Gujrathi and Harikrishna settle for Prague chess draws

PRAGUE: Vidit of India Santosh Gujrathi and P Harikrishna had to settle for half a point each on a raffle day at the Prague Chess Festival Masters event here.

Grandmaster Gujrathi, the second best-ranked Indian on the FIDE list after the five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand , had to settle for a draw against David Antón Pebble from Spain in 49 movements late Thursday.

He is in the joint front with 1.5 points in two rounds with Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Nikita Vitiugov .

Harikrishna fought against Duda of Poland, first level and best ranked, and signed the peace treaty in 31 plays in a Catalan opening game.

I thought I had some possibilities, but I lost 24 ... Dd7. It's a pretty simple move, with which Black is completely fine, said Harikrishna, the number three in India after his match.

The best junior player in the world: Alireza Firouzja and Swedish GM Nils Grandelius They participated in an 80-move draw that lasted almost five hours.

In the third round, later on Friday, Gujrathi will face Austrian GM. Markus ragger while Harikrishna will face the talented Firouzja.

Results after round 2: P Harikrishna (IND, 1) drew with Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL, 1.5), Sam Shankland (USA, 0.5) drew with David Navara (CZE, 0.5), David Antón Pebble (SPA, 0.5) drew with Vidit Gujrathi (IND, 1.5), Markus ragger (AUT, 1) drew with Nikita Vitiugov (RUS, 1.5), Nils Grandelius (SWE, 1) drew with Alireza Firouzja (IRN, 1).