Hari, Sasikiran and Barsov joint winners

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Grandmasters P Harikrishna, K Sasikiran and Alexei Barsov of Uzbekistan jointly win the premier tournament of 77th Hastings International Chess Congress.

Hastings, UK:

Grandmasters P Harikrishna, K Sasikiran and Alexei Barsov of Uzbekistan jointly won the premier tournament of 77th Hastings International Chess Congress that concluded here. The trio tallied 6.5 points from nine rounds to finish 1.5 points ahead of GM Mark Hebden of England. Among the three winners, Harikrishna's rating performance was the best at 2694 and the 15-year-old stands to gain more than 20 ELO points. Barsov was next at 2691 as Sasikiran ended close behind at 2686. The last round action went on expected lines as Harikrishna drew comfortably against Hebden and top seed GM Zhang Zhong of China put up stiff resistance to hold Sasikiran in a marathon game. That gave Barsov a chance to catch up with the Indian duo and he played enterprisingly to win a topsy-turvy game against bottom placed IM Irina Krush of United States to share the first prize. The fifth and sixth positions went to Zhong and GM Petr Kiriakov of Russia respectively who finished with 4.5 points while GM Joe Gallagher of Switzerland finished seventh on 4 points. (PTI)

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