Giri and So Miss Chances In Chaotic Semifinals: Flash Report

This is a flash report. The full report will be added shortly.

GMs Wesley So and Anish Giri almost hit the front in their respective semifinals against GMs Hikaru Nakamura and Nihal Sarin at the 2022 Global Championship on Friday, but were both held to a 2-2 score following some resolute defense by their opponents.

Nihal, the sole participant playing from Belgrade, faced a few nervy moments against Giri in their “out of control match,” including a game-four ending that would have ended in disaster if not for a capitulation in time pressure from the Dutch GM.

Nakamura and So both played solidly to draw their first three games. However, the fourth provided ample tension, with Nakamura barely surviving after giving up the exchange to combat So’s onslaught. 

The semifinals will resume on Friday, November 5, starting at 9 a.m. PT / 17:00 CET.

Game of the day analysis by GM Rafael Leitao will be added later.

Semifinals Scoreboard

The 2022 Global Championship (CGC) is the first global championship cycle open to all verified players. Players compete in official verified events for their share of the $1,100,000 prize fund and the Global Champion title.

Chess legends, such as GMs Viswanathan Anand, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik, and Veselin Topalov, compete against today’s best (online) players, including GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Ding Liren, Levon Aronian, and Jan-Krzysztof Duda, and more. 

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