The winner of the AICF-AAI cup 2012 has recently been announced to be Anton Korobov. This result has surprised commentators, as Korobov began this tournament as a top seed. The player who was the top seed, the Polish Grandmaster Radoslaw Wojtaszek, who had been on something of a roll in the past few years, saw his ratings slip further and further down as the AICF-AAI Cup progressed.
This event in the UAE was characterised throughout by some daring and close-matched games. In a 0.5-0.5 game between Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Parimarjan Negi, for example, Wojtaszek moved his bishop at the last minute from d2 to c3. This creeping move helped to seal the final result in an endgame where tactics were all as each player was evenly matched with six pawns and a single bishop left to play with.
Ukranian Grandmaster and current Ukranian chess champion Korobov is sure to be delighted with his win. The past few years have been filled with ups and downs for Korobov. He was knocked out in the first round of the European Chess Championship in 2011 for instance, and yet came joint first (or second if the tiebreak scores are factored in) in the 2012 Aeroflot Open with Mateusz Bartel of Poland and Pavel Eljanov, a fellow Ukranian. With his clean, clear win in the AICF-AAI Cup, however, he has ended 2012 on an extremely strong note. Beating the top seed Wojtaszek and coming a full point ahead of the player who took second place in the AICF-AAI Cup, the one-time Russian chess champion Evgeny Alekseev, were great achievements for Korobov. As 2013 draws near, he has everything to gain, and his ratings look set to soar much higher than his most recent FIDE rating of 2702.