Ukrainian Grandmaster Adam Tukhaev (8.5 points) with a quick draw in the top board against GM Czebe Attila (HUN) emerged the champion, after the 10th and final round, in the 9th Chennai Open Grandmaster Chess tournament 2017 for the Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Nehru Stadium, Chennai here today.
Tukhaev takes the winner’s purse of Indian Rupees 200,000 (Euros 2735) along with the Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam trophy. The second spot was shared by top seed GM David Alberto (Ita), GM Czebe Attila (Hun), GM Malakhatko Vadim (Bel) and IM Nitin S (Ind) at 8.0 points apiece.
The total prizes amounting to Indian Rupees 1,100,000 (Euros 15045) were distributed to top 60 prize winners by Dr Rajendra Kumar, I.A.S.,Secretary, Youth Welfare and Sports Development, Government of Tamil Nadu. Present in the dais were Shri K Shankar Vanavarayar, Joint Correspondent, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore, Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE (World Chess Federation), Shri B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri V Hariharan, Gen Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association.
Final Placings (Indians unless specified) (1) Tukhaev Adam (Ukr) 8.5, 2-5 David Alberto (Ita), Czebe Attila (Hun), Malakhatko Vadim (Bel), Nitin S (Ind) 8.0, 6-10 Bernadskiy Vitaliy (Ukr), Horvath Adam (Hun), Sivuk Vitaly (Ukr), Grover Sahaj (Ind), Deviatkin Andrei (Rus) 7.5 pts
R R Vasudevan
Chennai Open GM tournament 2017