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GM Ziaur Rahman wins the NIT International Grandmasters Open

Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh won the title at the NIT International Grandmasters Open Chess Tournament, organised by Nagpur Improvement Trust at Naivedhyam Recreation Centre, Nagpur, today.

Ziuar Rahman did not take any risk and settled for a quick draw with IM Ankit Rajpara of Maharashtra, to raise his tally to 9 points and collect a cash prize of three lakh rupees.

Top seeded Aleksandrov Aleksej of Belarus also finished with 9 points defeating MR Lalith Babu of PSPB. Better Buchholz tiebreak score favoured Ziaur to clinch the title.

GM Ziaur Rahman

GM Ziaur Rahman

Second seeded Kravtsiv Martyn of Ukraine collected 8.5 points by agreeing to a quick draw Diptayan Ghosh of West Bengal in a Catalan opening game to secure the third spot.

Six players vied for the fourth to ninth places, five of them Indians, the fourth place going to former world under 14 champion Vidit Santosh Gujrathi of Maharashtra.

Vidit, after exchanging the queens, managed to get rid of Tamil Nadu IM Nitin’s two pawns, which was sufficient to post a win in 34 moves. Hianshu Sharma of Railways combined his rooks well to register a win against Bangladesh IM Minhazuddin Ahamed, enabling him to win the fifth place.

In the French defence adopted by newly approved GM Sahaj Grover of Delhi, GA Stany of Karnataka exchanged the queens on move 15, after gaining a pawn. Sahaj sacrificed his rook, leading his pawn to c2, his black squared bishop controlling the c1-promotion square. Stany could not stop the pawn promotion by Sahaj, leading to a queen and bishop vs rook and bishop ending. Stany had a slight compensation of three additional pawns, but could not deny the full point to Sahaj.

Sahaj Grover

Sahaj Grover

Former under 12 world champion Karthikeyan Murali of Tamil Nadu lost his queen for a rook and bishop of the Russian GM Andrei Deviatkin. Karthikeyan resigned, when he was about to lose his knight.

WGM Swathi Ghate of LIC lost to Asian Junior champion N. Srinath of TN in just 19 moves of a Sicilian defence. WGM Nisha Mohota of PSPB also lost to Vovk Andrey of Ukraine.

Full standings bellow. Many players continue the tour in the Vizag Grandmasters International Open which will take place from 25th October to 4th November in Visakhapatnam.

Honourable Guardian Minister Shri Shivajirao Moghe, Minister for Social Justice, Govt. Of Maharashtra distributed the prizes in the presence of FIDE Vice President Shri. DV Sundar, Shri. Praveen Darade IAS, Chairman of NIT, as well as the organising committee, Shri. Ravindra Dongre, President of fide Zone 3.7 and Shri. Bharat Singh, Secretary AICF, Shri. Dinanath Padole MLA and other dignitaries.

Report by IA Rathinam Anantharam

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Final standings:

1. GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2502 – 9
2. GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2602 – 9
3. GM Kravtsiv Martyn UKR 2592 – 8.5
4. IM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi IND 2501 – 8
5. IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2393 – 8
6. IM Ankit R. Rajpara IND 2397 – 8
7. IM Grover Sahaj IND 2516 – 8
8. FM Ghosh Diptayan IND 2415 – 8
9. GM Vovk Andrey UKR 2564 – 8
10. GM Lalith Babu M.R. IND 2540 – 7.5
11. IM Mohota Nisha IND 2323 – 7.5
12. IM Udeshi Aditya IND 2349 – 7.5
13. GM Neelotpal Das IND 2485 – 7.5
14. GM Abdulla Al-Rakib BAN 2513 – 7.5
15. GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2446 – 7.5
16. GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2481 – 7.5
17. GM Petrosian Davit G. ARM 2459 – 7.5
18. GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2588 – 7
19. Stany G.A. IND 2404 – 7
20. GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2458 – 7
21. IM Shivananda B.S. IND 2358 – 7
22. IM Prasanna Raghuram Rao IND 2415 – 7
23. Dodeja Pawan IND 2149 – 7
24. IM Swayams Mishra IND 2393 – 7
25. IM Karthikeyan P. IND 2401 – 7
26. IM Minhazuddin Ahmed BAN 2407 – 7
27. IM Murali Krishnan B.T. IND 2329 – 7
28. IM Nitin S. IND 2386 – 7
29. IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2448 – 7
30. IM Sangma Rahul IND 2345 – 7
31. IM Saptarshi Roy IND 2419 – 7
32. IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2384 – 7
33. GM Laxman R.R. IND 2474 – 7
34. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2523 – 7
35. Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2280 – 7
36. IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya IND 2376 – 6.5
37. WGM Padmini Rout IND 2302 – 6.5
38. IM Vishnu Prasanna. V IND 2473 – 6.5
39. Gusain Himal IND 2340 – 6.5
40. Chandra Akshat USA 2269 – 6.5
41. FM Gagare Shardul IND 2366 – 6.5
42. GM Ziatdinov Raset USA 2384 – 6.5
43. Karthikeyan Murali IND 2299 – 6.5
44. FM “Rahman, Md. Taibur ” BAN 2324 – 6.5
45. IM Akshayraj Kore IND 2472 – 6.5
46. IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2373 – 6.5
47. FM Hasan Mehdi BAN 2320 – 6.5
48. FM Chatterjee Debaraj BAN 2318 – 6.5
49. Vignesh Nr IND 2199 – 6.5
50. FM Ahmed Sk. Nasir BAN 2295 – 6.5
51. Deepak Katiyar IND 2241 – 6.5
52. Krishna C.R.G. IND 2326 – 6
53. Gurpreet Singh Maras IND 2253 – 6
54. Abhishek Kelkar IND 2234 – 6
55. Sahu Vikramaditya IND 2128 – 6
56. IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2439 – 6
57. Roy Prantik IND 2211 – 6
58. WGM Swathi Ghate IND 2263 – 6
59. IM Sahu Sekhar Chandra IND 2186 – 6
60. Patil Pratik IND 2197 – 6
61. GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2490 – 6
62. FM Thakur Akash IND 2241 – 6
63. Tiwari Arjun IND 2227 – 6
64. Pradeep Kumar R.A. IND 2259 – 6
65. GM Sriram Jha IND 2432 – 6
66. Nishant Malhotra IND 2131 – 6
67. Sahoo Utkal Ranjan IND 2242 – 6
68. IM “Abu Sufian, Shakil ” BAN 2393 – 6
69. Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2161 – 6
70. Dhulipala Bala Chandra Prasad IND 2038 – 6
71. Cholleti Sahajasri IND 2026 – 6
72. WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2119 – 6
73. Krishna Teja N IND 2053 – 6
74. Ashwini U IND 1943 – 6
