Staying incredibly calm under tremendous pressure, Arjun Erigaisi stunned top seed B. Adhiban 3.5-2.5 to emerge as the surprise winner of the online Indian Qualifiers for the Champions Chess Tour on Monday.
With the finalists already qualified for the elite Champions Tour, the interest on the final day was limited to the identity of the champion.
Meanwhile, for the third place, Aravindh Chithambaram defeated D. Gukesh 2.5-0.5 after winning the second and third games. Having started his campaign in the 16-player field by knocking out highly-rated Nihal Sarin, Arjun ended up collecting the winner’s share of $1500.
Underdog Arjun, who had his chances in the second game, went on to keep the score at 2-2 after four rapid games. In the first five-minute blitz game, Adhiban held a huge advantage before Arjun’s defensive skills proved…