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Last 2 days to register for the 2nd Goa GM International 2019

by ChessBase India - 30/05/2019

In 2018, Goa organized the biggest sporting event in the state. Was it cricket event, or a football tournament? Turns out it was chess! The 1st Goa GM International 2018 saw record participation of over 1200 participants at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium. This year the tournament is back again, bigger and better from the 18th to 25th of June 2019. We bring you a review of the tournament held in 2018, so that you know what to expect this year. The last date for registration is 31st of May 2019! So, don't miss the opportunity to play a strong tournament in one of the most scenic and beautiful states of India. 

The 1st Goa GM International 2018 in review

The tournament was planned and designed under the great leadership of dynamic and energetic personalities Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Hon’ble Minister for Power, Chairman of GTDC, President of Goa Chess Association and Shri Kishor Bandekar, Tournament Director, Joint Secretary of AICF and Secretary of Goa Chess Association. The objective was to give an opportunity to the Goan and national players an opportunity to participate in a norm tournaments at home rather than travelling abroad to participate in the same.


Unique Feature of the tournament: Free food, accommodation and transport to all the players and a good ambience to play. The entry fee for the physically challenged and specially abled was waived off. The Tournament was organised at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium located on the campus of Goa University at Taleigao.

The playing hall was quite spectacular. It ensured that the B and C category players got to play in the same hall as the A category players.

View of the tournament hall

An excellent idea was placing the flags of the participating nations on top of the hall

The playing arena was beautifully arranged with the flags of various country. The stage was well decorated with the backdrop printed with brandings. The entire stadium looked attractive due to the branding and the layout of chairs and tables in an organised manner. The categories were differentiated with a barricade. Each and every player was given the ample space for playing their rounds comfortably and enough aisles were kept for the players to move around.

Media coverage was very well organised with YouTube and Facebook streaming, ChessBase India covered the tournament with interviews and reports on each day (check the links of all the articles at the end) live games were on Followchess and also a full coverage of day to day rounds in all the Goan Dailies as well as nine dailies outside the state.


The tournament received a record entry of total 1267 players from 25 states all over India and 18 countries. In all there were 46 foreign players, 22 Grandmasters, 26 International Masters and 15 FIDE Masters, 4 Women Grandmasters, 5 Women International masters, 6 Woman FIDE Masters, 6 Candidate masters, and 6 Woman Candidate masters, who participated in the same. Top Goan players participated - GM Anurag Mhamal. WGM Bhakti Kulkarni, FM Ameya Audi, FM Nitish Belurkar, Ritviz Parab and Niraj Saripalli.


The tournament was played using the Swiss System with 10 rounds. The rate of play was in accordance with the FIDE rules: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. All the events - A,B and C had 10 rounds. Cateogy A was held from 13th to 20th of October, B from 13th to 16th and C from 17th to 20th.

Hon. Power Minister of Goa and President of Goa Chess Association (GCA) welcoming delegates-sitting from left: GCA VP's Mr. Vasant Naik, Mr. Mahesh Candolkar, Mr. Kishor Bandekar – Treasurer of AICF and Secretary of GCA, Mr. B C H Neggi Director Goa Airport of AAI, Mr. G Manjunath – Regional Manager HPCL, Mr. Ashesh Keni VP GCA,  Mr. Vishwas Pilankar Treasurer GCA and Mr. Vipin Bhardwaj Chief Arbiter.

The top players of the category B were honoured with trophies for the first three and cash prizes, and also followed by cash prizes till 40th place.

Winner Mr Kadav Omkar-Satara, 1st runner-up - Vijay Kumar-HP and 2nd Runner-up Mr Singh Soram Rahul - Assam. Other dignitaries from left Dy. Arbiters Mr. Dattaram Pinge Mr. Arvind Mhamal, Mr. Vasant Naik VP-GCA, Mr. Vishwas Pilankar Treasurer-GCA,  Mr. Mahesh Candolkar VP-GCA, Mr. Balakrishna V VP of TTCA, Chief Guest Mr. Ramesh Bhandari Manager Corporate Affairs Nestle Goa, Ms. Tanya Ahluwalia VP Marketing Delta Corp. Ltd.,  Mr. Kishor Bandekar –Treasurer of AICF and Secretary of GCA, Mr. Vipin Bhardwaj Chief Arbiter Mr. Ashesh Keni VP GCA, Mr. Sanjay Belurkar Art and Design Director.

