Chess: Harikrishna to battle it out in tie breaker

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Tbilisi (Georgia), Sep 8 (IANS) Indian Grand Master P. Harikrishna settled for a draw against compatriot S.P. Sethuraman after an enthralling encounter in the second classical control game of the second round and led the clash into the tie-breaker round at the FIDE World Cup here.

World No.20 Harikrishna, playing with black pieces in the reverse fixture, on Thursday tried to take a complete point from the game and settle the tie but couldn’t do so as he had to be at his defensive best and led the game towards a draw.

Although Sethuraman placed a couple of checks on Harikrishna’s king on the 28th and the 29th move, Harikrishna evaded the situation tactically and both players settled for a draw after 39 moves.

Harikrishna, who is playing the prestigious tournament for the sixth time, will look to turn the tide on his compatriot in the tie-breaker and at least match his best performance of reaching the third round of the tournament. However, if he progresses he will face a staunch challenge from either World No.12 Anish Giri of Netherlands or Alexander Motylev from Russia.

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After Vishwanathan Anand was ousted in the second round, there are four Indians including Harikrishna still in fray for progressing to the next round.



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