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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

GM Tornike Sanikidze of Georgia wins 2nd Gurgaon GM International Chess Open 2014

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

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2nd Gurgaon Chess Open 2014 - Gurgaon, Jan 8: Grandmaster Tornike Sanikidze of Georgia has won the 2nd Gurgaon International Open Chess Tournament after settling for a quick draw with International Master Swayams Mishra in the tenth and final round that concluded here at the Suncity International School.

In what turned out to be a four-way tie for the top, veteran Grandmaster Raset Ziatdinov of United States was declared second while Mishra finished third.

The winners (from left): Third Swayams Mishra, second Raset Ziatdinov and winner Tornike Sanikidze.

In an inspiring display of competitive chess, talented V Karthik defeated R Prasanna in the final round to take his tally to eight points and tied for the top spot too. However, Karthik’s tiebreaker could only fetch him fourth place.

In a colouful closing ceremony, Surender Dangi, Joint Secretary Haryana Olympic Association and Sunil Dabas, Dronacharya Awardee gave away the prizes in presence of Raju Verma, Chairman District Chess Association Gurgaon, Naresh Garg, President Haryana Chess Assocition, Naresh Sharma, Secretary The Haryana Chess Association, Rajpal Yadav, Organising Secretary; Anil Kumar Parnami, Vice President Haryana Chess Association and Roopa Chakkravarthy, Principal Suncity School.

The chess caravan now moves to Delhi to participate in the 12th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess Festival at the Ludlow Castle Sports Complex. As per latest updates, more than 1,000 players have registered for the Delhi Chess Festival. (

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