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Chess: Vaibhav Suri makes hattrick of podium finishes at LetsUp present MCA GP Blitz 3

Chess: Vaibhav Suri makes hattrick of podium finishes at LetsUp present MCA GP Blitz 3

Md Imtiaz

Published: 18 Jun 2020 8:09 AM GMT

Grandmaster Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan repeats his performance and wins LetsUp presents MCA GP Blitz 3 on Wednesday June 17. The tournament was the third of the five events in the Grand Prix. The title earned Abdusattorov prize money of Rs 6,500.

His win came a week after he had bagged the top honours at the LetsUp presents MCA GP Blitz 2 on June 10. On Wednesday, Abdusattorov scored an unbeaten 8.5/10 to win the tournament.

Four players finished at 8.0/10 each, they are GM Vaibhav Suri, GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan, Aradhya Garg and GM Shyamsundar Mohanraj. They were placed second to fifth respectively.

Vaibhav's hat-trick of podium finishes allowed him to maintain his lead at the top of GP Standings with 26/30, GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov reduced the gap by winning the tournament once again. He is now at 21/30. MCA GP Blitz 1 winner GM Vugar Rasulov climbed to the third spot with 18/30.

Vaibhav will get Rs 4,000 and Rasulov earned Rs 2,500 cash respectively.

Total 118 players including 23 GMs, 19 IMs and 7 WIMs from India, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Ireland, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Spain, USA and Uzbekistan took part in this 10 Round event.

Abdusattorov, who is world no. 1 in U-16 category is considered a chess prodigy, he qualified for the title Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 1 month, and 11 days. FIDE awarded him the title in April 2018.

Grandmaster Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan Grandmaster Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan

In 2012 Abdusattorov won the Under 8 division of the World Youth Chess Championships in Maribor, Slovenia. In 2014, at nine years old, he beat two grandmasters, Andrey Zhigalko and Rustam Khusnutdinov, in the 8th Georgy Agzamov Memorial tournament, held in his home city of Tashkent. In the FIDE rating list of April 2015, he set a new record for the youngest player to enter the top 100 juniors, at eleven years old.

Delhi’s Vaibhav Suri became one of the world’s youngest GMs in 2012, at the same age when the legend Bobby Fischer became one. In February this year, Vaibhav Suri shocked top-seeded Russian Vladislav Artemiev in the 6th round of Aeroflot Open chess tournament, and was placed joint third.

Online chess thrives despite the hurdles as LetsUp brings a unique five-day Blitz Grand Prix tournament that commenced on June 3 and hosted by the Maharashtra Chess Association.

The Blitz tournaments will take place every Wednesday with a total prize fund of INR 155000 each having the total prize fund of INR 25000 and top five GP finishers will get a total of INR 30000. Each of the tournament which will be hosted every Wednesday from June 3 to July 1 will be sponsored by Nasik District and Novel, Ahmednagar District and Narendra Firodia Unicorp, Pune District and Amanora, Jalgaon District and Jain Irrigation and h2e, and lastly, the Sangali District and Chitale Bandhu.

Also read: Chess: Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov wins LetsUp present MCA GP Blitz 2

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