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GM Abhijeet Gupta Wins Delhi Open Chess Championship

New Delhi: India’s GM Abhijeet Gupta beat Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belrus within the 10th and remaining spherical on Thursday to win the 18th Delhi Open Worldwide Grand Masters Chess Championship right here.

Beginning the ultimate sport half some extent behind the Belarussian, the 30-year previous Gupta secured a win in 37 strikes to seal the highest prize with 8.5 factors.

The Indian with an ELO score of 2603 performed constantly proper via with a loss to fellow GM and compatriot Karthik Venkataraman in spherical three being the one blip.

Gupta bounced again strongly to attain 6.5 factors from the final seven rounds, following his third-round loss to Karthik Venkataraman.

Aleksandrov who gained the title in 2013 led initially of each spherical, needed to accept second spot. Gupta, a five-time Commonwealth champion, took house Rs 6.5 lakh for profitable the championship.

Karthikeyan Murali (ELO score 2606), who was the top-ranked Indian within the match and the third seed, beat Florian Kaczur of Hungary within the remaining spherical to complete 11th with 7.5 factors.

Essential Outcomes (10th Spherical): Aleksej Aleksandrov (Belarus) Eight misplaced to Abhijeet Gupta (India) 8.5, Pavel Ponkratov (Russia) beat P Shyam Nikhil (India) 7, Karthikeyan Murali (India) 7.5 beat Florian Kaczur (Hungary) 6.5; M Pranesh (India) 7 beat N R Visakh (India) 7.

Levan Pantsulaia (Belarus) beat Kirill Stupak (Hungary) 7, Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzbekistan) 7.5 drew with Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) 7, Karthik Venkataraman (India) 6.5 drew Alberto David (Italy) 6.5, V Vishnu Prasanna (India) 6.5 misplaced to Mikheil Mchedlishvili (Georgia) 6.5, Okay Rathnakaran (India) 6.5 beat Dipatyan Ghosh (India) 6.5

Ultimate standings: 1. Abhijeet Gupta 8.5 factors, 2. Aleksej Aleksandrov 8, 3. Pavel Ponkratov 8, Levan Pantsulaia (Georgia) 8, 5. M Pranesh (India) 8, 6. Nodirbek Yakubboev (Uzbekistan) 7.5, 7. Mikheil Mchedilshvili (Georgia) 7.5, 8. Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) 7.5, 9. C R G Krishna (India) 7.5, 10. Debashis Das (India) 7.5.

(PTI)

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