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Athens Of The East 1st International Grandmaster Open Chess Tournament begins

by Satanick Mukhuty - 13/08/2019

The Athens Of The East 1st International Grandmaster Open Chess Tournament 2019 has begun from the the 10th of August and will continue till 18th in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The tournament has three categories (A, B, and C) for players rated 1700 and above, below 1700, and below 1600 respectively. Four times Commonwealth Champion Abhijeet Gupta is the top seed of the category A event, followed by Boris Savchenko and Pavel Smirnov. Out of the total 180 participants in Category A, 35 are titled players which include 9 Grandmasters and 14 International Masters. This is a ten rounds swiss event following a time control of 90 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move one. In this pictorial report we bring you the glimpses of the first two days of action.

The Inauguration

P Stephen Balasamy, Secretary TNSCA, inaugurated the tournament with the top two seeds Abhijeet Gupta and Boris Savchenko | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Four times commonwealth champion Abhijeet Gupta inaugurated the B category of the event | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

A total prize fund of Rs. 32,00,000 will be disbursed in the event. With Rs. 12,00,000 in Category A | Source: Tournament circular

Round 1: Exhaustion and not many surprises

In the first round of the event many players found themselves tired having underwent exhausting journeys. Several of them were coming directly from the recently concluded Chess Festival in Abu Dhabi. But despite this the top-seeded players didn't have much difficulty beating their opponents. Abhijeet Gupta had an easy win with black pieces against Koustuv Dash of Odisha, and arriving from Abu Dhabi GM Venkatesh M.R. and IM Shyamnikhil P also defeated their respective opponents Aravind P V S and Shyam Kumar N with ease. The only surprising result came from the 11th board where 1791 rated Bhagyashree Patil from Gujarat held GM Karthikeyan Pandian to a draw.

Bhagyashree Patil didn't allow much chances to her Grandmaster opponent Karthikeyan P. out of the opening and into the middlegame. Although ultimately it came down to an opposite coloured bishop ending where she was down a pawn but this she was able to defend without difficulty | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Abhijeet Gupta defeated Koustuv Dash of Odisha comfortably | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Tired minds and bodies - IM Muhammad Khsenkhojaev of Tajikistan was tired after a long journey with transits in three airports | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Chilean Grandmaster Rodrigo Vásquez Schroder was also arriving from Abu Dhabi Chess Festival | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

GM Venkatesh MR was also able to reach in time for the first round coming from Abu Dhabi | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Boris Savchenko, the second seed of the event, had no problems beating Chilukuri Sai Varshith in the first round | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Adam Tukhaev defeated Merlin Godson of Tamil Nadu | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

GM Masoud Mosadeghpour of Iran won against Rakshith Srinivasan of Karnataka | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Results of first round

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
191Koustuv Dash 1846ORI0 0 - 10 GMGupta Abhijeet 2616PSPB1
22GMSavchenko Boris 2576RUS0 1 - 00 Chilukuri Sai Varshith 1840AP92
393Soundarya Kumar Pradhan *)1831ORI0 0 - 10 GMSmirnov Pavel 2574RUS3
44GMTukhaev Adam 2541UKR0 1 - 00 Godson Merlin E 1828TN94
595WFMBidhar Rutumbara 1825ORI0 + - -0 IMTriapishko Alexandr 2519RUS5
66GMMosadeghpour Masoud 2509IRI0 1 - 00 Rakshith Srinivasan 1811KAR96
797Suganthan S 1807TN0 0 - 10 GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo 2496CHI7
88GMVenkatesh M.R. 2480PSPB0 1 - 00 Aravind P V S 1806AP98
999Shyam Kumar M 1806TN0 0 - 10 IMShyaamnikhil P 2457ICF9
1010IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad 2442TJK0 1 - 00 Krithigga K 1793TN100
11101Bhagyashree Patil 1791MAH0 ½ - ½0 GMKarthikeyan P. 2422ICF12
1213IMDas Sayantan 2409WB0 1 - 00 Subramanian R M 1790TN-M102
13103Aravinth Shanmugam S 1788TN-M0 0 - 10 Harshavardhan G B 2391TN14
1415IMMuthaiah Al 2384TN0 1 - 00 Alalwan Sajjad Abbas Khudhair 1784IRQ104
15105Babul Mollick 1783BAN0 0 - 10 IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy 2383TN16
1617IMRajesh V A V 2378TN0 1 - 00 Sai Kiran Y 1780AP106
17107Harshit Ranjan Sahu 1778ORI0 0 - 10 IMRaja Rithvik R 2364TEL18
1819IMNitin S. 2358S.Rly0 1 - 00 Dangi Mani Raj 1777NEP108
19109Avinash Ramesh 1776TN0 ½ - ½0 FMOm Kharola 2357MAH20
2021IMRathnakaran K. 2337S.Rly0 1 - 00 Shravan Swaminathan 1774TN110

