Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa emerged winner  in the Norway Chess Group A Open chess tournament in Stavanger after  logging 7.5 points from nine rounds.

The 16-year-old top seed was in fine form and remained unbeaten  through the nine rounds.

He finished the tournament with a victory over  fellow-Indian V Praneeth, an International Master, late on Friday.

Praggnanandhaa (Elo 2642) finished a full point ahead of  second-placed IM Marsel Efroimski (Israel) and IM Jung Min Seo (Sweden).

Praneeth, with six points, was joint-third, but placed sixth due to an inferior tie-break score.

He will be part of the India B team in the open event of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Chennai next month.

Praggnanandhaa's coach R B Ramesh congratulated him after the triumph and said it will help boost his confidence.

"Congratulations to him for the victory. He was the top seed, so it  is not a surprise that he won the tournament. He played well in general,  drew three games with black pieces and won the remaining games. It will  help boost his confidence," Ramesh said.