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Rublevsky wins title, Hari finishes last in Crimea Chess tourney

Written by: Staff

Crimea, Ukraine, June 29 (UNI) Russian Sergey Rublesky played out a short draw in the final round but that was enough to pip Vassily Ivanchuk of Ukraine for the title in the the Aerosvit International Grandmasters Chess tournament here.

P Harikrishna also settled for a draw with Ukranian Alexander Areshchenko and finished joint last with Andrei Volokitin of Ukraine in the category 18 tournament featuring 12 Grandmasters who are rated 2600 or higher ELO points.

The Indian Grandmaster has had a disappointing tournament registering only one win, besides four losses and six draws.

In an uneventful final day which saw only one result, Rublesky and compatriot Alexander Grishchuk settled settled for a draw after just 16 moves, but Ivanchuk's inability to beat Alexei Shirov of Spain meant that Rublesky walked away with the title with 7.5 points out of possible 12, half a point ahead of Ivanchuk.

Viktor Bologan also split points with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to finish third.

Round Eleven Results: 1. Ruslan Ponomariov drew with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu 2. Sergey Karjakin beat Andrei Volokitin 3. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drew with Viktor Bologan 4. Sergey Rublevsky drew with Alexander Grischuk 5. Vassily Ivanchuk drew with Alexei Shirov 6. P Harikrishna drew with Alexander Areshchenko Final Standings: 1. Sergey Rublevsky (RUS) 7.5 2. Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR) 7.0 3. Viktor Bologan (MDA) 6.5 4. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 6.0 5. Alexei Shirov (ESP) 6.0 Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 6.0 7. Alexander Areshchenko (UKR) 5.0 Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu (ROM) 5.0 9. Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) 4.5 Sergey Karjakin (UKR) 4.5 11. Andrei Volokitin (UKR) 4.0 P Harikrishna (IND) 4.0 UNI XC PDS DH HT1615

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