Indian Grandmaster P Harikrishna defeated Romain Edouard of France in the sixth round of the Classical event of the 53rd Biel International Chess Festival in Switzerland on Tuesday.

The world number 26 registered a win in 44 moves with white pieces to close the gap with the tournament leader Radoslaw Wojtaszek.

The victory for the India No.3 put him on 32.5 points, half a point behind the Polish player. He has been on a roll and has won three straight games in the Classic event.

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Prior to beating Edouard, Harikrishna had defeated German Vincent Keymer and Wojtaszek.

Harikrishna faces Spain’s David Anton Guijarro in the seventh and final round on Wednesday and needs a positive result if he has to win the title and also hope that Wojtaszek loses his match.

Harikrishna had earlier played well to take the second…

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