Chess: Hikaru Nakamura is sole leader at Tata Chess

World number three Hikaru Nakamura showed his class in the blitz while India’s youngest Grandmaster R. Praggananandhaa impressed with two wins in the Tata Steel India Chess here on Tuesday.
Nakamura secured four wins and five draws to stay as the sole leader after nine rounds.

On a penultimate day, five-time former world champion Viswanathan Anand led the Indian challenge with India number two Pentala Harikrishna who have five points each forms a maximum nine.
Facing Praggnanandhaa for the first time ever, Anand had to overcome an early attack. Praggnananadhaa launched an attack but a different pawn move on the 15th turn g4 was a mistake as Anand took the initiative and sealed the issue.

Praggananandhaa, who is the second youngest GM in the world, tasted success in round five when he defeated Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine before outwitting local challenger Surya Sekhar Ganguly in the eighth round.
Nakamura won the first game against Surya and then blew away India number two Harkishna before signing a truce with Levon Aronian.

He went on to beat Wesley so and Shahriyar Mamedyarov to jump to the lead.





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