Sahaj Grover takes 2018 Broadwalk Pearson Open crown

In the ninth and final round of this 10-player round-robin event, the 22-year-old, Grover, defeated Malawi’s Joseph Mwale, in 63 moves to aggregate 7.5 points.

After drawing two rounds, Sahaj Grover won six, out of the remaining seven rounds, including the last four. (File Photo)   -  THE HINDU

Top-seeded Grandmaster, Sahaj Grover, produced a strong finish, to win the 2018 Broadwalk Pearson Open chess tournament, here, on Sunday.

In the ninth and final round of this 10-player round-robin event, the 22-year-old defeated Malawi’s Joseph Mwale, in 63 moves to aggregate 7.5 points.

After drawing two rounds, Grover won six, out of the remaining seven rounds, including the last four. Rated 2484, Grover performed at 2542-level to gain six rating points.

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For Grover, who is studying here, this was the second title in classical format, in less than a year. The former World junior bronze medallist, won the South African Open title in Durban, besides beating the fields, in rapid and blitz formats, in July 2017.

Final standings: 1. Sahaj Grover (7.5 points), 2. Daniel Cawdery (RSA, 6.5), 3. Jack van Zyl-Rudd (RSA, 5.5), 4. Joseph Mwale (Maw, 4.5), 5-7. David Silva (Ang, 4), Geoffery Luanja (Zam, 4), Donaldo Paiva (Moz, 4), 8. Rodwell Makoto (Zim, 3.5), 9. Providence Oatlhotse (Bot, 3), 10. Calvin John Klassen (RSA, 2.5).

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