Chennai: Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa defeated Russian Vladislav Artemiev in the 15th and final round of the preliminary stage of the Airthings Masters, an online blitz tournament, but missed qualifying for the quarter-finals.
The 16-year-old started the final day of the preliminaries with a draw against German Vincent Keymer in round 13 before descending to Hans Mokko Niemann (USA) in the next.
His thrilling eighth round win over world champion Magnus Carlsen caused a stir, but up and down performances held Praggnanandhaa back.
He finished 11th in the standings with 19 points with the top eight advancing to the knockout stage.
A 32-move win over Keymer saw the teenage Indian GM finish the event on a high.
He scored five wins from 15 rounds, drew four and lost six. The victories included Carlsen, top-10 player Lev Aronian, Russian Andrey Esipenko, former women’s world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and Keymer.
Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi led the first leg with 29 points, while Carlsen overcame some defeats to finish second on 25 points, followed by Artemiev (24).
Esipenko, Eric Hansen (Canada), Ding Liren and Liem Quang Le (both China) and Keymer rounded out the top eight.
In the 16-player Airthings Masters, a player was awarded three points for a win and one for a draw in the preliminary rounds.
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