Abhijeet Gupta claims Commonwealth Chess Championship Print
Monday, 15 July 2013 19:10
Indian Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta won the Commonwealth Chess Championship after scoring 9,0/11 points and edging Sergey Fedorchuk (Ukraine) and Sergei Tiviakov (Netherlands) on tie-breaks to take the first place in the tournament that also incorporated South African Open Chess Championship.

Fedorchuk and Tiviakov took the second and third place in the Open Section, respectively.

Indian Grandmasters rounded up the medal count as Dibyendu Barua (8,5 points, 4th place) got the Commonwealth silver medal and last-year champion M.R. Lalith Babu (8,5 points, 5th place) won the bronze.

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IM Jovanka Houska from England (8,5 points) won the gold medal among women, while Soumya Swaminathan (India; 8,5 points) settled for silver and Mary Ann Gomes (India; 7,5 points) won the bronze.

The Indians also dominated the junior section with G. Akash winning the gold, Sahaj Grover getting the silver and Rakesh Kulkarni securing the bronze medal. Kulkarni also won the South African open blitz championship held during the course of the championship.

South African President Jacob Zuma attended the closing ceremony and emphasized the importance of chess education in his speech.

The Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championships 2013, the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Chess Championship and the South African Open Blitz chess Championship were held at The Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre and Spa in the city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa from 5th July 2013 to 14th July 2013.

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