Chess World Cup: Indian challenge ends as P. Hari Krishna, Vidit Gujrathi bow out

Indian challenge in the World Cup chess championship ended after P. Hari Krishna and Vidit Gujrathi were knocked out in the third round.

Indian challenge in the World Cup chess championship ended in the third round. (Representative image)   -  C. V. Subrahmanyam

Indian challenge in the World Cup chess championship ended after P. Hari Krishna and Vidit Gujrathi were knocked out in the third round here.

Having lost the first game of the third round on Monday, both Indians, playing with white pieces, faced a must-win situation on Tuesday.

A desperate Hari stretched his luck too far in an equal position to lose to Russian rival Kirill Alekseenko in 52 moves. Vidit accepted the inevitable and drew with USA’s Wesley So in 45 moves.
 

The results (Involving Indians):

Round 3: Game 2: P. Hari Krishna (2746) (0) lost to Kirill Alekseenko
(Rus, 2671) (2); Vidit Gujrathi (2718) (0.5) drew with Wesley So (USA, 2767) (1.5).