AAI Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Round six photos, courtesy of Delhi Chess Association

New Delhi, June 28: Fabiano Caruana of Italy living up to his top billing stretched his lead to a full point as he beat Parimarjan Negi after a marathon 98 moves in the sixth round of the inaugural AAI Grandmasters Chess Championships on Tuesday. Meanwhile the other two games in the round ended in draws.

Caruana with his fourth win in six games now has five points and is a full point clear of Viktor Laznicka, who was disappointed with his draw against Women’s World Champion, Hou Yifan. In the other game, Krishnan Sasikiran’s winning streak was halted as he was held to a draw by Wesley So of the Philippines. Full round six report.

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AAI r6 Caruana and Negi

Fabiano Caruana and Parimarjan Negi

AAI r6 Mr. VK Mahendru

Chief Guest for the day Mr. VK Mahendru, Sports Head ONGC making the inaugural move

AAI r6 Sasi and So

Krishnan Sasikiran and Wesley So

AAI r6 Sasi

Krishnan Sasikiran

AAI r6 Hou after match press meet

Hou Yifan after match press meeting

AAI r6 Hou Yifan - Laznicka

Hou Yifan making the move against Viktor Laznicka

AAI r6 FA Sandeep Singh and IA Vijayaraghavan

FA Sandeep Singh and IA Vijayaraghavan, men behind live transmission

AAI Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Round five photos, courtesy of Delhi Chess Association

Krishnan Sasikiran scored a third successive win and in the process avenged his recent loss at the hands of Parimarjan Negi in the inaugural AAI Grandmasters Chess Championships that is now halfway through.

In another game, Women’s World champion Hou Yifan got her first points through a draw against Filipino Wesley So in 52 moves. A little later the third game between Fabiano Caruana and Viktor Laznicka, which began in the Caro-Kann Advanced Variation, also ended in a draw in 59 moves. It was the first time a round had produced two draws. Full round five report.

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AAI r5 Caruana and Laznicka

Caruana and Laznicka waiting to start the match

AAI r5 Mrs. Archna Agrawal

Mrs. Archna Agrawal inaugurating the fifth round proceedings

AAI r5 So & Hou

Hou Yifan and Wesley So

AAI r5 Laznicka

Viktor Laznicka

AAI r5 Sasikiran

Krishnan Sasikiran

AAI r5 Mr. Bharat Singh

Tournament Director & President Commonwealth Chess Association Mr. Bharat Singh celebrating his 51st Birthday by cutting the cake with players, officials and spectators

AAI r5 Tournament Hall

Tournament Hall

AAI Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Round four photos, courtesy of Delhi Chess Association

After four rounds, Caruana remained as the only unbeaten player. He leads the six-player field with 3.5 points, while Laznicka, who bounced back from his third round loss to Sasi on Friday, has three points. Sasikiran and Wesley So have two each, Negi 1.5 and Hou Yifan is yet to open her account as the tournament continued to be a miserable one for women’s world champion lost her fourth game in a row.

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AAI r4 Chief Arbiter MS Gopakumar

Chief Arbiter MS Gopakumar, IA welcoming Caruana for the fourth round

AAI r4 Laznicka and Negi

Laznicka and Negi

AAI r4 Sasi and Hou shaking hands

Sasikiran and Hou Yifan shaking hands before the match

AAI r4 Shri. D V Sundar

Shri. D V Sundar, FIDE Vice President & Secretary AICF interacting with World Women Champion Hou Yifan

AAI r4 So and Caruana

So and Caruana

AAI r4 Caruana press conference

Caruana speaking at the press conference

AAI r4 Mr. D V Sundar

Mr. D V Sundar, FIDE Vice President keenly watching the live transmission

AAI r4 Delighted Laznicka

Delighted Laznicka after his victory over Negi

AAI r4 Sasi

Krishnan Sasikiran

AAI r4 Sports Reporters

Sports Reporters listening carefully to Negi and Laznicka

AAI Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Round three photos, courtesy of Delhi Chess Association

New Delhi, June 24: India’s Krishnan Sasikiran grinded it out for 72 moves before registering his first win over Viktor Laznicka of the Czech Republic in the third round of the inaugural AAI Grandmasters Chess Championships at the AAI Officer’s Institute on Friday. It also opened the scoring for Sasi.

Photos from the third round are bellow, read also the full report and replay the games with computer analysis.

Mrs. Rashmi Singh

Chief Guest for third round Mrs. Rashmi Singh, Director Delhi Govt making the inaugural move

AAI r3 Hou and Caruna

Hou Yifan and Caruna

AAI r3 Sasikiran

Krishnan Sasikiran

AAI r3 Sasi and Laznicka

Sasikiran and Laznicka

AAI r3 Sasikiran after game press conference

Sasikiran after game press conference

AAI Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Round two photos, courtesy of Delhi Chess Association

New Delhi, June 22: Indian National champion Parimarjan Negi got himself on the scoreboard with a convincing win over women’s world champion Hou Yifan of China in the second round of the inaugural AAI Grandmasters at the AAI Officer’s Institute on Thursday.

Photos from the second round are bellow, read also the full report and replay the games with computer analysis.

AAI Chief Guest for 2nd Round

Chief Guest for 2nd Round Shri. Ajay Choudhari, Secretary External Affairs Govt of India interacting with the players

AAI Visit of Mr. Faisal Beg

Visit of Mr. Faisal Beg, Trade Commissioner, High Commission of Canada’s visit to the tournament hall

AAI r2 Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

AAI r2 Wesley So

Wesley So

AAI r2 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan

AAI r2 Laznicka

Viktor Laznicka

AAI r2 Caruana v Sasi

Fabiano Caruana and Krishnan Sasikiran

AAI Viktor Laznicka and Wesley So

Viktor Laznicka and Wesley So

AAI Hou and Negi

Hou Yifan and Parimarjan Negi

AAI r2 Negi and Hou after the match

Negi and Hou Yifan after the match

AAI r2 Shri. Ajai Choudhary

Shri. Ajai Choudhary following the live games

AAI r2 Negi

Parimarjan Negi

AAI r2 Negi in deep thought

Negi in deep thought

AAI Grandmaster Chess Tournament

Round one photos, courtesy of Delhi Chess Association

New Delhi, June 22: The inaugural Airports Authority of India Grandmaster chess tournament got off to a rousing start, as all three games ended in a decisive manner at the AAI Officer’s Institute on Wednesday.

Photos from the first round are bellow, read also the full report and replay the games with computer analysis.

AAI r1 Draw of lot

Drawing of lots

AAI r1 first move

Customary first move by Union Minister Vayalar Ravi

AAI r1 Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

AAI r1 Yifan vs Laznicka

Hou Yifan vs Viktor Laznicka

AAI r1 Krishnan Sasikiran

Krishnan Sasikiran

AAI r1 Hou Yifan

Hou Yifan

AAI r1 Viktor Laznicka

Viktor Laznicka

AAI r1 Negi vs Caruana

Negi vs Caruana