NEW DELHI: P. Hari Krishna made a winning start in the eighth Montreal International round-robin chess tournament by overpowering Israel’s Grandmaster Emil Sutovsky in Montreal on Thursday.

Hari proved superior in the king-and-pawn ending following 40 moves of Gruenfeld Botvinnik variation.

Indians impress again

Meanwhile, in the Balaguer International Open at Balaguer, Spain, the Indians continued to impress. In the fourth round, youngsters Arun Karthik and Abhishek Das drew with Grandmasters Luther Thomas (Germany) and Levan Aroshidze (Georgia), seeded nine and 15, respectively.

The results: In Montreal (first round): P. Hari Krishna bt Emil Sutovsky (Isr); Pavel Eljanov (Ukr) bt Pascal Charbonneau (Can); Kamil Miton (Pol) bt Nigel Short (Eng); Mark Bluvshtein (Can) drew with Gata Kamsky (USA); Sergei Tiviakov (Ned) drew with Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr).

At Balaguer (fourth round, involving Indians): Soumya Swaminathan (3.5) drew with Abhijeet Gupta (3.5); R. Arun Karthik (3) drew with Thomas Luther (Ger, 3); Abhishek Das (3) drew with Levan Aroshidze (Geo, 3); Kiran Manisha Mohanty (2) lost to Oleg Korneev (Rus, 3); Renier Castellanos (Chi, 2.5) drew with T. Purushothaman (2.5); Logman Guliev (Aze, 3) bt Padmini Rout (2); Sahaj Grover (2) lost to B. Adhiban (3); Aswin Jayaram (2) lost to Joan Trepat Herranz (Esp, 3); Dinesh Sharma (3) bt Albert Ramon Solans (Esp, 2); Rafael Colas Longras (Esp, 3) bt L. Shobana Iswarya (2); Kruttika Nadig (2.5) bt Antonio Moreno Perales (Esp, 1.5); Devangi Patankar (2) bt Juan Antonio Delgado Martinez (Esp, 1).

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