine rounds and ended the last two rounds with wins over Mathieu Cornet (France) and Gukesh.

He also recorded four other victories, including one over American Abhimanyu Mishra, who last year became the youngest Grandmaster at the age of 12 years and four months.

Pragyananand (ELO 2624) scored 13.2 ELO points from this win.

He recently came into limelight after the world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in an online tournament.

Gukesh was 17th with six points while General Manager Abhijeet Gupta finished eighth with 6.5 points.

Netherlands GM Max Warmerdam finished second with seven points ahead of Mads Andersen (Denmark), who also scored the same number of points.

Abhimanyu Mishra scored seven points and finished fifth.


Among other Indians, IM Tania Sachdev (6 points) claimed the 21st spot, while veteran GM B Adibhan scored 5.5 points and finished 34th.

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