Ashwin finishes tied 13th

Ashwin Jayaram emerged as the best Indian with a tied 13th place finish after settling for a draw with GM Boris Chatalbashev of Bulgaria in the ninth and final round of Grand Europe Albena Chess tournament here.

There was little to cheer for the Indian enthusiasts as highest rated Indian Abhijeet Gupta went down fighting against International Master Vitaliy Bernadskiy of Ukraine in his final round.

Earlier in the eighth round Abhijeet had raised visions of an improved finish after outplaying Eylon Nakar of Israel.

Tigran Petrosian of Armenia comprehensively won the tournament, defeating Levente Vajda of Romania in the last round.

The Armenian finished with a very impressive eight points out of a possible nine and remained a full point clear of nearest rivals.

Hrant Melkumyan of Armenia, Mircea-Emilian Parligras of Romania, Tamir Nabaty of Israel and Bernadskiy tied for the second spot on seven points each.

Jayaram, who was on six points, ended in a tie for the 13th place along with Anurag Mahamal who defeated Melih Yurtseven of Turkey in the last game. Gupta, V Vishnu Prasanna and Swapnil Dhopade ended the tournament on a disappointing 5.5 points.
Gupta also lost valuable rating points that puts him below the 2600 rating mark again.

Important final round results (Indians unless stated): Levente Vajda (Rou, 6.5) lt to Tigran Petrosian (Arm, 8); Hrant Melkumyan (Arm, 7) drew with Mircea-Emilian Parligras (Rou, 7); Tamir Nabaty (Isr, 7) bt Vladislav Nevednichy (Rou, 6.5); Vitaliy Bernadskiy (Ukr, 7) bt Abhijeet Gupta (6.5); Boris Chatalbashev (Bul, 6) drew with Ashwin Jayaram (6); Ogulcan Kanmazalp (Tur, 5.5) drew with V Vishnu Prasanna (5.5); Melih Yurtseven (Tur, 5) lt to Anurag Mhamal (6); Swapnil Dhopade (5.5) bt Abdalla Luiz Guilherme Aurell (Bra, 4.5); Vladimir Valkov (Bul, 3.5) lt to Sagar Shah (4.5); Veselij Gagarin (Rus, 4) drew with N Raghavi (4).

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