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Raunak Sadhwani dominates 28th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Blitz 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 22/08/2022

The recently concluded 44th Chess Olympiad Bronze medalist, GM Raunak Sadhwani continues his great form. He scored an unbeaten 10/11 to win 28th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2022 Blitz Open. The 16-year-old finished a full point ahead of the field and he also had a full point lead heading into the last round. A draw was enough to win the tournament, and that is exactly what he did against the second runner-up, GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM). Raunak defeated the eventual runner-up, GM Adam Tukhaev (UKR) in the ninth round. The total prize fund of the Blitz Open was US$ 2700. Top 3 prizes were $1000, $700 and $500 each. Last year, Raunak secured third place in the 27th edition. IM Pranesh M secured second place at Blitz Under-16 event. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Pranesh second in Blitz Under-16

IM Pranesh M scored 10/11 to finish second in the Blitz Under-16. His sole loss was against the eventual winner, FM Reza Mahdavi (IRI) 11/11. The total prize fund for the Blitz Under-16 was US$1500. Top three prizes were US$500, $400 and $300 each.

28th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival Blitz Open winner - GM Raunak Sadhhwani 10/11 | Photo: Rupali Mullick
Interview with 28th Abu Dhabi Blitz Open winner - GM Raunak Sadhwani | Video: ChessBase India

The champion's list of casualties include GM Deep Sengupta, GM Shardul Gagare, UAE no.1 GM Salem Saleh, the eventual runner-up GM Adam Tukhaev (UKR) and GM Srinath Narayanan. He performed at 2755 and gained 38.2 Elo rating points. Raunak's Blitz live rating is now 2654.2. Thus, it makes him now India no.4 in Blitz.

Raunak performed at 2755 and gained 38.2 Elo rating points, taking his Blitz live rating to 2654.2

28th Abu Chess Festival 2022 Blitz Under-16 runner-up - IM Pranesh M 10/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

IM Pranesh M scored 10/11 with a no-draw approach, he gained 37 Elo rating points

Video Gallery

Round 3: WGM Divya Deshmukh vs GM Baadur Jobava | Video: ChessBase India
Raunak Sadhwani vs Salem Saleh | Taking on UAE no.1 in his own backyard | Video: ChessBase India
Coach vs Student - Srinath Narayanan vs Raunak Sadhwani | Video: ChessBase India

A total of 174 players including 21 GMs, 16 IMs, 3 WGM and a WIM took part from 38 countries in the Blitz Open. The Under-16 Blitz had 183 players including an IM from 21 countries across the world. Both events were held simultaneously on 21st August 2022. The eleven-round Swiss League Blitz tournaments had a time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment in each event. The tournaments, part of 28th Abu Dhabi Chess Festival 2022, were organized by Abu Dhabi Chess Club & Mind Games.

Final standings in Blitz Open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
15
GMSadhwani RaunakIND26161007569
214
GMTukhaev AdamUKR2507907670
36
GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM25929073,567,5
435
FMMilikow YoavISR22889070,565
512
GMYakubboev NodirbekUZB25178,507467,5
686
Ashraf ArtinIRI19848,5073,567,5
730
FMManafov VugarAZE23198,507266
815
GMGagare ShardulIND24898076,571
98
GMHakobyan AramARM2557807670
1019
GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND2465807166
112
GMSindarov JavokhirUZB2670807165
1225
GMArjun KalyanIND2340807065
1318
GMNarayanan SrinathIND24728068,563
1444
FMAradhya GargIND22038066,561,5
1513
GMIniyan PIND25087,507367,5

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Final standings in Blitz Under-16

Rk.SNo NameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11
FMMahdavi RezaU14IRI222611078,572,5
24
IMPranesh MU16IND192610079,573,5
32
FMTalibov ShiroghlanU16AZE2042907872
47
Aditya Varun GampaU16IND18088,5077,571
58
AGMVishal Choudary BU16IND17928,5075,569,5
611
FMDe Silva L M S TU16SRI16638,5074,570
76
CMSindarov IslombekU16UZB1863808174
815
Rami TalabU10SYR1585807670,5
99
Manmay ChopraU16IND17708074,568,5
1013
AGMRakshan MagotraU14IND16388072,567,5
1122
Alizada PashamAZE14648071,566,5
123
Rohit SU16IND1973807166
1389
Dumankyzy AlfarabiU16KAZ11048070,565,5
1412
Arnab JenaU14IND16558070,564,5
1527
Zenterekov DaniilU14RUS14468069,564,5

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