Biel: Grandmaster Parimarjan
Negi will hope to recover the lost ground when he takes on
Russian Dmitry Andreikin in the seventh round of the Young
Grandmasters tournament, a part of 43rd Biel Chess Festival
After the lone rest day battle resumes in the category-17
event with Fabiano Caruana of Italy still in front on four
points out of a possible six.
The tournament has thus far seen just nine decisive games
out of a possible 30 and Negi has been involved in three of
them ending on the losing side on all the occasions.
However, the Indian who has been nominated for the Arjuna
Award this year by the Indian Chess Federation has staged a
recovery of sorts by drawing the last three games.
The fact that he has two white games remaining out of the
last three gives some hopes of further revival but for that
the Indian will have to do well in the next round against
The games have been entertaining and Caruana has been in
sublime form. The 2009 Corus `B` group winner has won two and
drawn the rest of his games and he still has a game left with
one of the tail enders ? David Howell of England whom he meets
in the last round.
As many as five players - top seed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave
of France, Maxim Rodshtein of Israel, Philippines` Wesley So
and Russian duo of Evgeny Tomashevsky and Andreikin share the
second spot with 3.5 points.
The `super solid` Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam lies
sole seventh on three points having drawn all his games so far
in the tournament while Dutch Anish Giri is lying eighth on
2.5, a full point ahead of Negi and Howell.
Rodshtein started the tournament as the lowest ranked
player but has shown that ratings are not the only criteria to
judge a player.
The young Israeli who has been working with Levon Aronian
and Boris Gelfand ? two players from the world elite - started
off with a victory over Negi in the first round and since then
has been consistent barring a debacle against Wesley.
Surprisingly, Vachier-Lagrave has not been allowed to
show his true potential by his opponents so far. The Frenchman
is currently ranked 22nd in the world and many experts had
predicted that he will sail through this field before the
start of the event.
However, as the events have turned out, a lone victory
and five draws have been the story here for Vachier-Lagrave so
Tomashevsky has had the dubious distinction of playing
the least number of moves in his five draws and he also
benefitted from a blunder by Negi in his only victory while
Andreikin has mixed caution with aggression in some of his
Negi had signed the peace treaty with Giri in his sixth