The much anticipated clash between Praggnanandhaa-Magnus Carlsen in round eight ended in a draw. The Indian had already beaten the Norwegian ace twice in online matches earlier this season.
After the second day of match early on Tuesday, Erigaisi is two points ahead of Praggnanandhaa and world champion Carlsen (15 points).
Erigaisi started the day with a win over Hans Niemann (USA) and then defeated Levon Aronian.
The all-Indian clash between Erigaisi and Praggnanandhaa ended in a 67-move tie. Later in the eighth round, the last of the day, he shared the honor with Croatia’s Ivan Saric.
Praggnanandhaa started the day with a fifth round draw against Radoslaw Wojtaszek before taming highly regarded German Vincent Keymer in the next match.
The 17-year-old Indian chess star then held Carlsen to a draw in 67 moves.
Meanwhile, Carlsen resigned from his match against Niemann after only two moves. The world champion entered the sixth round after beating the 19-year-old American in the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, after which he accused his opponent of cheating and withdrew from the tournament.
Carlsen then scored a win over Aronian on round seven before splitting the honors with Praggnanandhaa.
Baskaran Adhiban, the third Indian in the fight, is in last place in the 16-player event with three points. He takes on Praggnanandhaa in the ninth round.
Veteran Ukrainian Vasyl Ivanchuk continued to impress and is fourth with 13 points.
The 53-year-old didn’t have a profitable time on day two like on the opening day, but managed to close it with a win over Keymer. He had lost to American teenager Christopher Yoo and Polish Wojtaszek in two previous rounds.
After the preliminaries are completed, the tournament moves to the knockouts for a two-day final. The eight-day event will run through September 25 and will feature 16 players across three generations.