Visakh becomes first Indian to win Mayor’s chess

Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master N. R. Visakh created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament and lead a top-three sweep here on Thursday.

Visakh drew his final round match with GM Diptayan Ghosh and was tied for the top place. The arbiters declared Visakh as the champion on a better tie-break as he drew with Ghosh in 16 moves.

Tamil Nadu teenager and International Master N. R. Visakh created history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Mumbai Mayor’s International Open Chess Tournament and lead a top-three sweep here on Thursday.

The 17-year-old Visakh drew his final round match with fellow-Indian and GM Diptayan Ghosh and was tied for the top place on eight points with Ghosh and Chandigarh’s Himal Gusain in a three-way tie.

The arbiters declared Visakh (ELO 2400) as the champion on a better tie-break as he drew with Ghosh in 16 moves.

Gusain also finished on 8 points after a final round win over IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni.

Visakh thus became the first Indian to capture the title in its nine-year history and won Rs 3 lakh, while Ghosh took home Rs two lakh and Gusain Rs 1onelakh.

While this was Visakh’s biggest victory, the soft spoken player who began playing chess at the age of nine said his win over GM Farrukh Amonatov of Tajikistan earlier in the tournament is the high point of his fledgling chess career.

Five other Indians finished among the eight players in joint second place.

The game between Visakh and Ghosh started with a Queen’s Indian and turned into a Dutch Defence. On the ninth move Ghosh sacrificed a pawn on 'D5' for better play but both players did not take any risk and agreed for a draw in just 16 moves.

Top results: IM Visakh N R drew with GM Diptayan Ghosh; GM Boris Grachev (RUS) drew with Girish A Koushik; Himal Gusain bt IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni; GM Farrukh Amonatov (TJK) bt Muthaiah A l; Sandipan Chanda bt FM Ahmed Sk. Nasir (BAN); GM Evgeny Gleizerov (RUS) bt Kunal M; GM Swapnil S Dhopade bt Hemant Sharma; IM Krishna C R G bt Srinath Rao S V; Tarini Goyal bt IM Ravi Teja S.

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