Tata Steel Masters: Hari beats Adhiban; Elijanov leads

P. Hari Krishna defeated B. Adhiban in 43 to move up to second in the Tata Steel Masters chess tournament on Sunday.

P. Hari Krishna now has 1.5 points after two games in the competition.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Aided by B. Adhiban’s two blunders in succession, P. Hari Krishna won with surprising ease to join world champion Magnus Carlsen in the second place behind leader Pavel Eljanov (two points) after two rounds of the prestigious Tata Steel Masters chess tournament here on Sunday.

From an equal position after Hari’s 39th move, Adhiban guided his king to a checkmating net by the 40th move. Hari, probably not believing his luck, saw a continuation that led to a checkmate. Adhiban resigned on the 43rd move.

In Saturday's first round, when six out of seven games ended in draw – including Hari’s encounter with Armenia’s Levon Aronian – Adhiban attained a promising position against Dutch veteran Loek van Wely in their Sicilian Alapin game. However, a combination of some good defence from the local and inaccurate continuation from Adhiban resulted in a 61-move deadlock.

The results:

Second round: P. Hari Krishna (1.5) bt B. Adhiban (0.5); Loek van Wely (Ned, 0.5) lost to Pavel Eljanov (Ukr, 2); Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 1.5) bt Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol, 0.5); Levon Aronian (Arm, 1) drew with Wei Yi (Chn, 1); Anish Giri (Ned, 1) drew with Wesley So (US, 1); Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus 1) drew with Dmitry Andreikin (Rus, 1); Richard Rapport (Hun, 0.5) drew with Sergey Karjakin (Rus, 1).

First round: Hari drew with Aronian; Adhiban drew with Wely; So drew with Carlsen; Karjakin drew with Giri; Andreikin drew with Yi; Wojtaszek drew with Nepomniatchtchi; Eljanov bt Rapport.