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Aleksej Aleksandrov defends the trophy in Mumbai

Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus justified the top billing given to him by winning the Mumbai Mayor’s Cup International Chess tournament conducted by Venus Chess Academy and co sponsored by LIC of Inida.

In the final 11th round played at the Chetana College, Aleksandrov fought grittily to defeat Mark Paragua of Philippines to total 9.5 points and emerge a clear cut winner. Aleksandrov was richer by Rs 301000 (Three lakhs one thousand) which was the amount for the first prize.

There was a three way tie for the second place with Andrei Deviatkin of Russia, Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh and Attila Czebe of Hungary tallying 9 points each and finishing in the respective order. The prize money was shared and each player got Rs 1,53000.

Nikolai Chadaev of Russia, John Paul Gomez of Philippines, B Adhiban of India, Kirill Stupak of Belarus and Debashis Das of India, all scored 8.5 points and were placed fifth to 9th in the respective order. Abhijit Kunte with 8 points finished 10th.

GM Alexej Aleksandrov

GM Alexej Aleksandrov

Deviatkin and Stupak settled for a short draw while there were intense battles fought on the other top boards. Ziaur Rahman showed grit and plenty of fighting spirit to defeat overnight joint leader Gomez in an entertaining game which could have gone either way.

Aditya Udeshi, the only Indian hope going into the final round with 8 points was defeated by Czebe while Adhiban who started as the fourth seed, finished 7th.

Aleksandrov involved in the Scotch game against Paragua enjoyed a minuscule edge and though the Filipino did not miss any opportunity to trade pieces, Aleksandrov showed superior end game technique. The players had reached an rook and pawn ending with equal number of pawns but Aleksandrov enjoyed positional edge. He then netted a pawn and then the game after 66 moves.

Aleksandrov also won the last year’s Mumbai Mayor’s Cup.

Videos from the tournament are available on YouTube

Report by Vitthal Madhav

Final standings:

