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R Praggnanandhaa vs Carlsen, World Cup Final Round 2 highlights: Title clash goes into tie-breaker

Praggnanandhaa vs Carlsen, World Cup Final Round 2 highlights: The title will be decided on Thursday.
Praggnanandhaa vs Carlsen, World Cup Final Round 2 highlights:
Praggnanandhaa vs Carlsen, World Cup Final Round 2 highlights:

Praggnanandhaa vs Carlsen, World Cup Final Round 2 highlights: Both classical games of the final has ended in draws which means that R Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen will now play out two tie-breakers in the rapid format to decide a winner. Game 2 lasted 30 moves while the first round had ended in 30. Carlsen, the five-time world champion and top-ranked player in the world, revealed that he had been playing with a stomach bug and had trouble eating before Game 1. It looked like he had yet to recover from it as he seemed to be playing for a draw since the beginning of the tie. Praggnanandhaa has been enjoying an incredible run in the tournament, having already defeated world No.2 Hikaru Nakamura and world No.3 Fabiano Caruana to setup a final date against the Norweigan Grandmaster and chess legend. The results at the ongoing tournament also helped Praggnanandhaa qualify for Candidates 2024 tournament, which will be held in Canada....Read More

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Aug 23, 2023 6:19 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: The third place game

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Well the third place game hasn't ended which means that we have to wait to hear from the players. This game has been far more incisive than the final and this is how it stands at the moment. That is that for today though, we will see you for the fireworks that we are set to see tomorrow. 

Aug 23, 2023 5:56 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: So what now?

It stands at 1-1 at the end of the two classical games which has not thrown a winner yet. Now two tie-break games will be played tomorrow in the rapid format, starting at 4.30pm IST. Each player will be given 25 minutes each with time increments of 10 seconds per move. Now it is quite possible that even those two games might not throw a winner. In which case, we go into two more games with time control of 5 minutes for each player. There will be 3 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. What a sight that would be, eh?

Aug 23, 2023 5:43 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: And the players shake hands!

To the tiebreaks we go! 30 moves is what it took and this World Cup title wiull be decided by a tie-breaker tomorrow. Carlsen seemed to be playing towards this right from the beginning, clearly he wanted to make sure that he plays the safe game until his stomach isn't bothering him any more. 

Aug 23, 2023 5:41 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: Both players plugging away

It looks like this game is hurtling towards a draw. Both players have sacrificed their roooks, Magnus took one of Prag's bishops. 

Aug 23, 2023 5:32 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: 22 moves done

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Pretty intense phase all of a sudden with five quick moves from both players. This is what it looks like now 

Aug 23, 2023 5:12 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: Pragg takes a walk after move 14

Both players have two rooks and two bishops each. Both rooks are unmoved while both bishops are facing each other on c4, c5 and f4, f5. Cagey stuff. 

Aug 23, 2023 5:06 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: Both players sacrifice their queens!

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This is what the board looks like, we are now awaiting Prag's 13th move. This game is hurtling along and it looks like we are set to see a tie-breaker tomorrow. 

Aug 23, 2023 4:51 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: Carlsen eyeing the tie-breakers?

10 moves played by Carlsen and Prag is taking his time to decide his response. Hungarian grandmaster Peter Leko reckons on Chess24 that it looks like Carlsen is looking to push this to the rapid tie-breakers tomorrow as he doesn't seem to have fully recovered from his stomach bug.

Aug 23, 2023 4:41 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: A reminder on the time control

-90 minutes for 40 moves

- 30 seconds per move added from move 1

- 30 minutes added after the 40th move

Aug 23, 2023 4:39 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: Here we go then!

So Carlsen is on white today and he starts off with an e4. Incidentally that was also the ceremonial first move. Praggnanandhaa takes his time before his response - e5

Aug 23, 2023 4:29 PM IST

R Praggnanandhaa vs Magnus Carlsen, Chess World Cup Final Game 2 Live: Hello and welcome!

R Praggnanandhaa is already the first Indian since the legendary Viswanathan Anand to have got into the Candidates tournament, after he had become the first Indian since Vishy to have reached the semi-final of the World Cup. He has already blazed a trail but none of that would matter for him today. He has punched above his weight a number of times and now he is looking to make the ultimate of those - beating Magnus Carlsen a major title. Curiously enough, the illustrious Carlsen has never won a World Cup. In fact, this is is his first World Cup final, which means that his motivation will be sky high. Strap in, this is going to be an interesting one. 

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