Chess WC: Vidit, Sethuraman knocked out

India’s challenge in the ongoing World Cup ended when both players lost in the tie-breakers of the third round.

India’s Vidit Gujarathi lost to China’s Ding Liren in the third round at the Chess World Cup.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Indias challenge ended at the Chess World Cup at Tbilisi, Georgia, on Monday. Vidit Gujrathi and S.P. Sethuraman both lost in the tie-breakers of the third round.

Sethuraman put up a stiffer fight and took his match against Anish Giri of the Netherlands to the second set of tie-breakers, but Gujrathi went down to China's Ding Liren inside the first.

Ding Liren thus joins compatriot Bu Xiangzhi, who stunned top seed Magnus Carlsen, in the fourth round. The Norwegian though is not the only big name that bit the dust in the third round; prominent losers include Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Vladimir Kamnik of Russia.

Important results (third round): Ding Liren (Chn) beat Vidit Gujrathi (Ind) 2.5-1.5; Anish Giri (Ned) beat S.P. Sethuraman 4-2; Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) beat Aleksander Lenderman (US) 2.5-1.5; Evgeniy Najer (Rus) beat Fabiano Caruana (US) 2.5-1.5; Vassy Ivanchuk (Ukr) beat Vladimir Kramnik (Rus) 1.5-0.5; Alexander Grischuk (Rus) beat David Navara (Cze) 3.5-2.5; Vladimir Fedoseev (Rus) beat Hikaru Nakamura (US) 1.5-0.5.