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Five norms for Indians at the Aeroflot Open 2019

by Sagar Shah - 01/03/2019

The Indian contingent performed admirably at the Aeroflot Open 2019. Sasikiran very narrowly missed winning the A-tournament and finished third - a commendable performance. Five Indian youngsters made their norms - Raunak Sadhwani achieved his maiden GM norm, Divya Deshmukh got her second WGM norm and Aditya Mittal, Koustav Chatterjee and Sammed Shete achieved their IM norms. Aditya Mittal is now an IM at the age of just 12 years. For Sammed and Koustav this was their second IM norm. In this report we give you all the information about the Indians who performed admirably and also tell you about the surprise winner of the A-group Kaido Kulaots, who has booked his spot to the Dortmund super tournament 2019.

One of the strongest opens in the world - the Aeroflot Open, came to an end on 28th of February 2019. It was a mixed final result for the Indian players. Sasikiran's third place in the A group is a fine result. However, judging by the fact that he was 5.0/5 and had a full point lead over the field, Sasikiran would not be thrilled about his third place. Besides the winner not only receives 18,000 Euros but also a direct entry to the Dortmund super tournament in Germany.

Third place at the Aeroflot Open takes Sasikiran to 2690 on the live rating list. If he fires at the World Team Championships, we are sure to see him cross 2700! | Photo: David Llada

Kaido Kulaots was the surprise winner of the tournament, but just have a look at his performance! | Photo: David Llada

Starting off as the 62nd seed, the Estonian number one performed at an Elo of 2873, gaining 38 Elo points, beating Maghsoodloo, Firouzja, Dubov, Wei Yi and Khismatullin, winning 18000 Euros and booking his spot in the Dortmund super tournament later this year! What more can one ask from a tournament!

Haik Martirosyan is Armenia's best hope right now to emulate the feats of Levon Aronian. He scored the same points as Kulaots, but had to be content with the second spot.

Wang Hao was Sasikiran's last round opponent. They drew their game and Sasikiran finished third, while Wang Hao had to be content with the fourth spot

India had five norm makers at the Aeroflot Open 2019 - Raunak Sadhwani (GM norm - Centre), Divya Deshmukh (WGM norm - top left), Sammed Shete (IM norm - bottom left), Koustav Chatterjee (IM norm - top right), Aditya Mittal (IM norm - bottom right)

Raunak Sadhwani scored his GM norm in the A group

Aditya Mittal scored his final IM norm and became India's latest IM

Sammed Shete scored his 2nd IM norm. Sammed is supported by the Pursue your chess scholarship under HelpChess initiative. 

15-year-old youngster Koustav Chatterjee scored his second IM norm

A phenomenal performance by Divya Deshmukh. She was the third last seed in the B-group. In spite of having an Elo of 2126 she was allowed to play in B-group (above 2300), and she did not disappoint. After scoring her maiden IM norm at the Velammal-AICF WGM Round Robin tournament, she scored her second WGM norm here.

Shyam Sundar was the best performing Indian in the B-group and he finished 5th with an Elo performance of 2601 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Vaibhav Suri scored 5.5/9 in the A group of the Aeroflot Open 2019, gained 10 Elo points | Photo: Lennart Ootes

S.L. Narayanan beat Kiril Alekseenko (2634) and Rauf Mamedov (2701), scoring 5.5/9 and gained 10 Elo points | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Nihal Sarin, at the age of 14, already has a rating of 2578. He gained 10 Elo points and is now rated 2588 | Photo: David Llada

Padmini was just 1.0/3, but in the last six rounds she picked up pace and scored 5.0/6. She finished 13th, gained 24 Elo points and beat three higher rated players David Zakaryan (2382), German Bazeev (2423) and Petr Kostenko (2466) | Photo: David Llada

