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Raunak and Arjun Erigaisi shine at Portuguese 1st Division 2020-21

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/07/2021

GM Raunak Sadhwani continues his strong momentum as this time he scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to secure a Silver medal for his team AX GAIA at the Portuguese 1st Division 2020-21. He performed at 2614 and gained 11 Elo rating points. GM Arjun Erigaisi was the only other Indian at the event. He scored a valuable 5.5/8 for his team EPGAIA Chess Club A to secure a Bronze medal. Arjun performed at 2635 and gained 8 rating points. A XAT Montemor-o-Novo won the event 27 points. Spanish commentator GM Jose Fernando Cuenca Jimenez famously known as 'Pepe' scored a 100% 8.0/8 to propel his team to the championship.

Raunak splendid for the top team AX GAIA A

GM Raunak Sadhwani played fantastic for the top seed AX GAIA A in Portuguese 1st Division. His teammates were - Pavel Eljanov (UKR), Yuriy Kuzubov (UKR), Lubomir Ftacnik (SVK), Oleg Korneev (ESP). It was the only team which had only grandmasters participating in this tournament. Arjun Erigaisi was the highest rated player for his team, EPGAIA Chess Club A.

Runner-up - Team AX GAIA A

Top three teams: 2nd - AX GAIA A, 1st - A XAT Montemor O Novo A and 3rd - EPGAIA Chess Club A | Photo: Portuguese Chess Federation

"I am glad that I helped my team to win Silver medal. I learnt so much from my experienced teammates. It was really an honour to represent such a strong team. I really want to thank the president of AX Gaia Club for inviting me for such a prestigious league, great hospitality and for having faith in me. I am happy that I did not disappoint them and played as per their expectations.


With this performance they already invited me for the 2022 edition of Portuguese League which itself is a big motivation for me. I want to stay focused and continue my performance like this in my European Tour." - Raunak Sadhwani on winning Silver for his team AX GAIA A.

Raunak won Silver and Arjun Erigaisi won Bronze for their teams AX GAIA A and EPGAIA - Chess Club A respectively

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Photo Gallery:

Raunak in action | Photo: Portuguese Chess Federation

Arjun Erigaisi drew with Pavel Eljanov | Photo: Portuguese Chess Federation

Arjun Erigaisi represented EPGAIA Club de Xadrez A | Photo: Portuguese Chess Federation

The tournament hall | Photo: Portuguese Chess Federation

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Final Standings

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12A.XAT - MONTEMOR O NOVO A990027025,5429,82272
21AX GAIA A971124027,5423,32469
34EPGAIA - CLUBE DE XADREZ A953122023,5377,82133
43GD DIAS FERREIRA A942319019,5300,81767
56CX MONTEMOR-O-VELHO/CTGA A933318018,5275,81666
67ESTRELAS S. JOÃO DE BRITO A932417218,0291,81616
75ASSEMBLEIA FIGUEIRENSE A932417019,5284,31758
89O AMANHÃ DA CRIANÇA A921614012,0182,31109
98CX A2D A92071309,0136,8801
1010CCD CORVOS DO LIS A9009907,0118,3609



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