FIDE Women's Grand Prix: India's Dronavalli Harika draws with Russia's Alexandra Goryachkina in fifth round

Indian grandmaster Dronavalli Harika settled for a draw with Alexandra Goryachkina of Russia in the fifth round to remain in joint lead with 3.5 points at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament

Press Trust of India March 07, 2020 12:02:40 IST
FIDE Women's Grand Prix: India's Dronavalli Harika draws with Russia's Alexandra Goryachkina in fifth round
  • Indian grandmaster Dronavalli Harika settled for a draw with Alexandra Goryachkina of Russia in the fifth round to remain in joint lead with 3.5 points at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament

  • Harika, India's No 2, and Goryachkina opted for a draw in 31 moves in a Semi-Slav game late on Friday

  • The world No 9 Indian took no risks against the Russian player as the two chose to sign peace

Lausanne: Indian grandmaster Dronavalli Harika settled for a draw with Alexandra Goryachkina of Russia in the fifth round to remain in joint lead with 3.5 points at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix chess tournament.

FIDE Womens Grand Prix Indias Dronavalli Harika draws with Russias Alexandra Goryachkina in fifth round

File image of Harika Dronavalli. Image courtesy: Twitter@HarikaDronavali

Harika, India's No 2, and Goryachkina opted for a draw in 31 moves in a Semi-Slav game late on Friday.

The world No 9 Indian took no risks against the Russian player as the two chose to sign peace.

The Indian faces former world champ Alexandra Kosteniuk in the sixth round later on Saturday.

In the only decisive game of the day, Georgia's Nana Dzagnidze beat Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine) in 44 moves.

World champion Ju Wenjun of China and former world champion Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) battled it out for 81 moves before settling for a draw.

The strong tournament featuring 12 players, including the world champion Wenjun, is the third in the series of four Grand Prix from which two with the highest points tally would qualify for the next candidate's event.

Round 5 results: Dronavalli Harika (IND) 3.5 drew with Alexandra Goryachkina (RUS) 3.5; Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) 3 beat Anna Muzychuk (UKR) 2.5; Ju Wenjun (CHN) 2 drew with Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) 2.5; Marie Sebag (FRA) 2 drew with Pia Cramling (SWE) 2.5; Antoneta Stefanova (BUL) 2 drew with Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 2; Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) 2.5 drew with Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 3.

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