Indian Grandmaster and former world junior champion Abhijeet Gupta has won the 20th Commonwealth Chess championship crown 2016 held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. With this victory he has retained the Commonwealth Chess championship crown which was won earlier by him in 19th edition.
"It was a slow start and I am obviously pleased with my effort towards the end," Abhijeet said about his overall performance, also adding that "Last year when I won it in Delhi I had started off with victories and was in lead right till the end, this time it was a catch-up act and I am pleased I was able to cope up with some pressure”.
Besides, International Master Tania Sachdev also finished with a gold medal. For Tania it was a maiden Commonwealth gold, although she had won other medals at international events. "It feels quite good to get the one gold that I had been really missing, hope to carry this form in the forthcoming chess Olympiad," said Tania about her overall performance.
In this edition all the medals were won by the Indians players in the senior category. Grandmasters S L Narayanan and Deep Chakkravarthy got the silver and bronze medals respectively in the open section.