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Ponomariov downs Sasikiran

BIEL (SWITZERLAND), JULY 21. Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran went down fighting against former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine in the second round of the Biel International chess festival here on Tuesday night.

Grandmaster Alexander Morozevich of Russia emerged as the sole leader in this category-18 six-player double round-robin event, being played under classical time control.

Important results (Master's, second round):

Bragi Thorfinnsson (1, Isl) lost to Mikhail Kobalia (2, Rus); Pavel Eljanov (2, Ukr) beat Thomas Pahtz (1, Ger); Till Wippermann (1, Ger) lost to Evgeny Alekseev (2, Rus); Boris Avrukh (2, Isr) beat Andrei Lukin (1, Rus); Nadezhda Kosintseva (1, Rus) lost to Christian Bauer (2, Ger); Alexander Rustemov (1.5, Rus) drew with Alexander Raetsky (1.5, Rus); Ilia Schneider (1, Ger) lost to Mikhail Ulibin (2, Rus).

Ivan Nemet (1, Sui) lost to Michael Roiz (2, Isr); Alexander Riazantsev (1.5, Rus) drew with P. Konguvel (1.5); Andreas Huss (1, Sui) lost to Zahar Effimenko (2, Ukr); Andrei Shariyazdanov (1.5, Rus) drew with Murtez Handozi (1.5, Kos); P. Magesh Chandran (2) beat Giuseppe Valenti (1, Ita); R. R. Vasudevan (0.5) lost to Hans-Jurg Kanel (1.5, Sui); Michael Desboeufs (1, Sui) drew with Parimarjan Negi (1). — PTI

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