FIDE Grand Swiss chess: Vidit joins Adhiban in second spot

Vidit Gujrathi registered an emphatic win over Maksim Chigaev of Russia to join B. Adhiban and eight others in second place after three rounds.

Vidit Gujrathi joined B. Adhiban in second place with a win over Russia's Maksim Chigaev.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Vidit Gujrathi scored an emphatic win over Russia’s Maksim Chigaev to join B. Adhiban and eight others in the second place at 2.5 points after three rounds of the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss here on Saturday.

World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana (USA) and Wang Hao (China) share the lead with three points.

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Viswanathan Anand drew with Azerbaijan’s Nijat Abasov to reach two points. Young Raunak Sadhwani (2) proved equal to higher-rated team-mate Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

K. Sasikiran scored his first win at the expense of D. Harika while S. P. Sethuraman ended his losing streak by beating Russia’s Jovanka Houska.

Important third-round results (involving Indians)

B. Adhiban (2.5) drew with Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol, 2); Vidit Gujrathi (2.5) bt Maksim Chigaev (Rus, 1.5); Raunak Sadhwani (2) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (2); Nijat Abasov (Aze, 1.5) drew with Viswanathan Anand (1.5); P. Hari Krishna (2) bt Erwin L’ami (Ned, 1); Daniil Dubov (Rus, 1.5) drew with S. L. Narayanan (1.5); K. Sasikiran (2) bt D. Harika (1); D. Gukesh (1) lost to Ivan Saric (Cro, 2); Soumya Swaminathan (1) lost to Yuriy Kkuzubobv (Ukr, 2); Sergei Movsesian (Arm, 0.5) lost to Abhimanyu Puranik (1.5); Nihal Sarin (1.5) bt Vera Nobolsina (Rus, 0.5); Irina Bulmaga (Rou, 0) lost to S. P. Sethuraman (1); Jovanka Houska (Eng, 1) bt Prithu Gupta (0)