Negi signs off with draw in Biel Chess Festival

Biel (Switzerland), Jul 29: Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi ended his disappointing campaign with a draw against Maxime Vachier-Lagarave of France in the ninth and final round of the Young Grandmasters tournament, a part of the 43rd edition of the Biel chess Festival here.

Negi, the second youngest GM ever in the world, finished with 2.5 points from a possible nine and is likely to lose important ELO rating points which will see him just around or below the 2600 ELO barrier.

The hope for the Indian is the fact that he goes to take part in the World Junior championship from here and the preparation from this event might come in handy in a longer and open tournament.

Nguyen Ngoc Truong Son of Vietnam provided the proverbial twist in the tale of this category-17 tournament defeating higher ranked Anish Giri of Holland in the final round.

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