D Gukesh wins gold at European Club Cup | Chess News


CHENNAI: The last week and a half has been a memorable one for Grandmaster D Gukesh. Days after winning the Norwegian Open — the 15-year-old won gold at the European Club Cup which ended in Macedonia on Friday night. Present for his club Prilep, Gukesh — playing on Council 1 — scored 5.5 points over 7 rounds and went undefeated during the competition. The competition money was won by the Novy Bor Club which included P Harikrishna and Sasikiran.
Gukesh’s strong performance earned him 18.7 ELO points at the event. His current ELO rating stands at 2640. What’s impressive to note here is that Gukesh has been playing back-to-back over-the-board (OTB) tournaments in Europe for over two months now. “The European Club Cup was my 7th OTB event. It’s nice to be able to play these tournaments after being out of them due to the pandemic. The most important thing — aside from the wins and the increase ELO ratings — is that I loved playing each of those games, ”Gukesh told TOI on Saturday.
Over the past two months, Gukesh’s consistent performance has seen his ELO odds drop from 2578 to 2640. Gukesh believes the odds hike is a by-product of the hard yards put in the past few months. “Despite the pandemic, I worked hard in all areas of my game. It took a while to get used to being back to OTB events. But once I got into the beat – – it was back in familiar territory, “he mentioned.
Gukesh, the youngest grandmaster in Indian history, will have little time to celebrate as he heads to his next event in Bulgaria. He will participate in the U-21 Junior Open event to be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from September 26 to October 3. “said Gukesh.


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