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No bright spot for India in round 11 of Corus Chess

Top seeded Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, World junior champions D Harika and Abhijeet Kulkarni lost their respective 11th round matches to round off a disappointing day for India in the Corus Chess tournament.

other Updated: Feb 01, 2009 03:27 IST

Top seeded Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran, World junior champions D Harika and Abhijeet Kulkarni lost their respective 11th round matches to round off a disappointing day for India in the Corus Chess tournament in Wijk Aan Zee.

Saikiran, the highest rated Indian in Group 'B' continue to reel at the bottom of the table with three points after registering his sixth defeat in the tournament on Friday, going down to to Fabiano Caruana of Italy.

In the Group 'C' being organised simultaneously, the GM norm aspirations of world junior girls' champion Harika suffered a severe jolt after she was beaten by local Grandmaster Friso Nijboer, while Abhijeet's chances of a podium finish almost evaporated when he suffered a shock defeat at the hands of International Master Roeland Pruijssers of Holland.

The biggest news of the day, however, was the final Grandmaster norm of Anish Giri who ensured Nepal could now boast of a Grandmaster coming from its origin.

Born to a Russian mother and Nepalese father, 14-year-old Giri almost looks like an Indian and has the nonchalance of a younger Anand of 80s.

Now based in Holland, Giri completed his final norm in style at the expense of Eduardo Iturrizaga of Venezuela. It was a tough game wherein Anish turned the tide in mutual time scramble.

Anish thus became the youngest Grandmaster in the world presently having completed the title requirements in the 11th round of the traditional tournament.