Chess World Cup: Harikrishna wins, Praggnanandhaa in tie-break, Sarin crashes out

By: PTI | Sochi (russia) |

July 19, 2021 10:40:02 pm

R Praggnanandhaa let veteran Michal Krasenkow off the hook. (Twitter/@FIDE_chess)

Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa let veteran Michal Krasenkow off the hook to lose the second game of the two-game mini-match in the third round of FIDE Chess World Cup on Monday.

The experienced P Harikrishna, on the other hand, accepted a draw against lower-rated Constantin Lupulescu of Romania to advance to round four with a 1.5-0.5 margin.

A blunder on the 33rd move cost the 15-year old Praggnanandhaa dear as the 57-year-old Poland player used all his experience to close out a 44-move win.×1.png

The duo will battle it out in the tie-break on Tuesday to earn a spot in the fourth round.

Another great treat to chess fans from Michal Krasenkow – 25. 0-0! was his move in this position. In the end, his h-pawn proved to be deadly.
Michal and Praggnanandhaa will continue their match on tiebreaks tomorrow. #FIDEWorldCup

— International Chess Federation (@FIDE_chess) July 19, 2021

Meanwhile, another talented Indian Nihal Sarin’s campaign came to an end, as he lost 0.5-1.5 to Dmitry Andreikin of Russia.

Having lost the first game on Sunday, the 17-year-old Sarin needed to win the second to force a tie-breaker. He could only manage a draw in 31 moves against the Russian and bowed out of the competition.

The 35-year-old Harikrishna, the second highest ranked Indian at 21 after Viswanathan Anand, ground out a 46-move draw in the second game after having defeated Lupulescu on Sunday.

In an all-Indian clash, B Adhiban won the second game in 66 moves against Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi to level the match 1-1 and send the third-round encounter into a tie-break.

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