FIDE Grand Prix: Harikrishna begins with a win

Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna won his opening round game against Russian GP Alexander Riazantsev at the Geneva FIDE Grand Prix late on Thursday night.

Harikrishna is eager to maintain his momentum against English Grandmaster Michael Adams in his second-round game.   -  FIDE

Indian Grandmaster P. Harikrishna won his opening round game against Russian GP Alexander Riazantsev at the Geneva FIDE Grand Prix late on Thursday night.

The World No. 22, playing with black pieces had to really dig deep against the Russian but eventually managed to tilt the balance in his favour and run away with the game.

“It was a long game and I had better positions from the initial moments, but it was not easy as my opponent defended commendably. Though it was not enough for him as I kept attacking and the hard work paid off eventually,” Harikrishna said after the game which lasted for 84 moves.

Harikrishna is eager to maintain his momentum against English Grandmaster Michael Adams in his second-round game.

“Even though I have a positive score against him, I know he’s a very strong player and I will hope to put in a good performance and play a good game today as well,” Harikrishna said on the eve of his second match.