New York: Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erikaisi advances to the semi-finals of the Julius Baer Cup Chess Series. Meanwhile, another Indian player, Pragnananda, lost in the quarter-finals.
Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erikaisi clashed with 15-year-old American Christopher Yeo yesterday in the quarter-final round of the online tournament. Both won 2 matches each in 4 quick matches. A tiebreaker was thus adopted to decide the winner.
Arjun Erikaisi won the first game and drew the next game. With this, Arjun Erikaisi progressed to the semi-final round. Arjun Erikaisi takes on Vietnam’s Liam Quang Lee in the semi-finals. Liam Kwang Lee defeated American Hans Niemann 2.5-1.5 in his quarter-final.
Pragnananda faced Germany’s Vincent Keimer in his quarter-final. In this, Pragnananda lost 1-3.
After losing the first game, Pragnananda drew the next two games. A win in the last game could take the match to a tiebreaker. But in the last game, Pragnananda lost during the 42nd piece move.
World champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway advanced to the semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Levon Aronian of the United States. Carlsen lost the first game but went on to win the next 3 games in a row. In the semifinals, Carlsen will face 17-year-old Vincent Keimer of Germany.