Sportland NRW Cup 2023: Karthik Venkataraman second, Sparkassen Open: Leon Luke Mendonca third
by Shahid Ahmed - 03/07/2023
Fabiano Caruana (USA) defeated Pavel Eljanov (UKR) in the final round to win NC World Masters 2023. WGM Dinara Wagner (GER) drew against IM Ruben Gideon Köllner (GER) to become the champion in Sportland NRW Cup and earn her second GM-norm. GM Karthik Venkataraman scored 6.5/9 to finish second. Germany no.3 GM Alexander Donchenko defeated GM Ori Kobo (ISR) in a 96-move long battle to win Sparkassen Chess Open A on tie-breaks. The sole leader GM Frederik Svane (GER) drew against IM Gleb Dudin to finish second. GM Leon Luke Mendonca finished with a score 7/9 to be placed third. GM Pranav Anand also made 7/9. He was placed seventh. GM Aryan Chopra and IM Rathanvel V S are the only two other Indians to make a top ten finish. They scored 6.5/9 each to secure eighth and tenth place respectively. Photos: Official site
Fabiano Caruana, Dinara Wagner and Alexander Donchenko are the winners of 50th International Dortmund Chess Days
The top three prizes in the Sparkassen Chess Trophy Open A were €5000, €3000 and €2000 each.
NC World Masters 2023 champion: Fabiano Caruana (USA) 4/6
Sparkassen Chess Open A champion - GM Alexander Donchenko (GER) 7.5/9
Sparkassen Chess Open A second runner-up - GM Leon Luke Mendonca 7/9
Sparkassen Chess Trophy 2023 - 50th International Dortmund Chess Days
Bagrationi - Karthik, Sportland NRW Cup
Position after 19.a3
GM Karthik Venkataraman (2548) already has a significant advantage against GM Alexander Bagrationi (ISR, 2454). 19.a3? provoked Black to expose the white king Nxa3! 20.bxa3 Qxa3+ 21.Qb2 Qxb2+ 22.Kxb2 b5 time for a pawn storm. 23.Ka2 c4 24.Bb1 b4 25.Nce4 c3 26.Nxc3 White decided to return the piece to reduce the sheer number of black pawns bxc3 27.Bxc3 Re3 28.Bxf6 Rxg3 29.Bxg7 Rxg2+ 30.Ka3 Kxg7 31.Rd4 Rb8 and it's over.
Aditya Samant - Josefine, Sparkassen Open
Position after 32.Ng5+!
Move of the round has to be 32.Ng5+! by IM Aditya S Samant (2503) against WGM Josefine Heinemann (GER, 2276). White already had a fantastic position. 31...Nd7 allowed the beautiful 32.Ng5+ which gave him a decisive advantage. No matter how Black decides to take the knight, White is going to recapture 33.fxg5 and there is no good defense for her.
Sparkassen Chess Open A: 7th GM Pranav Anand 7/9
8th GM Aryan Chopra 6.5/9
10th IM Rathanvel V S 6.5/9
One of the official commentators of 50th International Dortmund Chess Days and Luxembourg no.4 woman WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni, made the ceremonial move on Kramnik-Kollars' board | Photo: Official site
Replay 50th International Dortmund Chess Days 2023 Day 9 Live commentary by GM Artur Yusupov and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni | Video: Dortmund Chess Channel
Replay Sportland NRW Cup Round 9 games
Replay Sparkassen Chess Trophy Open A Round 9 games