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Sunway Sitges Open R1: Top seeds make a smooth start

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/12/2020

The 7th edition of the over-the-board tournament, Sunway Sitges International Open started on Sunday 13th December. Defending champion and newly crowned Ukraine champion GM Anton Korobov is the top seed of the tournament. IM Leon Mendonca's journey to become India's latest GM is still on as he just needs his final GM-norm. Souhardo Basak is the only other Indian taking part in Group A, he is looking for his final IM-norm and touch the 2400 rating barrier. Leon will face WGM Laura Unuk, while Souhardo will play against former Women's world champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova in Round 2 tonight from 9 p.m. IST. Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Martin Barcelo Carles holds Maxim Lagarde

Three Indians are taking part in the 7th Sunway Sitges Open which is taking place at Hotel Sunway Playa Golf & Spa, Sitges, Barcelona. IM Leon Mendonca Luke is looking for his final GM-norm to become India's latest GM while Souhardo Basak's quest for his final IM-norm is also on. Shubham Bandikatte won his first round game in Group B. Top seed of the tournament is the defending champion Anton Korobov. He also won the Ukrainian Championship a little over two weeks ago. Korobov won his first game with ease. Among the top seeds only GM Maxim Lagarde was held to a draw by untitled Martin Barcelo Carles.

Bulgaria no.2 Ivan Cheparinov | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Leon starts with a win

IM Leon Mendonca converted his advantage with ease and scored a victory against much lower rated Altisen Palmada Roberto (ESP).

Roberto - Leon

Position after 22.c3

It is evident that black is better here. How should he continue after 22.c3 ?

Photo Gallery

Oleg Romanishin giving a simul exhibition with all Covid-19 safety measures in place | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Former Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova in a Simul exhibition for the women players before the inauguration | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Inauguration Ceremony | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Armenia no.4 Karen H Grigoryan | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Expect some fiery games from Brazil no.6 Alexandr Fier | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Georgian GM Nino Batsiashvili was held to draw by Andres Luque Saiz | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Covid-19 Control Team cleans the boards in the analysis room after every use | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Replay Round 1 games

Round 1 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
11GMKorobov Anton269301 - 00Bin-Suhayl Ieysaa219370
271Tadevosyan Aspet218400 - 10GMCheparinov Ivan26602
33GMGrigoryan Karen H.265101 - 00WFMRodriguez Redondo Adhara218372
473Martin Barcelo Carles21790½ - ½0GMLagarde Maxime26514
55GMMoussard Jules262601 - 00IMOdnorozhenko Evgenyi217074
675WFMEizaguerri Floris Maria216700 - 10GMSantos Latasa Jaime25886
77GMSantos Ruiz Miguel258101 - 00Aguado Doncel Pablo Luis215876
877Mitran Anthony Cristian21570½ - ½0GMDragnev Valentin25648
99GMCornette Matthieu255801 - 00WFMHapala Elisabeth215478
1079Le Pen Steven214100 - 10GMMaze Sebastien255710
1111GMPlat Vojtech255201 - 00CMPapadiamandis Elliot213480
1281Roque Gaetan213200 - 10GMFier Alexandr254912
1313GMNevednichy Vladislav254601 - 00Villar Reymundo Juan Antonio212982
1483Ruperez Miguel212400 - 10GMKrysa Leandro254414
1515GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel254201 - 00Pozanco Romasanta Marc211684
1685Altisen Palmada Roberto210200 - 10IMMendonca Leon Luke253016
1717GMCuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando252801 - 00Ezquerro Luque Albert210186
1887Silva Pedro Gil Ferreira Da210000 - 10GMCheca Nicolas252718
1919GMBellahcene Bilel251001 - 00CMLlopis De Aysa Manuel209388
2089Boixader Arbo Xavier209100 - 10GMFlom Gabriel249920



Total Prize fund - €27155. For the entire prize details, click here.


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