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18-year old Arjun Erigaisi started in a brilliant manner and won all of his first nine games in Lindores Abbey Blitz Event

Young Indian Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi came up with an outstanding overall performance to complete 1/3 in the Lindores Abbey Blitz match, organised to mark the eighty fifth birth anniversary of legendary chess participant Mikhail Tal. (Other Sports News) The 18-12 months old Erigaisi started in a brilliant manner and received all of his first 9 games before slipping up. He received over 107.2 blitz score points to enter the world top 30 at 2723 Elo together along with his overall performance in the match late on Monday. Arjun Erigaisi, the Indian Grandmaster, scored 9.5 points out of 10 games, crushing along the way the likes of Levon Aronian, David Howell, and Rauf Mamedov with 2-0 margins, and convincingly beating American ace Fabiano Caruana in the first sport of their match. However, towards the final rounds, it was Ukrainian Grandmaster Kirill Shevchenko who took the spotlight, delivering a 2-0 blow to Arjun Erigaisi in their direct duel. Arjun Erigaisi completed on 13.5 points, equal with Caruana but took 1/3 prize on the basis of the tie-break score. He earned USD 6,000 for his efforts.

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The youngster scored 13 wins from 18 video games, aside from one draw, and lost four. The 19-12 months old Shevchenko scored 14 factors out of 18 video games in a 9-double-spherical match to emerge champion. In the very last round, it changed into a three-way race between Caruana, Arjun Erigaisi, and Shevchenko. Caruana drew his game with Levon Aronian to complete on 13.5 points, hoping to be first on tie-breaks. Arjun Erigaisi also scored a victory, which means that he changed into on 13.5/18 as well. Shevchenko had to win to take first place. In a wild game with many ups and downs, he defeated Armenian Grandmaster Martirosyan (who blundered a checkmate in one in a drawn position) and completed 1/2 of a point ahead of the field. The Ukraine Grandmaster came out on top in a field of 120 Grandmasters which covered the likes of world No.3 Caruana, world No.10 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, David Navara in addition to the former contender for the title of World Champion Boris Gelfand and former women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Another younger Grandmaster, the 17-year old Nihal Sarin, changed into the subsequent great Indian performer in the event, taking 17th place with 11.5 points. B Adhiban (10 points) completed 30th while the skilled K Sasikiran changed into a distant 50th (9.5 points). Among the Indian women, Dronavalli Harika changed into the best finisher, taking 88th place with 7.5 points. The others in the fray were Padmini Rout (6.5), who completed 103rd accompanied by Vantika Agrawal and Divya Deshmukh (108th and 109th respectively).

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