Tata Steel Chess: Adhiban shares honours with Anand; Vidit outplays Harika

The outcome kept Anand jointly in the lead with Anish Giri, who drew with Magnus Carslen in 21 moves.

B. Adhiban did enough to raise his esteem in the eyes of Viswanathan Anand   -  Tata Steel Chess

B. Adhiban managed a 38-move draw against Viswanathan Anand and Vidit Gujrathi showed no mercy on D. Harika in the Tata Steel chess tournament here on Tuesday.

In the Masters section, Adhiban did enough to raise his esteem in the eyes of Anand. Following a Reti Opening, the latter did enjoy a marginal advantage but the former found a way to exchange the pieces. Eventually, after 38 moves, both players agreed to split the point.

The outcome kept Anand jointly in the lead with Anish Giri, who drew with Magnus Carslen in 21 moves. 

Carlsen and Anish Giri later engaged in a casual banter on Twitter. Carlsen, of course, was the winner there:

In Challengers, top seed Vidit stayed in control of his Sicilian Rossolimo game against Harika. He kept improving his position and the mounting pressure saw Harika crack.

On her 39th move, Harika made a defensive bishop-manoeuvre and resigned immediately on realising that she could get checkmated in the next five moves, or less.

Vidit’s third victory in four rounds kept him in the lead with 3.5 points. Harika, after drawing three times, crashed to her first defeat.

Fourth round results (Indians unless stated):

Masters: B. Adhiban (1) drew with Viswanathan Anand (3); Anish Giri (Ned, 3) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 2.5); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 2.5) bt Peter Svidler (Rus, 1.5); Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 2) drew with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 2.5);  Wei Yi  (Chn, 2) bt Gawain Jones (Eng, 2).

Challengers: Vidit Gujrathi (3.5) bt D. Harika (1.5); Jeffery Xiong (USA, 2) drew with Jorden van Foreest (Ned, 2); Lucas van Foreest (Ned, 2.5) bt Bassem Amin (Egy, 1); Matthias Bluebaum (Ger, 2.5) drew with Aryan Tari (Nor, 1.5); Benjamin Bok (Ned, 1.5) drew with Erwin L’Ami (Ned, 2).