Isle of Man: Adhiban ties for third spot

B. Adhiban’s 56-move triumph raised his tally to 6.5 points from nine rounds, same as Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk and Hikaru Nakamura among others.

B. Adhiban’s raised his tally to 6.5 points from nine rounds and moved to third spot in the Isle of Man chess tournament on Sunday. (File Photo)   -  Biswaranjan Rout

B. Adhiban capitalized on a late blunder by seasoned campaigner Michael Adams and shared the third spot with six others in the prestigious Isle of Man International chess tournament in Isle of Man on Sunday.

Adhiban’s 56-move triumph – following Vishnu Prasanna’s stunning 35-win over another experienced English GM Nigel Short – raised his tally to 6.5 points from nine rounds, same as Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk and Hikaru Nakamura among others.

Sixth seed Viswanathan Anand ended his campaign with six points following a draw with Wang Hao. He was tied 10th in the company of Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Sergey Karjakin besides 15 others, including Vidit Gujarati, S. P. Sethuraman and Surya Shekhar Ganguly.

After Poland’s Radoslaw Wojtaszek drew with Azerbaijan’s Arkadij Naiditsch in the final round, both players ensured 37,500 pounds for being tied for the title. In the playoff blitz games, Wojtaszek won 2-1 to emerge as the champion and collected another 500 pounds.

Wojtaszek’s Russian wife Alina Kashlinskaya (six points) defeated S. Kidambi to not only win the women’s title worth 7,000 pounds but also gain a Grandmaster norm on her 25th birthday.
 

Important ninth-round results, involving Indians:

Wang Hao (Chn, 6.5) drew with Viswanathan Anand (6)
S. P. Sethuraman (6) drew with Anish Giri (Ned, 6)
Michael Adams (Eng, 5.5) lost to B. Adhiban (6.5)
Vidit Gujarati (6) drew with Hrant Mlkumyan (Arm, 6)
Nihal Sarin (5.5) drew with Wesley So (5.5)
R. Praggnanandhaa (5) lost to Le Quang Liem (Vie, 6)
D. Gukesh (5) lost to Zoltan Almasi (Hun, 6)
Vladislav Kovalev (Blr, 6) bt Abhijeet Gupta (5)
Surya Shekhar Ganguly (6) bt Dennis Wagner (Ger, 5)
Vishnu Prasanna (5.5) bt Nigel Short (Eng, 4.5)

Final placing:

1-2. Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Pol) and Arkadij Naiditsch (Aze) – seven points
3-9. Vladimir Kramnik (Rus), Alexander Grischuk (Rus), Hikaru Nakamura (US), Wang Hao (Chn), Gawain Jones (Eng), B. Adhiban, Jeffery Xiong (US) – 6.5 points.

Other leading Indians:

10th place: Viswanathan Anand, Vidit Gujarati, S. P. Sethuraman, Surya Shekhar Ganguly (6 each)
29th place: Nihal Sarin, Abhimanyu Puranik, Vishnu Prasanna, Prithu Gupta, C. R. G. Krishna (5.5 each)