Giri Beats Nakamura At Reggio Emilia

Giri Beats Nakamura At Reggio Emilia

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Hikaru Nakamura's once secure lead has been shattered after he lost for the second round in a row to Anish Giri.


Nakamura's defeat leaves a 3-way tie for the lead going into the final round tomorrow, between Giri, Nakamura and Morozevich. Nakamura tweeted, "Running out of gas...hoping I can summon something up for the last round and Wijk. Four tournaments in a row is just too much after all!"

Morozevich had to be content with a draw today as Vassily Ivanchuk finally regained his composure after four straight losses. Fabiano Caruana defeated tail-ender Nikita Vitiugov to end the day just one point behind the leaders.

The standings after 9 of 10 rounds (3-1-0 scoring):

 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2762 15
 Giri, Anish  NED 2714 15
 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2758 15
 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2727 14
 Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2775 9
 Vitiugov, Nikita  RUS 2729 5


Anish Giri defeated Nakamura to blow the contest wide open

Reggio Emilia 2011-12 Anish Giri.JPG





Interviews with Giri, Ivanchuk and Morozevich from the Accademia Internazionale di Scacchi.




The games in the final round on 6 January will be Giri v Caruana, Vitiugov v Morozevich, and Ivanchuk v Nakamura. Games start at the earlier time of 13:00 (12:00 UTC), and live coverage is available from the official website here.

Photo by Martha Fierro for Accademia Internazionale di Scacchi.

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