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Arbiter’s intervention as GM Eric Hansen loses on time against GM Anish Giri on move 40

An interesting situation appeared today in the fifth round of Chess Olympiad 2022 in the game between GM Anish Giri and GM Eric Hansen. Hansen played the move and the clock added him 30 minutes, showing that he has 30 minutes and 28 seconds left for the end of the game after the move 40. However, the arbiter intervened explaining that GM Eric Hansen has flagged before he made the 40th move. Both players wanted to be sure that the flag fell before Eric has made it to the time control, asking arbiters to check out the cameras and how long did Eric Hansen spend on the move 39. After additional checks, the Arbiter confirmed a decision, and the game ended with a victory for GM Anish Giri. Despite the time advantage, Anish had a completely winning position. Replay the game below

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The whole situation was recorded by ChessBase India, together with the explanation of the Arbiter what exactly has happened in the game. See the video below

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