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Sasikiran and Harikrishna held

other Updated: Apr 26, 2010 00:45 IST

Grandmaster K Sasikiran was held to a draw by unheralded Vietnamese Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy while P Harikrishna also split points with Yu Ruiyuan of China in the fourth round of the Asian Continental chess championship in Subic Bay.

After losing the third round against Susanto Megaranto of Indonesia from a better position, Sasikiran’s chances of breaking in to the 2700 ELO rating club were further dented by Huy and the Indian will have to do really well in the remaining five games to be in title contention.

On a comeback trial after losing the first round, P. Harikrishna’s victory run was halted by unknown Chinese Ruiyuan who put up a sterling show in a Slav defense game with black pieces.

Both Sasikiran and Harikrishna have 2.5 points and a lot of hard work to finish among the top five — the qualifying berths to the next world chess cup.