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Sankalp Gupta sensational at 20th Bois Colombes Master 2023 with a 2712 performance

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/01/2024

GM Sankalp Gupta scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 20th Bois-Colombes Master Open A 2023. He finished a full point ahead of the field. IM Anatole Vlachos (GRE) scored sole 7/9 to secure second place. GM Sergey A Fedorchuk (UKR) edged past three other players on tie-breaks to finish third scoring 6.5/9. The total prize fund of the tournament combining three category was €7400, €4100 for Open A. The top three prizes were €1200, €800 and €500 along with a trophy each respectively. The total participation combining Open A, B and C was 460. This was Sankalp's sole tournament triumph in 2023. He certainly finished the year in a fantastic way. Photos: Florian Cordier – Cercle d’Échecs de Bois-Colombes

Sankalp ends 2023 on a high note

GM Sankalp Gupta was the sole leader 7/8 heading into the final round. He was a half point ahead of GM Sergey A Fedorchuk (UKR). A draw would have left his fate on Fedorchuk's hands. Thus, he decided to go for a win against IM Fabien Guilleux (FRA). Fedorchuk lost to IM Anatole Vlachos (GRE). Thus, Sankalp became a clear champion 8/9, Vlachos second 7/9 and Fedorchuk third 6.5/9. Winning a tournament with a 2712 performance to end 2023, Sankalp could not have asked for a better finish.

Top 3: 2nd IM Anatole Vlachos (GRE) 6.5/9, 1st GM Sankalp Gupta 8/9 and 3rd GM Sergey A Fedorchuk (UKR) 7/9

The top three finishers with various prize winners

GM Sankalp Gupta in action

GM Sankalp Gupta scored an unbeaten 8/9 with a 2712 performance

Players in action

GM Sankalp Gupta after receiving his first prize interacting with various people

The tournament hall at Albert Smirlian Sports Complex in Bois-Colombes, France

A total of 93 players including 5 GMs, 10 IMs, a WGM and a WIM took part from 12 countries across the world in the Open A (>1900) category. The five-day nine round Rating tournament was organized by Stéphane Pinçon at Albert Smirlian Sports Complex in Bois-Colombes, France from 26th to 30th December 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

Final standings in Open A

Pl NomEloCat.FedeLigueClubPtsTr.Perf
1gSANKALP GUPTA2523 FSenMPACMarseille-Echecs8412712
2mVLACHOS Anatole2459 FSenMIDFTremblay Athletique Club - TAC Echecs7402495
3gFEDORCHUK Sergey A.2546 FSenMARALyon Olympique Echecs452529
4 BELKAID Sohan2280 FCadMIDFClichy-Echecs-92422504
5mBERGEZ Luc2291 FSenMIDFJ.E.E.N.40½2449
6gDAVID Alberto2529 FSepMESTL'Echiquier Châlonnais38½2427
7mMATERIA Marco2426 FMinMESTBischwiller6432451
8mGUILLEUX Fabien2386 FSenMESTL'Echiquier Châlonnais6412393
9fMACON Arthur2337 FSenMIDFClichy-Echecs-92640½2408
10mRAZAFINDRATSIMA Timothe2441 FCadMCVLC'Chartres Echecs640½2401



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