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Negi becomes youngest-ever International Master

Parimarjan Negi became the youngest chess International Master of the country with a fantastic victory over Grandmaster Sergei Erenburg of Israel.

othersports Updated: Jan 02, 2006 02:58 IST

Parimarjan Negi became the youngest International Master of the country with a fantastic victory over Grandmaster Sergei Erenburg of Israel in the fourth round of the Masters section of Hastings International Chess Congress in England.

Twelve-year-old Negi, who had been on the brink of getting the IM title for quite some time finally made the grade as he now stands to gain a staggering 30 ELO rating points from the first four rounds of this traditional event.

Negi also remained in joint lead amidst a star studded field and now has 3.5 points out of a possible four.

Earlier, in the second round of the tournament Negi had beaten English Grandmaster Mark Hebden while in the third he had drawn with higher rated IM Jean Pierre Le Roux of France of France.

Negi, currently 2396 on the ELO rating list issued on the new year, needed around 24 points to become the next IM of the country and has cleared that barrier after his fourth round victory.

Tata-sponsored Negi is in fact running for the Grandmaster's norm in the event for which, going by the current statistics he needs 3 points in next 5 rounds.

The Delhi-based shares the lead with Grandmasters Vladimir Belov of Russia, Milos Pavlovic of Serbia, Valeiry Nevenor of Ukraine, Bogdan Lalic of Croatia and IM Simon Williams of England. Six more rounds remain in the event.

First Published: Jan 01, 2006 17:50 IST