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Abhimanyu Puranik wins Tsaghkadzor Open 2023, Sasikiran third

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/10/2023

GM Abhimanyu Puranik scored an unbeaten 7/9 to Tsaghkadzor Open 2023 A. GM Tigran L Petrosian (ARM), GM Krishnan Sasikiran and GM Pranesh M also the scored the same 7/9 each. However, they were placed second to fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. The top three finishers remained undefeated. FM Ayush Sharma and FM Ritviz Parab became India's latest International Masters on the same day after the conclusion of Round 2. FM Goutham Krishna H scored 6/9 to earn his second IM-norm. GM Bharath Subramaniyam H is the only other Indian to make a top ten finish. He scored 6.5/9 to be placed sixth. The total prize fund of the was 10550000 AMD. The top three prizes were AMD 2500000 ($6250), 1750000 ($4375) and 1250000 ($3125) each. Abhimanyu also finished third in the Blitz Rating Open. Photos: Chess Academy of Armenia

Ayush Sharma and Ritviz Parab become India's latest IMs

This is GM Abhimanyu Puranik's second tournament triumph of the year. Earlier, he was part of the winning team, Airports Authority of India (AAI) at MPL 42nd National Team Open 2023. Armenia is a good place for GM Abhimanyu Puranik. Back in 2021, he won 3rd Yerevan Open. It was a successful event for the Indian players.

Champion - GM Abhimanyu Puranik 7/9

Runner-up - GM Tigran Petrosian (ARM) 7/9

Second Runner-up - GM K Sasikiran 7/9

Abhimanyu - Pranesh, Round 7

Position after 40.Ne5!

40.Ne5! is a fantastic move in a sharp position by GM Abhimanyu Puranik. He poses a critical question of finding a safe square for the rook. Is there one actually? Try to calculate and find out. White checkmated by the hunting the black king in another eight moves.

GM Abhimanyu Puranik in action

GM Abhimanyu Puranik scored an unbeaten 7/9 and gained 6.9 Elo rating points

4th GM Pranesh M 7/9

6th GM Bharath Subramaniyam H 6.5/9

Best Woman - WIM Isha Sharma 4.5/9

The prize winners of Category A

FM Ayush Sharma and...

FM Ritviz Parab became India's latest International Masters after the second round

FM Goutham Krishna H earned his second IM-norm scoring 6/9

FM Goutham Krishna H scored 6/9, performed at 2438 and gained 84 Elo rating points


3rd GM Abhimanyu Puranik 7.5/9

4th GM Mitrabha Guha 7.5/9

7th GM Iniyan P 7/9

8th GM Bharath Subramaniyam H 6.5/9

A total of 118 players including 21 GMs, 17 IMs, a WGM and four WIMs took part from nine countries across the world in this eight-day nine round Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Chess Academy of Armenia at Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia from 20th to 27th September 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes till the end of the game with 30 seconds increment starting from move one.

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Final standings in Classical Open A

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2611748,552,50106,9
GMPetrosian Tigran L.ARM2548745,55001013,3
GMSasikiran KrishnanIND259474346,50101
GMPranesh MU18IND250574345,501010,1
GMDragnev ValentinAUT25856,543470101
GMBharath Subramaniyam HU16IND24966,54346,50104
GMPetrosyan ManuelARM26106,54246010-5,7
IMHakemi ArmanIRI24626,54043,50100,2
FMMovahed SinaU14IRI24416495301013,1
FMSahakyan AleksU18ARM2254642,54602051,6


A total of 116 players including 16 GMs, 6 IMs and a WIM took part from five countries across the world in this one-day nine round Blitz Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Chess Academy of Armenia at Tsaghkadzor Marriott Hotel in Tsaghkadzor, Armenia on 19th September 2023. The time control of the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMSargsyan ShantARM2627852,5570
GMAndriasian ZavenARM26177,54751,50
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND24797,547510
GMMitrabha GuhaIND25077,54447,50
FMMahdavi RezaU16IRI242774952,50
FMTsaruk MaksimU18FID2373742,546,50
GMIniyan PIND2443742,5460
GMBharath Subramaniyam HU16IND24206,549520
IMOhanyan EminU18ARM23946,546,5500
GMPetrosyan ManuelARM25656,544,547,50



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