A day after punching way above their weight, Vidit Gujrathi and R. Praggnanandhaa hit the canvas a few times on the second day of the New in Chess Classic rapid online chess tournament on Sunday.

After 10 rounds, Vidit (5 points) was 10th while Praggnanandhaa (4.5) was sharing the 11th spot. Favourite Magnus Carlsen led with seven points, half a point ahead of Firouzja Alireza and Hikaru Nakamura.

After the remaining five rounds of preliminary league, eight players will advance to the quarterfinals from the 16-player field.

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On Sunday, Vidit stretched his unbeaten run to eight rounds when he drew with Alireza, beat Jan Krzysztof Duda and missed a win late in the game against a determined Praggnanandhaa. However, in the last two rounds of the day, Vidit lost to Wesley So and Shakhiryar…

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