IM Rathnakaran wins Penang Heritage City Open 2017

Penang Heritage City International Open took place at Red Rock Hotel, Penang, Malaysia. The tournament attracted 130 players, out of which 20 were Indians. IM Rathnakaran K. emerged as the winner by scoring a massive 8.0/9 points with a 2671 performance!

IM Ratnakaran started off the tournament as the 26th seeded player. What was his expectation before the event? “I had no expectations. I just wanted to play good chess.” said the Keralite.

His favourite game is, undoubtedly, the seventh round battle against Armenian Grandmaster Karen Grigoryan. “Results-wise game against top seed was the turning point. I was confident of winning the tournament.”

Ratnakaran went home richer by  Rs. 1,25,572/- (8000 Malaysian ringgit) with his first-place finish.

Final Ranking crosstable after 9 Rounds

Rk. Name Rtg FED 1.Rd 2.Rd 3.Rd 4.Rd 5.Rd 6.Rd 7.Rd 8.Rd 9.Rd Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 IM Rathnakaran K. 2307 IND 71b1 64w1 14w1 3b½ 4w1 19b1 2w1 9b½ 11w1 8,0 1,0 55,0 48,50
2 GM Grigoryan Karen H. 2571 ARM 57b1 46w1 29b1 16w1 40b1 9w1 1b0 3b1 10w1 8,0 0,0 53,0 44,50
3 FM Priasmoro Novendra 2423 INA 81b1 33w1 54b1 1w½ 13b1 18w1 12b1 2w0 8b½ 7,0 0,0 54,5 39,75
4 IM Yeoh Li Tian 2480 MAS 79b1 24w1 13b½ 11w1 1b0 27w1 10w1 7b½ 9w1 7,0 0,0 53,5 39,25
5 IM Dimakiling Oliver 2425 PHI 106b1 28w½ 45b1 19w0 22b1 29w½ 26w1 21b½ 25w1 6,5 0,0 48,5 34,00
6 FM Dang Hoang Son 2340 VIE 15b½ 83w1 58b0 60b1 47w½ 39w1 37b½ 28w1 24b1 6,5 0,0 45,0 32,50
7 GM Barsov Alexei 2416 UZB 100w½ 62b½ 81w1 39b½ 86w1 13w1 36b½ 4w½ 26b1 6,5 0,0 44,5 32,00
8 GM Laxman R.R. 2413 IND -0 -0 118w1 101b1 100w1 44b1 82w1 17b1 3w½ 6,5 0,0 41,0 28,50
9 GM Nguyen Duc Hoa 2504 VIE 62w½ 92b1 55w1 27b1 36w1 2b0 19w1 1w½ 4b0 6,0 0,0 52,5 31,25
10 IM Nouri Hamed 2355 PHI 83b½ 15w1 31b1 37w½ 58b1 11w1 4b0 36w1 2b0 6,0 0,0 51,0 31,50
11 FM Andyka Pitra 2297 INA 69w1 85b1 38w1 4b0 59w1 10b0 16w1 12w1 1b0 6,0 0,0 51,0 29,50
12 FM Erigaisi Arjun 2359 IND 99w1 30b½ 22w½ 44b1 24w1 17b1 3w0 11b0 45w1 6,0 0,0 49,5 31,25
13 IM Lioe Dede 2328 INA 73b1 63w1 4w½ 42b1 3w0 7b0 86w1 45b½ 44b1 6,0 0,0 48,5 29,50
14 GM Schebler Gerhard 2415 GER 53b1 48w1 1b0 58w½ 39b½ 61w½ 49b1 37w1 21w½ 6,0 0,0 48,0 30,00
15 Daniel Hermawan Lumban Tobing 1899 INA 6w½ 10b0 105w1 34b1 35w1 43b½ 38w½ 54w1 20b½ 6,0 0,0 47,5 30,25