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Ivan Cheparinov wins VII Sunway Sitges Open with 8.0/10

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/12/2020

Ivan Cheparinov won his last round game comfortably, scored sole 8.0/10 and finished a half point ahead of the competition to win VII Sunway Sitges International Open. He won a beautiful trophy and €5000 for his efforts. Jules Moussard and Jaime Santos Latasa finished with 7.5/10 each and they were placed second and third respectively. IM Leon Mendonca's quest to become India's latest GM is still on as he missed scoring his final norm. He scored 7.0/10, finished overall 10th and won Best Under-16 prize. Souhardo Basak scored his final IM-norm and now he just needs to touch 2400 to become India's latest IM. Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Leon finishes 10th, Souhardo scores his final IM-norm

Ivan Cheparinov scored a comfortable win in the final round against GM Matthieu Cornette to win VII Sunway Sitges International Open. He finished at 8.0/10 and a half point ahead of the competition. Jules Moussard and Jaime were placed second and third with a score of 7.5/10 each respectively. IM Leon Mendonca missed his final GM-norm, he scored 7.0/10, finished 10th overall and won the Best Under-16 prize. Souhardo Basak secured his final IM-norm by scoring 6.5/10. He just needs to touch 2400 to become India's latest IM. Shubham Bandikatte lost his final round game and he was placed 9th in Group B with a score of 6.5/10. 

L to R: 3rd Jaime Santos Latasa, 1st Ivan Cheparinov and 2nd Jules Moussard | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Cornette - Cheparinov: 0-1

Matthieu Cornette played the opening fine. Then he neglected the development of his pieces, for which he had to pay a heavy price.

Cornette - Cheparinov

Position after 22.g4

Instead of 22.g4, white could have simply gone with 22.a4. Even b4 is also fine. Soon white arrived to a lost position and Cheparinov won the game and the tournament.

Cheparinov scored an emphatic victory to win the tournament | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Leon - Checa: 0.5-0.5

Leon made a short draw in 17 moves to finish overall at 10th position with 7.0/10 and best among Under-16.

Leon with his father Lyndon Mendonca | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Jose Fernando - Souhardo: 0.5-0.5

Souhardo went into a double bishop vs double knight endgame and the position was completely open which of course favored his opponent. However Jose Fernando made a tactical error which allowed Souhardo to equalize easily.

Jose Fernando - Souhardo

Position after 33.Kf2

Find out why 33.Kf2 is a mistake and what white could have played instead.

Souhardo scored his final IM-norm , now he just needs to touch 2400 in the live rating list to become an IM

Photo Gallery

Champion Cheparinov with his wife former Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Playoff is about to start | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

Can you identify who he is? | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

Gifts given to all players | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Sunway Chess Open

The trophy designs are absolutely beautiful | Photo: Sunway Chess Open

10th - IM Leon Mendonca Luke with GM Karen Grigoryan, GM Anton Korobov and and GM Miguel Santos Ruiz | Photo: Lyndon Mendonca

Leon receives his Best Under-16 prize | Photo: Lyndon Mendonca

Leon with the legendary GM Oleg Romanishin | Photo: Lyndon Mendonca

Replay Round 10 games

Round 10 results

Bo.No. NameTypRtgPts.ResultPts.NameTypRtg No.
15GMMoussard Jules26267½ - ½7GMSantos Latasa Jaime25886
29GMCornette Matthieu25580 - 17GMCheparinov Ivan26602
33GMGrigoryan Karen H.2651½ - ½IMDardha Daniel16248523
412GMFier Alexandr25491 - 0IMNiemann Hans Moke247824
526IMSochacki Christophe24690 - 1GMNevednichy Vladislav254613
616IMMendonca Leon Luke162530½ - ½GMCheca Nicolas252718
71GMKorobov Anton269361 - 0IMMaurizzi Marc AndriaA16244530
828GMStefanova Antoaneta246660 - 16GMLagarde Maxime26514
929GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo245960 - 16GMSantos Ruiz Miguel25817
1031IMGines Esteo Pedro AntonioA1624376½ - ½6GMPlat Vojtech255211
1117GMCuenca Jimenez Jose Fernando25286½ - ½6Souhardo BasakB16227659
128GMDragnev Valentin25641 - 0GMRomanishin Oleg MAV240239
1310GMMaze Sebastien25571 - 0Alvarez Albiol VictorB220668
1436IMMartin Duque JesusA24141 - 0GMKrysa Leandro254414
1515GMLopez Martinez Josep Manuel25420 - 1FMGarcia Ramos DanielA238043


Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMCheparinov IvanBUL266008,060,064,050,25
GMMoussard Jules2601FRA26262601Barcelona7,562,568,049,75
GMSantos Latasa JaimeESP25882587Ext7,562,067,049,00
GMFier AlexandrBRA25492571Cat7,559,062,545,25
GMNevednichy VladislavROU254607,553,557,541,75
GMCheca NicolasUSA252707,061,567,045,75
GMKorobov AntonUKR269307,056,562,042,00
GMGrigoryan Karen H.ARM265107,056,061,041,50
GMSantos Ruiz MiguelESP25812550And7,053,557,039,00
IMMendonca Leon Luke16IND253007,053,557,038,75
GMLagarde Maxime2657FRA26512607C.E. Barcelona7,052,057,039,00
IMDardha Daniel16BEL24850SK Moretus Hoboken7,052,055,535,75
IMNiemann Hans MokeUSA247806,560,065,038,75
GMPlat VojtechCZE255206,557,062,037,75
GMCornette MatthieuFRA25582536Eus6,557,061,037,50
IMMaurizzi Marc AndriaA16FRA244506,556,559,535,75
IMSochacki ChristopheFRA246906,555,059,536,50
GMBatsiashvili NinowGEO246606,554,558,535,00
IMGines Esteo Pedro AntonioA16ESP24372444Ara6,554,058,535,75
Souhardo BasakB16IND227606,553,054,531,50
GMMaze Sebastien2596FRA25572519Barcelona6,551,555,534,25
IMMartin Duque JesusAESP24142424Collado Villalba6,551,555,533,00
FMGarcia Ramos DanielA2438ESP23802380C.E. Peona i Peó6,549,553,532,50
IMBulmaga IrinaAwROU242406,549,050,028,75
GMDragnev ValentinAUT256406,548,052,033,50



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


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