GM Ponkratov Pavel wins Chennai Open 2020

Top seed Russian Grandmaster Ponkratov Pavel (8.0) emerged the Chennai Open 2020 Champion, with superior tie-break score, after the 10th and final round of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2020 for Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy at Hotel Novotel & IBIS OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today. Ponkratov takes home the handsome Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy along with the cash award of Rs. 300000 (Rupees three lakhs only). The first runner up prize of Rs 200000 (Rupees two lakhs only) went to Grandmaster Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo of Peru.

In a first, the Chennai Open 2020 saw an eight-way-tie for the top spot. Sharing the podium with Ponkratov at 8.0 points were Grandmasters Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per), Yudin Sergei (Rus), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr), Rozum Ivan (Rus), Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr), Stupak Kirill (Blr) and Vishnu Prasanna. V (Ind).

International Master Norms were achieved by Harshavardhan G B, Jubin Jimmy, Pranav V and Rohit Krishna S. while Priyanka K made a WIM Norm.

In a grand closing ceremony, 55 cash prizes out of total prize money of Rs. 15,00,000 (Rupees fifteen lakhs only) were distributed by, Chief Guest Shri Manickam, Chairman & Managing Director, Sakthi Group and President, TNSCA. Present in the dais were Guest of Honor, Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secy, TNSCA, Technical Director, R Anantharam, Chief Arbiter R Srivatsan and Shri; Rohan, General Manager, Novotel & IBIS OMR Hotels.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Bdld Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4
1 1 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2622 8,0 0,0 65,0 70,5 54,75
2 2 GM Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo PER 2606 8,0 0,0 62,0 67,5 52,75
3 12 GM Yudin Sergei RUS 2508 8,0 0,0 62,0 67,0 52,25
4 4 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2592 8,0 0,0 60,5 66,0 51,50
5 7 GM Rozum Ivan RUS 2573 8,0 0,0 60,0 65,0 50,75
6 8 GM Bogdanovich Stanislav UKR 2562 8,0 0,0 59,5 63,5 49,00
7 13 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2506 8,0 0,0 58,5 63,5 48,75
8 18 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2474 8,0 0,0 57,0 61,5 44,75
9 11 GM Visakh N R IND 2518 7,5 0,0 63,5 68,5 48,75
10 60 FM Jubin Jimmy IND 2193 7,5 0,0 62,0 66,0 48,25
11 52 FM Rohith Krishna S IND 2289 7,5 0,0 59,5 63,0 45,50
12 24 IM Mitrabha Guha IND 2448 7,5 0,0 58,0 62,5 45,50
13 10 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2562 7,5 0,0 57,0 62,0 45,75
14 21 GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2460 7,5 0,0 57,0 62,0 45,25
15 32 GM Karthikeyan P. IND 2416 7,5 0,0 56,0 60,5 43,50
16 5 GM Goganov Aleksey RUS 2583 7,0 0,0 62,5 67,5 44,50
17 38 IM Muthaiah Al IND 2367 7,0 0,0 59,5 64,5 42,50
18 6 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2578 7,0 0,0 59,0 64,0 42,25
19 30 IM Khusenkhojaev Muhammad TJK 2420 7,0 0,0 58,5 63,0 41,50
20 20 IM Taher Yoseph Theolifus INA 2462 7,0 0,0 58,0 63,0 42,50