NEW DELHI: Grandmaster Parimarjan Negi maintained his flawless run to claim the honours in the Philadelphia International chess tournament in Philadelphia on Monday.
In the ninth and final round, Eesha Karavade forced a draw against Negi in 32 moves following perpetual checks.
Negi, who drew the penultimate round with National champion and top seed Surya Shekhar Ganguly, tallied seven points and gained 19 rating points from his stupendous run. The country’s youngest GM collected $2,000.
In his last tournament appearance in May, the Tata-sponsored Negi finished tied for the Kaupthing Open title in Differdange, Luxembourg, after scoring seven points from nine rounds.
On Monday, India’s joy doubled when S. Arun Prasad (6.5 points) not only finished runner-up, but also completed the requirements to become the country’s 18th GM.
Arun, who started the event with three GM norms, gained enough rating points from this performance to cross the stipulated rating of 2,500. He received $1000. G.N. Gopal and Eesha Karwade, who were tied for the third to sixth places, got $450 each.
Meanwhile, in the Sort Open at Sort, Spain, overnight joint leader Abhjeet Gupta went down to Bulgaria Aleksander Delchev.
In the third round of Paris International championship in Paris, 12-year-old Sahaj Grover (1) lost to France’s Shirazi Kamran.
The results: Sort Open; Eighth round (involving Indians): Aleksander Delchev (Bul, 7) bt Abhijeet Gupta (6); Karen Movsziszian (Arm, 5.5) bt M.R. Lalith Babu (4.5); Aryam Abreu Delgadeo (Cub, 4.5) lost to Kruttika Nadig (5.5); Rashad Babaev (Aze, 5.5) bt G.V. Sai Krishna (4.5); Sergey Kasparov (Blr, 5.5) bt T. Abhay (4.5); Yvain Bruned (Esp, 4.5) lost to B. Adhiban (5.5); Antonio Viani D’cunha (4) lost to Deep Sengupta (5); Matthias Roeder (Ger, 5) bt S. Nitin (4); S.P. Sethuraman (5) bt Mairelys Delgado Crespo (Esp, 4); Soumya Swaminathan (5) bt Swapnil Dhopade (4); Vishnu Prasanna (4.5) bt Roquelina Fandino Reyes (Cub, 3.5); Prasanna Rao (4.5) bt Martiza Arribas Robaina (Cub, 3.5); Vilela de Acuna (Cub, 4.5) bt Bhakti Kulkarni (3.5); Pablo Arguelles Garcia (4.5) bt Mary Ann Gomes (3.5); Shalmali Gagare (4.5) bt K. Priyadarshan (3.5); Shyam Sundar (4.5) bt P. Uthra (3.5); C.P. Aatirah (4) bt R. Preethi (3); Pon N. Krithika (4) bt Vianney Bruned (Esp, 3); A. Niji (4) bt Aaron Rodriquez Adell (Esp, 3); Devangi Patankar (3.5) bt S.V. Sathyapriya (3).
Philadelphia International (Indians’ standings): 1. Parimarjan Negi (7 points), 2. S. Arun Prasad (6.5), 4. G.N. Gopal (6), 6. Eesha Karavade (6), 7-9. Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Abhijit Kunte, K. Ratnakaran (5.5 each), 13. R.R. Laxman (5), 16-18. M.R. Venkatesh, Nisha Mohota, Swati Ghate (4.5 each), 22. Kiran Manisha Mohanty (4), 27. Aarthie Ramaswamy (3.5), 29. Sai Meera (3.5).