India’s P Magesh Chandran remained unbeaten in nine rounds to win the title in the 95th edition of the prestigious Hastings International Chess Congress in Hastings, England.
The 36-year old Grandmaster with a Fide rating of 2479, remained unbeaten and finished in clear first place with 7.5 points from nine games after securing a 33-move draw in the final round against compatriot GA Stany, also a GM on Sunday. He beat fellow Indian GM Deep Sengupta in the eighth round.
Stany took the sixth place with 6.5 points while India’s woman GM R Vaishali obtained six points to finish 10th. Two other Indians – Deep Sengupta and Swayams Mishra – finished 13th and 14th respectively with identical six points.
France’s Romain Edouard, who was the only player to end the tournament a half point behind Chandran, took the second spot. Four players shared third to sixth places with 6.5 points.
The US-based Chandran posted six wins and secured three draws to take the top spot. He outscored a field that included two players with a 2600-plus ELO rating and five in the 2500-plus category.
He was delighted with his performance and rated the win over compatriot Deep Sengupta as his best in the tournament.
“It is great. I haven’t had such a performance in a long time,” Chandran, who hails from Madurai in Tamil Nadu, told PTI.
“The game against Deep Sengupta won the best game award. I also liked the game I won against David Howell,” he added.
Chandran, who currently lives in North Carolina, USA, and has a chess academy, said he plans to play more events this year.
The Indian had become a GM in 2006 and moved to the US for higher studies at the University of Texas.
Medals for Aditya Patil and Vedant Karthik
Mumbai boys Aditya Patil and Vedant Karthik bagged silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the prestigious Singapore chess meet.
A total of 663 players from 15 countries vied for top honours that concluded in Singapore on Sunday. Patil, a former Asian schools games medallist, played with great maturity in the Under-9 category to bag the silver medal. The gold went to Yea Hao Loong of Malaysia.
For the record, Aditya also drew with top seed and fellow Indian Muthukumar Mukesh en route to his podium finish. Karthik, with an international rating of 1,025, too, scored creditable 6.5 points out of possible 8 games, but had to be content with the bronze medal.
This is Karthik’s first international medal which came from a field of 96 players in the Under-7 category. The medal-winning boys are trainees of the South Mumbai Chess Academy.