Negi signs off with draw in Biel Chess Festival
Biel (Switzerland): Grandmaster Parimarjan
Negi ended his disappointing campaign with a draw against
Maxime Vachier-Lagarave of France in the ninth and final round
of the Young Grandmasters tournament, a part of the 43rd
edition of the Biel chess Festival here.
Negi, the second youngest GM ever in the world, finished
with 2.5 points from a possible nine and is likely to lose
important ELO rating points which will see him just around or
below the 2600 ELO barrier.
The hope for the Indian is the fact that he goes to take
part in the World Junior championship from here and the
preparation from this event might come in handy in a longer
and open tournament.
Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam provided the proverbial
twist in the tale of this category-17 tournament defeating
higher ranked Anish Giri of Holland in the final round.
Son, who started as one of the three Asians in the fray
with little chance tied for the top spot along with Fabiano
Caruana of Italy and top seed Maxiem Vachier-Lagrave of France
on 5.5 points in all.
If his tying of the first was not enough, the Vietnamese,
among the lowest ranked players here, had the best tiebreak
score that qualified him to the finals of the play off ahead
of the top two seeds and finishers who will now have to battle
it out in the tiebreak games of shorter duration to qualify to
the finals and meet Son later today.