Laxman grabs chess gold

Laxman grabs chess gold

Laxman, playing with black pieces, sprang a major surprise on Argentinean GM Pablo Lafuente in the heavy pieces endgame, to produce his best performance ever.
Maletin won the Commonwealth chess open title following a 31-move draw against MR Lalith Babu on the top board.

Both Maletin and Laxman were tied at nine points out of a possible 11 rounds but since Russia is not a part of the Commonwealth, the medal was awarded to the Indian.
Maletin’s had a superior tiebreak score on Bucholz count then Laxman in the final standings.
The silver was won by Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta who finished overall third and half-a-point behind the two leaders.

In the final round, Abhijeet, a former world junior champion and reigning Asian Bronze medallis settled for a draw with Russian Dmitry Bocharov.
Lalith Babu won the bronze medal after his fifth place finish in the overall standings.