India Grandmaster Srinath Narayanan clinched the Faroes Open 2018 after a draw in the ninth round against International Master Maksim Vavulin of Russia making it his second title in two months. Srinath had won the third Kolkata Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in May.
India Grandmaster Srinath Narayanan emerged victorious in the Faroes Open 2018 on Sunday and continued his good run with two back-to-back titles in as many months. Narayanan had a slow start in the tournament and took the lead only after the sixth round. However, he remained undefeated during the course of the tournament. In the eighth round, he held off a tough challenge from one of the tournament favourites Normunds Miezis of Latvia.
Narayanan was leading the pack with 6.5 points heading into the final round of the tournament that took place in Sandavagur, Faroe Islands. He just needed a draw against his Russian opponent to secure the title. Vavulin finished third in the tournament with 6 points as he couldn’t beat the Indian. Germany’s Vitaly Kunin and England’s Gawain Jones shared the second spot with 6.5 points each.
Previously Narayanan had secured a victory in the penultimate round of the LIC 3rd Kolkata Open International Grandmasters Chess Tournament in May.
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