Kravtsiv Martyn wins 1st Gujarat GM International Open Tournament

IM Stany G.A (second runner-up), GM Kravtsiv Martyn (Winner) & IM Vignesh N.R (Runner-up).

 Photos: Niklesh Jain/ ChessBase India

A strong prize fund, a fabulous venue and a dedicated set of officials always mean a great chess tournament, which is precisely what 1st Gujarat International Grandmaster Open turned out to be! GM Kravtsiv Martyn became the 1st Gujarat GM Open winner while India’s IM Vignesh N.R (Tamil Nadu) and IM. Stany GA (Karnataka) secured second and third place respectively.

IM Stany G.A of Karnataka.

The tournament witnessed many twists and turns on the leaderboard. Twelfth-seed IM Stany’s phenomenal performance assured him a Grandmaster norm by the end of seven rounds. With 7.0/7 points, he seemed unstoppable.

Stany’s dream run came to an end after an unexpected loss to IM Vignesh N.R in the eight round and GM Predke Alexandr in the ninth round. However, a timely final round comeback victory against GM Malakhatko Vadim secured him 3rd place.

Tamil Nadu’s IM Vignesh N.R.

Vignesh  defeated  GM Sivuk Vitaly of Russia in the penultimate round to become the overnight leader. In a dramatic finale, he had faced top seed of the tournament GM Kravtsiv Martyn.

GM Kravstsiv Marytn of Ukraine

Vignesh needed a draw to capture the title. His opponent and top-seed GM Kravstsiv Marytn, however, proved to be superior in ensuing Sicilian middlegame.  The game ended in 48 moves.

Top-3 Finishers.

A relatively high prize fund, an ambient venue in the form of Karnavati Club, a dedicated team of organising and technical support officials supported by a decent set of arbiters — the 1st Gujarat Grandmaster International Open Tournament was well-received by all players.

Prize Distribution

L to R: Mayur Patel (Vice President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Sekhar Chandra Sahu (Vice President, All India Chess Federation), Jayesh Modi (President, Karnavati Club), Ajay Patel (President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Bhavesh Patel (Secretary, Gujarat State Chess Association) & Samir Shah (Treasurer, Gujarat State Chess Association)
L to R: Nitin Shenvi (Chief Arbiter), Tejas Bakre (Vice President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Stany G.A. (India, 2nd Runner-up), Mayur Patel (Vice President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Sekhar Chandra Sahu (Vice President, All India Chess Federation), Jayesh Modi (President, Karnavati Club), Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine, Champion), Ajay Patel (President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Bhavesh Patel (Secretary, Gujarat State Chess Association), Samir Shah (Treasurer, Gujarat State Chess Association) & Vignesh N.R. (India, 1st Runner-up)
L to R: Mayur Patel (Vice President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Sekhar Chandra Sahu (Vice President, All India Chess Federation), Jayesh Modi (President, Karnavati Club), Stany G. A. (India, 2nd Runner-up), Ajay Patel (President, Gujarat State Chess Association), Bhavesh Patel (Secretary, Gujarat State Chess Association) & Samir Shah (Treasurer, Gujarat State Chess Association)
L to R: Jayesh Modi (President, Karnavati Club), Vignesh N. R. (India, 1st Runner-up), Ajay Patel (President, Gujarat State Chess Association) & Bhavesh Patel (Secretary, Gujarat State Chess Association)
L to R: Jayesh Modi (President, Karnavati Club), Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine, Champion), Ajay Patel (President, Gujarat State Chess Association) & Bhavesh Patel (Secretary, Gujarat State Chess Association)

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name Typ FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 1
GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2654 UKR 8,5 0,0 63,5 68,0 55,25 8
2 20
IM Vignesh N R IND 2447 TN 8,0 0,0 64,5 68,5 52,50 7
3 12
IM Stany G.A. IND 2502 KAR 8,0 0,0 64,0 69,0 52,50 8
4 7
GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy UKR 2547 UKR 8,0 0,0 62,0 66,5 51,75 6
5 3
GM Predke Alexandr RUS 2615 RUS 8,0 0,0 60,5 64,5 49,75 6
6 13
IM Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2492 TEL 7,5 0,0 63,0 68,0 47,25 7
7 9
GM Sivuk Vitaly UKR 2545 UKR 7,5 0,0 61,5 66,5 44,00 7
8 2
GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2615 TJK 7,5 0,0 60,5 66,0 47,75 7
9 14
GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2488 UKR 7,5 0,0 60,5 65,0 44,25 7
10 8
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel ARM 2547 ARM 7,5 0,0 59,0 63,5 45,25 7
11 10
IM Karthik Venkataraman IND 2525 AP 7,5 0,0 59,0 63,0 45,75 5
12 4
GM Popov Ivan RUS 2611 RUS 7,5 0,0 58,5 63,5 42,50 6
13 31
IM Rakesh Kumar Jena IND 2388 ODI 7,5 0,0 52,0 56,5 38,75 7
14 6
GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2552 BEL 7,0 0,0 62,5 67,0 43,75 6
15 17
GM Babujian Levon ARM 2456 ARM 7,0 0,0 60,0 64,5 42,00 6
16 23
IM Akash G IND 2424 TN 7,0 0,0 58,0 61,5 39,75 6
17 58
Pranav V U15 IND 2263 TN 7,0 0,0 56,0 59,0 37,75 6
18 45
Raahul V S U15 IND 2294 TN 7,0 0,0 55,5 59,5 38,75 6
19 15
GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2473 BAN 7,0 0,0 52,5 57,5 39,00 5
20 18
IM Gukesh D U15 IND 2456 AP 7,0 0,0 51,0 55,5 37,50 6

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