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Saturday, July 2, 2011

AAI GM Chess Final report: Caruana wins title, Sasikiran second

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Hi everyone,

Italian grandmaster Fabiano Caruana was assured of at least a joint title win despite his first loss in the tournament to second seed Viktor Laznicka in Round 9. Eventually, in the final round on Saturday, in the Indian capital city of New Delhi, he pulled of a nice draw with Wesley So of the Philippines to win the event.

In second place was Indian grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran who had drawn with Parimarjan Negi in the ninth round and hou Yifan in the tenth round. On the final day, the third game between Negi and Viktor Laznicka of the Czech Republic was also a draw.

The winner Caruana received the trophy from Mr. V P Agrawal, Chairman of the Airport Authority of India, and also the first prize of $ 8,000. Sasikiran’s winnings were $ 6,000 for the tournament. The third to sixth finishers received $ 4,000, $ 3,000, $ 2,000 and $ 1,500.

The results (ninth round): Viktor Laznicka (Cze, 5) bt Fabiano Caruana (Ita, 6.5) in 40 moves; K. Sasikiran (Ind, 5.5) drew with Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 3) in 48 moves; Wesley So (Phi, 4.5) drew with Hou Yifan (Chn, 2.5) 47 moves.

Results of the tenth and final round: F Caruana drew with W So; H Yifan drew with K Sasikiran; Negi P drew with V Laznicka

Final standings after 10 rounds
7 points – Fabiano Caruana (Italy)
6 – Krishnan Sasikiran (India)
5.5 – Viktor Laznicka (Czech rep)
5 – Wesley So (Philippines)
3.5 – Parimarjan Negi (India)
3 – Hou Yifan (China)
Here are the very nice games from Round 9 and 10 sent to us by You can also access the official tournament website at

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