Harikrishna holds Dreev for a draw

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Grandmaster P Harikrishna settled for an easy draw with Russian stalwart Alexey Dreev in the first game of the third round of the World Chess Cup.

Harikrishna holds Dreev for a draw

Khanty Mansiysk:

Grandmaster and former World Junior champion P Harikrishna settled for an easy draw with Russian stalwart Alexey Dreev in the first game of the third round of the World Chess Cup. The only Indian remaining in the fray after Krishnan Sasikiran and Surya Shekhar Ganguly were ousted in the second round, Harikrishna was a young man on a mission in getting an easy draw with the Russian stalwart who is highly regarded in this competition being played on a knock-out basis till the third round. Bulgarian Ivan Cheparinov's party in the competition eventually ended when world's youngest Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen of Norway won a keenly contested game played on the top board. Cheparinov, quite young himself, who had ousted top seed Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine in the previous round was outdone by the Norwegian talent in exemplary fashion and will now have to win the return game to remain in the match. There were no major surprises as many of the players preferred to relax in the first game of the third round after some gruelling session in the second round match. Taking it easy were the likes of Alexei Shirov, Boris Gelfand, and Sergei Rublevsky who drew without much ado against lower-rated opponents. Perhaps the biggest surprise was Azerbaijani Teimur Radjabov's loss against Dutchman Loek Van Wely wherein the latter played white. (PTI)



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