The pride of India, whizz-kid R Praggnanandhaa handed world No.6 Levon Aronian a 3-1 thrashing in the fourth round to notch up his fourth back to back victory in the FTX Crypto Cup, on Friday in the American finale of Champions Chess Tour.

The 17-year old prodigy Indian is in joint lead with 12 match points together with world No.1 Magnus Carlsen, who beats Quang Liem Le of China 3-1.

R Praggnanandhaa conquers the third game with white pieces following the first two in the four-game match finishes in a stalemate.

First up, the genius kid secure with white pieces to take a 2-1 lead after game three and vanquish in 44 moves in the fourth to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over the acclaimed American star.

The victory over Alireza Firouzja, the Indian GM has dramatically beaten Anish Giri and Hans Nieman.

Meanwhile, Carlsen, , acquire a homogenous result, winning games three and four after the first two were drawn.

Team of Carslen and Praggnanandhaa and have a four-point lead over Alireza Firouzja, the top-ranked junior and the world No.4.


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