Julius Baer Cup: Magnus Carlsen resigns from rematch with Hans Niemann; India's Arjun Erigaisi jumps to top

Magnus Carlsen resigned from his game against Hans Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup after just two moves.

Press Trust of India September 20, 2022 11:07:53 IST
Julius Baer Cup: Magnus Carlsen resigns from rematch with Hans Niemann; India's Arjun Erigaisi jumps to top

Magnus Carlsen of Norway. AP

New York: India’s teenaged Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi jumped to the top position with 17 points after eight rounds, while his compatriot R Praggnanandhaa is in second place with 15 points at the Julius Baer Cup.

The much-awaited Praggnanandhaa-Magnus Carlsen clash in round eight ended in a draw. The Indian had beaten the Norwegian ace twice earlier this season in online matches.

After the conclusion of the second day of preliminary matches early on Tuesday, Erigaisi is two points clear of Praggnanandhaa and world champion Carlsen (15 points).

Erigaisi started the day with a win over Hans Niemann (USA) and went on to beat Levon Aronian.

The all-Indian clash between Erigaisi and Praggnanandhaa ended in a 67-move draw. Later in the eighth round, the final one of the day, he shared honours with Ivan Saric of Croatia.

Praggnanandhaa started the day with a draw against Radoslaw Wojtaszek in the fifth round before taming the highly-rated German Vincent Keymer in the next game.

The 17-year-old Indian chess star then held Carlsen to a draw in 67 moves.

Meanwhile, Carlsen resigned from his game against Niemann after just two moves. The world champion came into the sixth round encounter after a defeat at the hands of the 19-year-old American in the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis, following which he alleged his opponent of cheating and pulled out of the tournament.

Carlsen subsequently scored a win over Aronian in round seven before sharing honours with Praggnanandhaa.

Baskaran Adhiban, the third Indian in the fray, is languishing in the last place in the 16-player event with three points. He faces Praggnanandhaa in the ninth round.

Veteran Ukraine player Vasyl Ivanchuk continued to impress and is in fourth place with 13 points.

The 53-year-old did not have a profitable time on day two as he had on the opening day but managed to end it with a win over Keymer. He had lost in two previous rounds to American teenager Christopher Yoo and Poland’s Wojtaszek.

After the preliminary rounds are completed, the tournament will move to the knockouts before a two-day final. The eight-day event will run till September 25 and features 16 players spanning three generations.

Read all the Latest NewsTrending NewsCricket NewsBollywood NewsIndia News and Entertainment News here. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Updated Date:

also read

World Team Chess Championship: India beat USA, qualify for quarter-finals
Sports

World Team Chess Championship: India beat USA, qualify for quarter-finals

It was India’s second win in the tournament and they will now take on France in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Ronaldo-Messi photo: The chess position in the picture is from a Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura game
Football

Ronaldo-Messi photo: The chess position in the picture is from a Magnus Carlsen vs Hikaru Nakamura game

The picture of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi playing chess together has become the toast of social media.

Meltwater Champions Tour Finals: R Praggnanandhaa beats Arjun Erigaisi in final round to finish 5th
Sports

Meltwater Champions Tour Finals: R Praggnanandhaa beats Arjun Erigaisi in final round to finish 5th

R Praggnanandhaa took the fifth place in the final standings after securing nine points while Arjun Erigaisi, also on nine points, ended sixth.