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Baadur Jobava dominates Riga Technical University Open 2023 E Opening Blitz, Nitish Belurkar second

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/09/2023

Baadur Jobava (GEO) scored an unbeaten 10.5/11 to win Riga Technical University Open E Opening Blitz 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the competition. IM Nitish Belurkar scored an impressive 9.5/11 to secure second place. He is the sole IM among top four finishers. Nitish's only draw was against Jobava and the only loss occurred against the eventual second runner-up, GM Paulius Pultinevicius (LTU). He scored 9/11 to finish third. The total prize fund of the event was €1000. The first prize was €170. Nitish performed at 2555 and gained 57 Elo rating points. He also scored 7/9 in the Tournament A to secure a seventh place finish. He gained a valuable 18.4 Elo rating points, taking his rating to 2451 in September 2023 FIDE Rating list. Photo: Diana Matisone

Nitish impressive in Riga, Latvia

Champion - GM Baadur Jobava (GEO) 10.5/11 | Photo: Mark Livshitz

Runner-up - IM Nitish Belurkar 9.5/11 | Photo: Mark Livshitz

Second Runner-up - GM Paulius Pultinevicius (LTU) 9/11 | Photo: Mark Livshitz

Players in action during Blitz event | Photo: Mark Livshitz

IM Nitish Belurkar secured seventh place at Riga Technical University Open Tournament A | Photo: Diana Matisone

A total of 150 players including 7 GMs, 6 IMs and 2 WGMs took part from 19 countries across the world in this one-day eleven round Bliz Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Riga Technical University and Latvian Chess Federation in Riga, Latvia on 5th August 2023. The time control of the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
GMJOBAVA, BaadurGEO257610,57565,527571017,2
IMNITISH, BelurkarIND23529,574,56425552056,4
GMPULTINEVICIUS, PauliusLTU2596Sc Marijampolė/Sūduva979,5692553100,9
GMBASSO, Pier LuigiITA2438876,5662402100,1
CMTRAN, Thanh TuJPN2413874,565234910-4,2
GMBLOMQVIST, ErikSWE237987463,52395106,5
IMMITUSOV, SemenU18NOR2318Oss873,56323692020
IMGHARIBYAN, MamikonARM2445867,559,5229410-14,2
FMSEMJONOVS, IljaLAT2283867,5582291208,4
MICKEVICIUS, JurasLTU2185Vilnius Chess United8665823442045,2



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