Younger Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh emerged victorious within the forty eighth La Roda Worldwide Open Chess event right here, scoring eight factors from 9 rounds. The 15-year-old GM from Chennai, who remained unbeaten by means of the 9 rounds, defeated Israel’s Victor Mikhalevski within the closing spherical late on Sunday to emerge clear winner forward of Haik M Martirosyan of Armenia, who secured 7.5 factors.
Gukesh’s compatriot – R Praggnanandhaa, one other teenaged GM, took the third spot. He completed with seven factors as did 4 others together with one other Indian Raunak Sadhwani however gained the third prize on the idea of a greater tie-break rating. GM Sadhwani took the fourth place adopted by Manuel Lopez Martinez Josep (Spain) and Venezuela’s Ramon Martinez.
Gukesh completed with seven wins and two attracts. One of many attracts got here within the sixth spherical towards Praggnanandhaa in a 41-move sport. Praggnanandhaa, who had final week gained the distinguished Reykjavik Open in Iceland, held the benefit mid-way however couldn’t press on for a win. His different drawn sport was towards Haik M Martirosyan in spherical 5. He closed out the event with a 26-move win over Mikhalevski in an English Opening Golombek defence sport.
Gukesh posted wins over fellow Indian Bhagat Kushin spherical one and adopted it up by beating Alberto Hernandez Ramos, Daniel Romero Pallares and Javier Bernabeu Lopez Carlos (all Spain), Jorge Renteria (Colombia) and Nahul Gavarrete (Honduras). “Loved the keep & hospitality in La Roda and extra importantly clinching my 1st open title of the 12 months particularly coming after very close to misses and heartbreaks,” Gukesh tweeted after the triumph. Like Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa too remained unbeaten however 4 drawn video games pegged him again.