For the 24-year-old Gupta, it was second consecutive International tournament victory after triumphing at the Al-Ain Classic in the last week of December.

On what turned out to be an easy victory, Gupta won six and drew four games to tally eight points which was a half more than nearest five competitors.

Valeiry Neverov of Ukraine finished second with his best tiebreak score on 7.5 points after taking a draw with John Paul Gomez of Philippines. Gomez and Levan Pantsulaia were the others who tied for the second spot on 7.5 points apiece.

Indian Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy finished third with a commendable victory against Russian Grandmaster Alexander Evdokimov in the final round.

(Agencies)

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