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Prague Masters: All Draws in Final Round, R Praggnanandhaa Shines at Joint Second Position

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R Praggnanandhaa put in a commendable effort in the concluding round of the Prague Masters chess tournament against David Navara of the Czech Republic, ultimately securing a draw. Despite not clinching a victory, Praggnanandhaa can find solace in being the highest-rated Indian participant heading into the upcoming candidates’ tournament scheduled to take place in Toronto in approximately four weeks. The resolution of the visa issue for the candidates, facilitated by FIDE and various channels, has ensured that everything is currently in order for this significant event. In the final round, where ten players faced off, five draws occurred, leading to no substantial changes in the standings. Abdusattarov had already secured victory in the tournament with a round to spare, finishing with an impressive 6/8 points and further improving to 6.5 points, arguably marking a career-best performance for him.

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Praggnanandhaa achieved a positive result, concluding with five points, sharing the same score as Parham Maghsoodloo from Iran and the unexpected contender Ngyen Thai Dai Van from the Czech Republic. The three players accumulated five points each out of a potential nine. Gukesh, Romania’s Richard Rapport, and the local favorite David Navara secured the fifth position by scoring 4.5 points. Following closely were Bartel and Keymer, both with 3.5 points each. Vidit Gujrathi, unfortunately, found himself at the bottom of the standings with a total of three points.

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Among the three Indian contenders, Praggnanandhaa appears to be in superior form compared to Gukesh and Gujrathi. However, with the schedule for the upcoming world championship challenger match now set, it is uncertain which player possesses the strongest nerves.

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