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Harikrishna suffers first loss

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Geneva : Indian Grandmaster Pentala Harikrishna suffered his first loss in the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix as he went down to Li Chao of China in the eighth round encounter.

The world no. 22 Indian, playing with black pieces, got into better positions in the initial stages of the game but lost the advantage due to a slightly miscalculated move.

“I made a mistake playing Ne6 instead of Bb7, and after that I had a few opportunities to hold him out but he played really well,” Harikrishna conceded after the hard-fought encounter.