GM Laxman wins Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy

Chennai, also known to be the mecca of Indian chess, has been traditionally hosting the strong Chennai Grandmaster International Open. This year’s edition concluded on a high note after local star and reigning National Blitz Champion GM Laxman Rajaram successfully clinched the trophy on Thursday.

In a high voltage action, the final round saw decisive results on top 4 boards. Consequently, five players tied for the first spot and GM Laxman Rajaram emerged as champion with better tie-break score.

The event saw three Indians bagging norms. Local girl C Lakshmi bagged a Woman International Master (WIM) norm, while International Master norms were bagged by Karthik Venkataraman of Andhra Pradesh and Nikhil Dixit from Maharashtra respectively.

Laxman went home richer by Rs 2 Lakh and a glittering trophy.

The awards ceremony was presided over by Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hon. Secretary, All India Chess Federation. Others present in the function include FIDE vice-president DV Sundar, Arjuna Awardee Manuel Aaron B Murugavel, vice-president, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association among others.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name sex FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 19 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2434 ICF 8,0 0,0 59,5 64,0 48,75 7,0
2 2 GM Rozum Ivan RUS 2595 RUS 8,0 0,0 59,5 63,0 50,00 7,0
3 1 GM Gareyev Timur USA 2605 USA 8,0 0,0 59,0 64,5 49,50 8,0
4 18 GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2434 UZB 8,0 0,0 57,0 62,0 49,50 7,0
5 25 FM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2386 TEL 8,0 0,0 55,0 59,5 47,25 6,0
6 14 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2475 ICF 7,5 0,0 60,5 65,5 47,25 6,0
7 9 GM Pruijssers Roeland NED 2536 NED 7,5 0,0 58,5 63,5 46,00 5,0
8 26 IM Sidhant Mohapatra IND 2382 ODI 7,5 0,0 57,0 61,5 45,25 6,0
9 27 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2372 KER 7,5 0,0 56,5 61,5 45,25 6,0
10 23 IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND 2402 KAR 7,5 0,0 55,0 59,5 43,75 6,0