Biel: Parimarjan Negi slipped
to the bottom of the points table after going down to second
seed Evgeny Tomashevsky in a hard-fought second-round contest
of the Young Grandmasters tournament in the 43rd Biel Chess
With his second loss in as many games, the Indian who is
the second youngest Grandmaster ever in the history of the
game, is last in the 10-player field as of now. In the first
round, Parimarjan had lost to Maxim Rodshtein of Israel.
Russia`s Tomashevsky emerged as joint leader on 1.5
points along with Rodshtein and Wesley So of Philippines on a
day that saw the other four games reaching peaceful draws
albeit after tough fights and high quality games.
Top seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France, Fabiano
Caruana of Italy, Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam, Anish
Giri of Holland and Dmitry Andreikin of Russia share the third
spot on one point each having drawn both games played so far
while David Howell of England is sole ninth after he opened
his account with a draw.
With seven rounds still remaining in the category-17
tournament, Parimarjan will be hoping to open his account in
the next round when he gets his first white in the event. The
Indian faces Caruana in his third outing.
Back to back black games are difficult and yet if a
player draws number five in a ten-player field, it is
mandatory to have two black games in the first two rounds.
Parimarjan got the ill-fated number in the draw of lots and
the first two games have not gone well despite him showing a
new idea early in the opening.
Tomashevsky went for one of the topical variations in the
Queen`s gambit declined and it as early as on the 10th move
that Parimarjan came up with a new idea and equalised
On the 17th move, the Indian gave a temporary pawn
sacrifice and when he recovered it five moves later, the
experts believed it was a "no-problem" position.
However, as the game progressed, a few inaccuracies
forced Parimarjan to part with one of his pawns and the
ensuing endgame after tactical complexities proved difficult
It was a long a slow grind in the final stages that saw
Tomashevsky securing the full point in 94 moves.
Parimarjan`s was the last game to finish but the longest
game of the tournament was played by Anish Giri and Andreikin
that went till 109 moves before Giri finally decided it was
impossible to make a progress. The Dutchman had a rook for a
Bishop in the endgame but Andreikin managed a fortress that
could not be breached.
The shortest game was also keenly contested after
Rodshtein employed the Grunfeld defense against Caruana who
played white. Accepting a pawn sacrifice early in the opening,
Caruana decided to play it safe and allowed perpetual checks
to split the point in just 25 moves.
Vachier-Lagrave was in a spot of bother against So from
another queen pawn game of the day where the latter played
white. Just while So was building pressure, Vachier wriggled
out with a timely exchange sacrifice forcing a drawn endgame.
In the other game of the day, Truong Son employed the
sharp Trompowski attack but could break the defenses of David
Howell. After regulation exchanges the peace was signed in 35
Results round 2: Evgeny Tomashevsky (Rus, 1.5) beat
Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 0); Wesley So (Phi, 1.5) drew with
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 1); Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 1) drew
with Maxim Rodshtein (Isr, 1.5); Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son (Vie,
1) drew with David Howell (Eng, 0.5); Anish Giri (Ned, 1) drew
with Dmitry Andreikin (Rus, 1).