Another feather in Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa's hat

India's Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa claims Norway's chess open title.

India's young Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa claimed the title in Norway Chess Group A open chess tournament with 7.5 points from nine rounds.

Praggnanandhaa remained unbeaten throughout all nine rounds. In the final, he defeated his fellow countrymate V Praneeth, an International Master.

Praggnanandhaa (Elo 2642) finished a full point ahead of second-placed IM Marsel Efroimski (Israel) and IM Jung Min Seo (Sweden). Praneeth, with six points, was joint third but was placed sixth due to an inferior tie-break score.

Apart from beating Praneeth, Praggnanandhaa posted wins over Victor Mikhalevski (in round 8), Vitaly Kunin (round 6), Mukhammadzokhid Suyarov (round 4), Semen Mutusov (round 2), and Mathias Unneland (round 1). He drew his other three games.

The Indian teenage star has been performing impressively in recent times and had beaten world number one, Magnus Carlsen, for the second time in the Chessable Master online event and lost a close final to China's Ding Liren.