Top-seed Russian Grand Master Pavel Ponkratov justified his billing to clinch the title in the 12th Chennai Open international GM chess tournament 2020 here on Saturday.
Ponkratov finished with eight points from 10 rounds and won the title on the basis of a superior tie-break score.
In a first, the tournament saw an eight way tie for the top spot.
Grand Masters Jose Eduaro Martinez Alcantara (Peru), Sergei Yudin (Russia), Aleksej Aleksandrov (Belarus), Ivan Rozum (Russia), Stanislav Bogdanovich (Ukraine), Kirill Stupak (Belarus) and V. Vishnu Prasanna apart from Pankratov were tied for the top spot with eight points.
International Master norms were achieved by Chennai schoolboy G. B. Harshavardhan, Jimmy Jubin, V. Pranav and S. Rohit Krishna while K. Priyanka made a WIM Norm.
Ponkratov received the Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy and a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh.
Peru GM Martinez Alcantara finished first runner-up and took home Rs. 2 lakh.
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