Wijk aan Zee: India's Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna eked out an easy draw against Sergey Karjakin of Russia in the fourth round to consolidate his position in the Tata Steel Chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee on Tuesday night.
The World No 11 was locked in a dull battle for just under two hours for his half-a-point. He now has a total tally of 2.5 points and was right on top of the table.
Four players, including overnight leader Pavel Eljanov of Ukraine and World No 1 Magnus Carlsen of Norway, could edge past him or join him if they win or draw their respective games.
Harikrishna, playing white, looked to open up the game but Karjakin had other plans: he was playing for a draw.
"Nothing much happened in the game. We played a similar one during the Olympiad but Karjakin chose a6 instead of a5 and slowly all pieces got exchanged," Harikrishna said, after the match.
The Indian star, with an ELO of 2,770, had notched up one victory, against his Indian counterpart Adhiban Baskaran, and two draws, against World No 7 Levon Aronian of Armenia and Eljanov, before this game.
Harikrishna will take on Wesley So of the US on Thursday, after a day of well-earned rest, with black.
Tata Steel Chess is an elite tournament in this northern town of The Netherlands, popularly known as the 'Wimbledon of Chess'. In the Masters section, 14 Grandmasters pit their brains against each other in 13 rounds.
Updated Date: Jan 17, 2017 23:54 PM