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Harikrishna eyes berth in Fide GP

Calcutta: By next month, P. Harikrishna will rise to the 25th spot as per the Fide world rankings. But more than rankings, it’s earning a berth in the Fide Grand Prix that counts for the Grandmaster.

“I’m looking to improve my rating points further so that I can participate in the Fide GP, which is likely to happen towards the end of the year.

“To get into the competition, you need to have around 2745 rating points. It’s only when you finish among the top two in the GP that you can play the Candidates tournament,” Harikrishna, arriving in the city on Tuesday, said here at the Alekhine Chess Club.

Talking about Anand’s performance in the ongoing Candidates, the 27-year-old said: “Anand has been positive in his approach and playing the middlegame without any pressure whatsoever, despite being pitted against tough opponents. The way he’s playing, he might as well go on to win the tournament.

“People say that age is a factor, but if it really was, Anand couldn’t have been playing in the manner he is in the Candidates at present. If he does go on to win the Candidates, I feel he’ll certainly be willing to avenge the defeat to (Magnus) Carlsen in Chennai.”