GM Iniyan finishes joint first in Dubai Open

Shortly a month after becoming India’s 61st Grandmaster, P. Iniyan added another feather to this cap. He tied for first place with 7 other players in 21st Dubai Open 2019.

The tournament was held in the Dubai Chess & Culture Club from 1-9 April. The prize fund was $50,000, with $13,000 for first place.

Iniyan commented, “It was a competitive field and I am happy with the way the tournament panned out for me.”

He registered victories over Thrish Karthik, Ukraine’s Sergey Naboka and V Pranav to be placed in the leader’s board. In the seventh round, Iniyan got the better of Argentine GM Mareco Sandro and went on to finish the event in style by beating compatriot and higher-rated GM SP Sethuraman in the final round. “It is always satisfying when you defeat players of the quality of Sethuraman,” Iniyan added.

The 16-year-old Grandmaster from Erode was tied for the first place with 7 points along with 7 others. However, in the tie-breakers that followed, Iniyan ended up on 8th position. GM Maxim Matlakov of Russia emerged as the winner while Ukraine’s Yuriy Kuzubov and Uzbekistan’s Nodibek Abdusaatorov settled for second and third spot respectively.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 K rtg+/-
1 2
GM Matlakov Maxim RUS 2692 7,0 0,0 50,0 43,0 5 4 10 6,4
2 15
GM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2578 7,0 0,0 49,0 42,0 5 4 10 14,3
3 1
GM Le Quang Liem VIE 2711 7,0 0,0 48,0 41,0 5 5 10 0,7
4 3
GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2653 7,0 0,0 48,0 41,0 5 4 10 8,5
5 5
GM Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo VEN 2633 7,0 0,0 47,5 40,5 5 4 10 11,0
6 27
GM Sanal Vahap TUR 2513 7,0 0,0 47,0 40,0 6 5 10 15,8
7 14
GM Indjic Aleksandar SRB 2592 7,0 0,0 45,0 38,0 5 5 10 13,5
8 28
IM Iniyan P IND 2512 7,0 0,0 42,5 36,0 6 4 10 13,7
9 9
GM Adly Ahmed EGY 2620 6,5 0,0 47,0 40,0 6 4 10 -3,1
10 11
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2610 6,5 0,0 47,0 40,0 4 4 10 -1,1
11 20
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2534 6,5 0,0 45,5 38,5 6 4 10 14,2
12 13
GM Can Emre TUR 2599 6,5 0,0 44,0 37,5 5 4 10 -1,0
13 12
GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2602 6,5 0,0 43,0 36,5 5 5 10 -4,2
14 19
GM Debashis Das IND 2538 6,5 0,0 43,0 36,0 4 4 10 8,2
15 36
IM Vignesh N R IND 2457 6,5 0,0 41,0 34,5 4 4 10 4,8
16 56
IM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND 2370 6,0 0,0 50,0 43,0 5 4 10 29,7
17 10
GM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2612 6,0 0,0 46,5 39,5 4 4 10 -4,6
18 4
GM Mareco Sandro ARG 2651 6,0 0,0 45,0 38,5 5 5 10 -9,8
19 31
GM Sindarov Javokhir UZB 2495 6,0 0,0 45,0 38,0 6 4 10 5,3
20 33
IM Nguyen Anh Khoi VIE 2481 6,0 0,0 44,0 37,5 5 4 10 4,3