Negi settles for win

Chess wonderkid Parimarjan Negi got back to his winning ways as he outplayed International Master S Vijaylakshmi.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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New Delhi:

Parimarjan Negi outplayed International Master S Vijaylakshmi to close in on his second Grandmaster norm at the Parsvanath International Open chess tournament. Negi dominated Vijaylakshmi with white pieces and now needs just one and a half points from the next two rounds to secure his second GM-norm in successive tournaments. Ganguly settles for draw National champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly, the highest-rated Indian GM playing in the tournament, settled for a draw against top seed Alexei Fedorov and slipped to joint third spot with a tally of 5.5 points. The draw enabled the Belarussian maintain his overnight sole lead with 6.5 points while a group of six players were close on his heels half a point behind. Among the dozen who shared the third place with Ganguly his compatriots Diwakar Prasad Singh, Negi, P Konguvel and RR Laxman. GM Tejas Bakre tasted his second defeat in the tournament against Maharashtra's Arjun Tiwari. WGM Tania Sachdev was handed over her first loss by GM Niaz Murshed of Bangladesh while GM Abhijit Kunte withdrew from the competition owing to his illness and flew back to Pune. Dronavalli Harika, who was to play Kunte in the seventh round, got a walkover to amass overall 5.5 points. Himanshu defeats Dzhumabaev On an eventful day Delhi's Himanshu Sharma surprised everyone by defeating GM Marat Dzhumabaev of Uzbekistan in 44 moves consolidating his chances for a GM norm. Saptarshi Roy got his second successive big prey in GM Dibyendu Barua, whom he defeated in Sicilian defence game with black pieces. Negi employed Ruy Lopez opening and made things difficult for Vijaylakshmi in the middle game and went on to strengthen his grip in the end game where he sealed the matter after snatching two pawns. The game lasted 49 moves. Ganguly, however, squandered his advantage of playing white after he employed Sicilian Kalashnikov. But in a bid to move away from the theoretical line, he committed a blunder by wrong placement of his rook in the end game after some tactical complexities. Ganguly, who had refused a draw on the 12th move, could not convert his advantages and split the point in 38 moves. (PTI)