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    Ivanchuk draws with Indian Harikrishna

    20.06.06: Former world championship finalist and second seed Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine had a draw against Pendyala Harikrishna of India at Aerosvit International Grandmasters chess tournament (Ukrain) on Sunday. The Indian is seeded 8th in this strong tournament. After his first round draw with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania this chess game turned out to be another good result for Harikrishna in the category-18 round robin tournament between 12 players. Harikrishna retained his joint fourth spot on one point from his two games and he is now in the company of Alexei Shirov of Spain, Alexander Grischuk of Russia, Ukrainians Ivanchuk and Alexander Areshchenko and Nisipeanu who all have the same score.All the games this day ended in draws and not a single chess game ended decisively. Therefore, the status quo was maintained and three first round winners - Viktor Bologan of Moldova, Ukrainian Andrei Volokitin and twice world junior champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan - remained atop the tables with 1.5 points apiece.