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R. Praggnanandhaa triumphs at the Paracin Open

The Paracin Open ‘A’ chess competition 2022 in Serbia was won by young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa, who finished with 8 points after nine rounds. The 16-year-old finished with a score of 0.5 points higher than the competition. Alisher Suleymenov and India’s AL Muthaiah, both of whom scored 7 points, were surpassed by Alexandr Predke, who finished in second place with 7.5 points. Due to a higher tie-break score, Suleymenov took third place.

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  • V Pranav, a young Indian international master, lost to Predke in the decisive round and earned 6.5 points overall. Arjun Kalyan, an Indian GM, finished in seventh place with 6.5 points.
  • Praggnanandhaa, who was destined for the Olympics, was in excellent form, winning his first six games before Predke held on for a draw in round seven.
  • Then, in the eighth round, he defeated fellow countryman and GM Arjun Kalyan before concluding with a draw in the ninth and final round against Alisher Suleymenov (Kazakhstan).
  • The young GM also defeated fellow Indian WGM Srija Seshadri, Lachezar Yordanov, Kazybek Nogerbek, Koustav Chatterjee, and Arystanbek Urazayev, among others.

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