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Raunak Sadhwani wins Spilimbergo Open chess tourney

Raunak Sadhwani with the Spilimbergo Open trophy. Heena Sadhwani

Indian Grandmaster Raunak Sadhwani on Sunday won the 19th Spilimbergo Open chess tournament here with seven points from nine rounds.

The 15-year old Sadhwani (Elo 2579) remained undefeated in the tourney, notching up five wins and four draws. Seeded fourth, he faced five GMs in the event and beat Oskar Wieczorek of Poland and drew his games against the four others.

His wins came against Italian Joshuaede Cappelletto, Aron Pasti of Hungary, Lorezno Lodici of Italy and France's Loic Travadon. He played out a draw in the ninth and final round against GM Adam Kozak of Hungary.

Sadhwani and Italian GM Pier Luigi Basso finished level on seven points after nine rounds but the Indian emerged on top on the basis of a better tie-break score. Indian Grandmaster R Vaishali finished 14th with six points and was the best among the women competitors. She recorded four wins apart from four draws and a loss. Among her wins were one over higher-rated GM Michele Godena of Italy.

Over 120 players participated in the tournament.

Over the past couple of months, Sadhwani has had a couple of good results. The 15 year old finished in second place at the Silver Lake Open in Serbia in June. He then went on to win the 40th St.Veiter Jacques Leman International Open 'A' Chess Championship in Austria, remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament.