Short denies Sasikiran a podium finish

Gibraltar: Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran was denied a podium finish by Nigel Short of England in the 10th and final round of Tradewise Gibraltar chess tournament, which concluded here. In a nail biting finish, Short defeated World women`s champion Yifan Hou of China in the tiebreaker to win the tournament in style.

Yifan, who had led the tournament going in to the final game, played out a hard-fought draw with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan to set up the tiebreaker with Short, which the Chinese lost by 0.5-1.5 margin after two games. For his efforts Short won the winner`s purse of 20000 Pounds Sterling (Rs. 16 Lacs Appr.). He also won 5000 Pounds for being the best player among Commonwealth countries in this event.

Meanwhile, despite her superlative performance right through the tournament, Yifan had to be content with the second spot and was awarded 22000 Pounds in all that included the best woman prize. It was a four way tie for the third spot and finishing on 7.5 points were Mamedyarov, Michael Adams of England, Viktor Bologan of Moldova and Emil Sutovsky of Israel.

After the loss today, Sasikiran was relegated to the joint eighth spot on seven points and giving him company among others was Parimarjan Negi, who played out a draw with Le Quang Liem of Vietnam. Negi had a fruitful tournament and stands to gain valuable rating points from here.