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Harikrishna finishes second at Tepe Sigeman & Co. 2019, Nihal reaches 2600.4

by Sagar Shah - 10/05/2019

It was a race to the finish between Harikrishna and Gawain Jones at the Tepe Sigeman & Co. 2019. In the final round Harikrishna on 4.0/6 was pitted against Gawain Jones who was on 4.5/6. Hari didn't really get a position that he could press and after 21 moves the players agreed to a draw. This meant that Gawain Jones became the champion with 5.0/7 while Harikrishna had to settle for the sole second spot with 4.5/7. He was followed by Nils Grandelius on 4.0/7. Nihal Sarin's first major round robin event was quite a success as the 14-year-old gained some experience and also 2.4 Elo points. This was enough to propel him beyond 2600. Detailed report from Sweden.

The way Harikrishna played in rounds three and four by winning his games against Nils Grandelius and Nihal Sarin, it seemed as if he would take home the winner's trophy. However, it turned out that Gawain Jones had that little bit of extra energy as he scored an important win in round five against Tiger Hillarp Persson. Harikrishna was tied with Jones after round four with 3.0/4, but in round five and six he couldn't breakthrough against Ivan Saric and Liviu Deiter Nisipeanu. In the final round Harikrishna was up against Gawain Jones and this was going to be a mouth watering encounter. Hari was close to tournament victory in Shenzhen. However, in the last round he had lost to Ding Liren while Anish Giri had won against Jakovenko. Hari had to be content with the second spot. Were things going to change in Malmo?

Harikrishna giving it his all against Gawain Jones

Gawain Jones played a solid line in the Italian from the white side and Harikrishna had no real chances. In fact in the final position, it is White who should be slightly better.

Final rankings of the Tepe Sigeman & Co. 2019

Gawain Jones with a live rating of 2709 is now world no.32

Here are two wins of Gawain Jones that were quite impressive.

Harikrishna tried his best but had to settle for the second spot

Harikrishna gained 2.8 Elo points and is now world no. 25


Nihal Sarin had a successful outing at the event. In spite of facing experienced campaigners, he came out strong, gained 2.4 Elo points and finished sixth

Nihal's rating gain in the tournament was 2.4 Elo points. He began the tournament with 2598 and hence his live rating is now 2600.4


Final word: Both Indian players had a successful outing at the Sigeman & Co. 2019. Although both would have expected more from themselves.

All the live games of the event: 


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