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Harika gets off to winning start in Isle of Man chess tournament 

Harika gets off to winning start in Isle of Man chess tournament
Harika Dronavalli

Douglas (Isle of Man), Oct 2 (IANS) Indian Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli started her campaign in the Isle of Man International chess tournament on a winning note, comfortably beating Rocabado Fernando of Argentina.

World No.10 Harika, with a ELO rating of 2542, hardly broke into a sweat against her lower ranked opponent (ELO 2187) here on Saturday, according to a release.

Seeded 36 for this event, Harika plays American Grandmaster So Wesley in the next round, who comes into the game on the back of a win over French Grand Master Brunello Marina. Wesley is ranked No.2 and has a high rating of 2794.

The open tournament has a number of Indian players in the fray, including Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna.

The winner in the Masters category pockets an impressive prize money of 12,000 pounds ($15,574) while the runner-up and the third-placed will get 6,000 pounds ($7,787) and 4,000 pounds ($5,191), respectively.

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