Final rankings in B group

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
132Kadav OmkarIND1859MAH9,00,062,567,560,7582061,2
213Vijay KumarIND1915HP9,00,061,065,558,0092042,0
35Singh Soram RahulIND1945ASSM8,50,061,566,555,0082025,6
411Safarov DoniorUZB1920UZB8,50,057,062,052,7582015,0
58Srikanth K.IND1934AF8,00,062,567,552,007208,4
663Anwar N KIND1764KER8,00,060,065,551,7572053,0
749Katiyar PrashantIND1800UP8,00,060,065,049,7572050,2
837WFMPotluri SupreethawIND1851AP8,00,058,560,545,0084033,6
972Sahil DhawanIND1740HAR8,00,056,561,047,5082057,0
1010Nandan BuragohainIND1924ASSM8,00,051,055,043,50820-10,6
1224Rishabh NishadIND1874UP7,50,063,065,545,507205,6
1330Dhanush RagavU15IND1864TN7,50,060,064,546,2564022,8
1473Ranjith R.K.IND1736TN7,50,058,062,544,2572044,2
157Santoshkashyap HgIND1940KAR7,50,057,061,545,50620-10,8
1676Abdul Majeed N.S60IND1727KAR7,50,055,560,041,7572038,0
17117Ajith M.P.IND1647KAR7,50,054,058,040,7572059,4
1864Mansoor C MIND1764KER7,50,054,057,542,2572025,8
1936Akshay AnandIND1853PUN7,50,053,558,042,255202,4
2074Leeladhar KachrooIND1732HAR7,50,051,556,041,7572013,4

The top five players are:

Kadav Omkar (IND) Winners Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 140000/-

Vijay Kumar (IND)First runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs. 115000/-

Singh Soram Rahul (IND) Second Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.75000/-

Safarov Donior (UZB) Fourth place with a cash prize of Rs. 65000/-

Srikanth K. (IND)  Fifth place with a cash prize of Rs.50000/-

Category prizes under-7. under-9. under-11. under-13. under-15. For National as well as Goan players. The younger player were encouraged and motivated by giving cash prizes as well as trophies.


The prize distribution ceremony started in the presence of the Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister of Sports and Tourism Mr. Manohar Ajgoakar. Hon’ble. Power Minister Mr. Nilesh Cabral was the Chairperson of the function. Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan AICF secretary and Mr. Ravindra Dongre, Ethics committee member, FIDE, were the guests of honor.

GM Tournament Champion GM Idani Pouya - Iran, 1st runner-up GM Babujian Levon - Armenia and GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J - Railways along with other dignitaries

Final standings of A group

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
15GMIdani PouyaIRI2588IRI8,50,060,566,055,5071012,6
218GMBabujian LevonARM2456ARM8,00,063,568,053,5061023,9
311GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.IND2540RLYS8,00,063,567,552,006109,6
49GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM2547ARM8,00,060,065,051,008108,4
519GMKasparov SergeyBLR2453BLR8,00,060,064,049,0071021,3
654Raahul V SIND2294TN8,00,059,563,550,0062058,8
727IMDas SayantanIND2425WB7,50,061,065,546,2561013,2
82GMAmonatov FarrukhTJK2615TJK7,50,059,064,547,00710-3,4
93GMPredke AlexandrRUS2615RUS7,50,059,064,046,25610-10,7
1012IMKarthik VenkataramanIND2525AP7,50,058,563,545,25710-1,9
1128IMAkash GIND2424TN7,50,056,060,543,006108,7
126GMTukhaev AdamUKR2556UKR7,50,055,558,543,25610-7,9
1336IMRathnakaran K.IND2366RLYS7,50,051,055,040,006107,7
1410GMSivuk VitalyUKR2545UKR7,00,065,071,047,505103,4
154GMPopov IvanRUS2611RUS7,00,062,566,543,50610-13,2
1615GMNeverov ValeriyUKR2488UKR7,00,060,065,543,256108,4
1726IMBakunts RafaelARM2427ARM7,00,057,561,540,00610-3,1
1832IMGusain HimalIND2384RLYS7,00,055,560,039,256108,0
1916GMKunte AbhijitIND2484PSPB7,00,051,556,539,00410-15,1
2053FMNitish BelurkarIND2295GOA7,00,051,554,036,7552015,0

GM Idani Pouya (IRI) Winners Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 250000/-

GM Babujian Levon (ARM) First runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.200000/-

GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. (IND) Second Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.135000/-

GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) Fourth place with a cash prize of Rs. 85000/-

GM Kasparov Sergey (BLR) Fifth place with a cash prize of Rs.75000/-

Followed by 35 cash prizes till the 40th standings.

Raahul V.S won the 6th prize in the main category and also won the untitled players against GM.

Raahul V.S also got the International Master Norm.

Goan player FM Nitish Belurkar won the 20th place in the main category and was the 1st among the Goan players.

The best female prize was awarded to Nandini  Saripalli

Category prizes included (1) 3 Best 2399 below Players, (2) 3 Best 2299 below Players, (3) 3 Best 2199 below Players, (4) 3 Best 2099 below Players, (5) 3 Best Female Players, (6) 3 Best Goan Players.

Final rankings in C group

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
131Shibin K BennyIND1516KER9,061,566,059,00953,02044,0
2181Parekh VishrutIND1287GUJ9,059,063,056,50851,040237,2
349Ranjith KalaiyarasanIND1483TN8,563,569,057,25855,02045,2
468Rajat YadavIND1449MP8,563,067,555,00854,52052,0
550Prasath K RIND1482TN8,563,067,555,00854,02050,6
622Devi Das Suresh PaiIND1532KAR8,560,064,555,75852,02014,2
7474Ravi ChopraIND0UP8,063,068,051,00854,5
854Aanandha Kumar M SIND1475TN8,062,567,551,75753,52040,8
913Satyam PrakashIND1555DEL8,062,067,050,75753,52019,8
1014Shanmugasundaram G.IND1549TN8,058,563,050,00750,52011,4
1120Sivathanujan SSRI1535SRI8,057,562,548,50849,54019,2
1227Gopikrishnan SS50IND1524TN8,056,560,548,50749,0206,8
13150AFMDhanush Ram MU11IND1331KAR8,056,056,541,50748,040135,2
1412Sakthi Subash A SU15IND1556TN8,054,559,547,25747,04010,8
15255Shwetank SaumyaIND1166BIH8,053,558,046,00746,540181,6
1639Suman YaddanapudiIND1504AP7,561,066,046,75652,02018,8
17176Pednekar AyushU15IND1298GOA7,560,563,544,75752,040133,2
18154Felix MoothedathU11IND1329TN7,560,064,043,25751,040137,6
192Tiwari ShivanshIND1592MP7,559,063,544,00750,040-14,4
2036Murarilal KoriIND1508MP7,559,063,543,50750,52015,0

Shibin K Benny (IND) Winners Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 125000/-

Parekh Vishrut (IND) First runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.100000

Ranjith Kalaiyarasan (IND) Second Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.65000

Rajat Yadav (IND) Fourth place with a cash prize of Rs. 50000

Prasath K R (IND) fifth place with a cash prize of Rs 40000

followed by cash prizes till 50th place

Category prizes under-7. under-9. under-11. under-13. under-15. For National as well as Goan players.

The best Goan prize was given to Snehil Shetty and Sudhakar Patgar

The younger player were encouraged and motivated by giving cash prizes as well as trophies.

First three winners of the Grandmasters Tournament

What can you expect in the 2nd edition?

It is wonderful to see that the Goa GM International 2018 was not a lone event that was organized. The team is back with its second edition this June from 18th to 25th 2019. And yes the tournament will be held in the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium itself. Last year 1200 participants took part in A, B and C group combined. This year, the organizers would be looking to better the number. A look at the prospectus (download it from the link given at the end of the article) tells you the amount of care that the organizers have taken to ensure that everything is well organized. For eg. they have created teams to handle players from different states of India! This is pretty unique. The prizes have been increased from 35 lakh in 2018 to 53 lakh in 2019!

All the information for category A players. The first prize is Rs.3,50,000 (US $5,000)

Schedule and main prizes of Group B

Schedule and main prizes of Group C

Entries confirmed in A group:

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgsexTypClub/City
1GMIturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo3901211VEN2639Venezuela
2GMPantsulaia Levan13602071GEO2611Georgia
3GMMchedlishvili Mikheil13600966GEO2610Georgia
4GMIdani Pouya12510130IRI2590Iran
5GMTer-Sahakyan Samvel13302531ARM2590Armenia
6GMTurov Maxim4120086RUS2584Russia
7GMBernadskiy Vitaliy14100371UKR2581Ukraine
8GMJojua Davit13602543GEO2580Georgia
9GMPetrosyan Manuel13300857ARM2573Armenia
10GMFier Alexandr2107139BRA2570Brazil
11GMPaichadze Luka13602934GEO2557Georgia
12GMStupak Kirill13503758BLR2551Belarus
13GMDebashis Das5024854IND2538Orissa
14GMDeepan Chakkravarthy J.5011132IND2534T N
15GMGhaem Maghami Ehsan12500739IRI2531Iran
16GMTukhaev Adam14109476UKR2527Ukraine
17GMVenkatesh M.R.5005779IND2517T N
18GMMalakhatko Vadim14104202BEL2508Belgium
19GMKarthik Venkataraman25006479IND2505A P
20GMAnurag Mhamal5024366IND2504Goa

Complete list


This is the tariff chart for Group A

The tariff chart for Group B and C

Last date to register is 31st of May 2019

2018 coverage on ChessBase India

Round 1: No less than Batumi

Round 2: 6-year-old prodigy and 12-year-old Veteran

Round 3+4: What is Troitsky's line?

Round 5: Who said GMs and IMs do not blunder

Round 6+7: Madhya Pradesh domination 

Round 8: An Iranian, an Ukrainian and an Armenian

Round 9: Being ambitious sometimes works, sometimes doesn't

Round 10: Pouya Idani wins Goa GM 2018

ChessBase India are the media partners of the event and there will be a ChessBase India knowledge stall at the venue

Important links:

Official website

Registration portal for players


Playlist of Goa GM 2018 (25 videos)

Prospectus of Goa GM International 2019

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