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Setback for Sasikiran in opening round

MOSCOW, FEB. 16. Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran (2657) faltered while the GM duo from Kolkata, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Sandipan Chanda, forced a draw in the first round of the Aeroflot Open 2005 here on Tuesday.

Pitted against local favourite, Vitaly Tseshkovsky, in Tournament A1, Sasikiran could not live up to the expectations and went down to the Russian.

Ganguly, however, put up a good show against ninth seed Teimour Radjabov (2667) of Azerbaijan to force a draw.

Sandipan Chanda also came up with a gritty show as he made higher ranked Xiangzhi Bu (2607) toil before the Chinese grandmaster decided to split points.

Tania posts win

In A2, Tania Sachdev was the only Indian to register a win as she trounced Evgenij Kalegin to start her campaign on the right note.

Fellow Indian Tejas Bakre tried his best to outwit Lev Pevner ubt had to be satisfied splitting the point while Delhi boy Parimarjan Negi went down to Josep Lopez Martinez.

In tournament B, Indian Dinesh Sharma earned half a point after playing out a drawn match with Konstantin Kostin.

The A1 section features players with a FIDE rating higher than 2549, while A2 is meant for players with rating of less than 2550, but higher than 2399.

Players with less than 2400 but higher than 2199 would battle it out in section B while C section will have players with a FIDE rating lower than 2200 or without rating. — UNI

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