 

Rounds 2-3: The Blitz King Rajaram Laxman joins in!

The Blitz King of India, Grandmaster Rajaram Laxman, wasn't able to play in the first round after returning from Abu Dhabi. He started his tournament from the second round defeating Divyabharathi Masanam of Tamil Nadu | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Abhijeet Gupta found easy victory against seven times Kerala champion O.T.Anilkumar in round two. Gupta was able to first dominate an open c-file and then launch an onslaught against Anilkumar's king stuck in the middle of the board | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Telegana's IM Raja Rithvik R has made a promising start winning all his games in the first three rounds | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

The event's third seed Pavel Smirnov defeated S.Prasanna in round three | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam 

IM Rathnakaran K. is also on 3.0/3 and faces GM Venkatesh M.R. in round four | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

In round three, IM Shyamnikhil P was held to a draw by CM Nikhil Magizhnan | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam 

Abhijeet Gupta was surprisingly held to a draw in the third round by Odisha's Rajesh Nayak | Photo: IA Rathinam Anantharam

Results of second round

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
11
GMGupta Abhijeet 2616PSPB1 1 - 01 Anilkumar O.T. 2079KER
55
256
Marthandan K U 2074KER1 0 - 11 GMSavchenko Boris 2576RUS
2
33
GMSmirnov Pavel 2574RUS1 1 - 01 Rakesh Kumar Nayak 2042ORI
59
458
Jayachandra Srinivas Vellanki 2046TN1 0 - 11 GMTukhaev Adam 2541UKR
4
560
CMKadam Om Manish 2028MAH1 0 - 11 GMMosadeghpour Masoud 2509IRI
6
67
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo 2496CHI1 1 - 01 Alan Diviya Raj 2026TN
61
764
Ilamparthi A R 1984TN1 0 - 11 GMVenkatesh M.R. 2480PSPB
8
89
IMShyaamnikhil P 2457ICF1 1 - 01 Aditya Varun Gampa 1999TEL
63
966
Mushini Ajay 1980AP1 0 - 11 IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad 2442TJK
10
1069
Arnav Maheshwari 1966TN1 0 - 11 IMDas Sayantan 2409WB
13
1114
Harshavardhan G B 2391TN1 ½ - ½1 Pattnayak Nilsu 1979ORI
67
1274
Jain Kashish Manoj 1937MAH1 0 - 11 IMMuthaiah Al 2384TN
15
1316
IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy 2383TN1 1 - 01 Gias Uddin Ahmed 1961BAN
71
1475
Sooraj M R 1934KER1 0 - 11 IMRajesh V A V 2378TN
17
1518
IMRaja Rithvik R 2364TEL1 1 - 01 Ayushh Ravikumar 1907TN
79
1676
Shivasubramanian R 1916MAH1 0 - 11 IMNitin S. 2358S.Rly
19
1778
Mohamed Anees M 1910TN1 0 - 11 IMRathnakaran K. 2337S.Rly
21
1880
Shreyash Shuvam Patnaik 1903ORI1 0 - 11 Kunal M. 2306TN
23
1924
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan 2278ORI1 1 - 01 Manthan Kashyap Datta 1893ASM
81
2086
Nikhil M 1865AP1 ½ - ½1 FMAaryan Varshney 2272DEL
25

