Tamil Nadu boy Iniyan gets his third and final GM norm

P. Iniyan finished second with a score of seven points out of nine rounds. However, the boy from Erode, who remained undefeated in the tournament, is yet to get the required Elo rating points to become a GM.

Iniyan acquired the final GM norm by playing out a draw against Italian Grandmaster Stelle Andrea.   -  Special Arrangement

Fifteen-year-old P. Iniyan secured his third and final GM norm in the 41st Barbera Del Velles International Open chess tournament, which concluded in Barcelona on Thursday night.

Iniyan finished second with a score of seven points out of nine rounds. However, the boy from Erode, who remained undefeated in the tournament, is yet to get the required Elo rating points to become a GM.

He defeated 2 GM’s (Ortiz Reynaldo from Cuba, Jose Eduardo from Peru), drew with 3 GM's (Gusenov Gadir from Azerbaijan, Oliva Kevel from Cuba and Stella Andrea from Italy) and 1 IM (Asis Gargatagli Hipolito from Spain).

Iniyan acquired the final GM norm by playing out a draw against Italian Grandmaster Stelle Andrea.

Iniyan thanked his sponsor and coach for the feat. “With support from sponsor Olirum Erodu Foundation, coach K. Visweswaran and The Indian Public school, I’ve achieved this level,” he said.

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