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Monday, December 30, 2013

GM Sasikiran is India National Chess Champion 2013

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

Grandmaster Krishnan Sasikiran is the Indian National Chess Champion 2013. GM Sasikiran won the 51st Indian National Premier Chess Championship 2013 on Monday. 
Sasikiran played some very strong chess to beat extremely tough competition over the last two weeks. The last round had two vital games to be played that would effect the final outcome. GM Adhiban went into the last round trailing the leader by half point and convincingly beat MS Thejkumar. This was even as Sasi battled Shyam Nikhil. If Sasi were to draw, he would have to give the title to Adhiban on tiebreak. But, Sasi held on strong and beat Nikhil to win the tournament with 10.5/13. GM Sasikiran has won the title for the fourth time. 

The third place went to Lalith Babu who played exciting chess to beat Debashis Das. Babu has won the most number of games in this tournament - nine! However, he lost three games thereby making it to the third place.

Thejkumar MS who finished fourth too had an excellent tournament scoring a GM norm and also increasing his rating by 22 points. He will surely be India's next GM in the days to come.
The other two players who finished in the top 6 Were Ashwin Jayaram who played a great game against Vishnu Prasanna and Deepan Chakravarthy who drew with Rathnakaran in just 10 moves.

G Akash won his first game of the tournament in the last round, however, Parimarjan did not turn up to play the last-round game and gave a walkaover to Akshat Khamparia. (Indian Chess News)

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