Harikrishna wins 2nd round in Scotland

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

P Harikrishna beat Enamul Hossian in 2nd round to maintain clean slate in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship.

Harikrishna wins 2nd round in Scotland

Scotland:

Grandmaster Pentyala Harikrishna scored a crushing victory over International Master Enamul Hossian of Bangladesh in the second round to maintain his clean slate in the Smith and Williamson British Chess Championship. On a day when most of the Indians recovered from their bad start, Women Grandmaster norm holder Swati Ghate defeated highly rated International Master Pert Nicholas of England. The lead is now shared by four Englishmen -- Adam Hunt, Nassir Ahmad, Rajko Vujatovik and Aaron Summersclae -- besides Harikrishna and Swati, who all have two points each from as many games. As many as 22 players remain on the heels of the leaders with just half a point difference. The pack includes GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, IM Neelotpal Das, IM S Kidambi, IM Tejas Bakre and Woman Grandmaster Aarthie Ramaswamy. This is a 94-player, 11-round contest that carries the winners' purse of 10,000-pound sterling. Commonwealth Champion Dibyendu Barua, who suffered a rather uncharacteristic loss against Adam Hunt in the opening round, was back to his winning ways as Nicholas Thomas of England proved no match to him. However, Hunt continued to make merry against the Indians as he scored yet another victory, accounting for Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte. Hunt, rated 2395, can really make a dash for a Grandmaster norm now with his excellent start. (PTI)

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