FIDE Grand Prix: Vidit's hopes recede; Harikrishna set to exit

Vidit Gujrathi lost the key fifth-round battle to Hungary’s Richard Rapport in 61 moves to stare at exit from Group C of the FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament in Belgrade on Sunday.

FILE PHOTO: With one round to go in the league, Vidit’s future in the tournament rests on beating Vladimir Fedoseev and Alexei Shirov's victory over Richard Rapport.   -  RAJEEV BHATT

Vidit Gujrathi lost the key fifth-round battle to Hungary’s Richard Rapport in 61 moves to stare at exit from Group C of the FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament in Belgrade on Sunday.

Vidit held a promising position with white pieces but pressed too hard for victory and crashed to his second loss to Rapport in the competition.

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With one round to go in the league, Vidit’s future in the tournament rests on beating Vladimir Fedoseev and Alexei Shirov's victory over Rapport. In such a scenario, Vidit will get to play the tiebreaker with Rapport for a place in the knockout.

Meanwhile, P. Harikrishna’s elimination stood confirmed from Group B after he drew with Anish Giri in spite of gaining a better position in the middle game of the 31-move encounter.

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