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Koustav gets walkover point, seeds enjoy easy day

97   //    10 Jan 2018, 19:21 IST

New Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Young Koustav Chatterjee got a walkover from Timur Gareyev as the American GM arrived late for his match even as top seed GM Arkadij Naiditsch scored another easy win at the Delhi International Open Chess tournament, here today.

Gareyev did reach the venue but not on time. He was three minutes from the walkover time-limit of 30 minutes. The chief arbiter Vasanth BH decided to award the point to the 14-year- old Koustov.

"I was in the process of changing the rooms in my hotel and hence, was delayed. The kid played a nice game and it was probably drawish but he blundered in the end and lost," Gareyev said.

Naiditsch, with a rating of 2701, had another easy day at the office as he defeated Egyptian Adham Kandil, rated 2294.

Third seed Arjuna Awardee GM Abhijeet Gupta rated 2610, dispatched FM Ankit Gajwa, rated 2284.

On the second table, unheralded Tamil Nadu youngster A.L. Muthiah rated 2291, managed to hold the second seed GM Amonatov Farrukh, rated 2636, to a draw.

The tenth-seeded GM Diptayan Ghosh, rated 2556, was playing Odisha's Rajesh Nayak, rated 2247. Diptayan had a completely winning position with the white pieces but a hasty 36.f5 break, which turned out to be a blunder, meant that he had to settle only for a draw

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