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Abhijeet wins C'wealth chess title

Port Elizabeth, PTI: July 16, 2013 23:14 IST
Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won the Commonwealth Chess Championship after settling for a draw with Indian national title holder G Akash in the 11th and final round that concluded at the Boardwalk.

Putting in a solid performance right through, Gupta scored nine points out of a possible eleven and had the best tiebreak score to win the gold medal in the championship that also incorporated the South African International open.

Gupta was tied for the top spot along with top seed Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine and Sergei Tiviakov of Holland and had the best Bucholz among the three toppers to not only win the Commonwealth but also the overall title.

Expectedly, it was a clean sweep of medals in the open section and veteran Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua got the silver medal while Grandmaster MR Lalith Babu won the bronze. WGM Soumya Swaminathan won the silver medal Mary Ann Gomes won the bronze in the women’s section.

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