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Harikrishna defeats World No.4 Aronian; grabs top spot

Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna dished out a stellar performance to beat World No.4 Armenian GM Levon Aronian in his sixth-round encounter at the Geneva FIDE Grand Prix here. Harikrishna has now climbed up the ladder to be tied first on the leaderboard and stake a huge claim at a spot in the Candidates tournament. The World No.22 Indian, playing with black pieces, started on a balanced note but capitalised as the top seeded Armenian slipped with a miscalculated move. "It was a balanced position throughout the game but he miscalculated a move and from there on I had the upper hand and won the game," the 31-year-old from Guntur said. After the end of six rounds, Harikrishna has amassed a total of four points courtesy two wins and four draws. He is now joint first along with Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov.
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