Harika draws

NEW DELHI: D. Harika continued her impressive run in the Corus chess tournament by drawing with top seeded Filipino Wesley So in the seventh round encounter of Group ‘C’ at Wijk ann Zee, near Amsterdam, on Saturday.

The World junior girls’ champion played white and matched her rival in the 45-move encounter that followed the opening lines of Slav Defence. Peace was signed when the players were left with a rook and two pawns each.

Abhijeet Gupta, the World junior champion, was fighting a close battle against second seeded British GM David Howell. Abhijeet sacrificed a rook for a bishop and pawn in the middle game but that did not give him the desired compensation.

However, in Group ‘B’, top seed K. Sasikiran (2.5) suffered his third loss and gave last-man Henrique Mecking his first victory in the competition. Playing white, the Brazilian nailed Sasikiran in 38 moves after claiming a knight in a tactical battle.

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