NEW DELHI: Grandmaster and Commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta won the title after playing an easy draw with Eldar Gasanov of Ukraine in the 10th and final round of the 12th Parsvnath Delhi International Grandmasters Chess Tournament, here on Thursday.
Abhijeet Gupta Wins showcased his superior preparation to outwit M R Venkatesh out of a Catalan opening. Playing white, Gupta repeated an earlier game played between former world champions V Anand and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia and had an ace up his sleeves as he came up with a home-cooked improvement.
Indian Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy finished third with a commendable victory against Russian Grandmaster Alexander Evdokimov in the final round. Gomez and Levan Pantsulaia were the others who tied for the second spot on 7.5 points apiece.
It was a very successful edition of the annual event as a total of 1396 players registered for the three events as part of the festival. The C group was won by Imtiaz Ali.
Sh. Jiju Thomson, Director General, Sports Authority of India distributed the prizes to the winners along with Mr. Hisham Al Taher, Secretary of Asian Chess Federation and All India Chess Federation CEO, Bharat Singh Chauhan.