1 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2606 – 9.5
2 GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2577 – 9
3 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2520 – 9
4 GM Czebe Attila HUN 2475 – 9
5 GM Chadaev Nikolai RUS 2563 – 8.5
6 GM Gomez John Paul PHI 2507 – 8.5
7 GM Adhiban B IND 2555 – 8.5
8 GM Stupak Kirill BLR 2513 – 8.5
9 IM Debashis Das IND 2425 – 8.5
10 GM Kunte Abhijit IND 2538 – 8
11 IM Vaibhav Suri IND 2485 – 8
12 GM Paragua Mark PHI 2521 – 8
13 GM Sriram Jha IND 2436 – 8
14 IM Udeshi Aditya IND 2352 – 8
15 Gusain Himal IND 2271 – 8
16 WGM Gara Ticia HUN 2365 – 8
17 Harihara Sudan M IND 2039 – 8
18 IM Grover Sahaj IND 2506 – 7.5
19 GM Hoang Thanh Trang HUN 2449 – 7.5
20 IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2342 – 7.5
21 IM Ravi Lanka IND 2324 – 7.5
22 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2461 – 7.5
23 CM Prince Bajaj IND 2255 – 7.5
24 FM Rajesh V A V IND 2364 – 7.5
25 Nimmy A G IND 2199 – 7.5
26 Ram S Krishnan IND 2303 – 7.5
27 GM Podolchenko Evgeniy BLR 2464 – 7.5
28 G Akash IND 2275 – 7.5
29 Sagar Shah IND 2301 – 7.5
30 Abhishek Kelkar IND 2134 – 7.5
31 Saravana Krishnan P IND 2326 – 7.5
32 Kunal M IND 2250 – 7.5
33 WGM Padmini Rout IND 2345 – 7.5
34 Sanjay N IND 2343 – 7.5
35 IM Murali Krishnan B T IND 2337 – 7.5
36 Lokesh P IND 2231 – 7.5
37 IM Tilak Sharad S IND 2287 – 7.5
38 GM Barbosa Oliver PHI 2550 – 7.5
39 IM Singh D P IND 2278 – 7.5
40 Phadke Sohan IND 2266 – 7.5
41 IM Shivananda B S IND 2363 – 7.5
42 Purushothaman T IND 2241 – 7
43 Mithil Ajgaonkar IND 2155 – 7
44 IM Vishnu Prasanna V IND 2431 – 7
45 GM Ziatdinov Raset USA 2370 – 7
46 Akash Pc Iyer IND 2190 – 7
47 IM Situru Muhammad Ivan INA 2290 – 7
48 Karthikeyan Murali IND 2329 – 7
49 FM Chatterjee Debaraj BAN 2316 – 7
50 Bai Jinshi CHN 2262 – 7
51 FM Das Sayantan IND 2251 – 7
52 Krishna C R G IND 2326 – 7
53 Anurag Mhamal IND 2295 – 7
54 Rishi Sardana IND 2066 – 7
55 Bartakke Amardeep S IND 2187 – 7
56 Nishant Malhotra IND 2031 – 7
57 IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2424 – 7
58 IM Gara Anita HUN 2329 – 7
59 Gajwa Ankit IND 1987 – 7
60 Deepthamsh Reddy M IND 2103 – 7
61 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2361 – 7
62 Vignesh Nr IND 2103 – 7
63 Jyothilal N IND 2077 – 7
64 Kathmale Sameer IND 2241 – 7
65 Vasantha Ruba Varman IND 2045 – 7
66 Tiwari Arjun IND 2244 – 7
67 Sahu Vikramaditya IND 2148 – 7
68 Chaithanyaa K G IND 2124 – 7
69 Lakshmi Narayanan Mv IND 2102 – 7
70 Aradhya Garg IND 1793 – 7
71 FM Awate Avinash S IND 2158 – 7
72 Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2234 – 6.5
73 Ashwath R IND 2265 – 6.5
74 Abhishek Das IND 2264 – 6.5
75 Padhya Saumil IND 2236 – 6.5
76 Natarajan C IND 2229 – 6.5
77 FM Vinoth Kumar M IND 2140 – 6.5
78 Swaraj Palit IND 2111 – 6.5
79 IM Anwesh Upadhyaya IND 2413 – 6.5
80 Visakh Nr IND 2110 – 6.5
81 Sidhant Mohapatra IND 2209 – 6.5
WFM Raghavi N IND 2042 – 6.5
83 Godam INA 2073 – 6.5
84 Shoumi Mukerjee IND 1800 – 6.5
85 FM Kasmiran INA 2350 – 6.5
86 Patil Pratik IND 2205 – 6.5
87 Sai Agni Jeevitesh J IND 1894 – 6.5
88 Kumaran B IND 2002 – 6.5
89 Banerjee Sushant IND 2171 – 6.5
90 FM Sauravh Khherdekar IND 2290 – 6.5
91 Bhatt Jalpan IND 1989 – 6.5
92 Joy Antony IND 1926 – 6.5
93 Niklesh Kumar Jain IND 1964 – 6.5
94 Arjun Satheesh IND 1942 – 6.5
95 Parnali S Dharia IND 1874 – 6.5
96 Shah Jay IND 1679 – 6.5
97 Acosta Mariano USA 2086 – 6.5
98 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2347 – 6.5
99 Jayesh M IND 1880 – 6.5
100 Singh Soram Rahul IND 1884 – 6.5
101 Madhurima Shekhar IND 1979 – 6.5
102 FM Harshal Shahi IND 1927 – 6.5
103 Vaidya Atharv IND 1727 – 6.5
104 Vinay Vijaykumar IND 1698 – 6.5
105 Snehal Bhosale IND 2101 – 6.5
106 Sanjeev Pitale IND 1786 – 6.5
107 WIM Thipsay Bagyashree Sathe IND 2164 – 6
108 IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya IND 2455 – 6
109 Shiva Ravi Pillai IND 1861 – 6
110 Thanki Hemal Karsanji IND 2071 – 6
111 Karthik V Ap IND 2015 – 6
112 Raghunandan K S IND 1993 – 6
113 Pradeep Kumar R A IND 2269 – 6
114 Rajkumar S Singha IND 1875 – 6
115 Chakravarthi Y V K IND 2057 – 6
116 Pradip Tiwari IND 2012 – 6
