Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna fought hard before going down against World’s No. 4 Vladimir Kramnik Russia in the fourth round of the Shamkir Chess tournament, here.
The Russian took 42 moves to finish the game against the World’s No. 14 Indian Grandmaster, who tried all tricks up his sleeves but failed to save the game on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, Harikrishna played an interesting game against local Grandmaster Teimour Radjabov.
The Hyderabadi used Ragozin defense but to his dismay, his opponent surprised him with counter moves in the third round game. Harikrishna was quick enough to display his meticulous skills and turned the game into a half point in quick 28 moves.
‘It was Ragozin defence I played but my opponent was sly enough to surprise me with interesting plan to counter it and I had to find accurate moves to draw the game,’ Harikrishna said after the third round game.
With two draws and two losses so far in the tournament, Harikrishna is currently placed in the 10th position with one point.
The Hyderabadi will take on World No 10 and local favourite, Grand Master Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in round five later on Tuesday.
Mamedyarov is currently enjoying pole position with three points.