Harikrishna wins Essent chess

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> P Harikrishna quickly drew his game with Antoaneta Stefanova to annex the title in the Crown group of Essent chess tournament.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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World Junior champion P Harikrishna quickly drew his final round game with Women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova of Bulgaria to annex the title in the Crown group of Essent chess tournament. With the victory, Harikrishna won the purse of 4000 Euros (approximately Rs 2 lakh) and added five important points to his present Elo rating of 2673. The victory was a foregone conclusion for Harikrishna as he had the white pieces and a full point lead to back him going into the final round. He scored 4 points in all in the event winning two and drawing the remaining four games. Stefanova finished last with 2 points but it can be considered a worthy performance from the lowest rated player in the event. She got four draws, including two against local star Ivan Sokolov and one against Emil Sutovsky of Israel. In the final game, Harikrishna required less than 15 minutes to call a truce with Stefanova and she readily accepted the offer after the Indian went for the Italian game. For the record, the game lasted just 11 moves. The fight for the second place was still on with Ivan Sokolov sitting pretty against Aeroflot Open winner Emil Sutovsky. (PTI)