Arjun Erigaisi had another ingenious attempt to annex the 19th Delhi International Open Chess Tournament that ended Tuesday at Tivoli Gardens in New Delhi.
Grandmaster and national champion Erigaisi lived up to expectations, breaking through Karthik Venkataraman’s defense to emerge victorious.
Erigaisi started the day with a five-way lead and the best tiebreak, leaving nothing to chance as he went on the offensive from the start. He took over the Sicilian Najdorf game as a white man and although Karthik posed some mid-game challenges, the youngster romped home easily.
Arjun Erigaisi collects Rs. 4 lakh in prize money
Arjun Erigaisi won Rs. 4 lakh as winner plus a glittering trophy and looks set to form the main team at the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Chennai. With the win, Erigaisi also climbed above 2675 in the live Elo rating.
Earlier this month the young man had easily won the national championship in Kanpur.
D. Gukesh, who had also fought tooth and nail with Arjun in the National Championship, defeated last event’s winner, Abhijeet Gupta, in a level finals match to finish second.
Gukesh’s Nimzo with Black led to an even endgame, but Abhijeet took unjustified risks that led to his downfall. It was almost a repeat of the last round of the Nationals as Abhijeet suffered a similar fate in the same opener against Gukesh.
Harsha Bharthakoti finished third in the tie-break, defeating Sethuraman, who was playing with black. For the record, Arjun, Gukesh, and Harsha all scored 8.5 out of 10.
The caravan is now moving to Ahmedabad for the final edition of the three international events planned after a two-year hiatus in India.
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Key Results (Finals)
Abhijeet Gupta (7.5) lost to D Gukesh (8.5)
SP Sethuraman (7.5) lost to Harsha Bharathakoti (8.5)
Erigaisi Arjun (8.5) beat Karthik Venkataraman (7)
Gusain Himal (7.5) draw vs. MR Lalith Babu (7.5)
Tahbaz Arash (7) lost to Nigmatov Ortik (8)
P Iniyan (7th) draw vs. Neelash Saha (7.5)
Shahil Dey (6.5) lost to Delgado Ramirez Neuris (7.5)
Divya Deshmukh (6.5) lost to RR Laxman (7.5)
S Nitin (6.5) lost to Rohith Krishna (7.5)
Aradhya Garg (6.5) lost to Gholami Orimi Mahdi (7.5).
The top 10
1-3: Arjun Erigaisi, D Gukesh, Harsha Bharathakoti (8.5 each)
4. Nigmatov Ortik (8)
5-10: SP Sethuraman, Delgado Ramirez Neuris, MR Lalith Babu, Abhijeet Gupta, Neelash Saha, Gholami Orimi Mahdi (7.5 each).