Harika kick starts campaign with a win against Oyama in Isle of Man International Tournament
Isle of Man, September 24: Indian Grand Master Harika Dronavalli started off her campaign with an emphatic win against Englishman Oyama Akito in the first round of the Isle of Man International Chess Tournament, here late on Saturday night. The World No. 10 Indian, playing with white pieces, started off the game on an aggressive note against her male opponent and made breakthroughs from the initial phases of the game.
However, the youngOyama put up a staunch fight before bowing down to the Indian’s attack and gaveaway an easy win to her opponent. “I found myself in a good position from thestart of the game and didn’t let the pressure down on my opponent whicheventually gave me an easy win,” Harika conceded after her first-round game.
She will now take onthe German FIDE Master Babar Michael in her second-round game and will look tocontinue her momentum buoyed from the first round. “I have no specialpreparations for this game and I am looking to take it one at a time,” shequipped before her game.
The Isle of ManInternational Chess Tournament features the crème de la crème of the chessfraternity, with the World numero uno, Magnus Carlsen participating alongsideIndia’s reputed Vishwanathan Anand and 159 other players will be competing forthe handsome cash prize on offer.
The Open tournamentis being played at a time control of 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 secondsadded per move from the start.