Sergei Tiviakov and Aravindh Chithambaram drew their game after continous three hours of play. Although Tiviakov ended up successfully, it was also a wonderful experience for young Chithambaram, as he could present a fantastic result as with the draw the 14 year old IM-elect remained unbeaten and also achieved his second GM title norm.
During the match Tiviakov was there with 7/9 and in second to eighth places on 6.5/9 are Chithambaram, unbeaten M.K. Venkatesh. In a big group a further half point behind, 5.5/8 are Deepan Chakkravarthy,Nguyen Duc Hoa, Dzhumaev Marat, Ramnath Bhuvanesh, Richard Bitoon, R. R. Laxman Haridas Pascua, Nguyen Anh Dung and Andika Pitra. Pascua acquired his third and final norm to complete the requirements of International Master on the other hand Pitra competed for his second International Master title norm.
Throughout the match, Sergei Tiviakov who was on 6.5/8 has a half point lead and his favourite White pieces in the last round, thus he was always on the advantage. But his opponent, the highly rated 14 year old FM Aravindh Chithambaram also presented a fair play. Last year Chithambaram shot into prominence by winning the Chennai GM Tournament held concurrently with the Anand-Carlsen Match and since then he has been in news impressing with every tournament.
However, the leading Malaysian is still IM Jimmy Liew with 5/5 and he playes opposite to fellow IM Moulthon Ly with hopes of further turning back the clock.
Sergei Tiviakov is a Dutch chess Grandmaster. He is known for his naturalised technique. He won the Dutch Chess Championship in 2006 and 2007. In the year 2008, in Plovdiv, he was further crowed as a winner in the European Individual Chess Championship with 8.5/11.