Harikrishna beat Stefanova to jump into lead

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

World junior champion P Harikrishna jumped into the joint lead after the second round of the Crown group of Essent Chess tournament.

Harikrishna beat Stefanova to jump into lead

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World junior champion P Harikrishna exhibited his brilliant skills to defeat women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria and jump into the joint lead after the second round of the Crown group of Essent Chess tournament. With his first victory in the event, Harikrishna made sure of his joint lead in the tournament even as top seed and local favourite Ivan Sokolov emerged victorious against Aeroflot Open winner Emil Sutovsky of Israel. As things stand after the end of the second round of the category-16 tournament, Harikrishna and Sokolov share the lead with 1.5 points apiece while Stefanova and Sutovsky were in joint third spot on half a point each with four more rounds to go in the Euros 10000 prize money event. Harikrishna was in his element in a sparkling victory over Stefanova that drew praise from everyone including his opponent. Earlier, playing the black side of a Slav defense, Harikrishna faced a relatively new idea on the 13th move but as things progresssed it was quite clear that Stefanova's plan was not a real improvement on existing theory. "I play this position myself as white, so I had some ideas of course," Harikrishna said after the game. Stefanova was at her wits end once the game took a sudden tactical turn and the primadonna ended up losing two rooks for her queen when the dust subsided. (PTI)

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