117 Meteleno Yevgeniy KAZ 2110 – 6
118 Akshay V Halagannavar IND 1686 – 6
119 Mota Pankit IND 0 – 6
120 Gandhi Anish IND 1924 – 6
121 Harsh Mangesh Ghag IND 1749 – 6
122 Avadhanulu A S M S S IND 1800 – 6
123 Shweta Gole IND 2028 – 6
124 Ponkshe Sarang IND 1952 – 6
125 Rajasurya J IND 1927 – 6
126 Iniyan P IND 1779 – 6
127 Satkar Chirag IND 1919 – 6
128 Muralidharan R IND 0 – 6
129 Godbole Atharva IND 1890 – 6
130 Shenvi Mohit IND 1906 – 6
131 Neelakantan Narayanan IND 2069 – 6
132 Govind Prabhu IND 0 – 6
133 Siddharth S IND 1863 – 6
134 Bharambe Bhavik C IND 1670 – 6
135 Dave Shiv Shankar IND 1856 – 6
136 Joglekar Abhijit IND 1788 – 6
137 Mohite Ranveer IND 1868 – 6
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139 Anand Nadar IND 1786 – 6
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143 Bramhecha Divya IND 0 – 6
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145 Dalvi Ayush IND 1570 – 6
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147 Audi Ameya IND 1745 – 6
148 Anuj Gandhi IND 1870 – 6
149 Joshi Tejas IND 1600 – 6
150 Vantika Agrawal IND 1412 – 6
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154 Rahul Kadge IND 1643 – 5.5
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156 Chincholimath Halsagar IND 1954 – 5.5
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Raja Harshit IND 1684 – 5.5
161 Sunil Vaidya IND 1840 – 5.5
162 Bhogal Rupesh IND 1705 – 5.5
163 Solkar G D IND 1831 – 5.5
Erigaisi Arjun IND 1528 – 5.5
165 Supriya Joshi IND 1822 – 5.5
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168 Darshil K Desai IND 1456 – 5.5
169 Gaikwad Siddhant IND 1833 – 5.5
170 Gadre Chinmay IND 1523 – 5.5
171 Ishwar Ramteke IND 1636 – 5.5
172 Aaniq Kamani IND 1604 – 5.5
173 Deodhar vrushali Umesh IND 1647 – 5.5
174 Salunke Mihir IND 1831 – 5.5
175 Shukla Rahul IND 1770 – 5.5
176 Kumthekar Shubham IND 1787 – 5.5
177 Dhamankar Satyen IND 1648 – 5.5
178 Kamble Nitin IND 1693 – 5.5
179 Sawant Shubhada IND 1627 – 5.5
180 Pruthu Deshpande IND 1607 – 5.5
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183 Anand Hile IND 0 – 5.5
184 Rajeev V M IND 1740 – 5
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187 Pendase Atul IND 1744 – 5
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195 Divya Garg IND 1701 – 5
196 Thapa I B IND 1783 – 5
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198 Chaudhary Sushil NEP 0 – 5
199 Gange Tanmayee IND 1591 – 5
200 Oak Aniruddha IND 1666 – 5
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202 Pratik S Risbud IND 1443 – 5
203 Naresh Kantode IND 1671 – 5
204 Chorge Mangesh IND 1557 – 5
205 Kandalgaonkar D N IND 1753 – 5
Ankur Mahesh Gokhale IND 0 – 5
207 Krishnater Kushager IND 1443 – 5
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224 Sandesh Mhatre IND 0 – 5
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242 Bheri Chinna Rao IND 1292 – 4.5
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245 Audi Saiesh IND 0 – 4.5
246 Sahani Gaurav IND 0 – 4.5
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248 Mandnikar Atreya IND 1398 – 4.5
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250 Prakash Gupte IND 0 – 4.5
251 Vishesh Agrawal IND 1307 – 4.5
252 Ekisha Basu IND 1317 – 4.5
253 Vidit Dhawan IND 0 – 4.5
254 Gajengi Rajababu IND 1976 – 4
255 Rathod Gopal Ashok IND 1997 – 4
256 Jadhav Vaibhavi IND 1418 – 4
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260 Ayush Gandhi IND 1361 – 4
261 Kajaria Abhinav IND 1429 – 4
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264 Pandey Shourya IND 0 – 4
265 Yella Manikanta IND 1374 – 4
266 Nadar Vinesh IND 1544 – 4
267 Balachandar G IND 0 – 4
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270 Bandekar Aditya IND 0 – 4
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272 Shah Shilpa IND 0 – 4
273 Faiz Khan IND 0 – 4
274 Aarohi Dabholkar IND 0 – 4
275 Gawand Nihar IND 1457 – 4
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277 Tarkar Omkar IND 0 – 4
Walimbe Varun IND 0 – 4
279 Devesh Anand Kale IND 1407 – 4
280 Shardul Santosh Wakade IND 1487 – 4
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