The AICF-AAI Cup took place in New Delhi from December 21st (first round) to
30th (final round), 2012.
Round ten: Anton Korobov wins AICF-AAI Chess Cup
Grandmaster Anton Korobov of Ukraine (above left) won the AICF-AAI Chess Cup
defeating top seed Radoslav Wojtaszek of Poland in the tenth and final round
that concluded here in Delhi. Playing with black, Korobov went for the Bogo-Indian
Defense and found himself in a difficult situation after the opening. Soon White
had a dangerous initiative and it looked as though he would cruise through.
However, Wojtaszek could not find the best manoeuvres and went astray in a time
scramble. Korobov finished the game with a simple tactical stroke.
The Ukrainian finished with an impressive 6.5 points out of a possible 10.
The victory fetches Korobov the winner's purse of Rs. 400,000 (= €5,500
or US $7,300), along with twelve important rating points.
Anton Korobov receives his trophy and the traditional Indian flower garland
The winner of the "strongest ever chess event" on Indian soil
Evgeny Alekseev of Russia (above receiving his trophy) finished second on 5.5
points after settling for a draw with Krishnan Sasikiran, while the all-Indian
affair between Parimarjan Negi and Abhijeet Gupta also ended in a draw in the
For the records, Krishnan Sasikiran (above) finished third, with five points
in all, while Abhijeet Gupta was declared fourth with a better tiebreak score
than Wojtaszek, who finished fifth on 4.5 points. Parimarjan Negi had to be
content with a sixth place finish with four points.
Officials and players (with garlands): Wojtaszek, Korobov, Alekseev, Gupta,
Video report by Vijay Kumar (with interviews)