Belgrade GP R3: Harikrishna holds Anish Giri to a draw
Vidit Gujrathi was denied a hat-trick by Hungary no.1 Richard Rapport. Now both Rapport and Vidit share the lead in Pool C at 2.0/3 each. Anish Giri made an interesting queen sacrifice against Harikrishna. However, it lacked enough venom to score a hat-trick. The India no.3 drew the game comfortably against the Dutch no.1. Giri still leads Pool B by a full point 2.5/3 and has good chances of advancing to the Quarterfinals. Apart from Rapport, Fedoseev was the only other victor of Round 3 which saw the least number of decisive games of the event so far. Round 4 of Pool stage starts today at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Mark Livshitz/FIDE
Rapport denies Vidit's hat-trick
The last time we saw Anish Giri play at his best was at Tolstoy Cup in September last year, which he won and finished 2.5 points ahead of the field. The present world no.7 knows that he needs to bring his A-game in the last two legs of the FIDE Grand Prix to secure a place at the Candidates 2022. In the first three games, Giri has definitely showed a glimpse of that. The chess universe certainly would like to see this version of Giri more often.
Pool B: Harikrishna - Giri: 1-0
Anish Giri made an interesting queen sacrifice in the middlegame against Harikrishna.
23...Nxd4 24.Nxd4 Qb6 is fine for Black. However, the Dutch no.1 chose a very intriguing queen sacrifice 23...Qxf3 24.gxf3 Nxd4 25.Qe4 Nxf3+ 26.Kh1 Nxe1 27.Qxe6+ Rf7 28.Rxe1 Raf8. The position was balanced and the game ended in a draw in another seven moves.
Pool C: Rapport - Vidit: 1-0
A positional inaccuracy by Vidit tilted scale in Richard Rapport's favor.
Black needed to play c5 a couple of moves ago. Even now also 22...c5 is better than 22...Re6. 23.d5 was better. 23.Bb2 which was played in the game also ensures White has the upper hand. Black's position disintegrated in a hurry and there was no scope to get back in the game.
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