Gukesh gets a lucky win, Wang Hao takes sole lead after round 8 in 9th HDBank International 2019
Top seed of 9th HDBank International Open 2019 GM Wang Hao defeated the overnight sole leader GM Stanislav Bogdanovich of Ukraine after the latter blundered an exchange in a Rook-Knight vs. Rook-Bishop and few pawns endgame which was seemingly equal. With this win, Hao jumped into a sole lead and he will be looking forward to win the HDBank title for the second time since his first triumph in 2016. Gukesh was completely lost against GM Anton Demchenko of Russia, however Demchenko made a terrible blunder which turned the result into Gukesh's favor. Photo: Shahid Ahmed
Gukesh holds on to his nerve and it pays off
Gukesh played a side line in Closed Sicilian. In the late middlegame, Gukesh's position became inferior and he had to give up an exchange. But the 12-year old brave kid did not give up. He fought till the end and eventually his opponent blundered and he won.
The game between Wang Hao and Stanislav Bogdanovic was a battle of equals. Bogdanovic blundered an exchange in the endgame which was seemingly equal and then it was just a matter of technique which we know for sure that Hao can convert.
The move 53...Rd3 gave an instant joy to Wang Hao and why wouldn't it be? When you are the top seed and looking for the second title it is bound to bring a lot of joy.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will be present at the Closing Ceremony tomorrow. It was published in the HDBank official fb page:
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