Indian Grandmaster P Iniyan on Saturday emerged the winner in the 5th Rujna Zora chess tournament held here with seven points from nine rounds.
He had recently won an event in Spain and his performance enabled him to gain one Elo point. His current FIDE rating is 2556.
The Indian GM finished with five wins and four draws and remained undefeated. He finished half a point ahead of the second-placed International Master Makarian Rudik of Russia.
Another Indian player V S Raahul logged six points to finish third while compatriot S Nitin, an IM, took fourth place with 5.5 points. Iniyan posted wins over Serbian GM Savic Miodrag, IM Panic Nenad of Serbia, Trinidad IM Alan Safar Ramoutar and Indian FM Mahitosh Dey.
The draws came against Serbian GM Emir Dizdarevic, Rudik and Indian IM S Nitin.
After a slow start of 2.5/4, Iniyan picked up the pace, winning the next four games. Subsequently, two of Iniyan's opponents, GM Miodrag and IM Alan Safar Ramoutar, failed to show up for their games which were forfeited.
Rudik trailed Iniyan by half a point before the final game which was against the Indians. The final game between the two ended in a draw which enabled the Indian to secure the triumph.
The tournament was a 10-player, all-play-all one with classical time control and featured three GMs.