Sahaj Grover, the mastermind from Delhi is also known as Chess Grandmaster, who had shown a brilliant performance in the 2017 South Africa Open has once again clinched this year as well.
Sahaj Grover who holds the 2017 South Africa title :
Former World U/10 Champion GM Sahaj Grover became the latest Indian to add his name to the champions trophy. The 22-year-old Indian Grand Master was in excellent shape and listed a rare clean sweep of this event as he won the Classical, Quick and the Blitz Championships.
His impressive score of 10/11 at the primary event saw him best the field with a full 1.5 points as he watched off stiff competition from many Southern Africa’s most talented global masters. It has initially been running every two years but has been held yearly since 1995.
In the recent years, we have seen the strength in this area of the game, and notable players that have won the name comprise GM Gawain Jones (2011), GM Abhijeet Gupta (2013), GM Merab Gagunashvili (2014), GM Nigel Short (2015) and GM Aleksa Strikovic (2016). The Championship section brought players in South Africa, Botswana, India, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
They played hundreds of juniors who participated in the development segments together with the event attracting over 450 players in total. You will find upsets from as early as Round 1 when Glenwood High School’s very own FM Naseem Essa (1682) draw against the second-seeded IM Daniel Jere from Zambia (2380).
Sahaj Grover was also blessed to escape Round 3 if CM Nashlen Govindasamy (2087) lost his way after the motors had accessed his position since +8 at one stage. IM Daniel Jere of Zambia and IM Rodwell Makoto from Zimbabwe also lived up to their seedings and richly finished second and third respectively.
Sahaj Grover to hold the title again in 2018:
Sahaj Grover retained the South Africa Open chess title with an outstanding performance. The top-seeded Grandmaster, who scored 10 points from 11 rounds throughout his winning effort, Daniel Cawdrey, who is the highest rated player in South Africa was defeated by our grandmaster.
Sahaj Grover won the initial five rounds of the game, with Cawdrey and seventh seed Roland Bezuidenhout in succession, before finishing consecutively four times in a row. Sahaj received the winner’s share of 11,000 rands ($57,000 approx.) along with the 2,000 rands ($10,400 approx) for finishing runner-up from the blitz section.
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