Julius Baer Generation Cup: Indian Grand Master Arjun Arigasi enters semi-finals
New York : Indian Grandmaster Arjun Arigasi defeated Christopher Yu in a tiebreaker to enter the semi-finals of the Julius Baer Generation Cup online rapid chess tournament here on Friday. Another India player, Rameshbabu Pragnananda, however, could not progress beyond the quarter-finals after losing 1-3 to Germany’s Vincent Keimer.
World champion Magnus Carlsen, who defeated America’s Levon Aronian in the quarter-finals, will face Keimer in the semi-finals, while the second semi-final will be played between Lim Quang Le and Arigasi of Vietnam. Arigasi and 15-year-old Yu were tied 2-2 after four rapid games. This was followed by a blitz tiebreaker in which Arigasi won the first game and then drew the second game to reach the semi-finals.
Pragnanand did not have a good start and he lost the first bet. After this the next two bets were drawn. Due to this the Indian player had to win the fourth match at any cost, but he lost and thus was out of the quarter-finals. Despite losing the first game against Aronian, Carlsen won the next three games to take the match 3–1. Lim Kwang Le defeated Hans Niemann 2.5-1.5 in another match.