Ukraine’s Grandmaster Tukhaev wins IIFL Wealth Open
PTI | Jan 3, 2017, 09.53 PM IST
The Ukrainian defeated country-mate GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy in a winner-takes-all game as the first and the third board games ended in draws.
Tukhaev finished clear first by scoring 7.5/9. He bagged Rs 3 lakhs for winning the tournament, a media release issued here said.
Seven players tied for first place by scoring 7.0/9. On the top table, 18-year-old Indian hope GM Diptayan Ghosh settled for a relatively quick draw with the white pieces against IM Rahul Sangma, it said.
The third table game between Ukrainian GM Valeriy Neverov and Belgian GM Vadim Malakhatko ended in a hard-fought draw. Neverov had a poor position but he cleverly traded into a rook ending where he held the draw without sweating too much. While GM Neverov finished second on the tie break with six other players, Ghosh was third, said the release.
The biggest surprise of the tournament was untitled Sidhant Mohapatra of Odisha.
Sidhant, rated only 2267, scored his second International Master norm and defeated GM Andrei Deviatkin in the final game after the latter blundered an exchange.
Srija was the most successful female player in the tournament. Debarshi Mukherjeeof West Bengal scored an International Norm as well. Vantika Agarwal, a talented Delhi girl, scored a Women’s International Master norm.
In the juniors section, Tamil Nadu’s Pranav V was leading going into the final round but at the sole second place was the National Under-11 champion Manish Anto Cristiano, also of Tamil Nadu.