Anish Giri made Ian Nepomniachtchi suffer in their drawn first and third games of the deciding set in the semifinal of chess24 Legends of Chess on Sunday.
A day after Magnus Carlsen completed a second 2.5-0.5 thrashing of Peter Svidler to win the semifinal 2-0 and Giri rallied twice from deficit to stun Nepomniachtchi 4-3 and force the deciding set, the Russian struggled with black pieces to stay afloat.
At one stage, in Game One, Nepomniachtchi was six minutes ahead on time but Giri was toying with ideas of forcing the issue, after gaining a pawn majority on the queenside.
But Giri did not find the right continuation in time and let Nepomniachtchi improve his position. Eventually, the Russian recovered the pawn and forced a draw after 40 moves.
After a comfortable draw in the second game, Giri once again raised visions of taking the lead. He managed to collect a queenside pawn but…