Standings in A group

Rk.SNoNameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
162GMKulaots KaidoEST25427,052647
228GMMartirosyan Haik M.ARM26167,042563
311GMSasikiran KrishnanIND26786,542607
43GMWang HaoCHN27146,052600
51GMWei YiCHN27336,042589
630GMChigaev MaksimRUS26136,042586
77GMInarkiev ErnestoRUS26926,042580
821GMSarana AlexeyRUS26306,042573
915GMAnton Guijarro DavidESP26426,042557
1043GMTabatabaei M.AminU18IRI25905,552613
119GMKorobov AntonUKR26875,552585
1247GMVaibhav SuriIND25755,552577
1313GMSjugirov SananRUS26635,552558
1423GMParavyan DavidRUS26275,552536
60GMHakobyan AramU18ARM25455,552536
1625GMKhismatullin DenisRUS26215,552526
1735GMDeac Bogdan-DanielU18ROU26035,542647
1832GMLupulescu ConstantinROU26105,542640
1961IMSychev KlementyRUS25455,542609
2029GMZhou JianchaoCHN26155,542601

Indian overview in A group

11GMSasikiran Krishnan2678IND11111½0½½6,53Open A
14GMSethuraman S.P.2651IND½10½½½½003,579Open A
18GMGanguly Surya Shekhar2636IND1½½½½0½1½5,045Open A
38GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2601IND11000½11½5,041Open A
42GMNarayanan.S.L2593IND11½½010½15,522Open A
45GMNihal Sarin2578IND110½½01½½5,026Open A
47GMVaibhav Suri2575IND0½11½1½½½5,512Open A
49GMNarayanan Srinath2572IND½001½0½002,599Open A
55GMKarthikeyan Murali2560IND½011½0½1½5,034Open A
57GMLalith Babu M R2556IND00½1½½½104,067Open A
63GMAryan Chopra2540IND½½½½01½014,548Open A
65GMPuranik Abhimanyu2538IND½01½½10014,558Open A
67GMDebashis Das2532IND½1½½½00½14,559Open A
68GMPraggnanandhaa R2532IND010½1½01½4,550Open A
71GMVishnu Prasanna. V2524IND00½½½½½1½4,068Open A
74IMGukesh D2508IND001½0½½½½3,584Open A
78GMGagare Shardul2495IND00½1½½½½03,577Open A
79GMKarthik Venkataraman2494IND0½0011½014,073Open A
84IMIniyan P2480IND½½0½½½1½04,064Open A
87GMHarika Dronavalli2471IND1½00½½½½½4,072Open A
88IMPrithu Gupta2470IND0½0½1½½½03,580Open A
91CMAditya Mittal2454IND½010½010½3,587Open A
93IMSadhwani Raunak2448IND½1½½½½½½04,556Open A
94IMArjun Kalyan2444IND½½0½00½½13,582Open A
95IMRaja Rithvik R2443IND001½½½½½03,589Open A

Standings in B group

k.SNoNameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
13GMBogdanovich StanislavUKR25367,552446
25IMHarutyunian Tigran K.ARM25326,552420
329IMMuradli MahammadU18AZE24446,552414
47GMLintchevski DaniilRUS25176,552412
510GMShyam Sundar M.IND25126,542434
653Sammed Jaykumar SheteIND23876,052422
76IMDemidov MikhailRUS25206,052408
89GMLevin Evgeny A.RUS25126,052405
927IMAsadli VugarU18AZE24496,052372
1043Pershin DenisRUS24006,052367
1141IMSchekachikhin MaksimRUS24026,042504
1225IMDrygalov SergeyRUS24506,042430
1388IMPadmini RoutIND23156,042417
1424GMLugovskoy MaximRUS24526,042406
1533GMDanielian ElinaARM24276,042377
1615IMDrygalov AndreyRUS24926,042365
1728FMGaifullin ArturU18RUS24486,042357
1818IMBilguun SumiyaMGL24716,042351
1940IMSavitskiy SergeyRUS24116,042348

