India’s Pentala Harikrishna secured two wins on the last day but could only finish second, half-a-point behind Japanese-American wizard Hikaru Nakamura who lived up to his top billing to clinch the Tata Steel Chess India Rapid tournament here on Sunday.
There was heartbreak for reigning world rapid champion local challenger and his former second Surya Sekhar Ganguly in the final round to finish seventh with eight draws and one loss.
Indian prodigy Nihal Sarin had a creditable draw against a creditable draw against the five-time former world champion Anand and finished ninth with three points-six draws and three losses.
Facing Anand for the first time in a tournament, Ganguly opted for the solid Caro-Kann defense against the King pawn opening. But, the game took an aggressive turn when Ganguly went for the initiative and started to risk and advance his own pawns against Anand’s kingside. The game was fairly in the balance before, two consecutive mistakes on the 26th and 27yh move by Anand gave Ganguly a huge initiative.
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