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Harikrishna wins opening match of Geneva chess meet

IANS logoIANS 07-07-2017

On Thursday, the World No.22 Indian payer, playing with black pieces, had to really dig deep against the Russian but eventually managed to tilt the balance in his favour and clinch 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. However, it was not enough for him as I kept attacking and the hard work paid off eventually," Harikrishna said after the game which lasted 84 moves.

The win will fill the Guntur player with optimism going further into the tournament and Harikrishna will be eager to maintain his momentum against English Grand Master 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.

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