Harika settles for draw at Tata Steel Chess tournament

Indian Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli had to settle for her third consecutive draw against higher-ranked Dutch Grandmaster Erwin L'Ami after a long encounter, here at the prestigious 80th edition of the Tata Steel Chess tournament.

After signing truce in the first two games, World No. 13 Harika Dronavalli, playing with white pieces, started off the game on an attacking note and looked to take the game to her opponent. However, she missed out on moving onto a more advantageous position as the pressure from the clock got the better of her.

"I started off really well but couldn't capitalize on my start in the time control and missed out on my opportunity," Harika said.

Eventually, Harika tried all tricks up her sleeve to steer herself to a win but Erwin's staunch defense did not let her penetrate through and both players decided to settle for a draw.

"I had to repeat my moves to get through the time trouble and when I couldn't find a breakthrough, I offered for a draw," she added.

After three rounds into the tournament, Harika has accumulated one and a half points from her three games and will be looking to climb up the pecking order when she takes on the top seed of the tournament and her counterpart, Vidit Gujarathi, in her next game.

"The playing field is really strong and each day I am playing against higher ranked players. This match too will be another test and I will look to give it my best shot as I previously have," Harika concluded.


(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel