Vidit, Praggnanandhaa eye quarterfinal spots at Charity Cup

Vidit Gujrathi and R. Praggnanandhaa kept alive their chances of reaching the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Charity Cup rapid online chess tournament after holding the eighth and ninth spots on the penultimate day of the league rounds.

File Photo of Vidit Gujrathi.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

Vidit Gujrathi and R. Praggnanandhaa kept alive their chances of reaching the quarterfinals of the $150,000 Charity Cup rapid online chess tournament after holding the eighth and ninth spots on the penultimate day of the league rounds on Monday.

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Vidit (18/36) won twice and drew the other two games. Praggnanandhaa (17/36) started the day by losing to second-placed Magnus Carlsen but drew twice before beating China’s Lei Tingjie. Harikrishna’s chances of making the top-eight bracket from the 16-player field ended following a seventh successive draw. Three more rounds remain.

Overnight leader Le Quang Liem (27/36) stayed ahead despite losing to Ding Liren in the 12th round.

The results (involving Indians): (12th round): P. Harikrishna drew with Vidit Gujrathi; Lei Tingjie (Chn) lost to R. Praggnanandhaa;

(11th round): Vidit bt Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Pol); Praggnanandhaa drew with Richard Rapport (Hun); Ju Wenjun (Chn) drew with Harikrishna; (10th round): Hans Moke Niemann (USA) drew with Vidit; David Navara (Cze) drew with Praggnanandhaa; Harikrishna drew with Le Quang Liem (Vie); (9th round): Ju Wenjun (Chn) lost to Vidit; Praggnanandhaa lost to Magnus Carlsen (Nor); Gawain Jones (Eng) drew with Harikrishna.

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