In the World Chess Armageddon Asia & Oceania event, Indian Grandmaster D Gukesh, who is a teenager, pulled off a major upset by defeating former world rapid champion Nodirbek Abdusattorov of Uzbekistan in the final. Gukesh emerged as the winner in a thrilling summit clash that was full of ups and downs. The first game of the match ended in a draw after Gukesh employed a perpetual check strategy. However, he managed to win the following game, securing the championship. Both Gukesh and Abdusattorov have qualified for Armageddon’s Grand Finale in September.
The 16-year-old Indian won in a field that included former world classical champion Vladimir Kramnik, Daniil Dubov, Yangyi Yu (China), Vidit Gujrathi and Karthikeyan Murali (both India) and Param Maghsoodloo (Iran), apart from Abdusattorov. An Armageddon game is a variant of blitz chess to determine a winner after a series of a drawn games. A drawn game in Armageddon is counted as a win for Black.
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