Hard-earned draw for Sasikiran

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran remained on course for a place amongst the top after settling for a hard-earned draw with Grandmaster Vladimir Akopian.

Hard-earned draw for Sasikiran

Moscow:

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran remained on course for a place amongst the top after settling for a hard-earned draw with Grandmaster Vladimir Akopian of Armenia. This was in the seventh round of the 'A1' section of Aeroflot International Open chess tournament. Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda also raised visions of a finish amongst the prize winners in one of the strongest open event of the world with a scintillating victory over Russian turned American Alexander Shabalov. The lead position in the 'A1' section remained unchanged as Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine quickly signed peace with former World junior champion Kiril Georgiev of Bulgaria on the top board and inched up to 5.5 points in this section. With just two rounds remaining in the USD 25000 first prize tournament, Sasikiran is in joint second spot on five points while Chanda has four points in his kitty. In the 'A2' section International Master Neelotpal Das remained in contention for his third and final GM norm after taking a draw with GM Lev Psakhis of Israel. Das needs to meet at least one GM in the next two rounds to fulfill his requirements. In the next round, the Indian is pitted against IM David Arutinian of Armenia and will have to win in order to expect a GM in the final round game. As many as six players including former Indian women's team trainer Ruslan Scherbakov of Russia share the top spot in this section while Das is on five points. (PTI)



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