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Thursday, June 23, 2011

AAI International GM Tournament 2011 New Dehli.

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AAI International GM Tournament 2011 
New Dehli.

India's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi scored an exciting 32-run win over women's World champion Hou Yifan of China in the second round of the AAI Grandmasters chess tournament in New Delhi on Thursday.For Negi this was his first win in the tournament.

Top seed Fabiano Caruana of Italy and Czech champion Viktor Laznicka scored their second successive wins to lead the table with two points each. For India's top player, Krishnan Sasikiran, it was another poor outing as he suffered his second loss.

Negi, who could have drawn his first-round game against Caruana, played a near perfect game in the second round against Yifan. In a Sicilian Dragon, Negi kept a tiny edge from the beginning and piled up the pressure. Yifan gave the Indian a breakthrough on move 19 and Negi mobilised his pieces on the Kingside to uncork a mating attack.

"I knew she (Yifan) had made a mistake and it was a question of time," said Negi. "It feels good to be back in the tournament with a win. In the first round I could have had a draw, but didn't take and lost the point. This win puts me back. After the first round I did not want to put any pressure on myself and just played according to the situation."

Sasikiran lost to Caruana in a complicated game in 45 moves..Caruana, who used a regular variation of the Caro-Kann, said, "I have been somewhat lucky in both rounds. In the first round, Negi had a chance for a draw and I won and then today also my opponent (Sasi) had chances for a draw. In fact I might even have been worse at one stage.

Laznicka beat Wesley so of the Philippines in the third game in a Nimzo Indian defence in 45 moves.

Points position (after 2 rounds): Laznicka and Caruana 2 each, Negi, Wesley So 1 each, Sasikiran and Yifan 0