Harikrishna loses in semifinal

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:47 IST

Grandmaster P Harikrishna failed to square up as he drew the second game of the semifinal against GM Andrei Volokitn of Ukraine.

Harikrishna loses in semifinal

Lausanne:

Grandmaster P Harikrishna failed to square up as he drew the second game of the semifinal against GM Andrei Volokitn of Ukraine in the Lausanne Young Masters International Chess tournament here. Harikrishna, who had lost the first game of the two-game mini-match, had a tough task of pulling one back as the Ukrainian displayed fine defensive technique. As the Indian was never really in the game to make it to the tiebreak stage and settled for the draw to be 0.5-1.5. Harikrishna will now battle it out for the third place against former World Junior champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan while Volokitin will battle it out for the top honours against United States Champion Hikaru Nakamura who defeated Mamedyarov in the other semifinal. In the contest for 5-8 places, the status quo was maintained as higher seed GMs Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France and Magnus Carlsen of Norway accounted for Georgian Nana Dzagnidze and German Elisabeth Paehtz fairly easily. Carlsen will now meet Vachier-Lagrave in the decider for 5-6 place while the two girls will play for the 7-8 places. Volokitin is known the world over for his deep preparation and so Harikrishna opted for an unusual game with white pieces. The King opening by the Indian, however, did not have a desired effect as Volokitin equalised quite comfortably in the middle game with thematic counterplay in the center once the middle game surfaced. (PTI)



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