Harikrishna in third round of World Cup

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

Grandmaster P Harikrishna moved to the third round of World Chess Cup with a smashing 2-0 victory against Brazilian GM Giovanni Vescovi.

Khanty Mansiysk:

Grandmaster P Harikrishna moved to the third round of World Chess Cup with a smashing 2-0 victory against Brazilian GM Giovanni Vescovi in the blitz tiebreak games. Harikrishna's progress made up somewhat for the disappointing results of the other Indians in the fray as Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Krishnan Sasikiran were knocked out by GMs Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia and Sergei Rublevsky of Russia. While Sasikiran lost in the blitz games after tying the normal and rapid games, Ganguly was outdone in the rapid variant of the game itself. The event is being played on a knock out basis till the third round after which the 16 remaining players will battle it out for the top places. The top ten from here will qualify to the candidate stage of the next World Championship match tournament of 2007 and the winner here takes home $80,000 after FIDE's 20 per cent tax. There are two games in each round under normal time control and in the event of a tie, the tiebreak games come in to affect. The first two games of the tiebreaker will be played under rapid time control of 25 minutes each and if the scores are still tied, there will be two more games with five minutes to each player. In both cases there will be an increment of 10 seconds after every move is made. (PTI)

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