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Robert Hovhannisyan wins Hoogeveen Open 2022, Bharath Subramaniyam third

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/10/2022

GM Robert Hovhanniyan (ARM) defeated IM Nico Zwirs (NED) in the Finals to win Hoogeveen Open 2022. GM Bharath Subramaniyam H won the 3rd-4th place match against GM Evgeny Romanov (NOR) to finish third. Bharath drew their Classical encounter and then won both Blitz tie-breaks against Romanov. Earlier Bharath had defeated the eventual champion Hovhannisyan in the sixth round before the final four played their Semifinal matches. The total prize fund of the tournament was €9500. The top three prizes were €2500, €1500 and €1000 each respectively. Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

Bharath's fifth podium finish in 2022

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H won Masthanaiah Rapid Rating Open 2022 in July. Then he finished third in 55th Biel QBT Open 2022third place in Summer in Greece: 31st Kavala Open 2022, in August, he won the 1st SportIndia & TKSS Rapid Rating Open 2022 in Chennai. It is said that the next best thing to winning the tournament, is to win against the champion, Bharath managed to achieve that in the sixth round.

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd IM Nico Zwirs (NED), 1st GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) and 3rd GM Bharath Subramaniyam H | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

Champion - GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

Runner-up - IM Nico Zwirs (NED) | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

Second Runner-up - GM Bharath Subramaniyam H | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

Bharath - Hovhannisyan, Round 6

Position after 25.e6

25.e6 asks Black an important question. The best reply was 25...Nf6 26.exf7+ Kxf7 27.Rad1 Ra8 28.Nf3. Sure White still gains the upper hand but not as much as it happened in the game. 25...fxe6 26.Rxe6 Bf8 27.Bxd5 Bf7 28.Bxc4! yes White can afford to give up the exchange as he is already ahead by two pawns and taking the rook will only make Black's kingside weakened further. White eventually went on to win the game.

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H en route his victory over GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

GM Bharath Subramaniyam during the 3rd-4th place match against GM Evgeny Romanov (NOR) | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

The final four |  Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

8th FM R Ashwath 6.5/9 | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

2nd in Women - IM Bhakti Kulkarni 5.5/9 | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

The fantastic tournament hall at Town Hall Hoogeveen | Photo: Hoogeveen Chess

A total of 103 players including 6 GMs, 4 IMs and a WIM took part from 9 countries across the world in the Open section. The tournament took place at Town Hall Hoogeveen in Netherlands from 15th to 22nd October 2022. It was organized by Stichting Schaaktoernooi Hoogeveen. The time control of the tournament was 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes / 30 seconds increment from move 1.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgRtgI TB1 Rpnwwew-we
GMHovhannisyan RobertARM260126011238864,54,74-0,24
IMZwirs NicoNED248124812238364,54,69-0,19
GMBharath Subramaniyam HIND2495249532588764,951,05
GMRomanov EvgenyNOR2593259342531765,860,14
GMFernandez Daniel HowardENG2476247602455976,680,32
IMBeerdsen ThomasNED2521252102411977,28-0,28
GMMoroni Luca JrITA257325730234096,57,89-1,39
FMAshwath R.IND234023400233396,56,100,40
Ismail TamerBEL201820180224396,54,112,39
Weihrauch JakobGER2075207502443962,283,72



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