Caruana wins Young Grandmasters tournament
Biel: Italian Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana won the Young Grandmasters tournament, beating Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam by a 1.5-.5 margin in the rapid play-off final at the 43rd Biel Chess Festival.
Caruana had to work hard to register victory in the semifinals when he was stretched to the Armageddon game against top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France after the normal games under rapid tie-break ended in draws.
Caruana won that game and then drew the first and finally defeated Truong Son in the second to register an emphatic victory.
All the three players had finished the normal tournament with an identical score of 5.5 points out of a possible nine to come into the tie-break.
Truong Son, one of the three Asians in the fray and who was considered an outsider in this elite field, finished a creditable second ahead of many fancied names.
Vachier, who lost the semifinals finished third.
Indian Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi had a forgettable outing here ahead of the World Junior Championship at Poland in a few days time but the Arjuna Award is likely to lift the spirit of the Indian as he goes for the title in the Under-20 event.
Negi finished last in the tournament on just 2.5 points out of a possible nine and is now hovering around the 2600 rating mark for the first time this year.
The young Indian, who is ranked as the second youngest Grandmaster in the history, would like to set records right during the World Junior wherein he will start as one of the favourites to win the title.
In the Young Grandmasters event, Parimarjan played out five draws and it was a rare instance as he went winless in a tournament.
Final standings: 1-3. Fabianno Caruana (Ita), Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vie), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra) all 5.5; 4. Dmitry Andreikin (Rus,5); 5-7. Weslet So (Phi), Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus), Maxim Rodshtein (Isr) all 4.5 pts. 8. Anish Giri (Ned, 4) 9. David Howell (Eng, 3.5) 10. Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 2.5).