News| Maharashtra Open GM Chess Tournament Wins Tajikistan’s top seed Farukh Amonatov

PUNE: Tajikistan’s top seed Farrukh Amonatov defeated India’s Arjun Kalyan and Belarusian Alekseyj Alexandrov to win the inaugural Maharashtra International Open Grandmaster Chess tournament here on Wednesday. Amonatov tied with Alexandrov and Kalyan on 8.5 points in 11 rounds but won the top prize on the basis of a better tie-break score. Amonatov and Alexandrov settled for a draw in the final round of the game. Alexandrov got second and Kalyan got third place. Indian Grandmaster Kalyan grabbed his hold with the leaders overnight after beating GM Alexei Fedorov in the final round with 7.5 points, but missed out on the title due to a low tie-break score. Another Indian GM Deep Sengupta finished fourth with eight points, while compatriot LR Srihari

finished sixth with the same number of points. Two other Indians MR Venkatesh and Nilesh Saha finished ninth and 10th respectively with 7.5 points each.

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