Continuing his impressive display, R. Praggnanandhaa knocked out higher-rated Armenian Grandmaster Gabriel Sargissian 2-0 for a place in the third round of World Cup chess in Sochi, Russia, on Friday.

On a day when an indisposed Armenia’s Levon Aronian withdrew, P. Harikrishna, B. Adhiban, Nihal Sarin and D. Harika advanced but Aravindh Chithambaram, P. Iniyan, Praggnanandhaa’s sister R. Vaishali and Bhakti Kulkarni made their exit. D. Gukesh took fancied Daniil Dubov to the tie-breaker games after a second straight draw.

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The results (involving Indians): Second round (Game Two):

Men: Daniil Dubov (Rus) drew with D. Gukesh; Evgney Tomeshevsky (Rus) bt P. Iniyan (Tomeshevsky wins 2-0); Vidit Gujrathi drew with Alexandr Fier (Bra); Neuris Delgado Ramirez (Par) lost to B. Adhiban (Adhiban wins 2-0); Aravindh Chithambaram lost to…

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