Sun. Jul 12th, 2020

Giri fires himself into the semis as Nakamura hangs on

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Anish Giri gave himself a big birthday present by ensuring a semi-final spot in the $150,000 Chessable Masters.

The Dutch star rolled over three-time World Blitz Champion Alexander Grischuk with two wins to take today’s second set 3-1 and the tie 2-0.

Giri, who turned 26, then hit back at World Champion Magnus Carlsen who has been goading him on Twitter, by declaring: “The karma is real!”

It came after Giri scored a casual bullet chess win over Carlsen while the Norwegian was streaming last night.

Asked what he got for his birthday, Giri added: “I’ve got so many gifts, my wife is like a gift pro – she’s like a professional.”

Meanwhile, fan favourite Hikaru Nakamura overcame a stunning mistake against Ding Liren to take their match to a deciding set tomorrow.

The popular American streamer, who boasts 435,000 followers on Twitch, had looked in complete control with the score at 2-1.

But on the verge of completing his comeback after losing Friday’s encounter, Nakamura collapsed in the final game of the set.

It allowed Ding, China’s top player, a chance to level the score and take it to a two-game blitz tiebreak which also finished level.

Nakamura, the noted speed specialist, finally won the rubber in an Armageddon tiebreak. With the match now squared, the pair will play a deciding set tomorrow.

The eventual winner will face a marquee match against Carlsen, the world number 1, in the last four.

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