Silver Lake Chess festival concluded today with an absolute dominance of the Indian young stars claiming top three prizes in the flagship Open A event.

The reigning U18 World Champion GM Nihal Sarin stormed through the competition scoring 8/9 points by winning seven games and conceding only two draws. Sarin drew his compatriots GM Raunak Sadhwani and GM Abhimanyu Puranik, who finished 2nd & 3rd, respectively.

The festival was one of the world’s first international open chess events in 2021 and it also marked the start of an exciting chess summer in Serbia with a number of strong open tournaments lined up.

The main event here in Silver Lake gathered 131 players from 27 federations, including 15 Grandmasters and 17 International Masters.

Replay the games here / Full standings

The Open B had 99 participants with Aleksa Alimpic, Aleksandar Z Arandjelovic and FM Miodrag Jevtic sharing the first place with 7,5/9 points each. Junior Alimpic was declared winner on best tiebreak score. Full standings here.

Thank you all for visiting the beautiful Silver Lake, see you in 2022!

Nihal Sarin Silver Lake
Nihal Sarin in Silver Lake (photo by his mom)