Parimarjan starts campaign in style

Updated: 21 April 2007 11:48 IST

World's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi got off to a flier, defeating seasoned GM Jonny Hector of Sweden in the first round of 15th Sigeman and Co.

Parimarjan starts campaign in style

Malmo, Sweden:

World's youngest Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi got off to a flier, defeating seasoned GM Jonny Hector of Sweden in the first round of 15th Sigeman and Co International Chess tournament.

Parimarjan, with his black pieces, played an imaginative game and cornered Hector in a long drawn endgame.

The opening day of this category-13, 10-players round robin event, in fact, was a spectator's delight as all the five games ended decisively.

Winning in quick time was top seed Ivan Cheparinov of Bulgaria who cruised past highest rated Swede Emanuel Berg, while defending champion Jan Timman caught local hopeful Emil
Hermansson in a tactical manoeuvre to romp home with ease.

The other winners in the first round were Vasilios Kotronias of Greece and Tiger-Hillarp Persson of Sweden defeating Erwin L'Ami of Holland and Swede Pontus Carlsson
respectively.

As a result of these decisive results, all five winners emerged as joint leaders while the losers share the sixth spot.

Parimarjan gave an emphatic all round display but towards the end he was a bit lucky to get a full point as Hector went haywire while trying to win.

For the records, it was a Sicilian Nazdorf while Hector went for a topical variation
that netted him little.

Parimarjan got a better middle game with deft manoeuvres and should have been winning around move 25 itself but for a couple of inaccuracies.



Topics : Chess
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