Harika draws against Sargissian at international chess meet

Isle of Man, Oct 7 (IANS) After winning two straight games at the Isle of Man international chess tournament, Indias grandmaster Harika Dronavalli settled for a draw against Armenias Gabriel Sargissian in the sixth round here.

Harika faced an uphill task on Thursday as she found herself in a tricky position, to remain in the top 15 in this elite field.

“Yes, my opponent held the upper hand for the most part in the match. I had to be at my sharpest to get out of this game unscathed,” she said, after eking out a draw.

The World No. 6, with ELO 2542, conceded that it devolved into a complex game, forcing her to go on the defensive.

Harika will now face China’s World No.1 Hou Yifan in Round Seven. Interestingly, Yifan and Harika are locked with four points each in the tournament.

Yifan, who was sitting pretty at joint third before the last round, lost to Fabiano Caruana to slip on the ladder.



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