Wang Hao wins Swiss chess title, Vidit finishes 12th

A final-round win over Romania's Bogdan-Daniel Deac saw Vidit Gujrathi take the 12th spot, in the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament.

A final-round victory over Romania's Bogdan-Daniel Deac saw Vidit Gujrathi take the 12th spot.   -  Rajeev Bhatt

A final-round victory over Romania's Bogdan-Daniel Deac saw Vidit Gujrathi (7 points) take the 12th spot, the best among the Indians, in the FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss tournament here on Tuesday.

Wang Hao won the title after being tied at eight points with overnight leader Fabiano Caruana. Hao, the last-round winner over David Howell, finished with superior tie-break score. Wang Hao also qualified for 2020 Candidates Tournament aimed at finding a challenger to Magnus Carlsen in the next World Championship match.

Wang Hao, beneficiary of a late blunder by Howell, and Caruana who drew with Hikaru Nakamura, received $60,000 each.

Among the Indians who reached 6.5 points, Viswanathan Anand took the 26th spot, ahead of P. Hari Krishna (33rd), S. P. Sethuraman (36th) and K. Sasikiran (41st). D. Harika emerged as the best woman player.

Important 11th-round results (Indians unless stated): Ray Robson (USA, 6.5) drew with Viswanathan Anand (6.5); P. Hari Krishna (6.5) drew with Peter Leko (Hun, 6.5); Vidit Gujrathi (7) bt Bogdan-Daniel Deac (Rom, 6); Nils Grandelius (Swe, 6.5) drew with S. P. Sethuraman (6.5); Pons Francisco Vallejo (Esp, 6.5) bt B. Adhiban (5.5); K. Sasikiran (6.5) drew with Robert Hess (USA, 5.5); Vladislav Artemiev (Rus, 5.5) drew with D. Gukesh (6); Lu Shanglei (Chn, 5.5) drew with Surya Shekhar Ganguly (5.5); Tamir Nabaty (Isr, 5) lost to S. L. Narayanan (6); Alexander Riazantsev (Rus, 6) bt Abhimanyu Puranik (5); Raunak Sadhwani (5.5) drew with Maksim Chigaev (Rus, 5.5); Matthias Bluebaum (Ger, 5.5) drew with D. Harika (5.5); Vadim Zvjaginsev (Rus, 5.5) bt Nihal Sarin (4.5); Soumya Swaminathan (4.5) drew with Antoaneta Stefanova (Bul, 4.5); Prithu Gupta (3) not paired.