New Delhi, Jan 16:
Top seeded GM Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan won the 15th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess tournament after settling for a quick draw with GM Diptayan Ghosh in the 10th and final round that concluded here.
Scoring 8.5 points out of a possible ten, Amanotov stayed a half point ahead of Ghosh and Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan who both tied for the second spot on eight points but the former was declared the runners up based on his better tiebreak.
While Amonatov got richer by Rs. 4 lakh Diptayan got Rs. 3 lakh and Dzhumaev took Rs. 2 lakh from the total kitty of over Rs 51 lakh prize money split over three categories.
After Niranjan Navalgund got a GM norm, Aradhya Garg of Delhi received IM norm defeating GM Nilotpal Das in what was a fine display of attacking chess.
Aradhya sacrificed a piece in the early stages of the middle game and got a handful of pawns as the game progressed. Making the most of opportunities provided, Aradhya went on to score a memorable victory.
Another norm was gained by Arpita Mukherjee who ended up with a Women’s IM norm from her performance here. Arpita drew with RA Harikrishna in her final round game.
Meanwhile in the ‘C’ group, Suhaib Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh won the first prize with nine points out of a possible ten. It was a four way tie at the top between R P Baisakh, S Satyanarayan, Bishal Basak on nine points apiece in the event and Ahmad had the best tiebreak to back him.
Important results final round (Indians unless stated): Diptayan Ghosh (8) drew with Farrukh Amonatov (Tjk, 8.5); Murali Karthikeyan (7.5) drew with Marat Dzhumaev (Uazb, 8); Swayams Mishra (7.5) drew with Adam Tukhaev (Ukr, 7.5); M R Lalith Babu (7.5) beat N R Visakh (7); P Shyaamnikhil (7) drew with Vitaly Sivuk (Ukr, 7); Karen Movsziszian (Arm, 7) drew with Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy (Vie, 7); Andrei Deviatkin (Rus, 7.5) beat Niaz Murshed (Ban, 6.5); Hesham Abdelrahman (Egy, 6.5) lost to Czebe Attila (Hun, 7.5); Saptarshi Roy (7) drew with Sahaj Grover (7); David Alberto (7) beat Niranjan Navalgund (6.5). (PTI)