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S L Narayanan wins 23rd Sants Open Barcelona 2022, Vaibhav Suri second

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/09/2022

Top seed of the tournament GM S L Narayanan, GM Vaibhav Suri and GM Bobby Cheng (AUS) scored 8/10 each. Narayanan won the Playoffs to win 23rd Sants International Open Barcelona 2022. Vaibhav and Bobby were placed second and third. Ten players finished at 7.5/10. Out of them IM Aronyak Ghosh, GM Lalit Rohit and IM C R G Krishna were placed fourth, sixth and eighth according to the Playoffs. The Playoff results remained the same as their initial tie-breaks for the top eight finishers. Sadhana app sponsored, Aronyak earned his maiden GM-norm. Vedant Pimpalkhare and Rutuja Bakshi also scored their first IM and final WIM-norms respectively. Photo: Official site

Aronyak, Vedant and Rutuja score GM, IM and WIM-norms

GM S L Narayanan won the first tournament he played after 44th Chess Olympiad. This is also his second tournament triumph of the year after he won 1st Grandiscacchi Open in March this year. Five out of top ten places and top two out of the podium were claimed by Indian players. The total prize of the tournament was €20020. Top three prizes were €5000, €3000 and €1800 along with a trophy each.

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd GM Bobby Cheng (AUS) 8/10, 1st GM S L Narayanan 8/10 and 2nd GM Vaibhav Suri 8/10 | Photo: Official site

Champion - GM S L Narayanan 7/10 | Photo: Official site

GM S L Narayanan scored an unbeaten 7/9 and gained 4.7 Elo rating points

Daniel - Narayanan, Round 7

Position after 28...Bxb3

The toughest victory for GM S L Narayanan (2654) was certainly against IM Daniel Garcia Ramos (2435). Although the above position looks relatively easier to play as Black than White, Daniel provided some stiff resistance until he dropped another pawn in the rook and opposite color bishop endgame.

GM S L Narayanan tweeted on his triumph

Runner-up - GM Vaibhav Suri 7/10 | Photo: Official site

Second Runner-up GM Bobby Cheng (AUS) 8/10 | Photo: Official site

4th IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.5/10 | Photo: Official site
The highest rated IM of Indian chess - Aronyak Ghosh | Video: ChessBase India

Aronyak - Harikrishnan, Round 9

Position after 25...Rad8

White is winning positionally in the above position. Find out the winning continuation for White which Aronyak executed in the game. This win helped him earn his maiden GM-norm.

Aronyak scored an unbeaten 7.5/10, scored his maiden GM-norm and gained 14.9 Elo rating points

6th GM Lalit Rohit 7.5/10 | Photo: Official site

8th IM C R G Krishna 7.5/10 | Photo: Official site

Vedant Pimpalkhare scored his maiden IM-norm | Photo: Official site

Vedant Pimpalkhare scored 6/10, performed at 2422 and gained 70.4 Elo rating points

Rutuja Bakshi earned her final WIM-norm | Photo: Official site

Rutuja Bakshi scored 6/10, performed at 2299 to score her final WIM-norm

For more photos, please click here.

23rd Sants Open Barcelona 2022 Highlights | Video: Casinet Cotxeres

A total of 253 players including 13 GMs, 31 IMs and 3 WIMs took part from 31 countries in the Group A (Open) section. The tournaments were organized by Catalan Chess Federation and Secretariat of Entities of Saints in three different rating categories from 19th to 28th August 2022 at Cotxeres de Sants in Barcelona, Spain. The time control was 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

Final standings in Group A

Rk.SNo NameTypGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11
GMNARAYANAN.S.LIND26540815771
25
GMVAIBHAV SuriIND26000All India Chess Federation825265,5
39
GMCHENG BobbyAUS25400835163,5
412
IMARONYAK GhoshIND251207,545668,5
538
IMFERNANDEZ GUILLEN Ernesto J.ACUB23902411Tres Peons C.E.7,5554,567,5
68
GMLALITH Babu M RIND25490All India Chess Federation7,5655,568,5
718
IMBERDAYES ASON Dylan IsidroCUB248907,5750,563
825
IMKRISHNA C R GIND24360Indian Railways7,5851,564
93
GMMOTYLEV AlexanderFID263607,5050,562,5
1011
GMALSINA LEAL Daniel2498CAT25212542Barbera C.E.7,504961
1110
GMCORDOVA EmilioPER253307,5048,560,5
1231
IMMUTHAIAH AlIND24140Chenai7,5047,558,5
1314
GMCUARTAS Jaime Alexander2510COL25102563Barbera C.E.7,504759
1436
IMHARIKRISHNAN.A.RAAIND23950705365
1515
IMTERRY RenatoPER25070705364,5
162
GMPICHOT Alan2575ARG26412587Valls C.E.705062,5
1728
IMAYATS LLOBERA Gerard2435CAT24302501Barcelona, Club Escacs7048,560,5
1833
IMHERNANDEZ Cristian Andres2406COL24042483Catalonia-Joviat E.704860,5
1919
IMDIAZ CAMALLONGA Carles2473CAT24742542Colon Sabadell Chessy704759,5
2029
IMSANCHEZ Sebastian FelipeCOL24300Bolivar704658,5

Details

Playoff 1st - 3rd, 4th - 8th

Links

Official site

Tournament Regulations


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