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Harika plays out second draw with Kosteniuk, heads to tie-breaker

Press Trust of India  |  Khanty Mansiysk (Russia) 

Grandmaster D Harika settled for a second straight draw with former champion of to set up a tie-breaker against the same opponent in the third round of the World Women's Championship here on Saturday.

After the first game against the same opponent ended in a draw, Harika was with black pieces in the second and she employed a French defence and Kosteniuk did not have many answers.

The opening turned out to be pleasing for black and Harika was quick to neutralise with a finely crafted pawn advance that saw exchange of a few pieces leading to a balanced endgame.

While in the first game, Harika had fought for a long time to find an advantage, as black she was happy to call it a draw in just 29 moves.

Harika will now take her chances in the rapid games of 25 minutes given to each and if the scores are tied, they play a couple of games with ten minutes each.

If still tied, it will be two games of five minutes on the clock and if the deadlock persists, the final Armageddon game will decide the winner.

Starting from the first round, Harika has been playing everyday. The Indian was stretched into the tiebreaker in the first round against Khukhashvili of while in the second another Georgian had kept her engaged in the faster version of the game.

The Women's is likely to be the last knockout event as the recently changed leadership in FIDE, the World Federation, is looking at some definite ground breaking changes in the women's chess format.

The USD 450000 championship is currently down to last 16 contestants and Harika is the last remaining Indian in the fray following the ouster of national champion Padmini Rout, Asian continental winner Bhakti Kulkarni and star

Results of Round 3 Game 2: (Chn) drew with (Chn) 0.5-1.5 Wenjun qualifies; playing (Kaz); (Rus) playing (Rus); playing (Bul); D Harika (Ind) playing (Rus); drew with 1-1 goes to tiebreak; (Iri) playing Mariya Muzychuk (Ukr); (Uzb) lost to 1-1 goes to tie-break.

Results of Round 3 Game 1: (Chn) lost to (Chn); beat (Kaz); (Rus) drew with (Rus); beat (Bul); D Harika (Ind) drew with (Rus); drew with Lei Tingjie (Chn); (Iri) drew with Mariya Muzychuk (Ukr); (Uzb) beat

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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 19:20 IST