IM Harsha Bharathakoti triumphs in Kathmandu Grandmaster Open

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Eighteen-year-old Harsha Bharathakoti has won the Kathmandu GM International Open Chess Tournament held in Kathmandu, Nepal. With this win, Harsha bagged a glittering trophy along with winner’s cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000/- The five-day event which ran through 12 to 17 April 2018 saw the participation of 63 Indians.

Harsha scored  7.5/9 and was half-point ahead of his nearest rivals. He drew against Azerbaijan’s Grandmaster Mirjorv Azar in the final round to emerge as the winner.

Ukraine’s  Tarlev Constantine secured third position with seven points but came behind Azar due to tie-breaks. He received Rs 80,000. Tarlev drew with India’s IM Himal Gosain in the ninth round. Likewise, IM P Shyam Nikhil secured fourth place.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name sex FED RtgI Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 8 IM Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2424 7,5 0,0 49,0 54,0 4 6
2 5 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2504 7,0 0,0 51,0 55,0 5 5
3 4 GM Tarlev Konstantin UKR 2549 7,0 0,0 50,5 54,0 4 5
4 14 IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2385 7,0 0,0 49,5 53,5 5 5
5 6 GM Greenfeld Alon ISR 2490 7,0 0,0 49,0 53,0 4 5
6 10 IM Gusain Himal IND 2413 7,0 0,0 47,0 50,5 5 5
7 1 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2598 7,0 0,0 46,5 50,5 4 6
8 9 IM Llaneza Vega Marcos ESP 2422 7,0 0,0 43,5 47,5 4 7
9 13 GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2391 6,5 0,0 50,0 54,5 4 5
10 2 GM Sandipan Chanda IND 2579 6,5 0,0 50,0 53,5 5 4
11 3 GM Sengupta Deep IND 2579 6,5 0,0 49,0 52,5 5 5
12 11 IM Prince Bajaj IND 2409 6,5 0,0 48,0 53,0 5 5
13 25 Neelash Saha IND 2212 6,5 0,0 48,0 52,0 4 5
14 12 GM Sriram Jha IND 2392 6,5 0,0 47,5 50,0 4 5
15 19 FM Gajwa Ankit IND 2292 6,5 0,0 45,0 49,0 4 6
16 21 IM Deshmukh Anup IND 2282 6,5 0,0 44,0 47,0 4 6
17 35 Saptorshi Gupta IND 2080 6,5 0,0 43,0 46,0 4 6
18 17 Srijit Paul IND 2351 6,5 0,0 39,5 42,5 4 6
19 7 GM Kasparov Sergey BLR 2462 6,0 0,0 50,0 53,5 5 4
20 36 Subhayan Kundu IND 2079 6,0 0,0 47,0 50,0 4 6