Sasikiran begins campaign with draw

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Krishnan Sasikiran started his campaign with a draw with Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland in the Marx Georgy memorial Grandmasters chess tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran started his campaign with a hard fought draw with legendry GM Viktor Korchnoi of Switzerland in the first round of the third Marx Georgy memorial Grandmasters chess tournament here. The six-player category-15 event had a rather sedate start as the other two games of the day were also drawn with top seed Emil Sutovsky of Israel signing peace with Zoltan Almasi and former World Junior champion Peter Acs of Hungary getting the same result with compatriot Ferenc Berkes. The event is being played under classical time control with two hours to both players for the first 40 moves followed by one hour each for the entire game. There are 10 rounds in all. Sasikiran, who recently won the Sigeman and Co. chess tournament along with Dutch GM Jan Timman, gave some scare to Korchnoi before the players agreed for a draw. It was a trendy Nimzo Indian defence that caught the fancy of Korchnoi, a feared player who was a world championship contender before Sasikiran even was born. At 74 years, Korchnoi is more than triple the age of Sasikiran, 24, but the difference simply did not show in this contest as the former tackled the Indian almost move for move. Playing his pet Capablanca variation, Sasikiran got the dynamic balance he was looking for in the middle game and even a slight advantage thanks to better control of vital squares but Korchnoi worked out his counter play very swiftly. (PTI)