Indian Grand Master Pentala Harikrishna absorbed a strong challenge from Russian Grand Master Ian Nepomniachtchi and shared the spoils in the fifth round of the FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament.

The World No.22 Indian, playing with white pieces on Monday, had a bright start but couldn’t find a way to capitalize on a strong beginning and both the players decided to settle for a draw after 51 moves, as the clock was winding down.

“Today’s game was pretty tensed with both sides creating chances, turning it into a very complicated game. After a sequence of exchanges, we ended up drawn rook endgame.” Harikrishna said.

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Harikrishna is joint at the second place with Levon Aronian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Peter Svidler tallying a total of three points, half a point behind the standings leader.