GUWAHATI, Oct 24 - Narayan Srinath of Tamil Nadu clinched the title in the 2nd edition of the RGS International Open Rating Chess Tournament which came to a glittering end here last evening. IM and GM elect Narayan Srinath, IM Himangshu Sharma of Haryana and Saurabh Anand of Bihar tied for the top spot after the completion of the final round by scoring 8.5 points. However Narayan was declared the champion based on better tie break score and thus pocketed Rs 1 lakh as prize money.
Himanshu became runner-up and received Rs 50,000 while Saurabh was adjusted 2nd runners-up and went home richer by Rs 30,000.
Former Governor of Meghalaya Ranjit Shekhar Moosahary was the chief guest in the closing ceremony.
The tournament was organised by the Assam Chess Club in association with the All Assam Chess Association Adhoc committee and Guwahati Chess Association. International Arbiter Debasish Barua of West Bengal was the chief Arbiter of the tournament while FIDE Arbiter Pradip Roy of Tripura and Senior National Arbiters M Arun Singh and Swaraj Buragohain acted as Deputy Arbiters.
Altogether 225 players from across the country including few players from Sri Lanka and Bhutan participated in this 10 round Swiss league Fide rated event which was recognised by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) and carried a total prize money of Rs 5.6 lakh which is the highest ever prize money in the entire North East region.
Final ranking: 1. IM Narayanan Srinath, 2. IM Himanshu Sharma, 3. Saurabh Anand, 4. IM Kathmale Sameer, 5. Trailokya Nanda.
Under-11: 1. Garima Gaurav, 2. Tripartha Saikia. Under-15: 1. Amlan Mahanta, 2. Ganguly Ritabroto. Best Women: Sayantika Nag. Rating below 1599: 1. Raju Gogoi. 2. Neeraj Pratap Hazarika. 3. Kaustuv Lahiri. 4. Rishita Sinha. 5. Sonsing Terang. Rating from 1600 to 1999: 1. Kumar Gaurav, 2. Biswajit Nag, 3. Ritam Nag, 4. Mughaho Awomi, 5 Bipin Singhath. Best Unrated: 1. Iftikar Alom Mazumdar, 2. Harshal Bajaj. Best Veteran: Sutnga HD. Best Tripura: 1. Rajbeer Ahmed, 2. Debalina Kundu. Best Manipur: 1. Singh Th. Nabachandra, 2. Sudhirsana Singh RK.