chessbase india logo

Sayantan Das convincingly clinches 6th Cannes Chess Open 2023, becomes India's 81st Grandmaster

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/03/2023

IM Sayantan Das won 6th Cannes Chess Open A part of 36th International Games Festival. He defeated the top seed of the tournament, GM Alexander Motylev in the final round to become a clear champion 7.5/9. This win also helped him to cross 2500 in the live ratings and become India's 81st and Kolkata, West Bengal's 11th Grandmaster. The total prize fund of the tournament was €8000. The top three prizes were €1800, €1200 and €700 along with a trophy each. Sayantan had fulfilled all the norm requirements in January 2017. However, he finally completed the rating requirements on Sunday 26th February 2023. GM Diptayan Ghosh is the only other Indian to make a top ten finish, scoring 7/9 and was placed fourth. Photo: Susan Polgar

Six year long wait is finally over for Sayantan

The 2008 World U-12 Gold medalist has had a GM strength for over six years. However, the 2500 rating kept alluring him despite getting close to it several times. The final obstacle was overcome in a fantastic manner as he won the 6th Cannes Chess Open and took his live rating to 2504. We will have a detailed interview of Sayantan to know his journey, once he is back home..

Champion - IM Sayantan Das 7.5/9

Fun fact: All three GMs India got this year have won their tournaments when they became a GM by crossing 2500 in the live ratings. 79th - Pranesh won Rilton Cup 2022-23, 80th - Vignesh N R clinched 24th NordWest Cup 2023 and now 81st - Sayantan Das became champion at 6th Cannes Open 2023.


IM Sayantan Das (2468) gained sole lead 6.5/8 heading into the final round. He was paired against the European 2014 champion and the coach of former world championship challenger, Sergey Karjakin.

Motylev - Sayantan, Round 9

Position after 35.c4

Sayantan defended for the better part of the game against Motylev. He kept fighting and eventually his opponent made an incorrect break in the major piece endgame. 35.c4 dxc4 36.Rb4 Qd5 37.Qe7+ Kb8 38.Qe5+ Qxe5 39.dxe5 e3 40.e6 e2 41.Rb1 fxe6 and White resigned. This win made him a clear champion and helped him cross 2500 in the live ratings to become India's latest Grandmaster. He also scored a fifth GM-norm with his performance, not that he needed it.

Completely focused IM Sayantan Das | Photo: Susan Polgar

IM Sayantan Das scored 7.5/9 to win the tournament, gained 27.8 Elo rating points to take his rating to 2504 and become India's 81st Grandmaster

IM Sayantan Das drew with GM Diptayan Ghosh in the fourth round who finished fourtth | Photo:  Susan Polgar

4th GM Diptayan Ghosh 7/9 | Photo: Susan Polgar

The prize winners of Open A | Photo: Cannes Echecs

Top boards in action | Photo: Cannes Echecs

The tournament hall at Palais des Festivals de Cannes in Cannes, France | Photo:  Cannes Echecs

The 37th edition is announced to take place from 19th to 25th February 2024.


A total of 124 players including 12 GMs, 27 IMs and 6 WIMs took part from 22 countries all over the world in the Open A (>2100) section. The seven-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Romuald De Labaca at Palais des Festivals de Cannes in Cannes, France from 20th to 26th February 2023. The time control of the tournament was 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Replay Round 1-9 games

Final standings

pl NameRatingCat.fedeLeagueClubPointsPerfTr.
1mDAS Sayantan2468FSen M272343½
2gDARDHA Daniel2612FCadMHDFThe Cappellois Exchequer7265742½
3gMAURIZZI Marc Andria2523FMinMCVLC’Chartres Chess7263241½
4gGHOSH Diptayan2553FSen M7262140½
5fKLIMKOWSKI Jan2461FMinM7261739½
6mMATERIA Marco2410FBen MEASTBischwiller255543
7fDEFROMONT Benjamin2343FJunMCAPChess Rods240437½
8gMOTYLEV Alexander2624FSen MIDFClichy-Chess-926256243
9mLAMARD Guillaume2526 FSen MCAPChess Rods6255339
10gSAMBUEV Bator2407FSen M6254344
11gNIKOLOV Momchil2480FSen MHDFThe Cappellois Exchequer6253340
12mCLARKE Brandon GI2473 FSen M6250840
13gDEMUTH Adrien2473 FSen MCAPGrasse Chess6250838
14mSOUSA Andre Ventura2466FSen M6248841
15gVENKATESH Mr.2452FSen M6247540½



