Sasikaran, Negi make losing start at AAI Grandmasters meetJune 22nd, 2011 - 10:02 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) The inaugural Airports Authority of India (AAI) Grandmaster Chess tournament got off to a rousing start, as all three games ended in a decisive manner here Wednesday.
The Indian duo of Krishnan Saskiran and Parimarjan Negi lost their opening games. Sasikaran, playing white, lost to Filipino Wesley So in 38 moves before the time control while Negi went down to top seed and World Junior No.1 Fabiano Caruana in 47 moves.
In the third game, Czech republic’s Viktor Laznicka with black pieces got the better of China’s Hou Yifan in a Caro-Kann Classical. After more than six hours, Laznicka won in 65 moves in a tough battle. Laznicka said he could have win much earlier when he was two pawns up but he missed many winning lines.
“I should have won it much earlier, but I missed them,” he said smilingly.
Sasi was disappointed at making a losing start.
“It was disappointing. I missed a queen move around the 34th. Anyway there is a long way to go in the tournament,” he said.
Delhi boy Negi, who five years ago became the youngest Indian Grandmaster, lost his way around the late stages of the middle game in a Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall against top-seed Caruana.
In fact, there was a time when Negi seemed better off as he was an exchange (rook for a minor piece) up. But the more experienced Caruana held out well and used his double bishops against Negi’s double knights. Caruana’s twin bishops became active and controlled key squares as Negi’s own knight was seemingly immobile on g2.
“I was actually trying to gain equality and then it is not clear where he made a mistake and went into a losing position. Both of us were in some kind of time trouble. I realized it was a no-risk situation for me. I could win, but if I played right I could not lose, so I kept going. There really is no time to celebrate in such a long tournament and I have been spending time preparing because it is too hot to go out,” said the Caruana.
Results of the first round: Parimarjan Negi lost to Fabiano Caruana; Hou Yifan lost to Viktor Laznicka (still on); Wesley So beat Krishnan Sasikiran
Draw for second round: Fabiano Caruana (Ita) vs. Krishnan Sasikiran (Ind); Viktor Laznicka (Cze) vs. Wesley So (Phi); and Parimarjan Negi (Ind) vs. Hou Yifan (Chn)
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