Chess WC: Hari, Vidit star­ing at ex­its

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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