Sasikiran settles for draw

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Krishnan Sasikiran settled for a draw with Russian GM Alexander Galkin in the sixth round of the 'A1' section of the Aeroflot International tournament.

Moscow:

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran settled for a draw with Russian GM Alexander Galkin in the sixth round of the 'A1' section of the Aeroflot International open chess tournament in Moscow. The positions atop the tables remained unchanged on a draw marred day and overnight leaders Emil Sutovsky of Israel and Andrei Kharlov of Russia continued sharing the lead on five points each out of a possible six after splitting the point between them. Right behind the leaders was a pack of six players on 4.5 points apiece. They were Russians Vladimir Malakhov, Sergey Volkov, Valerij Filippov, Alexander Motylev and former World champion Alexander Khalifman and Moldovian Viktor Bologan. With just three rounds remaining in this tournament, as many as 14 players including top seed Etienne Bacrto of France and highly regarded Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine were next in line on four points while Sasikiran was on three. Only a strong finish can now propel the second highest rated Indian to a respectable position in the standing list. In the next round Sasikiran will play Ashot Anastasian of Armenia. Things did not move as expected for both Surya Shekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda in the sixth round as the former could only manage a draw with Igor Kursnov of Russia. Chanda lost his second game on the trot, bowing to Robert Kempinski of Poland. Surprisingly enough, both the Indians were yet to score a victory in this strong open only for players above 2550 ELO rating. (PTI)

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