Mumbai: Russian Grandmaster Dmitry Kokarev drew his final match to emerge as the winner in the Mumbai Mayor`s Cup International Open Chess tournament at the Goregaon Sports Club.
Kokarev, with an ELO rating of 2612, offered a draw after just seven moves in the last round match, which was readily accepted by his opponent German Grandmaster Luther Thomas to end drew curtains to his campaign on nine points.
On the second board, top seed Russian Grandmaster Alexy Dreev, who needed an outright win to join Kokarev at the top, had to settle for a draw after 11 moves to finish his proceedings on 8.5 points.
Brazilian grandmaster Alexandr Fier (ELO 2581) fought hard against Russian Grandmaster Maletin Pavel (ELO 2584) to settle for a draw after 65 moves.
Russian Grandmaster Dmitry Bocharev (ELO 2592) defeated Grandmaster Harutjunyan Gevorg (ELO 2460) of Armenia to end is campaign on 8.5 points and share the second place with five others.
Grandmaster Abhijit Kunte ended his campaign with eight points to be the highest placed Indian on the 13th spot.
India`s top seed Grandmaster M Parimarjan Negi (ELO 2636) continued his poor run in the tournament losing to IM Debashis Das (ELO 2400) to finish on a lowly 45th position.