22-year-old Aravindh Chithambaram defeated R. Praggnanandhaa in spherical nine to become a transparent champion at the city Open.

The gram clenched the event with 7.5/9.

Earlier, Chithambaram had defeated Arjun Erigaisi to emerge sole leader 7/8 at twenty second edition of the city Open, ending the latter’s 29-game unconquered streak on his nineteenth birthday and putting in a requirement win last spherical match with the 17 year-old young Indian chess prodigy to become the champion.

A draw against the 17-year-old would have left his fate in Alexandr Predke’s hands.

“Double dhamaka! Congratulations @pawnof64squares Aravindh Chithambaram for winning @dubaichess Dubai open convincingly with 7.5/9 points and for younger cub @rpragchess for coming second! Proud of you kutties,” Ramachandran Ramesh, coach of both Chithambaram and Praggnanandhaa wrote on Twitter post their match.

Hungarian-American chess player and former world champion, Susan Polgar additionally capable Ramesh’s tweet to congratulate the Chithambaram on his win and sharing a throwback image with the Indian player and his coach.

Chithambaram, India’s 1st National Triple Crown champion is additionally the powerful  National speedy and Blitz champion.

The 22-year-old wasn’t ready to participate in Chess Olympiad because the predefined choice criteria created it tough for him to satisfy the eligibility necessities.


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