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Express: Aravindh Chithambaram wins Sunway Sitges 2017

by Avathanshu Bhat - 23/12/2017

The Sunway Sitges International 2017 was an extremely strong event with players from 43 countries, 26 grandmasters, 35 International Masters and 40 Fide Masters. India's Aravindh Chithambaram started as the 14th seed of the event. However, he played some sublime chess and went on to win the event with a half point margin scoring 7.5/9. After finishing second in National Premier, third in World Juniors, Aravindh has finally managed to clinch the top spot! He wins the tournament and takes home the first prize of 5000 euros! Express report.

Aravindh Chithambaram and Kozul Zdenko were leading the Sunway Sitges International 2017 with 6.5/8. Going into the last round Aravindh was up against Kozul in the last round with the white pieces. He played a fantastic game and emerged as a clear champion with half a point.

Aravindh's performance in the tournament:

114107FMLarsen Karsten22240DENSkakforeningen Øbro4,5s 1
21265FMKaasen Tor Fredrik23470NOR4,5w 1
31149IMMunguntuul Batkhuyag23970MGL6,0s 1
4311GMPredke Alexandr25990RUS6,0w ½
5431IMSaduakassova Dinara24600KAZ5,5s 1
6221IMDann Matthias25170GER7,0w ½
731GMMotylev Alexander26750RUS6,5s 1
812GMShankland Samuel26620USA7,0w ½
918GMKozul Zdenko26070CRO6,5w 1

Rank after Round 9

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
114GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND258607,549,053,039,0
22GMShankland SamuelUSA266207,049,553,536,0
321IMDann MatthiasHGER251707,046,550,536,5
43GMSalem A.R. SalehUAE263807,043,548,035,0
527IMGascon Del Nogal Jose RafaelVEN24790Madrid7,041,544,533,5
64GMMelkumyan HrantARM263306,550,053,537,5
78GMKozul ZdenkoCRO260706,549,053,536,0
81GMMotylev AlexanderRUS267506,545,550,033,5
95GMZubov AlexanderUKR262606,544,548,032,5
1019IMSantos Latasa JaimeHESP25360Extremadura6,544,047,534,0
1136IMCernousek LukasCZE245606,538,041,530,0
1211GMPredke AlexandrRUS259906,049,052,534,0
1329IMHambleton AmanHCAN247406,047,550,536,0
146GMEdouard RomainFRA26210Club de Ajedrez Sestao6,046,551,033,0
1533IMBilguun SumiyaHMGL245906,046,550,032,5

Our 12-year-old author Avathanshu Bhat is at the Sunway Sitges and he will bring the full report.

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