Indian GM Arjun Erigaisi finishes second in Tepe Sigeman chess tourney

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Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi secured four points from seven rounds to finish second in the Tepe Sigeman round-robin chess tournament, here on Monday.

The 18-year old Erigaisi drew his final round game against higher-rated Czech opponent David Navara in 59 moves to end up with four points. He was tied with two others — Nils Gandelius (Sweden) and veteran Englishman Michael Adams for the second spot and took the runner-up position thanks to a superior tie-break score. He finished with two victories, four draws and a loss in the tournament, won by American Hans Moke Niemann, who logged five points.

Erigaisi began with a win over experienced Spanish player Alexei Shirov and followed it up by beating Saleh Salem A R of UAE. He suffered a defeat at the hands of Niemann in the third round, which hurt his chances.

The last four rounds saw the Indian GM draw with Grandelius, highly-rated Dutchman Jorden Van Foreest, Adams and Navara.

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Erigaisi had missed an opportunity to beat Foreest in the fifth round.

He has been in the middle of a good run this year during which he won the prestigious Tata Steel Challengers section in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands and Delhi International Open apart from the national championship.


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