Pendyala Harikrishna won the classical event of the Biel International Chess Festival in Switzerland on Wednesday but had to settle for the second spot overall.

It was a fine performance from World No. 26 in what was the first major chess tournament played over the board after the coronavirus crisis impacted the world sport some four months ago. He missed out on the overall first place by just half-a-point.

He scored 36.5 points from 28 games of classical, blitz and rapid combined. Poland’s Radoslaw Wojtaszek came first with 37 points.

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Harikrishna, who now lives in Prague, was the best performer in the classical format (the equivalent of Tests in cricket). He scored 20.5 points, while England’s Michael Adams came second with 16.5. Wojtaszek was third with 14 points.

Harikrishna finished rather strongly, posting…

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