Chess World Cup runner-up Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa was the best Indian with an overall third-place finish, while world champion Alexander Grischuk reigned supreme to clinch the Open Blitz title of the Tata Steel Chess India at the National Library on Saturday.
Praggnanandhaa was in the lead but he suffered defeats against Nodirbek Abdusattorov (13th round), Grischuk (15th) and Vidit Gujrathi (16th) that proved costly.
Erigaisi was the second-best Indian with an overall fourth finish with 10 and a half points.
India’s No. 1 Dommaraju Gukesh suffered six defeats in nine rounds on the final day that included one against his closest rival Praggnanandhaa in the penultimate round, to end a disappointing eighth.
The two-time world blitz champion Grischuk suffered the only loss of the tournament when he was stunned by the rising Indian Arjun Erigaisi in the 13th round.
Former world Rapid champion Abdusattorov finished with three points with Praggnanandhaa, but the Uzbek secured a big win over Gujrathi to edge past the Indian sensation on tiebreaks.
Praggnanandhaa began the day on a positive note when he outwitted Rapid section’s runner-up Teimour Radjabov with a fine attacking game.
In the 11th round, he held Rapid champion Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, and continued his fun run with a win over Keymer in the next round.
The Indian’s four-game unbeaten streak was brought to an end by Abdusattorov in the 13th round.
In Round 15, Grischuk edged out Praggnanandhaa with black pieces.