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Gukesh wins GoodEarth Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 12/09/2020

GM D Gukesh scored a triple hat-trick with 9.0/9, a loss in the final round did not affect his final standings. Gukesh wins ₹12000. GM Jose Eduardo Martinez also finished with 9.0/10 at the second position. Runner-up Martinez earned ₹10000. IM Mitrabha Guha scored sole 8.5/10 to secure third position and won ₹7000. GoodEarth sponsored the entire prize fund of ₹50000. Total 231 players including 16 GMs, 22 IMs and 4 WIMs took part from India, Azerbaijan, Canada, England, Kuwait, Peru, USA and Uzbekistan in this 10-Round event. Photo: Niki Riga

Gukesh wins his second ChessBase India Online Blitz event within 2.5 months

GM D Gukesh made a fantastic start with 9.0/9, rendering the last round result irrelevant for his championship. Despite losing the last round to GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara of Peru, Gukesh won the tournament. This is his second triumph at a ChessBase India Online Blitz event within 2.5 months. Eduardo had to settle for second position. IM Mitrabha Guha scored sole 8.5/10 to secure third position. His only loss in the event was against the eventual champion Gukesh. Reigning National Junior champion Aradhya Garg was the only untitled player to finish in top 10. He scored 7.5/10 to finish at eighth position.

GoodEarth sponsored the entire prize fund of The Knighthood Online Blitz Open

Total 231 players including 16 GMs, 22 IMs and 4 WIMs took part from India, Azerbaijan, Canada, England, Kuwait, Peru, USA and Uzbekistan in this 10-Round event.

GM D Gukesh scored 9.0/10 to win GoodEarth Online Blitz Open | Photo: Niki Riga

A solid win against Rasulov

In the penultimate round, Gk06 (GM D Gukesh) scored a fine win over GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan.

Gk06 - Rasulov Vuga, Round 8

Position after 30...g5

Due to lack of space and piece coordination, black went for a break with 30...g5 in an already difficult position. Gukesh had no trouble converting his advantage as he continued with 31.Na5 and won the game in another 19 moves.

GM Vugar Rasulov scored 8.0/10 and finished 6th

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Peru no.3 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez finished second with a score of 9.0/10 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Eduardo's redemption

If you don't win the tournament, what's the next best thing? Scoring a victory against the eventual champion. Both Gk06 (GM D Gukesh) and Js3131 (GM Jose Eduardo Martinez) finished with 9.0/10, however Gukesh won the championship due to a better tie-breaks and Eduardo had to settle for second position.

Js3131 - Gk06, Round 10

Position after 39.Re5

The position looks seemingly equal but black under time pressure blundered with 39...Qg7 which his opponent missed initially. Then after a couple of more moves he made an unforced error with 43...b4 and things turned into white's favor.

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IM Mitrabha Guha scored sole 8.5/10 and finished third | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Brilliant play by Babysnake

Babysnake (IM Mitrabha Guha) scored a fine victory in the final round against Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vakhidov) when the latter made a tactical error, allowing his opponent to make a combination.

Uzbektiger95 - Babysnake, Round 10

Position after 31.Ne3

Find out the winning continuation for black after 31.Ne3. Also try to find out what white should have played instead.

9th GM Jakhongir Vakhidov 7.5/10 | Photo: gamesmaven.io

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4th IM Aronyak Ghosh 8.0/10 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

5th GM Harsha Bharathakoti 8.0/10 | Photo: IA Gopakumar Sudhakaran

7th GM Abhimanyu Puranik 8.0/10

8th - Reigning National Junior Champion Aradhya Garg was the only untitled player to finish in top 10 with 7.5/10 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

10th - GM Diptayan Ghosh 7.5/10 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Best Woman - WIM Mrudul Dehankar 7.0/10

Shiv01 (WIM Mrudul Dehankar) scored a fine victory against Sivaji (GM Venkatesh M R) in Round 6.

Interesting moments

Here are some interesting moments from the tournament:

Checkmate can happen anywhere - I

Passed pawns are too strong

Checkmate can happen anywhere - II

You never know who is watching your game - Oligarkh (GM Baadur Jobava) was found spectating a game for a moment

Final Standings

Main Prize winners (Top 20)

Rank Name Score Prize money
1 GM D Gukesh 9 ₹12000
2 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 9 ₹10000
3 IM Mitrabha Guha 8.5 ₹7000
4 IM Aronyak Ghosh 8 ₹5000
5 GM Harsha Bharathakoti 8 ₹3000
6 GM Vugar Rasulov 8 ₹2000
7 GM Abhimanyu Puranik 8 ₹1000
8 Aradhya Garg 7.5 ₹1000
9 GM Jakhongir Vakhidov 7.5 ₹1000
10 GM Diptayan Ghosh 7.5 ₹1000
11 IM Arjun Kalyan 7.5 ₹500
12 IM Pranesh M 7.5 ₹500
13 FM L R Srihari 7.5 ₹500
14 IM Sankalp Gupta 7.5 ₹500
15 IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 7 ₹500
16 IM Anuj Shrivatri 7 ₹500
17 Pranav V 7 ₹500
18 GM Shardul Gagare 7 ₹500
19 IM Kanan Garayev 7 ₹500
20 IM Arghyadip Das 7 ₹500

Best Women

1 WIM Mrudul Dehankar 7 ₹500
2 Renganayaki V 7 ₹400
3 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane 6 ₹300
4 WFM Savitha Shri B 6 ₹300

Rating category 1201-1400

1 Goutham Krishna H (1352) 6 ₹500
2 Giridhar A (1347) 5.5 ₹400
3 Karthik Raj (1383) 5 ₹300
4 Aadithya Pradeep (1325) 5 ₹300

Rating category 1000-1200

1 Suryansh Verma (1199) 7 ₹500
2 Sushanth Vaman Shetty (1188) 6 ₹400
3 Agnim Dutta (1135) 6 ₹300
4 Sidharth Sreekumar (1194) 5.5 ₹300

 

Best Under-12

1 Swayham P Das 7 ₹500
2 Arpith S Bijoy 6.5 ₹400
3 Ilamparthi A R 6 ₹300
4 Arhan Chethan Anand 6 ₹300

 

Best Under-18

1 FM L N Ram Aravind 7 ₹500
2 FM Ajay Karthikeyan 7 ₹400
3 FM Pranav Anand 7 ₹300
4 Sankalp Kukreja 7 ₹300

 

Best Kerala Players

1 FM Jubin Jimmy 7 ₹500
2 Adarsh P B 6.5 ₹500
3 Akhilan E M 6.5 ₹500
4 IM Ratnakaran K 6 ₹300
5 Sreejith GS 6 ₹300
6 Vishnu Menon 6 ₹300
7 John Veny Akkarakaran 6 ₹300
8 Hari R Chandran 5.5 ₹300
9 N R Anilkumar 5.5 ₹250
10 Manoj MV 5.5 ₹250

 

Links

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@ 04/09/2020 by Shahid Ahmed (en)