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Parimarjan Negi Wins India Premier Championship

Negi is the first Indian to qualify for the next World Cup

New Delhi (22 Dec 2010): Second seed and local favorite Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi of PSPB clinched the coveted National title with nine and half points after settling for a quick draw against Grandmaster Tejas Bakre in the final round of the REC National Premier Chess Championship here at K R Mangalam World School, GK-II on Wednesday.

Playing with white pieces in the final round, Negi needed just half point to ensure the title and secured the same within 15 moves against his Air India rival. Three players tied for the second spot with eight and half points but better Bucholz tie break score helped Kochi based top seed G N Gopal to lift the runner-up trophy and pocketed a cash prize of eighty thousand rupees.

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Parimarjan Negi receiving trophy

In the final round battle Gopal settled half point against defending champion Grandmaster B Adhiban. Adhiban finished third while former national champion Abhijit Kunte satisfied with fourth spot finish after beating International Master Vidit Gujarathi in the final round.

Along with his national title and cash prize of Rs. 1.25 lakh, Negi become the first Indian to secure the berth for the next world cup in Khanty Mansiysk as India awarded separate zone status by World Chess Federation in the recent FIDE Congress. Moreover Delhi Chess Association President Bharat Singh Chauhan announced a cash award of Rs. 50,000/- during the closing ceremony to Negi for becoming the first Delhi player to become the National Premier Champion.

In the closing ceremony, Shri. Ajai Choudhry, Secretary Ministry of External Affairs Govt of India gave away the prizes in presence of Shri. Bharat Singh, President Commonwealth Chess Association and Smt. Jyoti Gupta, Principal of host school.

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G N Gopal receiving runners-up trophy

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Final standings:

1 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2603 9.5

2 GM Gopal G N IND 2609 8.5

3 GM Adhiban B IND 2515 8.5

4 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2517 8.5

5 IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2489 8

6 IM Lalith Babu M R IND 2481 8

7 GM Thipsay Praveen M IND 2465 8

8 GM Arun Prasad S IND 2519 8

9 GM Bakre Tejas IND 2525 8

10 IM Vaibhav Suri IND 2418 8

11 IM Venkatesh M R IND 2434 7.5

12 IM Sethuraman S P IND 2547 7.5

13 Stany G A IND 2329 7.5

14 GM Sengupta Deep IND 2558 7.5

15 IM Shyam Sundar M IND 2439 7

16 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2480 7

17 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2421 7

18 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2486 7

19 Navin Kanna T U IND 2369 7

20 GM Sundararajan Kidambi IND 2449 6.5

21 GM Laxman R R IND 2479 6.5

22 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2332 6.5

23 IM Kamble Vikramaditya IND 2374 6.5

24 IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal IND 2408 6.5

25 IM Shyam Nikil P IND 2373 6

26 IM Saptarshi Roy IND 2382 6

27 IM Thejkumar M S IND 2448 6

28 IM Debashis Das IND 2411 6

29 IM Karthikeyan P IND 2382 6

30 IM Singh D P IND 2326 6

31 Tiwari Arjun IND 2341 6

32 FM Ramakrishna J IND 2253 6

33 IM Babu N Sudhakar IND 2318 5.5

34 IM Suvrajit Saha IND 2392 5.5

35 Thakur Akash IND 2358 5.5

36 IM Sangma Rahul IND 2400 5

37 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2352 5

38 Matta Vinay Kumar IND 2274 5

39 FM Rajesh V A V IND 2295 5

40 IM Sharma Dinesh K IND 2371 5

41 Joshi G B IND 2292 4.5

42 IM Vishnu Prasanna V IND 2406 4.5

43 Shashikant Kutwal IND 2303 4.5

44 Anilkumar O T IND 2289 2.5

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