Amonatov Farrukh bags the 11th Mumbai Mayor’s Cup

From Left to Right GM Amonatov Farrukh , A Category Winner, Vitthal Madhav, Secretary, Mumbai Suburban District Chess Federation, Ravindra Dongre, Organising Secretary, Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary, All India Chess Federation, V Anantharaman , Chief Arbiter and Nagesh G (in white), Treasurer, Mumbai City Chess Association at the Prize distribution ceremony of the 11th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2018, Sponsored by LIC and hosted by Mount Litera International School, Bandra Kurla Complex on Sunday.

Report by Vitthal Madhav

In an anti-climactic final last year’s runner-up GM Amonatov Farrukh (2605, TJK) drew with GM Pruijssers Roeland (2514, NED) to garner 8 points and emerge as the clear winner of the Rs 35 lakh prize money 11th Mumbai Mayor’s International Chess Tournament 2018, Sponsored by LIC and hosted by Mount Litera International School, Bandra Kurla Complex on Sunday.

Amonatov went home with a handsome cash prize of Rs 3.3 Lakhs while the Grandmaster from the Netherlands was offered Rs 2.3 Lakhs for his efforts. India’s IM Karthik Venkatraman (6th), GM Ghosh Diptayan (8th) and GM Deepan Chakravarthy J (10th) all finished with 7.5 points each to make it to the top 10. They were awarded cash prizes of Rs 50,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.

The game between Farrukh and Roeland started with the traditional Scotch opening. With both players exchanging pieces at regular intervals the game was equally poised. After a continuous exchange of pieces both the players were left with rook and bishop at either side. With no scope of a clear victory both the players agreed for a draw after 25 moves with Farrukh emerging as the winner on the virtue of a better tie-break score.

Semi-Finals

The semi-final game between IM Visakh (ELO 2467) and GM Manik Mikulas (ELO 2399) started with Trompowsky opening. Both the games were equally poised with each of them playing safe. With both the players exhausting all their moves they decided to draw the match after 57 moves.

In another Match, Top seed GM Kravtsiv Martyn (ELO 2662) and GM Pruijssers Roeland (ELO 2514) started with French defence which converted into an irregular opening. In the middle game, Roeland sacrificed his queen for 2 rooks and gained a pawn along with that. He then attacked the king and got back his queen in exchange for his Rook and Bishop. In the endgame with an extra pawn and the knight on the other side, Martyn could not defend his position and accepted his defeat in 84 moves.

Raja Rithvik and Kiran Manisha Mohanty scored an IM norm, while Divya Deshmukh bagged her final WIM norm to become youngest WIM in the country.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name sex FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 3 GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2605 8,0 0,5 58,5 63,5 49,50 6
2 14 GM Pruijssers Roeland NED 2514 8,0 0,5 57,0 60,5 47,25 7
3 28 GM Manik Mikulas SVK 2399 7,5 0,0 60,5 65,5 47,00 6
4 1 GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2662 7,5 0,0 59,5 64,0 45,75 6
5 15 GM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 2514 7,5 0,0 58,5 63,0 46,00 5
6 19 IM Karthik Venkataraman IND 2475 7,5 0,0 56,0 61,0 44,75 6
7 18 GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2492 7,5 0,0 55,5 60,5 45,50 6
8 11 GM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2536 7,5 0,0 55,0 60,0 45,00 6
9 10 GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 2557 7,5 0,0 54,5 59,5 44,50 6
10 12 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2531 7,5 0,0 53,5 58,0 42,50 7
11 23 IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2451 7,5 0,0 52,5 57,0 42,00 6
12 21 IM Visakh N R IND 2467 7,0 0,0 57,5 61,0 40,50 5
13 42 FM Rathanvel V S IND 2301 7,0 0,0 57,0 60,5 38,25 6
14 20 IM Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2471 7,0 0,0 56,0 61,0 41,25 5
15 6 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2571 7,0 0,0 54,5 59,5 41,75 5