India’s Magesh Chandran lifts Hastings International chess title

Magesh Chandran, the 36-year old Grand Master with a FIDE rating of 2479, remained unbeaten and finished first with 7.5 points from nine games.

The US-based Chandran posted six wins and secured three draws to take the top spot. He outscored a field that included two players with a 2600-plus ELO rating and five in the 2500-plus category .(Representative Image)   -  Getty Images

India’s P. Magesh Chandran remained unbeaten in nine rounds to win the title in the 95th edition of the prestigious Hastings International Chess Congress in Hastings, England.

The 36-year old Grand Master (GM) with a FIDE rating of 2479, remained unbeaten and finished in clear first place with 7.5 points from nine games after securing a 33-move draw in the final round against compatriot G.A. Stany, also a GM on Sunday.

He beat fellow Indian GM Deep Sengupta in the eighth round.

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Stany took the sixth place with 6.5 points while India’s woman GM R. Vaishali obtained six points to finish 10th. Two other Indians -- Deep Sengupta and Swayams Mishra -- finished 13th and 14th respectively with identical six points.

France’s Romain Edouard, who was the only player to end the tournament a half point behind Chandran, took the second spot. Four players shared third to sixth places with 6.5 points.

The US-based Chandran posted six wins and secured three draws to take the top spot. He outscored a field that included two players with a 2600-plus ELO rating and five in the 2500-plus category.

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He was delighted with his performance and rated the win over compatriot Deep Sengupta as his best in the tournament.

“It is great (to win the tournament). I haven’t had such a performance in a long time,” Chandran, who hails from Madurai in Tamil Nadu, told PTI.

“The game against Deep Sengupta won the best game award. I also liked the game I won against David Howell,” he added.

Chandran, who currently lives in North Carolina, USA, and has a chess academy, said he plans to play more events this year.

The Indian had become a GM in 2006 and moved to the US for higher studies at the University of Texas