Vidit Gujrathi held World champion Magnus Carlsen while debutant R. Praggnanandhaa stunned Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Sergey Karjakin to score an impressive three points from five rounds of the New in Chess Classic rapid online tournament on Saturday.

Vidit and Praggnanandhaa shared the fourth spot behind leader Teimour Radjabov (4 points) and the second placed duo of Alireza Firouzja and Carlsen (3.5 each).

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Unbeaten after five tough rounds, Vidit drew in contrasting ways with the two Norwegians, Aryan Tari and Carlsen. He was in trouble against Tari and flawless against Carlsen.

In between, Vidit defeated another Norwegian Johan Sebastian Christiansen. In the day’s last round, Vidit came out unscathed against Hikaru Nakamura for an extremely satisfying day’s work.

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