FIDE Grand Prix: Harikrishna finishes tied fourth, Radjabov triumphs

P. Harikrishna played out a hard-fought draw against Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia in the final round.

P. Harikrishna finished the tournament with six draws, two wins and a loss.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

P. Hari Krishna battled for 115 moves in search of a victory but eventually settled for a draw against a determined Dmitry Jakovenko in the ninth and final round of the Grand Prix chess championship here on Saturday.

The deadlock in this marathon battle raised Hari’s tally to five points and saw him share the fourth spot with six others.

Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov won the title with an aggregate of six points. The second place was shared by Russians Alexander Grischuk and Ian Nepomniachtchi (5.5 each).

The results:

Ninth round: P. Hari Krishna drew with Dmitry Jakovenko (Rus), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Rus) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze); Anish Giri (Ned) drew with Alexander Grischuk (Rus); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze) drew with Li Chao (Chn); Alexander Riazantsev (Rus) drew with Michael Adams (Eng); Ernesto Inarkiev (Rus) drew with Boris Gelfand (Isr); Peter Svidler (Rus) bt Hou Yifan (Chn), Pavel Eljanov (Ukr) drew with Richard Rapport (Hun); Levon Aronian (Arm) bt Salem Saleh (UAE).

Standings: 1. Radjabov (6 points), 2-3. Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi (5.5 each), 4-10. Mamedyarov, Giri, Svidler, Harikrishna, Adams, Chao and Riazantsev (5 each), 11-14. Aronian, Eljanov, Gelfand, Jakovenko (4.5 each), 15. Inarkiev, 16-17. Rapport, Yifan (2.5 each), 18. Saleh (2).

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