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Himal Gusain wins 19th Caspian Cup 2023, Kushagra Mohan third

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/02/2023

IM Himal Gusain won 19th Caspian Cup Category A 2023 scoring an unbeaten 7/9. Three other players also scored the same and remained undefeated. They are - GM Hovik Hayrapetyan (ARM), IM Kushagra Mohan and IM Arash Tahbaz (IRI). They were placed second to fourth according to tie-breaks. The top three prizes were 3000000, 2000000 and 1600000 Iranian Real which is approximately ₹58000 as the first prize. This is Himal's second tournament victory of the year, after starting the year by winning Surya Trophy Rating Open 2022 on the very first day. Photo: IA Khatere Azizi

Top four score 7/9

It was a very closely contested tournament as all top four finishers scored 7/9 and remained undefeated. IM Himal Gusain won the tournament on tie-breaks. Before this event, Himal took part in 5th Paytakht Cup 2023 where he also remained unbeaten, scored 6/9 to finish sixth according to tie-breaks.

Champion - IM Himal Gusain 7/9 | Photo: IA Khatere Azizi

Second Runner-up - IM Kushagra Mohan 7/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

IM Himal Gusain scored an unbeaten 7/9, drew with both eventual runner-ups and gained 13 Elo rating points

IM Kushagra Mohan at the tournament hall | Photo: IA Khatere Azizi

A total of 144 players including 3 GMs, 7 IMs and a WIM took part from nine countries all over the world in Group A (>1800). The nine-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Gilan Chess Association in Rasht, Iran from 12th to 20th February 2023. The time control of the tournament was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19IMGusain, HimalIND237870246349,5
23GMHayrapetyan, HovikARM246670246050
36IMKushagra, MohanIND238470245950
44IMTahbaz, ArashIRI245470241947,5
518FMAradhya, GargIND22686,50240947
614Omidi, AryaIRI23256,50238948,5
710FMAtakhan, AbtinIRI23706,50238149
87IMMohammad Fahad, RahmanBAN23846,50237548
92GMMirzoev, AzerAZE24906,50233244,5
1017FMKhoshkalam, Seyed MehrabIRI22796,50232946
1119Hayrapetyan, EdgarARM22456,50227543,5
125IMGholami Orimi, MahdiIRI24226,50226844,5
1324Tahmasebi, HamidrezaIRI21766,50221445
1430Alikhanyan, ArtakARM21466,50217538,5
1549Ghanbaralifarzad, Mohammad HoseiIRI20536,50217244


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