• Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury holds top seed Mikhail Gurevich
  • Parimarjan Negi, Dibyendu Barua among the 19 leaders at Hogeschool Zeeland

    NEW DELHI: Grandmaster P. Hari Krishna emerged a worthy champion of the Marx Gyorgy memorial chess tournament when he aggregated 6.5 points from 10 rounds at Paks, Hungary, on Monday.

    In the final round, Hari drew with Hungary's Ferenc Berkes in 28 moves to make sure of his first major title of the year.

    This was a fine performance from the 2004 World junior champion in this six-player field, which boasted a whopping average rating of 2622.

    Ukraine's Zahar Efimenko came second with 5.5 points as all three games on the final day ended in draws. Zoltan Almasi and Wang Yue fought for 64 moves and eventually shared the third spot with five points each.

    Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury drew with top seed Mikhail Gurevich of Turkey while Parimarjan Negi and Dibyendu Barua won their third round games to be among the 19 leaders in the Hogeschool Zeeland tournament at Vlissingen, the Netherlands on Sunday.

    P. Konguvel drew with third seed Ukraine GM Viktor Moskalenko in the fifth round of the Badalona International Open tournament in Spain, on Sunday.

    The results: At Paks: (Round 10): Ferenc Berkes (Hun, 4.5) drew with P. Hari Krishna (6.5); Zahar Efimenko (Ukr, 5.5) drew with Peter Acs (Hun, 3.5); Wang Yue (Chn, 5) drew with Zoltan Almasi (Hun, 5). Round 9: Hari drew with Wang Yue; Almasi drew with Efimenko; Acs drew with Berkes. Final standings: 1. Hari, 2. Efimenko, 3-4. Wang Yue and Almasi, 5. Berkes, 6. Acs.

    At Vlissingen (Round 3): Mikhail Gurevich (Tur, 2.5) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (2.5); Saptarshi Roy (2) lost to Michal Kransenkow (Pol, 3); Vyacheslav Ikonnikov (Rus, 3) bt Roktim Bandyopadhyay (2); Sergio Navarrete (Esp, 2) lost to Parimarjan Negi (3); Dibyendu Barua (3) bt Erik Oosterom (Ned, 2). Round 2: Parimarjan bt Gonzalo Mombiela (Esp); Geralt Serdijn (Ned) lost to Barua; Chowdhury bt Frans Arp (Ned); Wolfgang Roessler (Ger) lost to Roy; Bandyopadhyay bt Jasper Zilverberg (Ned).

    At Badalona (Round 5): S. Kidambi (4) drew with Josep Manuel Lopez Martinez (Esp, 4); P. Konguvel (3.5) drew with Viktor Moskalenko (Ukr, 3.5); Neelotpal Das (3.5) drew with Victor Vehi Bach (Esp, 3.5); Sebastian Marin (Col, 3) lost to R.B. Ramesh (4); S. Vinay Bhat (USA, 4) bt Swati Mohota (3); Joaquim Lacasta Palacios (Esp, 3) drew with S. Satyapragyan (3); Sai Meera (3.5) bt Jorge Berrocal (Bol, 2.5); Ivan Hernandez (Esp, 3) drew with Prasanna Rao (3); Manuel Guzman Robles (Chi, 2.5) drew with Aarthie Ramaswamy (2.5).

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