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Hari, Negi give India 1-2 finish at Cappelle La Grande

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Second seed P. Hari Krishna pipped compatriot Parimarjan Negi on tie-break scores to claim the 28th Cappelle La Grande International Open chess title by topping a five-way tie after the ninth and final round at Cappelle La Grande in northern France on Saturday.

Hari, Negi, Tornike Sanikidze (Georgia), Tigran Gharamian (France) and Martyn Kravtisiv (Ukraine) aggregated seven points from the nine-round competition. Hari's tie-break score of 44.5 points gave him the title.

Negi, seeded eighth, settled for the second spot with 44 points.

In the final round that began with four leaders, Hari drew with Gharamian in 22 moves and Negi, playing black, signed peace with Sanikidze in 27 moves.

These draws gave India a rare 1-2 finish in an event that attracted 497 players from 49 countries.

The field included 74 Grandmasters, 14 Woman Grandmasters and 45 International Masters from the lot of 169 titled players.

This was Hari's second big title of the year. In January, the reigning Asian champion won the coveted Tata Steel ‘B' title at Wijk aan Zee in the Netherlands.

Hari performed at 2783 rating points against his current rating of 2678.

He defeated Klaus Berg (Denmark), Vugar Rasulev (Azerbaijan), Sanikidze, Viacheslav Zakhartsov (Russia), countryman Sandipan Chanda and his draws came against Vasif Durabayali (Azerbaijan), Bassem Amin (Egypt), Negi and Gharamian.

On the other hand, Negi began with a shocking loss against Jasmin Bajtovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) before reeling off six successive victories over Arcadio Cieza (Peru), Tatev Abrahamyan (USA), Anthony Wirig (France), Joseph Sanchez (Philippines), Nikita Maiorov (Belarus) and Jacek Tomczak (Poland).

He drew with Hari in the penultimate round. In spite of his indifferent start, Negi performed at 2699 — 60 points above his current rating.

Chanda, who shared the lead with five points from six rounds, lost the following two rounds but finished with a victory to share the 22nd spot with six points.

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