AICF-AAI Cup 2012: Anton Korobov wins last round and tournament

by ChessBase
12/30/2012 – With a sharp tactical stroke Anton Korobov turned the tables on Radoslaw Wojtaszek, who could have won in the final round of the strongest-ever tournament on Indian soil. With his victory the Ukrainian GM finished on 6.5/10 and a 2788 performance, winning twelve rating points on the FIDE list. Second was Evgeny Alekseev, and third Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran. Final report.

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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.

Final standings

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 final round.

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, Sasikiran, Negi

Video report by Vijay Kumar (with interviews)

Here are the games of round ten in our JavaScript player:


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