Chessable Masters final: Indian GM Praggnanandhaa loses to Ding Liren in tie-break

Youthful Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa went down fighting to world No.2 Ding Liren in the tie-break of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Chessable Masters 2022 online tournament final that last almost early Friday. The 16-year-old from Chennai retaliated to win the second set in the wake of having lost the opener. However, at that point lost the two-game blitz tie-breaker.

The Indian GM, who had lost the first set 1.5-2.5, hit back to win the second 2.5-1.5 and force the blitz tie-break.

The 29-year old Liren used his experience to trump Praggnanandhaa in the second of the tie-break match. After the first blitz game finished in stalemate, the Chinese player won the following in 49 moves to dash the Indian teenager’s hopes.

Prior to the second set which he needed to win to force a tie-break, Praggnanandhaa got all significant win in the second game in 79 moves.

The next game saw the two dish out a 106-move draw before one more stalemate meant the title would be chosen by the tie-breaker.