Gibraltar Chess Congress: P Harikrishna Challenging For Lead

Indian youngsters have made quite a name for themselves at the Gibraltar Chess Congress 2016 and P Harikrishna has been a consistent member of the top 5 in the leader-board. After seven rounds of severe chess battles, P Harikrishna is fifth just half a point behind young Spanish GM David Anton Guijarro. SP Sethuraman and Abhijeet Gupta are following up closely tied at seventh spot with same number of points.

P Harikrishna Gibraltar Chess Congress

P Harikrishna

However, India’s once known “King of 64 Squares” Viswanathan Anand is having a rather poor tournament.

P Harikrishna sets eyes for the top

Harikrishna is set to face a familiar opponent in Vidit Santosh Gujrathi in the eighth round of the Gibraltar Chess Congress. And both men tied at five and a half points would be on the lookout for an error in their opponent’s play to move step closer to finishing on top.

He has won four and drew three of his games so far. Vidit would be the fourth Indian that he would face in the tournament. Harikrishna played out two back-to-back draws against GM Abhijeet Gupta and GM Batista Lazaro Bruzon.

On the other hand, SP Sethuraman has been on a win-roll since his defeat to Harikrishna in the fifth round. The loss came as a bit of shock for the chess enthusiasts as he drew his previous game against one of the best in the world Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. He is set to face Chinese GM Yangyi Yu in the eighth round.

Anand faces steep decline?

For nearly two decades Viswanathan Anand has been a constant source of happiness for all the Chess enthusiasts in India. His performances in recent tournaments have raised doubts and have been signalling towards a decline. His performances at the Gibraltar Chess Congress are no different, he suffered two shock losses against Benjamin Gledura of Hungary and Adrien Demuth of France, while he drew another couple of games.

He currently stands with four points in seven rounds and at 76th position.

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