Prodigious R. Praggnanandhaa’s impressive debut ended with successive draws against Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura and Alireza Firouzja but fell short of earning him a place among the quarterfinalists of the 16-man New in Chess Classic rapid online tournament on Tuesday.
For the fifth straight time, Carlsen (10.5 points) led the creamy layer to the quarterfinals in his search for a title on the 1.5-million dollar Champions Tour. Praggnanandhaa (7) tied for the 10th spot with team-mate Vidit Gujrathi and Norwegian Aryan Tari.
On the last day of the preliminary league, the 15-year-old Indian started with a defeat against Levon Aronian but quickly made amends by beating another debutant Norway’s Johan-Sebastian Christiansen before holding three illustrious qualifiers.
Vidit, who ended the second day…