Official site

Tournament Details

Related news:
Harikrishnan A Ra dominates 2nd Noisiel Blitz Rating Open 2024, third in Classical

@ 07/05/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Abhimanyu Puranik clinches 40th Cappelle la Grande Open 2024 with a 2686 performance

@ 13/03/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Sushanth Kamabathula wins 1st Festival du Manoir Hotel Touquet Golf Resort Open 2024

@ 11/03/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Bharath Subramaniyam H clinches 37th Cannes Open 2024 with a 2661 performance

@ 04/03/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Himal Gusain convincingly clinches 3rd Tours Open 2024

@ 30/01/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Himal Gusain victorious at 16th Marseille International Festival 2023

@ 18/01/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Sankalp Gupta sensational at 20th Bois Colombes Master 2023 with a 2712 performance

@ 14/01/2024 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Pranesh M wins 32nd Caen Open 2023, Nubairshah third

@ 14/11/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Deep Sengupta clinches 21st Capechecs Open 2023, Sayantan Das second

@ 12/11/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Nikita Petrov wins 1st Annemasse International Festival 2023, Sayantan second and Sahaj third

@ 06/11/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Himal Gusain dominates 1st Saint-Macaire Autumn Open 2023

@ 04/11/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Karthikeyan Murali clinches 1st Imaweb Trophy GM Tournament 2023

@ 03/09/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Iniyan wins 27th Creon Open 2023, Bharath Subramaniyam second

@ 30/08/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Himal Gusain wins 14th Vaujany Open 2023

@ 31/07/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Sebastian Bogner clinches 96th Paris IdF Masters 2023, Harshavardhan second and Karthik Venkataraman third

@ 26/07/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Harikrishna wins French Top 16 for Asnières le Grand Échiquier

@ 13/06/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
S Rohith Krishna clinches 19th Malakoff Open 2023

@ 15/05/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Christian Bauer wins 10th Martinique Open - Joel Gratien Memorial, Priyanka second and Karthik third

@ 11/04/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
The Personification of Perseverance - GM Sayantan Das

@ 25/03/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Sayantan Das wins Chessemy Open 2023

@ 18/03/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Harshavardhan wins Manoir hotel Touquet golf resort Open 2023, Iniyan second and Nitin third

@ 13/03/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
सायंतन दास बने देश के 81वें ग्रांड मास्टर

@ 03/03/2023 by Niklesh Jain (hi)
Sethuraman wins 39th Cappelle la Grande Open 2023 on his 30th birthday, Harsha Bharathakoti second

@ 25/02/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Diptayan Ghosh wins 21st Rochefort Chess Festival Masters 2023, Harsha Bharathakoti third

@ 20/02/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Pranesh conquers 33rd City of Cannes Summer Open 2022

@ 24/08/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Marc' Andria Maurizzi clinches 2nd Bastia Open 2022, M R Venkatesh second

@ 12/08/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
P Shyam Nikhil clinches 7th Noisiel Open, Vignesh second and Karthik third

@ 20/07/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Andrei Shchekachev triumphs at Paris IdF Masters 2022, Harsha Bharathakoti second

@ 18/07/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Maxime Lagarde triumphs at 20th Sautron Open 2022, Sidhant second and Bala Chandra third

@ 13/07/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Vitaly Sivuk wins 2nd La Plagne Chess Festival 2022 Masters, Iniyan second and Sayantan third

@ 10/07/2022 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Deep Sengupta triumphs 18th Vandoeuvre Open 2021

@ 25/12/2021 by Shahid Ahmed (en)
Antonio Viani wins double in France

@ 30/10/2019 by Shahid Ahmed (en)

Contact Us