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Kuzubov wins, Laxman finishes third in Gurgaon

Second seed Yuriy Kuzubov of Ukraine Kuzubov settled for a quick draw against overnight joint leader and National Under-25 champion R R Laxman to win the Gurgaon International Open Grandmasters Chess tournament by virtue of a better tie-break score here today.
Kuzubov tied for the top spot along with compatriot top seed Alexander Areshchenko, GM Neelotpal Das of India, Kazak GM Anuar Ismagambetov and International Master R R Laxman with 8 points apiece at Suncity World School.

Areshchenko also signed a peace pact with Neelotpal in the final round while Anuar Ismagambetov defeated T U Navin Kanna to be tied for the top spot.

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 prize money as the prize money shared among the tied players as per the tournament rules.

Laxman, Girinath and Shivanda achieved their Grandmaster norms while Shashikant Kutwal and Akash Thakur achieved International Master Norms.

Uzbek girl Muminova Nafisa declared as the best women player of the tournament and she also achieved her Women International Master Norm from this tournament.

A P Joshua finished first among unrated players while in the veteran category International Master Boris Arkhangelsky finished at the top. PTI

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