Sayantan beats Vocaturo, in sight of GM title

Published on April 15, 2015 19:24:05 PM
International Master Sayantan Das defeated Daniele Vocaturo of Italy in the ninth round and earned distinction of being the best placed in the Dubai International Open chess tournament at the Dubai Open Chess tournament here, though he has to yet wait for the Grandmaster title.

The 17-year-old chess player from Kolkata could not achieve a Grandmaster norm despite of his brilliant performance, due to shortage in the average rating by mere 2.5 points.

Any opponent with an additional 25 points over the current rating would have sufficed for Sayantan to gain the much desired Grandmaster norm.

However, this limitation did not stop the talented player from showcasing his best abilities as he outplayed Vocaturo in all facets of the game.

But, the Indian challenge never took off in the tournament and the major reason was the former winner of this event Abhijeet Gupta, who could not display his prowess and lost yet another game to Russain International Master Eduard Kanter to end on just 4.5 points out of a possible nine.

S Vijayalakshmi finished as the top woman player in the tournament after earning a draw in her game with Ezat Mohamed of Egypt. The other Indian lass, Eesha Karvade could not reach the top spot, as she lost her last round against Alexander Kovchan of Ukraine.

Other Indians in the fray, like Aniruddha Deshpande had something to cheer about as he earned his much deserved International Master norm, following a tough game against Pascal Haridas of Philippines in his final round.

Grandmaster Sahaj Grover also ended his tournament with something to cheer about  by winning his last game against Iranian player Alireza Firouzja.