Gibraltar Chess Congress: Sethuraman, Harikrishna In Title Contention

In a tournament that involves Viswanathan Anand, it is common to expect him to be the bearer of the good news for India’s chess enthusiasts. But in the Gibraltar Chess Congress it is the young brains that are making the mark for India. SP Sethuraman and P Harikrishna are tied on points 7 points each to occupy third and fifth position respectively. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave leads the table and five others also stand at 7 points.

Gibraltar Chess - SP Sethurman

SP Sethuraman

With just one more round to play, the tournament’s title is open to the eight players standing on top of the table with 7 points. This makes a win in the final round extremely important for the title.

Sethuraman, Harikrishna and other Indians at Gibraltar Chess Congress

SP Sethuraman will take on Etienne Bacrot of France, Bacrot has a theoretical advantage on the basis of FIDE ratings. But Sethuraman has been taking on numerous 2700+ rated GM’s at the tournament. He managed to win points against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Yangyi Yu and Radoslaw Wojtaszek, while his only loss came at the hands of fellow countryman P Harikrishna.

P Harikrishna faces Li Chao in the final round in what promises to be a thrilling encounter. Both are rated quite closely to each other as per FIDE ratings with the Indian being four points ahead. The Chinese has not faced a single opponent among the 2650+ rated and going up against Harikrishna in such an important match could add more pressure on one of China’s best.

Apart from Sethuraman and Harikrishna, Vidit Santosh Gujrathi is following up close with just half a point behind the leaders. And MR Lalith Babu makes a surprise entry among the elite taking the 14th spot on the table with 6.5 points.

But the most shocking result at the Gibraltar Chess Congress is the position of Viswanathan Anand. After 9 rounds of Chess, Vishy Anand is placed 59th and has been defeated twice.

Picture Courtesy: Gibraltar Chess Congress – Sophie Triay

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