Nihal Overcomes Giri’s Bullet Comeback In SCC Thriller

GM Nihal Sarin edged out GM Anish Giri in a tiebreak playoff within the 2022 Pace Chess Championship on Wednesday. The 2 tenacious grandmasters created one brilliancy after one other as they grappled for a spot within the quarterfinals.

GMs Wesley So and Nodirbek Abdusattorov face off within the subsequent spherical of 16 match on December 8 at 6 a.m. PT / 17:00 CET.

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Blitz 5|1: Nihal-Giri 5.5-3.5

Giri took the early lead, profitable two video games in a row, together with a vicious attacking recreation the place he shocked the commentators twice with sudden sacrifices. First, Naroditsky calls Giri “Anish Tal” after the speculative 14.g4!?

Later, Giri’s 25.Bf6!! tore Nihal’s kingside to shreds. 

In recreation 4, Giri leaped previous Nihal’s defenses with back-to-back intermezzo ways. Can you discover them?

Nihal quickly turned the tables, nonetheless, often countering along with his patented distinctive resourcefulness in time scrambles. 

Nihal went on to win 4 out of the final 5 video games to grab the lead, together with a fabulous attacking victory in recreation six. That is our Sport of the Day, annotated by GM Rafael Leitao

GM Rafael Leitao GotD

Blitz 3|1: Nihal-Giri 4.5-3.5

After a draw within the first recreation, Nihal additional elevated his lead with a clean endgame win in recreation two.

In recreation 5, Giri struck again with energetic play within the heart and a clear time scramble end.

Nonetheless, Nihal continued to stretch his lead. The final recreation of the three+1 was a heartbreaking draw for Giri, who gained a bit within the middlegame, rigorously ready a kingside assault supported by a queenside decoy, after which neglected the profitable end within the time scramble.

Regardless of unimaginable play by Giri in lots of video games, Nihal’s tactical consciousness and ability within the last seconds of the sport gave him a three-point lead heading into the bullet phase―the a part of the match the place the Indian prodigy is most favored. 

May the previous world quantity three launch a comeback within the quickest time management?

Bullet 1|1: Nihal-Giri 2.5-5.5

Within the bullet phase, Giri confirmed us to by no means underestimate a high participant’s capability to bounce again―regardless of the circumstances. A model new Giri emerged, profitable 4 video games straight to take over the lead. Leaving the sooner video games behind, Giri confidently transformed his benefits at the same time as his clock raced away, together with a cruel king assault in recreation three.

In recreation 5, Nihal lastly halted Giri’s profitable streak with a rook sacrifice to drive a perpetual test within the nick of time. 

With Nihal down a degree, the match clock ticked zero, leaving him in a must-win place within the endgame of the ultimate recreation. He got here via, discovering readability within the difficult rook and pawn ending.

This spurred a playoff between two gamers completely decided to prevail. Giri gained the primary of the 4 tiebreaker bullet video games in dynamic model. 

Nihal countered by profitable the subsequent two. This reversed the roles and now positioned Giri within the must-win place, resulting in an electrifying finale. 

Nihal gained $3,034.48 whereas Giri earned $965.52 for his efforts. Nihal will face world championship challenger, GM Ding Liren, within the quarterfinals.

Closing Rating

Participant Flag 5+1 3+1 1+1 Tiebreak Complete
Nihal Sarin 5.5 4.5 2.5 2.5 15
Anish Giri 3.5 3.5 5.5 1.5 14

All Video games – Spherical of 16

Pace Chess Championship 2022 Bracket

The 2022 Pace Chess Championships Important Occasion began on November 23 and can conclude on December 16. Prime speed-chess gamers are competing at three completely different time controls in a 16-player knockout as they vie for a share of the $100,000 prize fund together with essentially the most prestigious title in on-line chess.

The likes of GMs Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Ding Liren, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, and plenty of extra will battle it out to find out the 2022 velocity chess champion.

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