Riga GP: R1, Tiebreaks: All the way to Armageddon
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Riga GP: R1, Tiebreaks: All the way to Armageddon

Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler and Hikaru Nakamura are all out of the Riga FIDE Grand Prix after chess followed the Wimbledon final and the Cricket World Cup in going all the way to Armageddon in two of the matches. Those ended with Yu Yangyi beating Aronian and Sergey Karjakin getting the better of Giri. It’s Karjakin-So, Duda-Mamedyarov, Grischuk-Yu Yangyi and Topalov-MVL in the quarterfinals.

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