Indian GM Gukesh wins Sunway Formentera Open Chess Tournament

Indian grandmaster D Gukesh came out champion on Sunday in the 1st Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2022 chess tournament here.

It was a hat-trick of titles for him after winning the La Roda tournament and the Menorca Open in recent weeks.

Fifteen-year-old Gukesh (Elo 2637) settled for a draw with Armenian GM Haik M Martirosyan in the final round to win the title with eight points. He had beaten compatriot and second seed K Sasikiran in the ninth and penultimate round. Gukesh, who went undefeated through all nine rounds, gained 16 Elo points from his performance here. He has now moved up to 64th in the world rankings.

The Indian teenager GM recorded six wins and four draws for his final tally of eight points. In addition to scoring on Sasikiran, he held top seed Jaime Santos Latasa to a draw in the fourth round and No. 3 seed Shant Sargysan (Armenia) in the seventh round.

Sasikiran (Elo 2650) had to settle for ninth place with 5.5 points. After recording four runs in five innings including three wins, the experienced Indian GM stuttered in the second half of the tournament and was only able to add 1.5 runs in five innings.

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