Harika Dronavalli loses to Bogdan-Daniel Deac, but stays in contention

Harika Dronavalli lost to Romanian Grandmaster Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the fourth round of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival.

other sports Updated: Aug 18, 2017 18:09 IST
Press Trust of India
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Harika Dronavalli,Bogdan-Daniel Deac,Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival
Harika will next take on Eesha Karavade in the fifth round.(HT Photo)

The Indian Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli failed to maintain her unbeaten run, losing to Romanian Grandmaster Bogdan-Daniel Deac in the fourth round of the Master’s tournament of the Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival.

The World No. 9 Indian, playing with black pieces, got off to a flying start and drew first blood as she took the Romanian’s pawn in the third move of the game. But Deac ended up taking complete points from the game after a total of 78 moves.

“In the latter stages of the game I complicated the game with a move which was not needed and my position just kept getting worse,” Harika said.

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“Another inaccurate move at the end got me into a losing position. If I had not committed that mistake, I could’ve saved it,” she added.

Harika has now moved down to joint third having won two, drawn one and lost one.

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She will take on her good friend and compatriot Eesha Karavade in the fifth round of the tournament tomorrow and will play the sixth round in the evening.

Her opponent for her sixth-round clash will solely be dependent on her result against Eesha.

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 18:09 IST