GM Ziaur Rahman Wins Nagpur Chess Open 2012
Bangladesh Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman has won the Nagpur Open Chess tournament with a last round draw with IM Ankit Rajpara. Both Rahman and GM Aleksej Aleksandrov (who registered a hard-fought win over top Indian GM Lalith Babu) tied for the top score, but Rahman won on the Buchholz tie-break.
Ziaur, who had an impressive second-place finish in the Chennai open chess tournament in 2010. Top seed Aleksandrov played a tough game to beat Babu in 76 moves. Martyn Kravtsiv, the second seeded GM from Ukraine, agreed to a quick draw with Bengal's Diptayan Ghosh in a Catalan opening game on the third table. The 15-move draw helped Martyn finish third with 8.5 points while 17-year-old Vidit Gujrathi excelled with a fourth place finish.
FINAL STANDINGS: 1. Ziaur Rahman (9, 77.0), 2. Aleksej Aleksandrov (9, 75.5), 3. Martyn Kravtsiv (8.5, 75.0), 4. Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (8, 75.5), 5. Himanshu Sharma (8, 72.0), 6. Ankit Rajpara (8, 71.0), 7. Sahaj Grover (8, 70.5), 8. Diptayan Ghosh (8, 66.0), 9. Andrey Vovk (8, 65.5), 10. MR Lalith Babu (7.5, 73.5).
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