Teenage Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa on Tuesday opened his marketing campaign within the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of Champions Chess Tour, with a 2.5-1.5 win over the world’s prime junior participant Alireza Firouzja.
The 17-year previous, who was a part of the bronze medal-winning India ‘B’ crew on the latest chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram close to Chennai, opened with a win within the first of the four-game match.
He misplaced the second sport earlier than successful the third and drawing the fourth to beat Firouzja within the first spherical match on Tuesday.
The Indian GM picked up three factors for beating the highly-rated Firouzja and faces Dutch No.1 Anish Giri within the second spherical.
In the meantime, world No.1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway stormed to a 3-1 win over Giri.
In different matches within the first spherical, Poland’s Jan-Krzyztof Duda beat Hans Nieman 3-0 whereas Lev Aronian defeated China’s Le Liem 2.5-1.5.
The eight-player all-play-all match is the American finale of Champions Chess Tour. There may be USD USD 7,500 at stake for every match win on the occasion.
Every match might be performed over 4 speedy video games, with blitz tie-breaks in case of a 2-2 draw.