Chess WC: Hari, Vidit staring at exits
Kochi: It appears Krishnan Sasikiran’s entry into the fourth round of the Chess World Cup in 2007 will remain an improbable feat for Indians to emulate after the two remaining GMs in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia started their third rounds with defeats on Monday.
Pentala Harikrishna and Vidit Gujrathi are moving closer to the exit doors of the competition as they trail 0-1in their respective clashes with Kirill Alekseenko and Wesley So, and must win their second classical games on Tuesday to stay alive in the competition. Vidit had black pieces in a Nimzo-Indian opening and in the ensuing rook endgame it was the American who held the edge. Though the India No 3 attempted to salvage at least a draw by racing his f-pawn, So’s calculated rook moves saw him come out on top.
Kirill-Harikrishna meeting developed along the lines of Giuoco Piano opening and for the first time at the world cup the seasoned Indian GM appeared out of tune.