Montreal, Canada:Grandmaster P Harikrishna kicked off his campaign in the Eighth Montreal International Chess tournament with a thumping victory over GM Emil Sutovsky of Israel.
Playing white against Sutovsky, Harikrishna was a picture of confidence as he got the better of Sutovsky's Grunfeld defence in an emphatic endgame display that followed a fine opening and middle game.
The victory also propelled Harikrishna to joint lead after the first game of this category-18 tournament along with Miton Kamil of Poland and Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine.
Kamil scored a sensational upset victory over former world championship finalist Nigel Short of England while Eljanov scored over Canadian hope Pascal Charbonneau.
The other two games of this 10-players round robin event ended in draws. Top seed Vassily Ivanchuk signed peace in quick time against Sergei Tiviakov of Holland while local star Mark Bluvshtein made his presence felt by holding US GM Gata Kamsky.
Harikrishna had been working hard for this event and the start was a just reward for the Indian. Going for the Classical system against Sutovsky's pet Grunfeld, the Indian displayed his deep understanding by leaving his rook unattended for a long time even though it was constantly attacked by a Bishop.