Vaibhav Suri wins Biel Masters; Prithu Gupta secures second GM norm

Podium of the Master Tournament: GM Dennis Wagner (GER, 2nd), GM Suri Vaibhav (IND, winner) and GM Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 3rd)

Photos: Biel International Chess Festival

In a double treat for Delhi’s rising stars, GM Vaibhav Suri won the Biel Masters title with an unbeaten streak while IM Prtihu Gupta made his second Grandmaster norm in this nine-round strong event which attracted 26 Grandmasters from 31 countries.

19th- seed GM Suri won five games and drew the rest to tally seven points. Germany’s Dennis Wagner topped an eight-way tie for the second spot at 6.5 points. Top seed Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) took the third spot.

IM Prithu Gupta scored his second GM norm and finished 11th position in the super strong ‘Biel Masters’

2018 Biel Chess Open was held from July 23 to August 1 in Biel, Switzerland with a total prize fund of CHF 37’000.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2
1 19 GM Vaibhav Suri IND 2556 7,0 48,0 416,0
2 18 GM Wagner Dennis GER 2558 6,5 49,0 422,5
3 1 GM Eljanov Pavel UKR 2706 6,5 48,0 424,5
4 21 GM Kuljasevic Davorin CRO 2545 6,5 47,0 423,0
5 3 GM Salem A.R. Saleh UAE 2642 6,5 47,0 419,5
6 29 IM Bilguun Sumiya MGL 2490 6,5 46,0 410,0
7 9 GM Donchenko Alexander GER 2601 6,5 45,0 424,5
8 24 GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2529 6,5 45,0 411,0
9 23 GM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2534 6,5 43,5 421,0
10 12 GM Baklan Vladimir UKR 2595 6,0 45,5 411,0
11 36 IM Prithu Gupta IND 2436 6,0 45,5 409,5
12 48 Arjun Kalyan IND 2370 6,0 45,5 401,5
13 15 GM Kovchan Alexander UKR 2572 6,0 44,5 421,5
14 17 GM Moussard Jules FRA 2559 6,0 44,0 401,5
15 7 GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2609 6,0 42,0 401,0