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Oslo Esports Cup R2: Praggnanandhaa superb against Shakh, gains sole lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/04/2022

Praggnanandhaa once again took the minimum number of games to win in his Round 2 match. He beat Mamedyarov in his own style, by taking the attack to his opponent in Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Oslo Esports Cup. This win ensured Praggnanandhaa is in the sole lead with 6 points and $15000 earnings. Carlsen lost to Liem Quang Le. After a loss in the first game due to mouse slip, the world champion drew the second game, won the third one. However, he lost the fourth game and the match. Duda-Giri went to the tie-breaks and the FIDE World Cup 2021 winner emerged victorious in it. Round 3 starts tonight at 9:30 p.m. IST. Photo: chess24

Liem beats Carlsen

Praggnanandhaa is in terrific form. He is the only player so far to have won both matches and also taking the minimum number of games to do so. He is followed by Anish Giri at 4 points and $10000 earnings. Pragg has a tough challenge in Round 3 in the form of Liem Quang Le who just beat the world champion in Round 2.

Praggnanandhaa won his second round match with the exact same number of games as Round 1 | Photo: chess24

Praggnanandhaa - Mamedyarov: 2.5-0.5

What is the best way to beat an attacking player? You have to take the attack to your opponent before he can manage to launch one himself. That is exactly what Praggnanandhaa did in the first game.

Praggnanandhaa - Mamedyarov, Game 1

Position after 24.g6

24.g6 is a very interesting move. It poses a lot of difficult questions to Black. 24...Ngxe3 would have been the precise way to continue. It was not easy to find. 24...Ncxe3 25.gxf7 and now Black blundered Nxg2

Position after 25...Nxg2

25...Nxg2 puts both knights on the g-file, same as the king. 26.Rhg1 is the obvious choice Rh2 27.Bf4 Nxf4 28.Rxg4+ Ng6 29.Ne5 and it's all over for Black.

Final position after 32.Rg2

Praggnanandhaa made a beautiful finish 32.Rg2!!

Final moments of Praggnanandhaa vs Mamedyarov | Video: ChessBase India

The second game was a well-fought draw. In the third game, Pragg beautifully capitalized on his opponent Mamedyarov's inaccuracies.

Praggnanandhaa - Mamedyarov, Game 3

Position after 26...Nf6

White has a space advantage, well coordinated pieces and a rook already invaded on the seventh rank. 26...Nf6 just makes things that much difficult for Black 27.Ba6 Rab8 28.Rc7 causes the fall of c6-pawn.

Mamedyarov felt Praggnanandhaa's poise | Photo: ChessBase India live stream

It was a tough day for Carlsen | Photo: chess24
The agony of Magnus Carlsen | Queen Blunder or Mouse slip? | Video: ChessBase India

Round 2 in progress | Photo: ChessBase India live stream

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Oslo Esports Cup 2022 Round 2 Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

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Round 2 results

Only Praggnanandhaa won his Round 2 match in minimum number of games | Photo: chess24

Standings after Round 2

Praggnanandhaa is in the sole lead with 6 points and $15000 earnings | Photo: chess24

Round 3 pairings

Pragg will face Liem in the third round | Photo: chess24

All games will start from 9:30 p.m. IST between 22nd and 28th April 2022.

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