Philadelphia, Jul 7 (UNI) It was a case of so near yet so far for teenage Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi who lost the World Open Chess tile by a whisker to formidable Russian GM Evgeny Najer in a tie-break here.
It was a battle between four grand masters for the title as Negi, Najer, Slovakia's Lubomir Ftacnik and Ukrain's Alexander Moiseenko were tied with seven points each after the ninth and final round.
As per the tournament rules, two players with the best progressive scores-Najer and Negi-battled it out in the playoff for the crown.
The 30-year-old Najer (ELO 2670) defeated 15-year-old Indian (ELO 2529), playing with black pieces, in the Armaegeddon playoff to claim the title.
However, the prize money was split among the quartet, which took home over 10,000 dollar each.
Negi, who had won the Philadelphia International open, last week, looked all set to clinch the crown after the eighth round as he led with Ftacnik with 6.5/8.
Among other Indians who took part in this tournament included GMs Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Geetha Gopal and Abhijit Kunte.
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