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Abhijeet the best

Al Ain: GM Abhijeet Gupta benefitted from the late arrival of Georgia’s Baadur Jobava to win the Al-Ain Classic International Open chess tournament, which concluded, here, at the UAE university.

Top seed Jobava failed to turn up for the final game in time, giving a walkover and the title to Gupta. Gupta had kept himself in contention with two victories on the trot prior to the last round.

Gupta scored seven points out of a possible nine and finished tied for the top spot along with Vasif Dararbayli of Azerbaijan and Martin Kravitsiv of Georgia but won the title on the tie-break with a total of six wins and two draws.

Gupta’s victory added to Indian celebration as a total of eight medals were won by the youngsters in the world youth chess championships that concluded at the same time. R Praggnanandaah was the pick of the boys, winning the gold in the under-8 championship. He notched up 11 points out of 11 games.