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Anton Korobov wins AICF-AAI Chess Cup

Grandmaster Anton Korobov of Ukraine won the AICF-AAI Chess Cup defeating top seed Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland in the tenth and final round that concluded here.

Video with winner’s interview (by Vijay Kumar)

Playing with black, Korobov was in a difficult situation after the opening and suffered a long time but Wojtaszek allowed him to fight back in time scramble and the Ukrainian turned the tables in quick time.

The victory fetches Korobov the winner’s purse of Rs. 400000 along with some important rating points. The Ukrainian finished with an impressive 6.5 points out of a possible 10.

Radoslav Wojtaszek and Anton Korobov

Radoslav Wojtaszek and Anton Korobov

Evgeny Alekseev of Russia finished second on 5.5 points after settling for a draw with Krishnan Sasikiran while the all Indian affair between Parimarjan Negi and Abhijeet Gupta also ended in a draw in the final round.

For the records, Krishnan Sasikiran finished third with five points in all while Abhijeet Gupta was declared fourth with a better tiebreak score than Wojtaszek who finished fifth on 4.5 points. Parimarjan Negi had to be content with a sixth place finish with four points.

Playing black against Wojtaszek, Korobov went for the Bogo-Indian defense and found himself in a difficult situation after the opening. Soon white had a dangerous initiative and it looked as though white will cruise through. However, Wojtaszek could not find the best manoeuvres and went astray in time scramble. Korobov finished the game with a simple tactical stroke.

All players with guests during closing ceremony

All players with guests during closing ceremony

Evgeny Alekseev played out an easy draw as white against Sasikiran. As many as three minor pieces changed hands in quick time and soon the position drifted towards a draw. The heavy pieces were all on board when the players repeated moves.

Abhijeet Gupta held a slightly better position in the middle game arising out of a Symmetrical Berlin as black but he could not force matters against an agile Parimarjan Negi. Sacrificing a pawn, Negi reached a defensible endgame that was drawn without much action.

Results final round: Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 4) drew with Abhijeet Gupta (Ind, 4.5); Evgeny Alekseev (Rus, 5.5) drew with Krishnan Sasikiran (Ind, 5); Radoslav Wojtaszek (Pol, 4.5) lost to Anton Korobov (Ukr, 6.5).

Final standings: 1. Anton Korobov (Ukr, 6.5); 2. Evgeny Alekseev (Rus, 5.5); 3. Krishnan Sasikiran (Ind, 5); 4. Abhijeet Gupta (Ind, 4.5); 5. Radoslav Wojtaszek (Pol, 4.5); 6. Parimarjan Negi (Ind, 4).

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