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Neelash Saha wins Bijnor Open Vol.2 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/03/2024

IM Neelash Saha, Vignesh B, GM Laxman R R and Balkishan A scored 7.5/9 each at Bijnor Open UP Booster Series Vol.2 2024. Neelash won the tournament due to better tie-breaks. Vignesh, Laxman and Balkishan were placed second, third and fourth according to tie-breaks. Only Neelash and Laxman remained undefeated among them. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹500000. The top three prizes were ₹100000, ₹75000 and ₹50000 along with a trophy each respectively. The five-day rating tournament was organized by and at Vivek College, Bijnor at Uttar Pradesh from 17th to 21st March 2024. This was Neelash's third overall, second Classical rating tournament triumph of the year. Photos: Vivek College, Bijnor

Top four score 7.5/9

IM Neelash Saha and IM Srihari L R were the coleaders heading into the final round 7/8 each. Vignesh B defeated Srihari and Neelash drew against Indrajeet Mahindrakar. Balkishan A and GM Laxman R R won against FM Joydeep Dutta and Daksh Goyal to also end up with 7.5/9 each. Neelash became champion, Vignesh second and Laxman third. The exact rating changes will be known on April 2024 FIDE Rating list.

Champion - IM Neelash Saha 7.5/9

Runner-up - Vignesh B 7.5/9

Second Runner-up - GM Laxman R R 7.5/9

Top five (L to R): 5th IM Srihari L R 7/9, 4th Balkishan A 7.5/9, 2nd Vignesh B 7.5/9, 1st IM Neelash Saha 7.5/9 and 3rd GM Laxman R R 7.5/9

Neelash - Ram, Round 7

Position after 14.Rxd5

IM Neelash Saha (2463) made a nice exchange sacrifice against Ram Prakash (1983) in the seventh round. 14...exd5 15.Nxd5 Qd8 16.Nc7 Be6 17.Bc4 there is no need to hurry in recovering the exchange Bxc4 18.Qxc4 Bf6 19.Nxa8 and White won the game in another ten moves.

IM Neelash Saha in action

IM Neelash Saha scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 including a draw against the sole Grandmaster in the field and the eventual second runner-up - GM Laxman R R

4th Balkishan A 7.5/9

5th IM Srihari L R 7/9

6th Ram Prakash 7/9

7th FM Arvinder Preet Singh 7/9

8th IM Sai Agni Jeevitesh J 7/9

9th IM Indrajeet Mahindrakar 7/9

10th Kamad Mishra 7/9

Top boards

The tournament hall at Vivek College in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh

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A total of 190 players including a GM and 4 IMs took part from all over the country and one from the Netherlands and USA each in this five-day nine round Rating Open tournament. It was organized by and at Vivek College in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh from 17th to 21st March 2024. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

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Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12IMNeelash, SahaIND2463RSPB7,552,55746,2506
26AGMVignesh, BIND2209Tamil Nadu7,549,553,544,0007
33GMLaxman, R.R.IND2331ICF7,5495443,7506
48Balkishan, A.IND2108Karnataka7,5485241,5007
51IMSrihari, L RIND2490Tamil Nadu75357,542,5006
611Prakash, RamIND1983Punjab7525641,7506
710FMSingh, Arvinder PreetIND2030Punjab7515541,0006
85IMSai Agni Jeevitesh, JIND2285Telangana75054,541,0006
97Mahindrakar, IndrajeetIND2136Maharashtra749,553,539,7505
1015Mishra, KamadIND1812Madhya Pradesh74751,538,0006
129FMDutta, JoydeepIND2041RSPB6,5505538,0005
1340Shubh, Singh SainiU15IND1683Uttarakhand6,54952,535,7505
1422Sparsh, YadavIND1775Uttar Pradesh6,5485234,2505
154FMVrashank, ChouhanIND2330Rajasthan6,546,55135,2506
1613Sharma, HarishIND1926Delhi6,5465033,5006
1736Vinayak, Singh YadavU15IND1696Uttar Pradesh6,545,549,532,5006
1818Vatsal, SinglaU15IND1795Delhi64953,533,0006
1916Shreyash, SinghU15IND1807Uttar Pradesh648,552,532,2505
2012Daksh, GoyalIND1926Delhi648,552,532,0006


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