75. Harikrishna. S. R. IND 1980 – 6
76. Nepal Prakash NEP 1919 – 6
77. Anuprita Patil IND 2135 – 6
78. Sidhant Mohapatra IND 2218 – 5.5
79. IM Shyam Nikil P. IND 2468 – 5.5
80. Kumaran B IND 2157 – 5.5
81. FM Sauravh Khherdekar IND 2249 – 5.5
82. IM Deshmukh Anup IND 2263 – 5.5
83. IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2459 – 5.5
84. Phadke Sohan IND 2247 – 5.5
85. Niraula Niraj NEP 2065 – 5.5
86. WFM Chandika Divyasree IND 2160 – 5.5
87. Raghunandan K S IND 2022 – 5.5
88. Jaiswar Shailesh IND 2058 – 5.5
89. Rohan Ahuja IND 1978 – 5.5
90. Nayandeep Dilip Kotangle IND 1993 – 5.5
91. Thapa Krishna NEP 2031 – 5.5
92. Aurangabadkar Prasad IND 1825 – 5.5
93. Madhurima Shekhar IND 1949 – 5.5
94. Deepthamsh Reddy. M IND 2139 – 5.5
95. Sourav Sahoo IND 1843 – 5.5
96. Raja Harshit IND 1730 – 5.5
97. Chinmay Pathak IND 1867 – 5.5
98. Bramhecha Divya IND 1845 – 5.5
99. Lohana Kapil IND 2094 – 5
100. Raghavendra V. IND 2057 – 5
101. Roop Saurav IND 2001 – 5
102. WIM Shamima Akter Liza BAN 2151 – 5
103. Satra Hardik IND 1967 – 5
104. Shweta Gole IND 1955 – 5
105. Kaushik Shubham IND 1703 – 5
106. Sandhya G IND 1769 – 5
107. Om Vinay Vitalkar IND 1503 – 5
108. Rajasurya J. IND 1941 – 5
109. Rajeev V.M. IND 1767 – 5
110. Raut Vaibhav IND 1506 – 5
111. Akshay V Halagannavar IND 1766 – 5
112. Adethya R IND 1618 – 5
113. Ojas Kulkarni IND 1594 – 5
114. Prameya Garge IND 1642 – 5
115. Munemane Ameya IND 1606 – 5
116. Divya Garg IND 1706 – 5
117. Pujjam Bansod IND 1528 – 5
118. Lakshmi Krishna Bhushan D IND 1928 – 4.5
119. Anshul Kaushik IND 1621 – 4.5
120. Shailesh Dravid IND 1777 – 4.5
121. Sankalp Gupta IND 1204 – 4.5
122. Razdan Anmol IND 1893 – 4.5
123. Saurabh Lokhande IND 1777 – 4.5
124. Shah Nevil U IND 0 – 4.5
125. Chandan Mahajan IND 1811 – 4.5
126. Prachand Shrutika IND 0 – 4.5
127. Nerkar Chitrana IND 1475 – 4.5
128. Kumthekar Shubham IND 1770 – 4
129. D.K. Chopra IND 1704 – 4
130. Sunil Vaidya IND 1746 – 4
131. Naresh Kantode IND 1649 – 4
132. Aurindom Bhattacharyya IND 1547 – 4
133. Singh Jatinder IND 0 – 4
134. Yash Ingolikar IND 1513 – 4
135. Srivastava V.K. IND 1728 – 4
136. Pavitra Batra IND 1505 – 4
137. Bhajne Atharva IND 1532 – 4
138. Pushkar Aniruddha Chouganjkar IND 0 – 4
139. Kapil Ghatwai IND 1509 – 4
140. Karunanayake Mayuri SRI 1704 – 4
141. Shuban Saha IND 1475 – 4
142. Divya Deshmukh IND 0 – 4
143. Dodeja Saurabh IND 1417 – 4
144. Narendrkumar Rangari IND 1412 – 4
145. Sewakram Mahadeo Gharde IND 1472 – 4
146. Deshmukh Aditi IND 0 – 4
147. IM Singh D.P. IND 2254 – 3.5
148. Pradip Tiwari IND 2028 – 3.5
149. Thakur Shivam IND 0 – 3.5
150. Palaskar Rutwik IND 1322 – 3.5
151. Jain Prasanna IND 0 – 3.5
152. Mohan Kale IND 1358 – 3.5
153. Budhraja Param IND 0 – 3.5
154. CM Prince Bajaj IND 2305 – 3
155. Chaudhary Arya IND 0 – 3
156. Gayatri U Panbude IND 1226 – 3
157. Amle Sanjay IND 0 – 3
158. Ranade Piyush IND 0 – 3
159. Ashok B. Muktewar IND 0 – 3
160. Channawar Shlok IND 0 – 3
161. Nale Tanay IND 0 – 3
162. Bhagat Prashik IND 0 – 3
163. Dhande Girish IND 1471 – 2.5
164. Channawar Nilesh IND 0 – 2
165. Apte Arvind R IND 0 – 1.5
166. Arun D Godbole IND 0 – 1.5

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