Harikrishna survives game one, now has a chance to knockout Wesley So
The Grand Prix last year used to be filled with a lot of draws, but this year in 2019, since the format has changed to knock out, it has become extremely interesting. After the first one was won by Ian Nepomniachtchi in Moscow, the second leg of the Grand Prix has begun in Riga, Latvia. It is particularly interesting for Indian fans as Harikrishna is fighting it out against world no.4 Wesley So. The players fight it out in two games with classical time control and if it ends in a 1-1 draw, then we move to rapid, followed by blitz and finally an armageddon game to decide the outcome. In the first game of the mini-match, Harikrishna managed to hold his own and drew the game with black pieces. But what an amazing game it was! Let's have a look.
Hari managed to create some deadly threats against the white king. It seemed as if he had excellent attacking chances, but Wesley defended well.
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