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Kuzubov wins Gurgaon International Open chess

Second seed Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine won the Gurgaon International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament with eight points here at Suncity World School here Thursday.

Kuzubov tied for the top spot along with country mate and top seed Alexander Areshchenko, Indian Grandmaster Neelotpal Das, Kazak Grandmaster Anuar Ismagambetov and International Master RR Laxman. But a better tie break score helped Kuzubov to take the top position and winner’s trophy.

In the final round, Kuzubov settled for a quick draw against national under-25 champion R.R. Laxman in just eight moves while Areshchenko had the same results against Neelotpal Das.

Anuar Ismagambetov defeated T.U. Navin Kanna in the final round encounter and tied for the pole position with eight points.

The five-way tie resolved by bucholz score and Kuzubov edged out rest four.

Areshenchenko finished second while Laxman, Anuar and Neelotpal secured third, fourth and fifth position respectively. But all the five pocketed Rs.1,12,000 as the prize money was shared.

Laxman, Girinath and Shivanda achieved their Grandmaster norms while Shashikant Kutwal and Akash Thakur achieved International Master Norms. Uzbek girl, Muminova Nafisa was declared the best women player of the tournament and she also achieved her Women International Master norm.

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