Gopal, Harikrishna finish joint fifth in Gibraltar chess

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Gibraltar, Feb 4 (PTI) Grandmasters G N Gopal and PHarikrishna finished joint fifth after drawing their finalround games against Salome Melia of Georgia and HungarianViktor Erdos respectively in the 10th and final round of theTradewise Gibraltar Chess tournament here.

Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine topped his excellentperformance with another fine victory at the expense of DanielFridman of Germany to win the 17,000 pounds first prize aheadof Nigel Short of England.

Ivanchuk finished with a commendable nine points out of apossible 10 and remained half a point clear of Short whoaccounted for Viktor Bologan of Moldova in the final round.

Kulaots Kaido of Estonia and Michael Roiz of Israel tiedfor the third spot on 7.5 points while Gopal and Harikrishnaended in the next group of seven pointers. Both the frontlineIndian finishers will also get some valuable rating pointsfrom the tournament.

The best women''s prize worth 10,000 Pounds was won byNana Dzagnidze, who scored an upset victory over top-ratedIndian Krishnan Sasikiran in the last round. Dzagnidzefinished with seven points in all and matched the score ofSalome Melia with a better tie-break scored.

Double GM norm holder D Harika finished joint third amongwomen after settling for a draw with Emanuel Berg of Sweden.

Harika ended her campaign with 6.5 points.

Also scoring 6.5 points and finishing ahead of GMsSasikiran, Sandipan Chanda and Deep Sengupta was youngInternational Master Vaibhav Suri who stunned Grandmaster JonSpeelman of England. Both Sasikiran and Suri had started thetournament with a half point bye following late arrival here.

Deep Sengupta could not keep the momentum going in thelast round and went down to Kiril Georgiev of Bulgaria afteran excellent tournament.

The Indian had to be content with six points in all, likecompatriots Chanda and Arghyadip Das. Chanda won his finalround against Toms Kantans of Latvia while Das found hisnemesis in Vyacheslav Ikonikov of Russia.

Important and Indian results final round (Indians unlessstated): Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukr, 9) beat Daniel Fridman (Ger,6.5); Viktor Bologan (Mda, 6.5) lost to Nigel Short (Eng,8.5); P Harikrishna (7) drew with Viktor Erdos (Hun, 7);Victor Mikhalevski (Isr, 6.5) lost to Michael Roiz (Isr, 7.5);Kulaots Kaido (Est, 7.5) beat Romain Edouard (Fra, 6.5); G NGopal (7) drew with Salome Melia (Geo, 7); Nadezhda Kosintseva(Rus, 6.5) drew with Michael Adams (Eng, 6.5); Viktor Korchnoi(Sui, 6) lost to Francisco Vallejo Pons (Esp, 7); KrishnanSasikiran (6) lost to Nana Dzagnidze (Geo, 7); Deep Sengupta(6) lost to Kiril Georgiev (Bul, 7); D Harika (6.5) drew withEmanuel Berg (Swe, 6.5); Vyacheslav Ikonnikov (Rus, 7) beatArghyadip Das (6); Vaibhav Suri (6.5) beat Jon Speelman (Eng,5.5); Sandipan Chanda (6) beat Toms Kantans (Lat, 5); RafaelMontero Melendez (Esp, 6) beat Eesha Karavade (5).

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