Chessable Masters: Harikrishna, Dubov exit; Giri takes sole lead in Group B

Harikrishna, who started the day with a loss against overnight leader Vladislav Artemiev, held Magnus Carlsen, Dubov and Nakamura before losing to Grischuk.

Harikrishna scored three points from 10 round-robin rounds and finished last in the six-player Group A.   -  FILE PHOTO/ RAJEEV BHATT

P. Harikrishna exited from the $150,000 Chessable Masters with a final-round defeat to Alexander Grischuk on Monday.

In Group ‘B’, on Tuesday, overnight joint leader Anish Giri jumped into sole lead after Ding Liren lost to him on time following the loss of internet connection while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave surrendered to Ian Nepomniachtchi in the seventh round.

A draw with Teimour Radjabov in the eighth round virtually assured Giri a place in the quarterfinals. Fabiano Caruana punished Lagrave and pushed the overnight joint leader to the last spot. Liren jumped

to the joint second spot after overpowering Ian Nepomniachtchi. The remaining three quarterfinal spots will be decided in the next two rounds.

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Harikrishna scored three points from 10 round-robin rounds and finished last in the six-player Group A. Russia’s Daniil Dubov, winner of the second leg - the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge -  joined Harikrishna on the sidelines after successive defeats to Magnus Carlsen and Hikaru Nakamura.

Harikrishna, who started with the day with a loss against overnight leader Vladislav Artemiev, held Magnus Carlsen, Dubov and Nakamura before losing to Grischuk.

The final-round victories of Nakamura and Grischuk helped them pip Dubov on tiebreak after the trio finished at five points each.

The results:

Group ‘B’: (eighth round): Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 3.5) drew with Anish Giri (5); Ding Liren (Chn, 4) bt Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 4); Fabiano Caruana (USA, 4) bt Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 3.5); (seventh round): Giri bt Liren; Vachier lost to Radjabov; Nepomniachtchi bt Caruana; (sixth round): Giri drew with Lagrave; Liren drew with Caruana; Radjabov bt Nepomniachtchi.

Group A (10th round): Alexander Grischuk (Rus, 5) bt P. Harikrishna (3); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 6) drew with Vladislav Artemiev (Rus, 6); Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 5) bt Daniil Dubov (Rus, 5); (ninth round): Harikrishna drew with Nakamura; Dubov lost to Carlsen; Artemiev drew with Grischuk; (eighth round): Harikrishna drew with Dubov; Artemiev drew with Nakamura Grischuk drew with Carlsen; (seventh round): Carlsen drew with Harikrishna; Dubov bt Artemiev; Nakamura drew with Grischuk.

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