India's 17-year-old Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa opened his campaign in the FTX Crypto Cup by defeating the junior world number one Alireza Firouzja. Praggnanandhaa won the four-game tie 2.5-1.5. He registered victories in the opening and the third game. He lost the second game, while the fourth game ended in a draw. He picked up three points for beating Firouzja.