Omar Almeida Quintana wins 47th Badalona City Open 2023, Kaustuv Kundu second
GM Omar Almeida Quintana (CUB), IM Kaustuv Kundu, GM Dylan Isidro Berdayes Ason (CUB) and IM Gerard Ayats Llobera (ESP) scored an unbeaten 7/9 each. Omar won 47th Badalona City Open 2023 due to better tie-breaks. Kaustuv, Dylan and Gerard were placed second to fourth respectively. The runner-up, Kaustuv also scored his fourth IM-norm in the process, although he did not need it. The top three prizes were €1000, €700 and €400 along with a trophy each respectively. Subhayan Kundu and Prakhar Bajaj are the remaining two Indians to make a top ten finish. They scored 6.5/9 each to finish be placed fifth and sixth respectively. Prakhar gained 86.58 Elo rating points at this event. He gained a total of 198.64 rating points according to FIDE Rating list September 2023.
Kaustuv earns his fourth IM-norm
Kaustuv Kundu secured his final IM-norm at 47th Open Internacional de Escacs Vila de Sitges 2023. His rating is now 2432 as on FIDE Rating list September 2023. Thus, he has become India's latest International Master. Thus, the fourth IM-norm was not required but he earned it anyway due to his amazing performance. We will have a separate article about Kaustuv's journey towards the IM title soon.
A total of 70 players including 6 GMs, 4 IMs, a WGM and a WIM took part from eleven countries across the world in the Group A >1950 category. The tournament was organized by Club d'Escacs Cor de Marina from 2nd to 10th August 2023 at Centre Cultural El Carme in Badalona, Spain. The nine-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.
|1||1||GM||Almeida Quintana, Omar||CUB||2512||2581||CUBA - Lira Vendrellenca||7||2398||2523||2584|
|3||3||GM||Berdayes Ason, Dylan Isidro||CUB||2480||0||CUBA||7||2295||2455||2531|
|4||4||IM||Ayats Llobera, Gerard||ESP||2471||2553||Barcelona, Club Escacs||7||2276||2418||2474|
|7||2||GM||Miranda Mesa, Elier||CUB||2500||2499||CUBA - Cor de Marina||6||2382||2424||2498|
|8||22||FM||Torres Cueto, Jesus Marcial||COL||2116||0||COLOMBIA||6||2308||2331||2359|
|9||35||Herman Gamazo, Isaac||U12||ESP||1971||2265||Barbera C.E.||6||2221||2236||2263|