Praggnanandhaa stunned Anish Giri in the semi-final of the Chessable Masters. He will meet world No.2 Ding Liren, who defeated world no.1 Magnus Carlsen, in the summit clash.
Praggnanandhaa defeated Anish Giri in the semi-final of Chessable Masters (Courtesy: Praggnanandhaa /Twitter)
- Praggnanandhaa will meet world no.2 Ding Liren in final
- Two-day final Chessable Masters starts on Wednesday night
- Ding Liren stunned world no.1 Magnus Carlsen in semifinal
The 16-year-old Praggnanandhaa displayed his skills to stun Anish Giri in the semi-final of the Chessable Masters. He will meet world No.2 Ding Liren in the summit clash. The two-day final of the Chessable Masters starts on Wednesday night.
Praggnanandhaa has to do something else ahead of the final. He has to attend school and write his class XI exams.
“I have to be at school around 8:45 am,” Praggnanandhaa was quoted as saying. “And now it is 2 am.”
The 29-year-old Anish Giri had entered the match unbeaten, having won the USD 150,000 event’s prelim stage leaderboard. His match against Praggnanandhaa saw a tame first encounter before turning into a mouth-watering clash in the second game, with Praggnanandhaa taking the lead.
With Giri looking for a win in the third game, Praggnanandhaa forced a draw and kept the advantage at 2-1 against Giri. In a tricky next game, Giri made a comeback. Praggnanandhaa did his best to defend but Giri prevailed and levelled the scores at 2-2.
In the tiebreaker, everything went wrong for Giri. He made a blunder in the first blitz of the play-off with 32. Although Giri seemed despondent, he was not out yet. In the second blitz, Giri was on top before gifting a pawn to Praggnanandhaa. Eventually, a draw was agreed but it was equivalent to a win for Praggnanandhaa who sailed.
World No.2 Ding Liren also stormed into the final in a sensational style. The Chinese Grandmaster pulled off the victory over world No.1 Magnus Carlsen.
“I’ve played him (Carlsen) so many times and I haven’t beaten him in any of the knockout stage in the Champions Chess Tour. It’s my first time,” said Liren after the match.