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Nihal Sarin strikes back to hold Anatoly Karpov 2-2

Nihal Sarin bested Anatoly Karpov in the second blitz game to share the honours with former World champion.

Nihal Sarin bested Anatoly Karpov in the second blitz game to share the honours with former World champion.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Not satisfied with the result, 15-year-old Nihal Sarin says

Nihal Sarin, 15, bounced back to hold former World champion Anatoly Karpov 2-2 in a four-game rapid and blitz challenge match in Cap d’Agde on Saturday.

The first two rapid games were drawn before Karpov, 68, surged ahead by winning the first blitz. In the second, where Sarin played with white, he gained the upper hand after claiming a rook for a bishop. But the game ended abruptly on the 28th move when Karpov resigned after overlooking a knight move that ‘forked’ his king and queen.

“Not satisfied with the result. Failed to grab my chances, and he defended very well. I will be playing him again in a classical game next year,” said Sarin.

Karpov was at his vintage best in the first blitz game where he pulled off a stunning win from what appeared a theoretical drawn endgame.

Sarin held some advantage in the second rapid game, with black pieces. But his decision to exchange an active knight probably allowed Karpov more defensive options and led to a draw.

The results:

Rapid (25 minutes each + 10 second increment for every move): Nihal Sarin drew with Anatoly Karpov in 59 moves; Karpov drew with Sarin in 49 moves

Blitz (5 minutes each + 5 second increment for every move): Karpov bt Sarin in 69 moves; Sarin bt Karpov in 28 moves.

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