Praggnanandhaa joint first at the Gredine Open, Vaishali scores her second WGM norm!
Usually when a player makes a norm with one round to spare, he more often than not loses the last round. This is because he is happy with his/her achievement and is in a relaxed state of mind. But for little Pragg, becoming the second youngest GM in the history of the game was not enough. He also wanted to win the 4th Gredine Open. He played an excellent game to beat his last round opponent GM Roeland Pruijssers, after the Dutch GM made a mistake in the opening. The other good news for Indian fans was Vaishali making her second WGM norm and gaining 27 Elo points. Illustrated report with game analysis and pictures.
While all of these above pictures are special and memorable, I think the most indelible moment for the family would surely be this one:
Pragg's last round win over Roeland Pruijssers!
When we got to know the news that Pragg had already made his GM norm after he was paired against an opponent above the rating of 2482 in the last round the entire country rejoiced. Little Praggu had become the second youngest GM in the history of the game. But it was then that the head of ChessBase India Power asked a pertinent question on Facebook:
Ankit's question was what if GM Roeland Pruijssers Praggnanandhaa's last round opponent didn't turn up to the game?
The last round game between Roeland Pruijssers and Praggnanandhaa began early in the morning at 9.30 a.m. Italy time.
|4||3||GM||Santos Latasa Jaime||ESP||2567||6,5||49,5||53,5||2456||2622|
|14||5||GM||Moroni Luca Jr||ITA||2549||5,5||46,0||50,0||2392||2472|