Resolute and relentless, R. Praggnanandhaa won the prestigious Polgar Challenge in style with a round to spare on Sunday and gained berth to join the elite players in the next Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event beginning on April 24.

In a field that included the cream of world chess talent, the 15-year old from Chennai stayed clear of the challengers by maintaining his eventual victory margin over the last two rounds of the 20-player round-robin event.

Praggnanandhaa (15.5 points) scored 14 victories, drew thrice and lost twice in the four-day online rapid tournament and earned $3,000 for his efforts. As per the points scored by members of the two teams, Team Polgar beat Team Kramnik, that included Pragnanandhaa, 96.5-88. Team Kramnik will be eager to hit back when the next leg of the $100,000 Julius Baer Challengers Chess Tour – the Gelfand Challenge – takes place from June 10 to…

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