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Pragg unfazed by prospect of facing Carlsen at home

Pragg unfazed by prospect of facing Carlsen at home

R Praggnanandhaa



PTI

Stavanger (Norway), May 22

Having beaten Magnus Carlsen several times in the last couple of years, young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa feels he will be under no pressure when he takes on the multiple-time world champion on his home turf during the Norway Chess tournament which gets underway here on May 27.

Praggnanandhaa last beat the 33-year-old Carlsen in the Superbet rapid and blitz tournament, a part of the Grand Chess Tour, in Warsaw earlier this month.

“I don’t think playing Magnus on his home turf is a challenge for me. Usually, it matters to the player playing at his home but it won’t matter so much for me,” said Praggnanandhaa, who will also have his sister R Vaishali competing in the women’s tournament.

The 11-day tournament will see the likes of world champion Ding Liren and Hikaru Nakamura vying for the honours besides home favourite Carlsen. “The field is extremely strong. I am looking forward to the time control which I haven’t played before,” he said.

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