GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan won the SREI International Grandmasters chess championship on Saturday.

The Armenian emerged the champion with 7.5 after a five-way tie ensured at the end of the 10th round.

Ter-Sahakyan edged out IM Mikhail Mozharov of Russia by half a Bucholz tie-breaking point to grab the first prize of Rs. 2 lakh.

The results (final round): Mikhail Mozharov (Rus) 7.5 drew with Levan Pantsulaia (Geo) 7.5; Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (Arm) 7.5 drew with Ivan Popov (Rus) 7.5; Azer Mirzoev (Aze) 7.5 bt Vladislav Borovikov (Ukr) 6.5; Valeriy Neverov (Ukr) 7 drew with Bharuz Rzayev (Aze) 7; Tornike Sanikidze (Geo) 6) lost to Tigran S. Petrosyan (Arm) 7.5; R.R. Laxman (7) bt Jacek Stopa (Pol) 6.

S.S. Ganguly (5.5) lost to Murali Karthikeyan (7); Praveen Thipsay (5.5) lost to Deep Sengupta (6.5).

Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) 6 drew with Bhuvanesh Ramnath (6); Merab Gagunashvili (Geo) 6.5 bt Swayams Mishra (5.5); Levon Babujian (Arm) 6 drew with Prasanna Rao (6); Hovik Hayrapetyan (Arm) 6.5 bt Visakh (5.5); Vignesh (5.5) lost to Drazic Sinisa (Srb) 6.5; V Karthik (5.5) lost to Neelotpal Das (6); Aditya Udeshi (6) bt Prathamesh Mokal (5). — Special Correspondent

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