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    Harikrishna holds Volokitin at Aerosvit

    21.06.06: Former world junior champion P Harikrishna settled for a draw with Andrei Volokitin of Ukraine in the third round of Aerosvit International Grandmasters chess tournament at Crimea (Ukrain). It was Harikrishna's 3rd draw after which he has been placed joint fifth in the tournament. Harikrishna will meet Russian Alexander Grischuk in the next round. In other matches, Russian champion Sergey Rublevsky inflicted a second tournament defeat on former world champion, and top seed Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine. Earlier in the first round of the event, Ponomariov had lost to Volokitin. Also coming out a winner was twice world junior champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan who played a fantastic game as black to beat Alexander Areshchenko of Ukraine. Among other winners, Viktor Bologan of Moldova and Alexei Shirov of Spain scored over Diviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania and Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine respectively. After the third round of the tournament, Mamedyarov and Bologan emerged as joint leaders tallying an identical 2.5 points apiece.