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Sethuraman wins 39th Cappelle la Grande Open 2023 on his 30th birthday, Harsha Bharathakoti second

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/02/2023

GM Sethuraman S P gave himself the best gift on his 30th birthday. He won 39th Cappelle la Grande Open 2023. Both Sethuraman and GM Harsha Bharathakoti scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 each. Sethuraman won the tournament on tie-breaks, Harsha was adjudged second. The game between them in the penultimate round ended in a draw. GM Krishnan Sasikiran is the other Indian to make a top ten finish. He scored 7/9 and was placed fifth according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was €12000. The top three prizes were €2000 and a trophy, €1500 and €1200 each respectively. WIM Mounika Akshaya Bommini won the Best Woman prize.

Sethuraman's first rating tournament triumph since August 2021

The last rating tournament GM Sethuraman S P won was Barcelona Open 2021. Last year, he did finish second in his debut Chess960 tournament in Biel, Switzerland. As of this writing, he is a coleader with IM Antoine Bournel (FRA) at 5/5 in the 6th Cappelle la Grande Rapid Open 2023. So, his second triumph could very well be hours away.

Champion - GM Sethuraman S P 7.5/9

Runner-up - GM Harsha Bharathakoti 7.5/9

Five players were at 6.5/8 heading into the final round. They were - GM K Sasikiran (2619), GM Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR, 2637), GM Sethuraman S P (2635), IM Koen Leenhouts (NED, 2438) and GM Harsha Bharathakoti (2599). Sasikiran drew with Fedorchuk, Sethuraman and Harsha won their respective games against Koen and IM Nico Zwirs (NED, 2460) each respectively.

Sethuramann - Koen, Round 9

Position after 28.f4

When push comes to shove, Sethuraman is not someone who will take an offense, he will fight back with double force. Koen went for an all out attack by exposing his king, Sethuraman took advantage of it. 28.f4 taking advantage of the fact that the black king is much weaker than white. 28...exf3 29.Qg6+ Qg7 30.Rxg5 Black is forced to trade the queens Qxg6 31.Rxg6+ Kf7 32.Rxb6 fxe2 33.Kxe2 and the resultant double rook endgame is winning for White. Trading one rook makes it easier. Sethuraman went on to win the game and the tournament on tie-breaks.

GM Sethuraman S P defeated IM Hampus Sorensen (SWE) in a 70-move long battle in the fifth round | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

GM Sethuraman S P scored an unbeaten 7.5/9

Sethuraman tweeted the following on his victory

Round 5: GM Harsha Bharathakoti - IM Marcin Sieciechowicz (POL): 1-0 | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

5th K Sasikiran 7/9 | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

Best Woman - WIM Mounika Akshaya Bommini 5.5/9 | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

Photo Gallery

Beautifully lit top boards | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

A total of 382 players in action at Palace of Arts, Bernard Gouvart in Cappelle la Grande, France | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

The Arbiters team | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

40th Cappelle la Grande Open will take place from 2nd to 9th March 2024 | Photo: L'Echiquier Cappellois

In case you missed this edition and wish to play the next edition, mark your calendars for the 40th edition of Cappelle la Grand Open which was announced to take place from 2nd to 9th March 2024.


A total of 382 players including 10 GMs, 21 IMs, a WGM and a WIM participated from 20 countries across the world. The nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament took place from 18th to 24th February 2023. It was organized by L'Echiquier Cappellois at Palace of Arts, Bernard Gouvart in Cappelle la Grande, France. The time control was 40 moves in 90 minutes + 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment each.

Replay Round 1-9 games

Final standings

pl NameRatingCat.fedeLeagueClubPointsTr.PerfDrank.
1gSETHURAMAN Sp2635 FSen MmacawLyon Olympic Chess47267057½
3gFEDORCHUK Sergey A.2637FSen MEASTThe Chalonnais Exchequer745½262857
4mDEGRAEVE Remy2428FJunMCAPMarseille-Chess745½260055½
5gSASIKIRAN Krishnan2619FSen MIDFEvry Grand Roque745259154½
6fMOLENDA Marcin2381FSen M743250053
7gfMAISURADZE Nino2219 FSenFEASTBischwiller742245150
8 TRAN Thanh Tu2403 FSen M741½236951
9gVELTEN Paul2470FSen MEASTThe Chalonnais Exchequer45½251556
10gBELLAHCENE Bilel2486FSen MEASTBischwiller44243555
11mSORENSEN Hampus2445FJunM43252153
12mBUJISHO Benjamin2323FSen MPDLNantes Chess Club42½242251
13mCAN Isik2509FCadMIDFJEAN42245651½
14fKANOV Nikola2383FMinM41½240151½
15mLICZNERSKI Lukasz2459FSen M41½240051½
16mLEENHOUTS Koen2438FSen M41240850
17mNITIN S.2374FSen M41240550½
18mJOLLY Jean Francois2398FSen MNORSaint-Lô Lambs41236951
19gSUMETS Andrey2513FSen MIDFExchequer of Franconville39½240049½
20fTOMASZEWSKI Kacper2312 FSen M39½228848½
21fCUKROWSKI Filip2375FSen M39237347
22 DIE Tom2243FSen M38½233047½
23gKOVCHAN Alexander2444FSen MEASTES Strasbourg644246054½
24mBOURNEL Antoine2359FSen MEASTThe Chalonnais Exchequer643½248154
25mZWIRS Nico2460FSen M642½242753½
26mEUGENE Floryan2393FSen MPDLChessboard Club Le Mans642½237853
27gENCHEV Ivajlo2444FSen MHDFThe Cappellois Exchequer642½236352
28mVIANI ANTONIO DCUNHA2377FSen M642239050
29mSIECIECHOWICZ Marcin2384FSen M642238853
30fTHE CORRE Benjamin2292FSen MEASTFrench Chess School of Metz641½232551



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