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Toby Curtis perfect at Golden Week Open 2024 Group A, Murugappan second

by Mayur Gondhalekar - 27/05/2024

Axel Martin (FRA) and Nathan Summerville (JPN) scored 4.5/5 each at Golden Week Open 2024. Axel won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Nathan was placed second. Shun Tokuni (JPN), Pei-Ti Wu (TPE) and Kei Sugita (JPN) scored 4/5 each. They were placed third to fifth respectively. In the Group A (Below 1700) section, Toby Curtis scored a perfect 5/5 to become the champion. Murugappan N, Yukihiko Yoshii (JPN), Kantaro Kohara (JPN) and Jie-Xin Lu (TPE) scored 3.5/5 each. They secured second to fifth place according to tie-breaks. The top three prizes in the Open were 20000, 15000 and 10000 Yen along with a plaque each. For Open A, the top three prizes were plaques with a Chessmood gift each. Photo: Japan Chess Federation

Axel Martin wins the Open

This year Sheldon Donaldson and I participated in the Japan Chess Championship, as a player and an arbiter respectively. This tournament is an annual invitational tournament, with qualifying tournaments held typically in February and March of the same year.

Open (L to R): 5th Kei Sugita (JPN) 4/5, 2nd Nathan Summerville (JPN) 4.5/5 , 1st Axel Martin (FRA) 4.5/5, 3rd Shun Tokuni (JPN) 4/5, 4th Wu Pei-Ti 4/5 | Photo: Japan Chess Federation

Group A (L to R) - 2nd Murugappan N 3.5/5, 1st Toby Curtis (JPN) 5/5 and 3rd Yukihiko Yoshii (JPN) 3.5/5 | Photo: Japan Chess Federation

But what does that mean for players who don’t qualify to the Japan Chess Championship? Are they doomed to be mere spectators, or is there any semblance of hope to get a taste of the FIDE rated tournament pie?


Fear not dear readers, for there is the “Golden Week Open” tournament: an annual FIDE rated tournament that coincides with the Japan Chess Championship, with fewer rounds, and an equally thrilling competition (albeit, at a lower average rating level).


Golden Week Open 2024, was held at the same venue as Japan Chess Championship – Curian at Oimachi, in Tokyo – from Saturday May 4, to Monday May 6. It featured five rounds, and was divided into two sections: the open section and Group A (FIDE 1700 and under).


This year saw the participation of a big group from Shanghai in both sections.


Open section:

1st 20000 yen and plaque

2nd 15000 yen and plaque

3rd 10000 yen and plaque

4th ChessMood Prizes and plaque

5th ChessMood prizes and plaque


Group A:

1st to 3rd Plaques and ChessMood prizes

4th and 5th ChessMood prizes

Games of Murugappan

N Murugappan is a PhD student of the Department of Chemical Systems Engineering, at the University of Tokyo. He secured second place in the Golden Week Open, Group A and very kindly agreed to shares his games for the benefit of the readers.

A photo with the Chessbase reporters 😉

L to R: Mr. K Satya Sandesh, Sheldon Donaldson, Mayur Gondhalekar, N Murugappan

Final standings in Open

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
11Martin AxelFRA19530F-ticket4,5151816,007103
27Summerville NathanJPN181517244,511,51311,506958
33Tokuni ShunJPN18971841413,515,511,507123
427Wu Pei-TiTPE16021602412,5148,007555
517Sugita KeiJPN17431719411139,506947
620Ogawa GenkiJPN172814113,513,515,59,006986
726Wang Zi-JieTPE16100F-ticket3,512,5146,256598
813Nagai ToshiyukiJPN180115613,51213,57,257037
98Erkoc VedatTUR181016453,511,5138,506840
1034Fuse NaokiJPN015983,511139,257152


Final standings in Group A

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
110Curtis TobyJPN01300511,51313,506237
22N MurugappanIND152714883,5151710,255545
36Yoshii YukihikoJPN015973,513,515,59,254629
48Kohara KantaroJPN013763,511137,754967
55Lu Jie-XinTPE14390F-ticket3,51112,58,256120



Japan Chess Federation

About the Author

Mayur is an IT engineer and a chess enthusiast from Mumbai, working in Japan since 2013. He has played over-the-board tournaments in India, USA and Japan. He has also been a top three finisher in a one-day OTB events in Japan in 2013, 2015, 2017 and online blitz in 2020. Currently he is making use of online platforms for chess improvement and learning Ayurveda. He loves salsa dancing, reading, traveling and teaching.

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