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Big News! Indian teenage Grandmaster Arjun Erigaisi wins the Abu Dhabi Masters | Defeats Spain’s David Anton

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The Indian teenage Grandmaster, Arjun Erigaisi clinches the 28th Abu Dhabi Masters chess tournament, beating Spain’s David Anton Guijjaro on Thursday. The 18-year-old from Telangana remained unbeaten as he scored a superb 7.5/9 to emerge victorious. He was a member of the Indian A team at the Olympics.

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Previously, R Praggnanandha beat Magnus Carlsen to finish second at the FTX Crypto Cup in Miami earlier this week, now Arjun Erigaisi won the Abu Dhabi Masters on Thursday.

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After clinching a victory in Abu Dhabi, Erigaisi is now ranked 24th in the world with a live ELO rating of 2724.6. It’s interesting to know that only two Indians above Erigaisi are Viswanathan Anand (2756) and D Gukesh (2728.3).

Erigaisi’s coach Srinath Narayanan, said

“His victory is incredibly impressive. The tournament had a pretty strong field. There were a lot of players above 2600. Usually, a score of 6.5 or 7 is enough to become champion.”

Arjun also remained unbeaten in all nine rounds and finished half a point ahead of Uzbekistan’s Javokhir Sindarov. Sindarov, on the other hand, defeated Iran’s M Amin Tabatabaei to take second place. Dutchman Jorden van Foreest secured third place followed by USA’s Ray Robson

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In Abu Dhabi, Arjun secured six wins and drew the other three games to emerge victorious. He won the matches against Rohit Krishna, Deep Sengupta, Raunak Sadhwani, top-seed Wang Hao of China, Alexsandr Indjic (Serbia), and Guijjaro. He drew with Evgeny Tomashevky (Russia), Jorden van Foreest, and Ray Robson.

Other Indian players, Nihal Sarin, S P Sethuraman, Karthikeyan Murali, and Aryan Chopra, and Aditya Samant scored 6.5 points. Sarin secured sixth place whereas Indian GM Arjun Kalyan was placed 15th.

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