Harikrishna stars in Indian win

Harikrishna stars in Indian win

Harikrishna outclassed Emil Sutovsky.  The Indians drew the remaining three boards to register their first victory in world’s premier team event.  

Krishnan Sasikiran also raised visions of a victory on the second board against Michael Roiz before agreeing for a draw. After two successive losses, Surya Shekhar Ganguly held his own against Ilya Smirin on the third, while a marathon game between GN Gopal and Tamir Nabaty also ended in a draw after 118 moves.

Meanwhile, at the top of the tables, Azerbaijan caused the biggest flutter in the tournament defeating holders Russia 3-1. It turned out to be a comprehensive victory for Azerbaijan as they won with white pieces and drew as black on both the boards.

The victories were achieved by Vugar black Gashimov who scored over Alexander Grischuk and Gadir Guseinov who got the better of Peter Svidler.

On a day of upsets, Hungary was aided by top player Peter Leko in registering a 2.5-1.5 victory against Ukraine. Leko defeated Vassily Ivanchuk on the top board while the remaining three games ended in draws. 

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