Julius Baer Cup: Arjun Erigaisi on top, R Praggnanandhaa in 2nd spot | Chess News – Times of India

NEW YORK: India’s teenaged Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi jumped to the highest place with 17 factors after eight rounds, whereas his compatriot R Praggnanandhaa is in second place with 15 factors on the Julius Baer Cup right here.
The much-awaited Praggnanandhaa-Magnus Carlsen conflict in spherical eight led to a draw. The Indian had overwhelmed the Norwegian ace twice earlier this season in on-line matches.
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 led to a 67-move draw. Later within the eighth spherical, the ultimate one of many day, he shared honours with Ivan Saric of Croatia.
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 recreation.
The 17-year outdated Indian chess star then held Carlsen to a attract 67 strikes.
In the meantime, Carlsen resigned from his recreation towards Niemann after simply two strikes. The world champion got here into the sixth spherical encounter after a defeat by the hands of the 19-year outdated American in Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, following which he alleged his opponent of dishonest and pulled out of the match.
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The 53-year outdated didn’t have a worthwhile time on day two as he had on the opening day however managed to finish it with a win over Keymer.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 match will transfer to the knockouts earlier than a two-day ultimate. The eight-day occasion will run until September 25 and options 16 gamers spanning three generations.

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