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Challengers Chess: Raunak Sadhwani finishes runner-up, qualifies for Tour Finals

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Successful the final 5 rounds, Olympiad bronze-medallist Raunak Sadhwani completed runner-up within the Challengers Chess Tour’s Julius Baer Problem on-line blitz chess match on Sunday.

Within the 16-player area consisting of rising skills, Russian Andrey Esipenko scored a whopping 41 out of 45 factors to assert the title 10 factors forward of Raunak. The round-robin format noticed 15 rounds of blitz video games over two days. A win counted for 3 factors and a draw was value a degree.

Esipenko and Raunak certified for the Tour Finals scheduled on October 29-30. The winner of the Tour Finals will earn a $10,000 conflict towards the 2021 champion R. Praggnanandhaa in Tel Aviv in December.

Beginning the ultimate day within the fourth spot with 12 factors from seven rounds, Raunak misplaced the eighth spherical to Leya Garifullina however then scored 6.5 factors from the remaining seven rounds.

Aditya Mittal, whose solely lack of the day got here towards Raunak within the twelfth spherical, additionally scored 6.5 factors from seven rounds on the ultimate day for the fourth spot.

Leon Mendonca and V. Praneeth matched Aditya’s tally of 27 factors and completed fifth and seventh respectively.

Vantika Agrawal figured in 14 consecutive decisive video games, after beginning with a draw towards Aditya, tallied 19 factors. She completed eleventh, two forward of the newest sensation B. Savitha Shri.

Closing standings (after 15 rounds): 1. Andrey Esipenko (FIDE, 41/45), 2. Raunak Sadhwani (31), 3-7. Frederik Svane (Germany), Aditya Mittal, Leon Mendonca, Jonas Buhl Bjerre (Denmark), V. Praneeth (27 every), 8. Marc Andria Maurizzi (France, 27), 9-10. Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan), Leya Garifullina (FIDE) (21 every), 11. Vantika Agrawal (19), 12. Nurgyul Salimova (Bulgaria) (14), 13. B. Savitha Shri (13), 14. Zsoka Gaal (Hungary) (12), Maria Malicka (Poland) (4), Carissa Yip (USA) (0).

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