Harika draws against higher ranked Wesley

Harika (ELO 2542) found herself against her more accomplished opponent (ELO 2782) in a complicated position early in the game itself but managed to steer it towards a draw to pick up a crucial half a point.

Harika next plays England’s Grandmaster Michael Adams in another crucial match.   -  V.V. Subrahmanyam

India’s young Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli came out unscathed against World No. 6 Wesley So, scrambling to a well earned draw in the Isle of Man International Chess tournament here. Harika (ELO 2542) found herself against her more accomplished opponent (ELO 2782) in a complicated position early in the game itself but managed to steer it towards a draw to pick up a crucial half a point.

The World No. 10 Indian, ranked 36th in the tournament, easily won her first round against Rocabado Fernando of Argentina to be on one and half points. “It was a complicated game, with lot of counter play,” said Harika, sounding relieved and happy after her draw.

“In the later stage, I thought I had a chance but I could not assess the position clearly and settled for a stalemate. Overall, I am happy with the way I am playing,” she added.

Harika next plays England’s Grandmaster Michael Adams in another crucial match. Adams, ranked 4th in the tournament, will come into the clash after a draw with German’s Grand Master Jan-Christian Schroeder.