Mixed day for Harika at Cap d’Agde chess meet

Cap d’Agde (France) Oct 26 (IANS) Grand Master Harika Dronavalli won a complex game against Spain’s Sabrina Vega Gutierrez and played a draw against local favourite Matthieu Cornette on day five of the 14th Anatoly Karpov rapid international chess tournament here on Wednesday.

In her earlier battles with the same players, the Guntur player had beaten Vega Gutierrez and could only manage a draw against Cornette.

She has played 10 games so far and has kept herself in contention by picking up crucial points.

Commenting about the game, Harika said “In the first game, I found myself in an unclear set-up. My opponent Sabrina opened her game with French defence and I had to take some risks in the complex battle. I won a pawn in the middle game and outplayed her slowly.”

“I was finally able to convert it into a point later on. In the second game, I opened with white pieces but made a mistake in the opening and found myself in an uncomfortable position. So when I got the opportunity at the midway stage, I repeated my moves and forced a draw,” Harika said.

With four more games to go in the tournament, Harika is confident of qualifying for the knockout stages. She is positioned fifth in the tournament.

–IANS

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