Azerbaijan's Naiditsch clinches Delhi Open chess title

File Photo : Arkadij Naiditsch
IANS|16-Jan-2018 18:43

New Delhi, Jan 16 : Top seed Arkadij Naiditsch of Azerbaijan drew in the tenth and final round against Italian David Alberto to seal the Delhi International Grandmaster Open chess title here on Tuesday.

Naiditsch offered a draw after 18 moves with the white pieces in a Caro-Kann Exchange Variation. With 8.5/10, Naiditsch finished ahead by a half point over the rest of the field.

Bangladeshi GM Ziaur Rahman managed to draw with Indian GM Karthikeyan Murali with the black pieces. The game began as a Sicilian Defence where both the players were on their toes, move for move. 

In the end, the players settled for a draw in a rook endgame. Ziaur finished on 8.0/10 and tied for the second place.

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IM Md. Nubairshah Shaikh was black against IM Vignesh NR and the game was a Caro Kann Defence. Vignesh played by risking his position and had to pay the price as Nubair found all the right moves to scoop up two pawns for free. 

Nubair also finished with 8.0/10 for a tie of second place. Earlier, Nubair had already completed his first GM norm in the ninth round.

Hungarian GM Adam Horvath finished with four consecutive wins to also finish with 8.0/10. In the final round, he managed to defeat Akash Pc Iyer who had earlier scored a GM norm.

Thus, Rahman, Nubairshah, and Horvath tied for the second place with 8.0/10.

Besides Akash and Nubair scoring their GM norms, Sammed Shete and Kaustav Chatterjee managed to complete his IM norm requirements.