Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa’s dream run in the FIDE World Cup ended as Norwegian world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen beat him in the final!
However, for finishing second in the FIDE World Cup 2023, Praggnanandhaa has earned a whopping sum of USD 80,000 (approximately ₹66,13,444). While the winner Magnus Carlsen was given $110,000 [₹90,93,551].
The 31-year-old Norwegian, who has dominated the International Chess Federation ranking for 12 years, defeats the 18-year-old Indian in the final played over three days at Baku in Azerbaijan on Thursday.
The final went into a two-game tie-break after the first two rounds failed to produce a winner.
Carlsen won the first game, while the second game ended in a draw, handing over the World Cup title to the grandmaster.
— chess24.com (@chess24com) August 24, 2023
Praggnanandhaa beat world No. 2 Fabiano Caruana of the United States in the semifinal.
Indian Grandmaster also beat the world No. 3 Hikaru Nakamura, also of the US, in an earlier round.