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Fier conquers 10th Lorca City Open, Iniyan third

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/01/2022

Iniyan P was on the verge of winning 10th Lorca City Open. Despite being in the sole lead 7.0/8, he was in a must-win situation against Karen Grigoryan (ARM) in the final round. A draw would not have been enough as the eventual winner, Alexandr Fier (BRA) 7.5/9, had better tie-breaks. Unfortunately for Iniyan, he could not win the last round and had to settle for third place. Karen finished second 7.5/9. Karthik Venkataraman had the same score as Iniyan, he secured fourth position according to the tie-breaks. IM Srijit Paul is the only other Indian to finish in the top ten at seventh place. WIM Priyanka Nutakki was the best female player 5.5/9. Photo: Club Ajedrez Lorca

Karthik Venkataraman fourth in tie-breaks

GM Iniyan P, GM Karthik Venkataraman and IM Srijit Paul are the only three Indians to finish in top ten. Namitbir Singh Walia is the highest untitled finisher at 20th place, scored 6.0/9 and gained 135.2 Elo rating points.

Champion - GM Alexandr Fier 7.5/9 | Photo: Club Ajedrez Lorca

2nd GM Karen Grigoryan H 7.5/9 | Photo: Club Ajedrez Lorca

3rd GM Iniyan P 7.0/9 | Photo: Club Ajedrez Lorca

Iniyan scored 7.0/9 without conceding a single draw

Apart from the two losses, it was IM Pranesh M who gave a tough competition to GM Iniyan P in Round 7.

Pranesh - Iniyan, Round 7

Position after 35...Rf8

Black's weakened and completely exposed king gives White a substantial advantage. Opening up the long diagonal h1-a8 is a priority for White. 36.Qg2 was played in the game which is certainly not bad, however there is something better, somewhat counterintuitive move. Find out what it is and why it is a better continuation for White. Iniyan eventually managed to turn things around and win the game.

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4th GM Karthik Venkataraman 7.0/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

7th IM Srijit Paul 6.5/9 | Photo: Club Ajedrez Lorca

20th Namitbir Singh Walia 6.0/9 gained a massive 135.2 Elo rating points | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Namitbir is also the top untitled finisher in the final standings.

Best female - WIM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/9 | Photo: Club Ajedrez Lorca

The tournament was organized by Club Ajedrez Lorca at Campus Universitario de Lorca, Murcia in Spain from 26th to 30th December. Time control in Group A was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1. There were double rounds on four days, except the first day, 26th December.

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Final standings in Group A

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMFier AlexandrBRA2572Brasil7,551,055,040,0
GMGrigoryan Karen H.ARM2645Armenia7,546,550,036,0
GMIniyan PIND2555India7,048,553,038,0
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND2506India7,048,552,539,0
GMDardha DanielBEL2533Belgica7,045,550,033,0
IMQuintiliano Pinto Renato R.BRA2466Brasil6,548,553,538,5
IMSrijit PaulIND2340India6,548,052,032,5
IMValmana Canto JaimeESP2387Monteolivete6,547,051,534,5
IMFernandez Guillen Ernesto J.CUB2411Cuba6,545,049,034,0
IMMartinez Ramirez LennisCUB2456Cuba6,543,548,034,0
IMDi Berardino Diego RafaelBRA2480Brasil6,542,546,533,5
IMMolina Roberto Junio BritoBRA2420Brasil6,540,043,532,0
IMSabuk PiotrPOL2396Polonia6,048,552,536,0
IMPranesh MIND2437India6,048,052,536,5
IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2429India6,048,051,535,5

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