Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Reggio Emilia chess: Hari Krishna settles for third round draw

Reggio Emilia (Italy), Jan 1 - Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna settled down with a steady draw against Chinese counterpart Ni Hua in the third round of the 50th edition of Reggio Emilia International Chess tournament here.Harikrishna, rated 2668, played a 30-move draw Monday with Ni Hua (2641) to take his tally to 1.5 points from three games.Harikrishna, who had lost the opening game to top seed Hungarian Zoltan Almasi (2691), is half a point behind the leading trio of Almasi, Landa Konstantin of Russia and Azerbaijani Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov (2664).In the other matches, Almasi drew with Sergei Tiviakov of Netherlands, while Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland drew with Italian Michele Godena, Landa drew with Mihail Marin of Romania and in the only decision of the day David Navarra of Czech Republic beat Vugar Gashimov.