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Sayantan Das wins 1st Bella Italia Masters 2022, Diptayan third

by Shahid Ahmed - 07/09/2022

IM Sayantan Das scored 7/9 to win 1st International Festival Bella Italia of Lignano Sabbiadoro Masters 2022. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Four players - IM Francesco Sonis (ITA), GM Diptayan Ghosh, GM Visakh N R and Aaron Deepak (USA) scored 6.5/9 each. They were placed second to fourth according to tie-breaks. Only Diptayan remained undefeated among the top ten finishers. WIM Mounika Akshaya was the sole woman among the top ten. She scored 5.5/9 to finish ninth. The top three prizes were €1500 and a trophy, €1000 and €600 each respectively. Sayantan's rating is now 2489 which means he is 11 points away from becoming India's next Grandmaster.

Sayantan Runner-up in Blitz, Priyanka Nutakki third

Italy's very own GM Francesco Sonis won the Blitz event 6/7. His only loss was against the eventual second runner-up WGM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/7. She remained undefeated. The winner of the Classical event, IM Sayantan Das scored 6/7 to finish second on tie-breaks.

Champion - IM Sayantan Das 7/9

IM Sayantan Das scored 7/9, rebounded well after fourth round loss as he scored 4.5/5 in the second half

Second Runner-up - GM Diptayan Ghosh 6.5/9 | Photo: FT FA Mirko Trasciatti

4th GM Visakh N R 6.5/9 | Photo: FT FA Mirko Trasciatti

9th WIM Mounika Akshaya 5.5/9

Blitz Runner-up - IM Sayantan Das 6/7 | Photo: FT FA Mirko Trasciatti

Blitz Second Runner-up WGM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/7 | Photo: FT FA Mirko Trasciatti

A total of 46 players including 5 GMs, 2 IMs, 2 WGMs and a WIM took part from ten countries in the Master (>2000) section. The tournaments were organized by Lignano Scacchi in four different rating categories and also a Blitz event from 17th to 23rd August 2022 in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. The time control was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment for the Classical event.

Final standings in Masters

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtg TB1  TB2  TB3 
15IMDas SayantanIND245974548,5
21GMSonis FrancescoITA25436,547,551
33GMGhosh DiptayanIND25386,54750,5
42GMVisakh N RIND25426,54650,5
511Aaron DeepakUSA22636,54447,5
64GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247764649,5
723Player Edmund CENG215864144,5
812FMCappelletto JoshuaedeITA225663840
928WIMBommini Mounika AkshayaIND20875,54448
1013FMBettalli FrancescoITA22495,540,543


Final standings in Blitz

11GMSonis Francesco25432516ITA6.029.531.52207.0
24IMDas Sayantan24592270IND6.027.029.01961.4
35WGMPriyanka Nutakki23092391IND5.530.533.52160.9
46FMLOIACONO Leonardo22912293ITA5.529.032.52062.7
52GMVisakh N R25422357IND5.529.032.02127.0
68FMBettalli Francesco22492206ITA5.528.531.51975.7
73GMKarthik Venkataraman24772248IND5.030.033.02089.9
8281NLAVORGNA Filippo18412198ITA5.028.530.02040.3
946Costalonga Riccardo16252238ITA5.028.031.52080.1
109Massironi Marco22002007ITA5.026.530.01848.7



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