Third seed Ghaem Ehsan Maghami won the Parsvnath Chess Tournament on Friday, settling for a draw against Bangladesh GM Ziaur Rahman. The Iranian GM was tied for the top spot on nine points with Russia’s Kryakvin Dmitry and GM Pavel Kostur (Kazakhstan), but a better tiebreak score helped Maghami walk away with the honours.
“My opening was really bad,” said the Iranian. “At one point, I thought the game had gone out of my hands. So, I steered the match towards a draw.”
On the other hand, overnight joint leader Lenic Luka’s hopes of winning the title went up in smoke as he lost to GM Dmitry in the final-round encounter.
“This is the worst game I have played in four years. It is so disappointing. I gave him (Dmitry) no less than 10 chances. I ended up playing the same moves and variations I thought I would never play against him. It was just not my day,” rued Luka.
GM Dmitry finished second, while Kostur defeated Uzbek GM Marat Dzhumaev to be placed third.
Young Indian International Master, Deep Sengupta, who had held top seed GM Le Quang Liem of Vietnam in the penultimate round, finished a creditable sixth.
Rahul Sangma and Tania Sachdev won the ‘Best Delhi Player’ and ‘Best Woman Player’ awards.
GM Vul Arkadi Eremmeevich of Russia was adjudged the ‘Best Veteran’, while Maharjan Herkaji of Nepal secured the ‘Best Unrated’ player award.