GM Deep Sengupta finish second in 19th BCC Open

Photos Courtesy: Bangkok Chess Club

The 19th  edition of Bangkok Chess Club Open was held from 6th to 14th April 2019 at Centara Grand Ladprao Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. It had a total of 201 participants, including 44 players representing India. The time control was 90 minutes for 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. The top prize consisted of 100,000 Thai Baht.

India’s GM Deep Sengupta had to be content with a second place finish following a draw with eventual champion GM Jan Gustaffson in the 9th and final round of the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open.

Deep Sengupta took down top-seed GM Nigel Short in the penultimate round and matched Gustafsson’s unbeaten 7.5/9 points, but missed out on the trophy on tiebreaks.

Both Gustafsson and Sengupta were undefeated in the nine-round event, winning six games and conceding three draws each against fellow Grandmasters. However, Gustafsson’s opponents scored slightly better than those of Sengupta, giving him the first place + trophy, though the two shared 170,000/- Baht (Rs. 3,70,853/-) in prizemoney.

Other Indian in the fray, GM Karthik Venkatraman secured third place.

The Bangkok Chess Club Open is Thailand’s most popular tournament and one of the largest opens in South-East Asia. The tournament alternates between Bangkok and other major Thai cities.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 2
GM Gustafsson Jan GER 2633 7,5 0,0 54,0 44,00
2 4
GM Sengupta Deep IND 2551 7,5 0,0 52,5 43,25
3 7
GM Karthik Venkataraman IND 2505 7,0 0,0 56,0 42,00
4 5
GM Zhao Zong-Yuan AUS 2529 7,0 0,0 53,5 40,50
5 9
GM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2488 7,0 0,0 51,0 39,00
6 6
GM Stella Andrea ITA 2512 7,0 0,0 50,5 38,00
7 24
IM Duong The Anh VIE 2302 6,5 0,0 55,0 37,25
8 1
GM Short Nigel D ENG 2636 6,5 0,0 54,0 37,25
9 3
GM Lalith Babu M R IND 2577 6,5 0,0 52,5 36,25
10 8
GM Ly Moulthun AUS 2490 6,5 0,0 52,0 36,25
11 18
GM Sriram Jha IND 2381 6,5 0,0 52,0 36,25
12 12
IM Lou Yiping CHN 2482 6,5 0,0 51,0 36,00
13 20
IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman IND 2345 6,5 0,0 50,5 34,25
14 25
FM Susilodinata Andrean INA 2296 6,5 0,0 48,5 33,50
15 14
IM Pascua Haridas PHI 2426 6,5 0,0 48,5 33,25
16 30
FM Sauravh Khherdekar IND 2247 6,5 0,0 48,5 31,50
17 10
GM Vasquez Schroeder Rodrigo CHI 2487 6,5 0,0 48,0 34,25
18 112
Razali Muhd Syukur MAS 1792 6,5 0,0 47,5 32,00
19 22
FM Menkinoski Riste MKD 2306 6,5 0,0 46,5 31,25
20 17
GM Schebler Gerhard GER 2385 6,0 0,0 55,0 33,50

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