Pantsulaia emerges Chennai Open 2019 Champion

GM Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) with 8.5 points emerged the Champion after the tenth and final round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai today.

In the crucial final round, Pantsulaia drew with top seed GM Predke Alexandr of Russia, moving to 8.5 points. The draw propelled the Georgian to clear first. This follows Pantsulaia’s title triumph at Delhi Open last fortnight, giving him back-to-back titles, a great start for 2019. The Georgian would take home the winner’s cheque of Rs. 3,00,000 (Rupees Three lakhs only) along with the glittering Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy.

Sharing the second spot with 8.0 points were five Grandmasters viz., Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia) and Rozum Ivan (Russia). The top seeds had their say in the final round, as all the decisive games in the top ten boards went in favor of the higher rated player.

The 15 lakh prize money tournament came to a glittering end, as the trophies and cash prizes were handed over to he winners’ by the Chief Guest International Master Manuel Aaron. Present in the dais were Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, International Arbiter R Anantharam and Chief Arbiter Manjunatha M.

Final Ranking

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.
1 2 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2597 8,5
2 4 GM Popov Ivan RUS 2588 8,0
3 6 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2582 8,0
4 5 GM Paichadze Luka GEO 2583 8,0
5 11 GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2530 8,0
6 3 GM Rozum Ivan RUS 2589 8,0
7 20 GM Lugovskoy Maxim RUS 2445 7,5
8 12 GM Karthik Venkataraman IND 2515 7,5
9 1 GM Predke Alexandr RUS 2620 7,5
10 28 IM Girish A. Koushik IND 2411 7,5
11 15 IM Vignesh N R IND 2461 7,5
12 10 GM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 2541 7,5
13 26 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2418 7,5
14 16 IM Khusenkhojaev Muhammad TJK 2455 7,5
15 18 IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 2450 7,0
16 9 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2542 7,0
17 36 IM Tran Minh Thang VIE 2355 7,0
18 37 IM Saravanan V. IND 2318 7,0
19 72 Pranesh M IND 2125 7,0
20 27 GM Manik Mikulas SVK 2413 7,0
21 8 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2543 7,0
22 30 IM Muthaiah Al IND 2406 7,0
23 25 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2419 7,0
24 24 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2421 7,0
25 14 GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2461 7,0
26 43 WGM Babiy Olga UKR 2275 7,0
27 34 IM Padmini Rout IND 2365 7,0
28 29 IM Rajesh V A V IND 2410 7,0
29 91 Barath Kalyan M IND 2004 7,0
30 46 FM Gajwa Ankit IND 2263 7,0

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