Indian duo remain in lead at Hastings

GM P Harikrishna and compatriot GM K Sasikiran remain in joint lead at the Hastings International Chess Congress.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Hastings, UK:

Grandmaster P Harikrishna continued his superb form with white pieces beating top seed Zhang Zhong of China in the eighth and penultimate round of the Premier tournament of the Hastings International Chess Congress here as he and compatriot GM K Sasikiran remained in joint lead. Sasikiran scored an easy victory over tailender International Master Irina Krush of United States. The two Indians have 6 points each from 8 games. The only player within striking distance of Sasikiran and Harikrishna is GM Alexei Barsov of Uzbekistan who scored another fine victory over GM Joe Gallagher of Switzerland. Barsov has 5.5 points and is a clear one point ahead of GM Mark Hebden of England who is playing in his best form after a dismal start. The last round pairings have some very interesting games lined up. Harikrishna plays Hebden with black pieces, Sasikiran has black against Zhong while Barsov will take on Irina with black. (PTI)