Overview of performance of Indians in B group

10GMShyam Sundar M.2512IND10111½½1½6,55Open B
17GMSwapnil S. Dhopade2488IND11½100½½15,531Open B
46IMNitin S.2395IND½1½010½0½4,089Open B
51IMKrishna Teja N2391IND½½10½10104,561Open B
53Sammed Jaykumar Shete2387IND½11½½011½6,06Open B
60CMMendonca Leon Luke2376IND½0011½½104,571Open B
72Sankalp Gupta2345IND0½½101½½04,076Open B
79Koustav Chatterjee2332IND11½½½½00½4,556Open B
82CMAronyak Ghosh2324IND½½½01½½½15,050Open B
85FMDixit Nikhil2318IND0½½½1½0014,081Open B
86WGMGomes Mary Ann2317IND½½00101014,091Open B
88IMPadmini Rout2315IND½½01½½1116,013Open B
92Ajay Karthikeyan2298IND½0100110½4,077Open B
98WIMNandhidhaa P V2268IND0½½1½00013,5101Open B
109Bhambure Shantanu2220IND½0101½½014,564Open B
110FMSrihari L R2211IND½01½110½½5,052Open B
114WIMMahalakshmi M2185IND0½01011014,559Open B
121Jaeel Atharva2145IND½0½½0½0002,0124Open B
122WIMPujari Rucha2133IND01001½½104,079Open B
123WIMChitlange Sakshi2127IND00½1110003,595Open B
124WIMDivya Deshmukh2126IND½110½01½04,563Open B
125Rakshitta Ravi2105IND00½0000000,5126Open B
126WIMGagare Shalmali2026IND000½100½½2,5119Open B

Standings in C group

Rk.SNoNameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1 
11IMIljin TimofeyUKR22987,552,0
231FMBayarmandakh BalganMGL21537,052,5
39Gharagyozyan ArturARM22677,051,0
423Lukin ElishaU18ISR22007,048,5
53FMToropov PavelRUS22956,551,5
21Mamatov MelisKGZ22036,551,5
74FMVolkov SergeiRUS22936,547,5
822FMYuferev OlegRUS22016,545,0
912WIMUtiatskaja IrinaRUS22466,543,5
107Chinguun SumiyaU18MGL22866,052,0
1115FMRozanov Pavel B.RUS22266,049,0
122FMBabikov IvanRUS22956,047,0
1339WFMLoskutova ViktoriyaU18RUS20826,045,0
1418IMChudinovskikh Alexander MS60RUS22106,044,0
1511FMErzhanov ArmanKAZ22616,043,5
1645WFMGrigorieva YuliaU18RUS20626,043,0
1732Zakarzhaev MuslimRUS21486,042,5
1846CMWang ZidengU18CHN20606,042,0
1916Ning KaiyuU18CHN22245,548,0
2019IMMalinin YuriRUS22105,546,0
34WIMPujari RuchaIND21335,546,0

Overview of performance of Indians in C group

13Pranavananda V2234IND1011101005,032Open C
34WIMPujari Rucha2133IND101½0½11½5,521Open C
40WFMBommini Mounika Akshaya2076IND10101½1½05,035Open C
48Priyanka K2033IND10101½½0½4,550Open C
51Sanskriti Goyal2006IND0110001½03,569Open C
59WCMIsha Sharma1935IND0111½½0015,030Open C
60Ghosh Samriddhaa1913IND0101½10115,529Open C
69Varsha Ramesh1831IND010011½014,556Open C
74Sunyuktha C M N1804IND011½010014,549Open C

57 Indians played at the Aeroflot Open 2019. 33 of them were sponsored by Indian Government who had sanctioned a budget of Rs.40 lakh for this trip. It surely turned out to be fruitful one as five Indians could make their norms and many of them gained experience of playing against strong opposition.

Aeroflot Blitz:

One of the most exciting events at the Aeroflot Open is the Aeroflot blitz. After the last classical round, an entire day is dedicated to the blitz tournament, which is a battle of stamina and nerves. Players have to play nine rounds, but each round has two games of 3'+2". You play one game with one colour and when it is over, you just change places with your opponent and start the second game! Apart from participants of the Aeroflot Open, you also have strong local players like Karjakin, Grischuk, Tomashevsky who come specially to play the Aeroflot Blitz! This year Karjakin won the tournament with a score of 14.5/18. The best performing Indian was Nihal Sarin, followed by Praggnanandhaa, Narayanan S.L, Surya Sekhar Ganguly and Karthikeyan Murali.

Sergey Karjakin won the strong Aeroflot Blitz, winning 5,000 euros. Check the complete standings here.

Nihal Sarin was the best performing India. He finished 14th and beat Alireza Firouzja and Idani Pouya in their individual encounter

Praggnanandhaa finished 17th and beat Alekseenko, Grachev and Fedoseev

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