Hari stays ahead after draw with Cmilyte

Wijk Aan Zee (The Netherlands): Grandmaster and Asian champion P Harikrishna settled for a draw with Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania to stay ahead in the `B` group of Tata Steel Chess tournament here.

After three victories on the trot, it turned out to be a very complicated affair against Cmilyte, when Harikrishna managed to keep the balance and force a draw through repetition of moves.

The draw helped Harikrishna move to 3.5 points out of a possible four and the Indian, in fact, increased his lead by a full point over nearest rivals Erwin L`Ami of Holland and Alexander Motylev of Russia. D Harika played out a draw in this section with Dutch GM Dmitry Reinderman to take her tally to 1.5 points.

In the `C` group, the day belonged to Indian GM Baskaran Adhiban who notched up a fine victory against fellow Indian Sahaj Grover. With this, Adhiban not only avenged his loss against Grover in the last world junior championship, but also won the best game of the day in this group. The other Indian in the fray Tania Sachdev had an off day as she went down to Elisabeth Paehtz of Germany.

Maxim Turov of Russia maintained a clean slate in this section after winning his fourth game on the trot. At the receiving end this time was Dutch girl Anne Haast who put up a lot of resistance but experience prevailed over youth.

Adhiban jumped to joint second spot on three points along with Hans Tikkanen of Sweden who prevailed over Etienne Gourdiaan of Holland.

In the premier `A` group, Armenian Levon Aronian rose back after losing to Magnus Carlsen of Norway in the previous round. The Armenian scored a hard-fought victory over Gata Kamsky of United States to join Carlsen in lead on three points.

Harikrishna was not at the top of his game against Cmilyte who went for the Benoni defense. The Lithuanian lady went for attaining initiative in the middle game by way of a pawn sacrifice. Harikrishna had to counter attack effectively amidst wild complexities and even as Cmilyte promoted her pawn to a queen in the final stages of the middle game, Harikrishna was just in time to force perpetual checks.

Grover was outdone from the white side of a Nimzo Indian defense. Clearly, the opening preparation of the Delhi-lad is not up to mark here as Adhiban successfully surprised and forced Grover to use most of his allotted time in the initial stages of the game. It was persistent pressure thereon that turned the tide in Adhiban`s favour and he finished the game with a spectacular rook sacrifice.

Results round 4 Group `B`: Alexander Motylev (Rus, 2.5)n beat Sergei Tiviakov (Ned, 2); Illya Nyzhnik (Ukr, 2) drew with Vladimir Potkin (Rus, 1.5); Daniele Vocaturo (Ita, 2) drew with Jan Timman (Ned, 2); Sipke Ernst (Ned, 1.5) beat Erwin L`Ami (Ned, 2.5); P Harikrishna (Ind, 3.5) drew with Viktorija Cmilyte (Ltu, 1.5); Dmitry Reinderman (Ned, 2) drew with D Harika (Ind, 1.5); Lazaro Bruzon (Cub, 1.5) drew with Kateryna Lahno (Ukr, 2)

Group `C`: Pieter Hopman (Ned, 0.5) lost to Lisa Schut (Ned, 1.5); Anne Haast (Ned, 1) lost to Maxim Turov (Rus, 4); Lars Ootes (Ned, 2) beat Elina Danielian (Arm, 1); Hans Tikkanen (Swe, 3) beat Etienne Goudriaan (Ned, 2.5); Sahaj Grover (Ind, 2) lost to B Adhiban (Ind, 3); Matthew Sadler (Eng, 2.5) drew with Daan Brandenburg (Ned, 2); Tania Sachdev (Ind, 1.5) lost to Elisabeth Paehtz (Ger, 1.5).

PTI

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