Grandmaster P Iniyan Kicks Off 2020 In Style, Finishes Second at Staufer Open in Germany

The All India Chess Federation might be in a state of the mess of late but players from the nation are not at all affected by this mess as Indian players have continued to bloom at the international level. The latest accomplishment by an Indian in the world of chess is by Grandmaster P Iniyan, who scored seven points to finish second in the Stauffer Open chess tournament held in Germany recently.

The 17-year old Grandmaster from India had an exhilarating start to the new year with a second-place finish at the Staufer Open in Germany which concluded late on Monday evening. Iniyan missed the top place by a whisker as he was just 0.5 points behind the top-placed Jan Chri Schroder Iniyan who hails from Erode in Tamil Nadu accumulated a total of 7 points from 9 rounds.

The young Grandmaster from India lost just one round while winning 6. Iniyan had to settle for a draw in two rounds. The youngster started the tournament on a positive note. He won the opening round but immediately had a reality check in the next round as he lost it. Iniyan then regrouped himself and won the consecutively in the next three rounds. Iniyan was also leading the flock by the virtue of 4 wins and a loss until 5 rounds.

Iniyan needed to win the final round to remain on top of the tournament however, he failed to do so as the match ended in a draw. Iniyan after drawing the finals round said, “In the final game, I needed a win to finish in the first place. But, after having started off well, I suffered from inaccuracies and the game ended in a draw. I am happy with the result but a win in the final game would have been better.”

Iniyan had become India’s 61st Grandmaster last year at the age of 16 years and 6 months.