Asian champion P. Harikrishna made another stride towards his maiden title in the Group B of Tata Steel chess tournament by beating Daniele Vocaturo of Italy in the tenth round here.
With his sixth victory in the tournament, Harikrishna now has eight points out of a possible ten and stayed a full point ahead of Grandmaster Alexander Motylev of Russia who defeated Ernst Sipke of Holland and local star Erwin L'Ami who won a marathon against Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania.
Good day for Tania
D. Harika easily held legendary GM Jan Timman to a draw. It turned out to be a good day for Tania Sachdev also in Group C as she scored her first victory at the expense of Lisa Schut of Holland.
Lars Ootes found the going tough and lost to Sahaj Grover, while B. Adhiban was held to a draw by lowest ranked Etienne Goudriaan.
Maxim Turov of Russia surged ahead in this section following a quick draw with Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany.
In the shocker of the day, Pieter Hopman defeated overnight joint leader Hans Tikkanen of Holland. With Turov in front on eight points, Tikkanen follows him a half point behind, while Adhiban is another half point adrift on seven points.
Sahaj Grover shares the fourth spot on six points while Tania Sachdev has 4.5 points now.
Harikrishna was a bit lucky to win against Vocaturo as the latter blundered in a perfectly playable position. The Indian was quick to spot the winning continuation that fetched him a rook along with a full point.
Tania had a roller-coaster game against Schut, who played the opening well and the middle game well but faltered in what is known as a book-draw.
Grover was in his element in the Saemisch variation of the King's Indian defense as he picked up a couple of pawns early against Lars Ootes.
The results: Round 10: Group B: Alexander Motylev (Rus, 7) bt Sipke Ernst (Ned, 4); P. Harikrishna (Ind, 8) bt Daniele Vocaturo (Ita, 4); Dmitry Reinderman (Ned, 5) bt Illya Nyzhnik (Ukr, 4.5); Lazaro Bruzon (Cub, 6.5) drew with Sergei Tiviakov (Ned, 5); Kateryna Lahno (Ukr, 4) drew with Vladimir Potkin (Rus, 4); D. Harika (Ned, 3.5) drew with Jan Timman (Ned, 4); Viktorija Cmilyte (Ltu, 3.5) lost to Erwin L'Ami (Ned, 7).
Group C: Pieter Hopman (Ned, 3) bt Hans Tikkanen (Swe, 7.5); Sahaj Grover (Ind, 6) bt Lars Ootes (Ned, 3); Matthew Sadler (Eng, 6) bt Anne Haast (Ned, 3); Tania Sachdev (Ind, 4.5) bt Lisa Schut (Ned, 4); Elisabeth Paehtz (Ger, 4.5) drew with Maxim Turov (Rus, 8); Daan Brandenburg (Ned, 6) bt Elina Danielian (Arm, 3); B Adhiban (Ind, 7) drew with Etienne Goudriaan (Ned, 4.5). — PTI