Chess WC: Sethuraman holds Giri; Carlsen stunned

Both the remaining Indians in the tournament, Vidit Gujarathi and S.P. Sethuraman, will start with white pieces on Sunday.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen lost to China’s Bu Xiangzhi in the ongoing Chess World Cup on Saturday.   -  AP

On a day when World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway was shocked by China’s Bu Xiangzhi, the two Indians left at the Chess World Cup at Tbilisi (Georgia) drew with their higher rated rivals. And both Vidit Gujrathi and S.P. Sethuraman will have the white pieces on Sunday.

Sethuraman, who had knocked out compatriot and 20th seed Pendyala Harikrishna a day ago, will be particularly delighted with the half-a-point he took off Holland’s Anish Giri, the 13th seed who is rated 160 points above. Their Italian Game was drawn after 40 quiet moves in a double-rook-and-minor-piece ending.

Gujrathi’s English Symmetrical game against Ding Liren of China wasn’t as serene an affair. The Indian in fact was in an excellent position to force a victory, following some weak moves by his opponent, but an unwise rook move let him down. The game was drawn in 38 moves.

Important results (third round, first game): Ding Liren (Chn) drew with Vidit Gujrathi (Ind); Anish Giri (Ned) drew with S.P. Sethuraman (Ind); Magnus Carlsen (Nor) lost to Bu Xiangzhi (Chn); Francisco Vallejo Pons (Spa) lost to Wesley So (US); Aleksander Lenderman (US) drew with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra); Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr) drew with Vladimir Kramnik (Rus); Levon Aronian (Arm) beat Maxim Matlakov (Rus); Fabiano Caruana (US) drew with Evgeniy Najer (Rus); Alexander Grischuk (Rus) drew with David Navara (Cze).