Harikrishna draws again

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

P Harikrishna settled for a draw with Andrei Volokitin of Ukraine in the third round of Aerosvit International Grandmasters chess tournament.

Harikrishna draws again

Crimea, Ukraine:

Former World Junior champion P Harikrishna survived a scare before settling for a draw with Andrei Volokitin of Ukraine in the third round of Aerosvit International Grandmasters chess tournament. It was Harikrishna's third draw on the trot after which he is placed joint fifth, in the category-18 super tournament being played on a round-robin basis between 12 players. The Indian meets Russian Alexander Grischuk in the next round. After an all drawn second day, it was a day when as many as four games were decisive. The shocker of the day was provided by Russian champion Sergey Rublevsky, who inflicted a second tournament defeat on former world champion, and top seed Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine.Earlier in the first round of the event, Ponomariov had lost to Volokitin. Also coming out a winner was twice World Junior Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan who played a fantastic game as black to beat Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine. Other winners were Viktor Bologan of Moldova and Alexei Shirov of Spain who scored over Diviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania and Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine respectively. After the third round of the high-profile tournament, Mamedyarov and Bologan emerged as joint leaders tallying an identical 2.5 points apiece. Shirov and Volokitin share the next spot on 2 points while eight seed Harikrishna was in the pack with Grischuk, Rublevsky and Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine on 1.5 points. Areshchenko and Nisipeanu share the ninth spot on one point each while Ponomariov and Karjakin were pushed into the cellar with just a half point so far. (PTI)



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