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Christian Bauer wins 10th Martinique Open - Joel Gratien Memorial, Priyanka second and Karthik third

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/04/2023

GM Christian Bauer (FRA), WGM Priyanka Nutakki and GM Karthik Venkataraman, scored 7/9 each at 10th Martinique Open - Joel Gratien Memorial. Bauer won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Priyanka and Karthik were adjudged second and third respectively. The Asian Continental Women 2022 Silver medalist, defeated two GMs in the last two rounds - Romain Edouard (FRA) and Harsha Bharathakoti, to make a strong second place finish. WIM Mounika Akshaya held the reigning National Senior 2022 champion, Karthik to a draw. Both Harsha and Karthik's championship hopes were shattered in the final round. The total prize fund of the tournament was €12200. The top three prizes were €3000, €2000 and €1300 along with a trophy each. Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Priyanka wins against two GMs in the last two games

WGM Priyanka Nutakki showed her strength by beating GM Romain Edouard (FRA) and GM Harsha Bharathakoti in the last two rounds. Thus, ending Harsha's first place hopes. His coleader, GM Karthik Venkataraman was held to a draw by WIM Mounika Akshaya. He ended up finishing third. Priyanka also won the Best Female player prize, while Mounika finished seventh overall, received the second prize in Best Female category and also a first place in another category. This tenth edition of the Martinique Open was organized by Ligue d'Echecs de Martinique in memory of Joël Gratien who worked for the Martinique Chess League since its creation in 1985. This chess enthusiast passed away on 23rd September 2022.

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd WGM Priyanka Nutakki, 1st GM Christian Bauer (FRA) and 3rd GM Karthik Venkataraman | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Runner-up - WGM Priyanka Nutakki 7/9 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Second Runner-up - GM Karthik Venkataraman 7/9 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

4th GM Harsha Bharathakoti 6.5/9 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

7th WIM Mounika Akshaya 6/9 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Apart from finishing overall second, WGM Priyanka Nutakki also won the first prize in Best Female category. WIM Mounika Akshaya secured second place.

Best Female Top 3 - 2nd WIM Mounika Akshaya and 1st WGM Priyanka Nutakki | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

WIM Mounika Akshaya also won the first prize in Best Junior category |  Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

The tenth edition of the tournament was organized in memory of Joël Gratien who worked for the Martinique Chess League since its creation in 1985 | Photo: Official site

WGM Priyanka Nutakki defeated two GMs in the last two rounds.

Round 8: WGM Priyanka Nutakki - GM Romain Edouard (FRA): 1-0 | Photo: M Debiaye/Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Round 9: WGM Priyanka Nutakki - GM Harsha Bharathakoti: 1-0 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Her only two losses were against WIM Mounika Akshaya in Round 3 and the eventual champion, GM Christian Bauer in Round 6.

Round 3: WIM Mounika Akshaya - WGM Priyanka Nutakki: 1-0 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Round 6: WGM Priyanka Nutakki - GM Christian Bauer (FRA): 0-1 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

WGM Priyanka Nutakki scored 7/9, including two victories against two GMs in the last two rounds

The battle between two Indian GMs - Karthik Venkataraman and Harsha Bharathakoti ended in a draw in Round 3 | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

WIM Mounika Akshaya drew against GM Karthik Venkataraman in the final round to finish seventh | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

The tournament hall at Hotel Karibea in Saint Luce, France | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

WGM Priyanka Nutakki and GM Karthik Venkataraman playing a friendly game of Table Tennis | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Chief Arbiter of 44th Chess Olympiad, IA Laurent Freyd (right) was also a Chief Arbiter in this event | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

Trophies and medals for the prize winners | Photo: Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique

A total of 62 players including 4 GMs, aWGM and a WIM took part from four countries across the world. The tournament was organized by Ligue d'Echecs de Martinique from 3rd to 7th April 2023 at Hotel Karibea in Saint Luce, France. The nine-round Swiss league rating tournament had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no. 1.

Round 9 results

Ech.PtsBlancs Res.Noirs Pts
16NUTAKKI Priyanka2329 F1 - 0BHARATHAKOTI Harsha2608 F
2BOMMINI Mounika Akshaya2092 FX - XVENKATARAMAN Karthik2516 F
36BAUER Christian2594 F1 - 0SUEZ-PANAMA Gilles1903 F
4EDOUARD Romain2531 F1 - 0GUILLAUME Marvin1858 F
5TASTET Florian1770 N1 - 0WHITE Chris1733 F

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Final standings

Pl NomEloCat.FedeLigueClubPtsTr.NVPerf
1gBAUER Christian2594 FSenMCVLC'Chartres Echecs743½52546
2gfNUTAKKI Priyanka2329 FSenF74372381
3gVENKATARAMAN Karthik2516 FSenM74352488
4gBHARATHAKOTI Harsha2608 FSenM45½52502
5gEDOUARD Romain2531 FSenMHDFL'Echiquier Cappellois4552468
6 TASTET Florian1770 NSenMGUAEchecs Club de Petit Bourg3961926
7mfBOMMINI Mounika Akshaya2092 FJunF64152068
8 DOUGLAS Lionel1700 FSenMGUAEchecs Club de Petit Bourg638½51791
9 CHANCEREL Dominique1692 FVetMMARArsenal63661654
10 GUILLAUME Marvin1858 FSenMMAREchecs Anlè Moun43½51884

Details

Links

Official site

Tournament regulations

Ligue d'Echecs de la Martinique fb page


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