Montreal:Former World Junior champion P Harikrishna made a quick work of highly regarded British Grandmaster Nigel Short in the second round to jump into sole lead in the 8th Montreal International chess tournament.
Playing with black, it was one of the easiest victories for Harikrishna as Short lost control on on-board happenings and blundered a piece early in the middle game to go down in mere 19 moves.
Harikrishna was the only player with a perfect 2/2 score to lead the category-18 elite field.
While a half point behind are GM Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine, who was held to a draw by local hopeful Mark Bluvshtein, GM Gata Kamsky of United States, who scored an easy win over GM Miton Kamil of Poland, and GM Sergei Tiviakov of Holland, who added to the woes of Israeli Emil Sutovsky by
handing him his second successive defeat.
With seven rounds still remaining in the 10-player round-robin tournament, Bluvshtein, top seed Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine and Kamil are sharing the fourth spot on one point each while Canadian Pascal Charbonneau is another half point adrift.
Short and Sutovsky are currently tottering at the bottom of the points table with no points to their credit.
Harikrishna surprised Short by employing the Petroff defense as the Englishman went for a harmless variation that gave the Indian an easy game. Trying to find some plan to get himself going, Short overlooked a simpl knight move that left his own piece hanging and seeing no way out of this mess the Briton resigned in just under an hour's time.