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Pantsulaia emerges Chennai Open 2019 Champion

GM Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) with 8.5 points emerged the Champion after the tenth and final round in the 11th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2019 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy at Novotel IBIS OMR Hotel, Sholinganallur, Chennai on Friday 25th January, 2019.

In the crucial final round, Pantsulaia drew with top seed GM Predke Alexandr of Russia, moving to 8.5 points. The draw propelled the Georgian to clear first. This follows Pantsulaia’s title triumph at Delhi Open last fortnight, giving him back-to-back titles, a great start for 2019. The Georgian would take home the winner’s cheque of Rupees 300000 (Euros 3714) along with the handsome Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam Trophy.

Chennai Open 2019 Champion GM Pantsulaia Levan

Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia)

Sharing the second spot with 8.0 points were five Grandmasters viz., Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia) and Rozum Ivan (Russia). The top seeds had their say in the final round, as all the decisive games in the top ten boards went in favor of the higher rated player.

The Rupees 15 lakhs (Euros 18573) prize money tournament came to a glittering end, as the trophies and cash prizes were handed over to he winners’ by the Chief Guest India’s first International Master Manuel Aaron.

Present in the dais were Mr D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Mr Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secretary, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, International Arbiter R Anantharam, Mr B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and Chief Arbiter Manjunatha M.

Pantsulaia receiving the trophy from Chief Guest Manuel Aaron

Pantsulaia receiving the trophy from Chief Guest Manuel Aaron

Final Placings:
1. Pantsulaia Levan (Georgia) 8.5,
2-6. Popov Ivan (Russia), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Belarus), Paichadze Luka (Georgia), Megaranto Susanto (Indonesia), Ivan Rozum (Russia) 8.0,
7-14. Lugovskoy Maxim (Russia), Karthik Venkataraman (India), Predke Alexandr (Russia), Girish A Koushik, Vignesh N R (both India), Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam), Czebe Attila (Hungary), Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tajikistan) 7.5 points (286 players)

R R Vasudevan
Press Officer
Chennai Open 2019

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