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Abhijeet wins US event, GM title for Venkatesh

Abhijeet wins US event, GM title for Venkatesh

Philadelphia (USA): National champion Abhijeet Gupta beat International Master Dean Ippolito of United States to win the Philadelphia International chess tournament, while M R Venkatesh became India's 28th Grandmaster at the event here.

Gupta, part of the silver-medal winning Indian team in the Asian championship, was in his elements during the tournament and conceded just three draws besides winning six games to lodge 7.5 points out of a possible nine.

There was more good news for the Indian contingent as Venkatesh made his third and final Grandmaster norm to become the 28th GM from India.

Venkatesh drew the final round game with compatriot S P Sethuraman to score seven points in all and finish second in the overall standings. Sethuraman also did well for his fourth place finish making it an Indian domination in Philadelphia.

The fourth notable result was obtained by Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout who achieved an International Master norm here scoring 5.5 points in all.

On an exposure trip here with the backing of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, top-seeded Gupta was the pick of the Indians in the fray.

The BPCL employee will also gain nine rating points from here which will take him closer to the 2650 rating mark once again.

Playing white in the final round, Gupta faced the Queen's gambit declined by Ippolito and proved why he is a feared opponent when it comes to basics.


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