Dronavalli Harika finishes fifth and qualifies for the next cycle of the Grand Prix-Sports News, Firstpost


19-year-old Vantika Agrawal, who recently became a female Grandmaster, finished in an honorable 14th place with 6.5 points, including three wins, seven draws and one loss.

An image of Dronavalli Harika from the tournament. Twitter / @ FIDE_chess

Riga, Latvia): Indian chess ace Dronavalli Harika held seed Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine in a draw in the 11th and final round of the FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Chess Tournament here to finish fifth and advance to the next one. cycle of the Women’s Grand Prix.

Harika, who started the event as the fourth seed, shared a point with Muzychuk in 31 strokes late Sunday to finish with seven points and went undefeated in the tournament.

She was tied for third place with the Ukrainian, but ultimately settled for fifth on the basis of the tiebreaker score.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Vantika Agrawal, who recently became a female Grandmaster, finished in an honorable 14th place with 6.5 points, including three wins, seven draws and one loss.

In the Open event, Indian general manager Nihal Sarin obtained the best result, taking 18th place with 6.5 points. Compatriots P Harikrishna and K Sasikiran finished 30th and 31st respectively with six points in 11 laps.

Sarin, who remained undefeated in the event, drew against talented Russian Daniil Dubov, while Harikrishna signed peace with Ukrainian Yuriy Kuzubov.

Sasikiran, who had done well to be among the common leaders for a while, lost to Ukrainian Anton Korobov to finish with six points.

General manager Raunak Sadhwani drew with American Hans Moke Niemann in the final round to score 5.5 points and finish 57th.

In an all-Indian clash, D Gukesh and R Praggnanandhaa made 34 hits. Both finished the event with five points. Praggnanandhaa took 72nd place while Gukesh finished three places lower.

On the women’s side, only Vantika Agrwal apart from Harika had a draw while the others – R Vaishali, Divya Deshmukh and Padmini Rout – lost their matches in the last round.

Alireza Firouzja and Lei Tingjie respectively emerged winners of the Open and the women’s events.

Naturalized Frenchman Fioruzja scored eight points in 11 rounds after a draw with Grigoriy Oparin and finished half a point ahead of the peloton. World No. 2 Fabiano Caruana took second place with 7.5 points.

Tingjie dominated and finished first with nine points, 1.5 points ahead of the others. Second and third places were shared by Germany’s Elisabeth Paehtz, who also got her last GM standard, and Zhu Jiner of China, both with 7.5 points.

Final ranking of Indian players:

Open: Nihal Sarin (6.5 points, 18th place), P Harikrishna (6.5 points, 30th), K Sasikiran (6 points, 31st), Raunak Sadhwani (5.5 points, 57th), Arjun Erigaisi (5.5 points , 58th), R Praggnanandhaa (5 points, 75th), D Gukesh (5 points, 75th), SP Sethuraman (4.5 points, 83rd), Surya Shekhar Ganguly (4.5, 88th), B Adhiban (4.5 points, 90th).

Women: D Harika (7 points, 5th), Vantika Agrawal (6.5 points, 14th), R Vaishali (5.5 points, 29th), Padmini Rout (4 points, 44th) and Divya Deshmukh (4 points, 46th).


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