Negi finishes sole second

 Grandmaster and Asian champion Parimarjan Negi outclassed Benjamin Bok of the Netherlands in the ninth and final round to finish sole second in the Leiden International chess tournament that concluded here.

Having lost to David Howell of England in the previous round, the Delhi-based GM came out firing on all cylinders against Bok who proved no match and lost rather tamely after being subjected to a king-side attack. Negi ended with seven points out of possible nine. 

Howell, meanwhile annexed the title after a fighting draw with Predrag Nikolic of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the final round. The English Grandmaster finished with an impressive 7.5 points.

Results (final round) (Indians unless stated): Predrag Nikolic (Bih, 6.5) drew with David Howell (Eng, 7.5); Parimarjan Negi (7) bt Benjamin Bok (Ned, 6); S Arun Prasad (6.5) drew with Evgeny Vorobiov (Rus, 6.5); Bartosz Socko (Pol, 6.5) drew with Igor Khenkin (Ger, 6).

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