Grandmaster K. Sasikiran made his exit from the World Chess Cup, losing to Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the rapid tie-break games of the second round that concluded here.

The highest rated Indian in the fray got into some problems in the late stages of the middle game and lost the first round as black. In the return game, Karjakin, world No. 9, held himself together and got the draw that was enough for him to move to the third round.

Grandmaster B. Adhiban, who eliminated Evgeny Alekseev of Russia and Alexander Fier of Brazil in the first two rounds, will meet highly regarded Hikaru Nakamura of United States in the third round of this $1.6 million prize money event that started with 128 players and is now down to the last 32.

Adhiban is now the last remaining Indian in the fray.

Former world champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine was shown the exit by young Russian Grandmaster Daniil Dubov while local star Jon Ludvig Hammer accounted for David Navara of Czech Republic.

Important and Indian results: Second round: Evgeny Tomashevsky bt So Wesley 1.5-0.5; Alexander Morozevich bt Rafael Leitao 1.5-0.5; Gata Kamsky bt Aleksandr Shimanov 3-1; Alexei Shirov lost to Wei Yi 0.5-1.5; Alexander Grischuk bt Dariusz Swiercz 1.5-0.5; K. Sasikiran lost to Sergey Karjakin 1.5-2.5; Fabiano Caruana bt Yu Yangyi 1.5-0.5; Julio Granda Zuniga bt Peter Leko 1.5-0.5; Anish Giri bt Li Chao 2-0; Leinier Dominguez Perez bt Alexander Onischuk 1.5-0.5; Ray Robson lost to Vassily Ivanchuk 0-2; Hikaru Nakamura bt Eltaj Safarli 1.5-0.5; B. Adhiban bt Alexandr Fier 1.5-0.5; Anotn Korobov bt Baadur Jobava 3-1; Vladimir Kramnik bt Mikhail Kobalija 2.5-1.5. — PTI

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