Results of third round

Bo.No. NameRtgClub/CityPts. ResultPts. NameRtgClub/City No.
127
Nayak Rajesh 2250ORI2 ½ - ½2 GMGupta Abhijeet 2616PSPB
1
22
GMSavchenko Boris 2576RUS2 1 - 02 Sahoo Utkal Ranjan 2278ORI
24
329
Prasannaa.S 2237TN2 0 - 12 GMSmirnov Pavel 2574RUS
3
44
GMTukhaev Adam 2541UKR2 1 - 02 Hari Madhavan N B 2231TN
30
56
GMMosadeghpour Masoud 2509IRI2 1 - 02 Patil Pratik 2216MAH
33
635
Lokesh N. 2202TN2 ½ - ½2 GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo 2496CHI
7
78
GMVenkatesh M.R. 2480PSPB2 1 - 02 Baivab Mishra 2215ORI
34
851
CMNikhil Magizhnan 2124TN2 ½ - ½2 IMShyaamnikhil P 2457ICF
9
910
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad 2442TJK2 1 - 02 Priyanka K 2201TN
36
1013
IMDas Sayantan 2409WB2 1 - 02 Balkishan A. 2173KAR
38
1115
IMMuthaiah Al 2384TN2 ½ - ½2 Dusthageer Ibrahim M. 2156TN-M
44
1253
Manigandan S S 2100TN-M2 0 - 12 IMKonguvel Ponnuswamy 2383TN
16
1317
IMRajesh V A V 2378TN2 1 - 02 FMRamakrishna J. 2155AP
45
14117
Kalyani B 1736TN2 0 - 12 IMRaja Rithvik R 2364TEL
18
1519
IMNitin S. 2358S.Rly2 ½ - ½2 Niraj Saripalli 2150GOA
48
1621
IMRathnakaran K. 2337S.Rly2 1 - 02 Rathneesh R 2136TN
50
1723
Kunal M. 2306TN2 0 - 12 WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty 2082LIC
54
1847
Surendran N 2152TN 0 - 1 GMKarthikeyan P. 2422ICF
12
1965
Gokhale Rishabh Chandrashekhar 1981MAH ½ - ½ Harshavardhan G B 2391TN
14
2067
Pattnayak Nilsu 1979ORI ½ - ½ FMOm Kharola 2357MAH
20

Standings after third round

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
113
IMDas SayantanIND2409WB3,00,05,54,06,003
23
GMSmirnov PavelRUS2574RUS3,00,05,04,05,003
18
IMRaja Rithvik RU16IND2364TEL3,00,05,04,05,003
42
GMSavchenko BorisRUS2576RUS3,00,05,03,55,503
521
IMRathnakaran K.IND2337S.Rly3,00,04,54,04,503
68
GMVenkatesh M.R.IND2480PSPB3,00,04,53,54,503
10
IMKhusenkhojaev MuhammadTJK2442TJK3,00,04,53,54,503
816
IMKonguvel PonnuswamyIND2383TN3,00,04,04,04,003
917
IMRajesh V A VIND2378TN3,00,04,03,05,003
106
GMMosadeghpour MasoudIRI2509IRI3,00,04,03,04,003
114
GMTukhaev AdamUKR2541UKR3,00,03,53,53,503
1254
WGMKiran Manisha MohantywIND2082LIC3,00,03,53,04,503
131
GMGupta AbhijeetIND2616PSPB2,50,06,54,55,252
27
Nayak RajeshIND2250ORI2,50,06,54,55,252
1515
IMMuthaiah AlU20IND2384TN2,50,05,04,53,752
1619
IMNitin S.IND2358S.Rly2,50,05,04,03,752
17162
Sarath Chandra KU18IND1594TEL2,50,05,04,02,752
1844
Dusthageer Ibrahim M.IND2156TN-M2,50,04,54,03,252
1943
Lakshmi Narayanan M VIND2166TN2,50,04,53,53,752
207
GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoS50CHI2496CHI2,50,04,53,53,252