Parimarjan Negi holds Anish Giri

Biel: Grandmaster Parimarjan
Negi played out his third draw on the trot, signing peace with
Anish Giri of Holland in the sixth round of the Young
Grandmasters tournament, a part of the 43rd Biel Chess
Festival here.

After three losses in the first three rounds, this has
been a good recovery by Negi and the Indian can now look
forward to an improved finish in the last three rounds slated
to start after the only rest day in the tournament.

Fabiano Caruana of Italy remained in sole lead after
thwarting the challenge of Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam.
Being on the defensive for the major part of the game, Caruana
managed to eke out good defensive moves to get a draw.

The Italian took his tally to four points out of a
possible six and he now remains a half point adrift of the
nearest contenders.

Top seeded Maxime Vachier-Lagrave scored his first
victory in the tournament to elevate himself to joint second
spot. On the receiving end was British David Howell who proved
no match in the complexities of a King`s Indian defense game.

Vachier-Lagrave now shares the second spot with Maxim
Rodshtein of Israel, Wesley So of Philippines and Russian duo
of Dmitry Andreikin and Evgeny Tomashevsky.

With his sixth draw from as many games, Truong Son is on
sole seventh spot in the ten players tournament with three
points in his kitty. Giri comes next in standings a half point
behind while Negi now shares the last spot along with Howell.

Yet again, the day produced just one decisive game
leaving the percentage of draws very high in the tournament.
Negi played the black side of a Queen pawn game and it was an
irregular choice by the Indian that made Giri use a lot of
time on his clock in the initial stages of the game.

The Dutch could not make an impact with his pieces
against a solid approach by Negi and barely 20 moves in to the
game, the players decided to sign the peace treaty.

Rodshtein also drew in just 20 moves against Andreikin
from an English opening game. Playing black, Rodshtein
equalised comfortably and the point was split after the
players reached a middle game with bishops of opposite

Tomashevsky drew in 24 moves against So from a Slav
defense gave where the former played black. Tomashevsky has
been approaching each game cautiously and round six was no

Results round 6: Anish Giri (Ned, 2.5) drew with
Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 1.5); Dmitry Andreikin (Rus, 3.5) drew
with Maxim Rodshtein (Isr, 3.5); David Howell (Eng, 1.5) lost
to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (Fra, 3.5); Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son
(Vie, 3) drew with Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 4); Evgeny
Tomashevsky (Rus, 3.5) drew with Wesley So (Phi, 3.5).


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