Sasikiran, Harikrishna suffer defeat

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Grandmasters Krishnan Sasikiran and Pentyala Harikrishna suffered shock defeats in the eighth and penultimate round of the 65th Hastings International Chess Con

Hastings, England:

In what turned out to be a disappointing day for India, Grandmasters Krishnan Sasikiran and Pentyala Harikrishna suffered shock defeats in the eighth and penultimate round of the 65th Hastings International Chess Congress. Sasikiran suffered a rather uncharacteristic loss, going down to Grandmaster Luke McShane of England while Harikrishna also failed to keep the momentum and lost to second seed GM Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark who regained the sole lead after his second win on the trot. Nielsen (5.5 points) is followed by GM Keith Arkell of England, who is half a point behind. GM Alexei Barsov of Uzbekistan, world's youngest ever GM Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine, McShane and Harikrishna jointly shared the third position on 4.5 points each. Sasikiran slumped to joint seventh position along with English GM Glenn Flear on 4 points. (PTI)

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