Indian Magesh Chandran wins Hastings International Chess Title

Chennai, January 6 () The Indian P Magesh Chandran remained undefeated in nine rounds to win the title at the 95th edition of the prestigious Hastings International Chess Congress in Hastings, England.

The 36-year-old Grand Master with an FIDE rating of 2479, remained undefeated and finished first with 7.5 points in nine games after securing a 33-move draw in the final round against compatriot GA Stany, also GM on Sunday .

He beat fellow Indian GM Deep Sengupta in the eighth round.

Stany ranked sixth with 6.5 points, while the Indian woman, GM R Vaishali, scored six points to finish tenth. Two other Indians, Deep Sengupta and Swayams Mishra, finished 13th and 14th respectively with six identical points.

Frenchman Romain Edouard, who was the only player who finished the tournament halfway to Chandran, took second place. Four players shared third to sixth place with 6.5 points.

Chandran, based in the United States, recorded six wins and secured three draws to take first place. He passed a field that included two players with an ELO rating of more than 2600 and five in the category of more than 2500.

He was delighted with his performance and rated the victory over fellow countryman Deep Sengupta as his best in the tournament.

It's great (win the tournament). I haven't had such a performance in a long time, said Chandran, who comes from Madurai in Tamil Nadu.

The game against Deep Sengupta won the best game award. I also liked the game I won against David Howell, he added.

Chandran, who currently lives in North Carolina, USA. UU. And he has a chess academy, he said he plans to play more events this year. The Indian had become a GM in 2006 and moved to the United States to pursue higher studies at the University of Texas. SS SSC SSC

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