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Kamsky wins World Open; Chanda, Ganguly finish half point behind

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Philadelphia, July 6 (UNI) Grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly and fellow Kolkatan Sandipan Chanda finished hald a point behind a pack of nine leaders, while Gata Kamsky got the better of Vadim Milov in tie-break blitz game to lift the 34th World Open title here.

As many as nine players finished with seven points which saw American Kamsky being pitted against Milov who remained on the top of the table throughout the championship before Kamsky pipped him to the post in tie-break.

Meanwhile, both Chanda and Ganguly won their ninth round games and finished half a point behind nine leaders who finished with seven points each.

Another Indian GM, Abhijit Kunte, made a remarkable recovery and finished with 5.5 points. He won four, drew three and lost one match in the tournament.

Among the women participants, WGM Vijayalakshmi, her sister Meenakshi, Nisha Mohta and Swati Ghate all finished with five points.

Final standings: 1-9: Gata Kamsky, Ildar Ibragimov, Jaan Ehlvest, Vadim Milov, Leonid Yudasin, Alexander Ivanov, G Kacheishvili, Aleks Wojtkiewicz, Joel Benjamin (all 7 points) 10-19: Sandipan Chanda, Alex Moiseenko, Artur Yusupov, Hikaru Nakamura, Zviad Izoria, Alex Shabalov, Yury Shulman, Jiri Stocek, Lars Hansen, Surya Shekhar Ganguly, Laurent Fressinet (all on 6.5) UNI XC AY KN1928

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