Magnus Carlsen offers round of applause, flashes a thumbs up to Praggnanandha after a draw

The much-awaited Praggnanandhaa-Magnus Carlsen conflict in spherical eight of Julius Baer Cup resulted in a draw. The Indian had crushed the Norwegian ace twice earlier this season in on-line matches. The world champion provided a spherical of applause and flashed a thumbs up on the finish of their sport in appreciation of the 17 year-old Indian’s play.

Praggnanandhaa began the day with a draw towards Radoslaw Wojtaszek within the fifth spherical earlier than taming the highly-rated German Vincent Keymer within the subsequent sport.

After the conclusion of the second day of preliminary matches early on Tuesday, Erigaisi is 2 factors away from Praggnanandhaa and world champion Carlsen (15 factors).

Erigaisi began the day with a win over Hans Niemann (USA) and went on to beat Levon Aronian.

The all-Indian conflict between Erigaisi and Praggnanandhaa resulted in a 67-move draw. Later within the eighth spherical, the ultimate one of many day, he shared honours with Ivan Saric of Croatia.

Meanwhile, Carlsen resigned from his game against Niemann after just two moves. The world champion got here into the sixth spherical encounter after a defeat by the hands of the 19-year previous American in Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, following which he alleged his opponent of dishonest and pulled out of the event.

Carlsen subsequently scored a win over Aronian in spherical seven earlier than sharing honours with Praggnanandhaa.

Baskaran Adhiban, the third Indian within the fray, is languishing within the final place within the 16-player occasion with three factors. He faces Praggnanandhaa within the ninth spherical.

Veteran Ukraine participant Vasyl Ivanchuk continued to impress and is in fourth place with 13 factors.

The 53-year previous didn’t have a worthwhile time on day two as he had on the opening day however managed to finish it with a win over Keymer. He had misplaced in two earlier rounds to American teenager Christopher Yoo and Poland’s Wojtaszek.

After the preliminary rounds are accomplished, the event will transfer to the knockouts earlier than a two-day last. The eight-day occasion will run until September 25 and options 16 gamers spanning three generations.

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