Amonatov wins Delhi International Chess meet

New Delhi, Jan 16 (IANS) Top seeded Grandmaster Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan won the 15th edition of the Delhi International Chess tournament after settling for a draw with Grandmaster Diptayan Ghosh in the 10th and final round here on Monday.

Scoring 8.5 points out of a possible ten, Amanotov stayed a half point ahead of Ghosh and Dzhumaev Marat of Uzbekistan, who both tied for the second spot on eight points but the former was declared the runners-up based on his better tiebreak.

Among others, local boy Aradhya Garg defeated Grandmaster Nilotpal Das in what was a fine display of attacking chess.

Aradhya sacrificed a piece in the early stages of the middle game and got a handful of pawns as the game progressed. Making the most of opportunities provided, Aradhya went on to score a memorable victory.

Arpita Mukherjee, who ended up with a Women’s International Master norm for her performance here, played a draw with R.A. Harikrishna in her final round game.

Meanwhile in group C, Suhaib Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh won the first prize with nine points out of a possible ten.