Harikrishna draws against Ernesto in Moscow FIDE Grand Prix

File Photo : Pentala Harikrishna
IANS|16-May-2017 18:00

Moscow, May 16 : Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna put up a spirited show to share the spoils with Russian Ernesto Inarkeiv in the fourth round of the Moscow FIDE Grand Prix played here at the D.I. Telegraph.

The World No. 16 Indian, playing with black pieces, started off on a strong note to dominate the initial stages of the game on Monday but failed to capitalise and Ernesto dug deep and clung on to draw the game that lasted for 47 moves.

"I surprised him with Benoni, a Fianchetto variation and after that move he was just trying to save the game," Harikrishna said after the match.

"I constantly put pressure on him, but he found the right moves in the crucial stages of the game to lead it towards a draw," he added.

At the end of the day's action, Harikrishna has one and a half points so far in this campaign after drawing three and losing one and is placed 16th on the leaderboard.