Rublevski wins Aeroflot Chess tournament

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Russian Sergei Rublevski has won the Aeroflot International Open Chess tournament.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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Russian Sergei Rublevski won the Aeroflot International Open Chess tournament that concluded last night. The best Indian performance came from GM Krishnan Sasikiran who, with a hard fought draw against GM Darmen Sadvakasov of Kazakhstan, tied for the fourth place. Though GM Valerij Filippov of Russia, Rafael Vaganian of Armenia and Rublevski emerged with an identical score of 7 points from nine games, Rublevski won the tournament as he had played five blacks in nine rounds and had a better average rating of opponents than the other two. Vaganian, who also played five games with black pieces ended second while Filippov had to be content with third place having played more whites. The winner gets a chance to play in the next Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting to be held later this year in Germany where he will take on the best including World Rapid Champion Viswanthan Anand. Last year's winner of the Aeroflot Open, GM Viktor Bologan of Moldova went on to win the Dortmund Chess beating the likes of Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and Anand. (PTI)

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