2016

Vladimir Belous is Chennai Open 2016 Champion

Grandmaster Belous Vladimir (Russia) emerged the Chennai Open 2016 Champion with 8.5 points after the tenth and final round of the 8th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2016 for Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam trophy, held at Nehru Stadium, Chennai.

Belous Vladimir received Sakthi Group Dr N Mahalingam trophy and the winner’s purse of Rs. 200000 (approx Euros 2721) from Dr Rajendra Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Youth Welfare & Sports Development, Government of Tamil Nadu.

Sharing the second spot with 8.0 points were Grachev Boris (Russia) and Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman (India) respectively. In crucial final round games, Belous Vladimir (Rus) defeated Dzhumaev Marat (Uzb), tournament leader Solodovnichenko Yuri (Ukr) went down to Grachev Boris (Rus), while Indian flag bearer Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman brought down Mozharov Mikhail (Rus).

Vladimir Belous receiving trophy

Dr Rajendra Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Youth Welfare & Sports Development, Government of Tamil Nadu, Dr M Manickam, President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Champion Belous Vladimir, D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE

Showing fine form right through the event, Vijayalakshmi achieved her Grandmaster Norm, scoring 2.5/3 in the last three rounds against 2600 plus opponents. Vijayalakshmi’s star performance came up with six wins and four draws counting for a 2573 rating performance. Wins over GMs Nguyen Duc Hoa (Vietnam), Demchenko Anton, Mozharov Mikhail (both Russia) helped her gain 30 ELOs.

Earlier, it was Ukraine Grandmaster Solodovnichenko Yuri who set the trend, as he occupied the top board from round three and was there till the last round. He was trifle unlucky to lose the final game, that possibly snatched away a big title for him. Defending champion Popov Ivan, had it tough, when he could score only 1.5/4 in the final four rounds, finishing 21st place.

Champion Belous started with a draw, but came up with crucial wins when required. His fortuitous penultimate round win over Indian Grandmaster Deepan Chakkravarthy, put him on track for the title. Grabbing the chance that came his way, In the all important final round, Belous stunned veteran Dzhumaev Marat emerging Chennai Open 2016 champion.

Replay games with analysis

Champion GM Belous Vladimir, Runner-up GM Grachev Boris (both Russia), 3rd place - International Master Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman (India)

Champion GM Belous Vladimir, Runner-up GM Grachev Boris (both Russia), 3rd place – International Master Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman (India)

The 214 player, ten round Swiss tournament, which had the confirmed participation of 20 Grandmasters, 2 Woman Grandmasters, 23 International Masters and 71 FIDE titled players came to a grand conclusion.

Cash prizes worth Rs 1100000 (approx Euros 14964) were awarded to the winners by Dr Rajendra Kumar, IAS, Secretary, Youth Welfare & Sports Development, Government of Tamil Nadu along with Dr M Manickam, President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE. Present in the dais were Arjuna Awardee Manuel Aaron, V Hariharan, Hon. Secretary, All India Chess Federation and B Murugavel, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association.

Report by R R Vasudevan

Final standings:

1. GM Belous Vladimir RUS 2557 – 8.5
2. GM Grachev Boris RUS 2652 – 8
3. IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman IND 2351 – 8
4. GM Solodovnichenko Yuri UKR 2581 – 7.5
5. GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 2556 – 7.5
6. GM Ernst Sipke NED 2536 – 7.5
7. GM Gabrielian Artur RUS 2545 – 7.5
8. GM Mozharov Mikhail RUS 2559 – 7
9. GM Bernadskiy Vitaliy UKR 2546 – 7
10. GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2495 – 7
11. IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 2428 – 7
12. GM Demchenko Anton RUS 2596 – 7
13. IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2457 – 7
14. IM Swapnil S. Dhopade IND 2488 – 7
15. GM Sivuk Vitaly UKR 2566 – 7
16. GM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 2494 – 7
17. GM Venkatesh M.R. IND 2443 – 7
18. GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2506 – 7
19. GM David Alberto ITA 2597 – 7
20. GM Nguyen Huynh Minh Huy VIE 2489 – 7
21. GM Popov Ivan RUS 2650 – 6.5
22. GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. IND 2478 – 6.5
23. IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R IND 2414 – 6.5
24. GM Czebe Attila HUN 2466 – 6.5
25. Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2349 – 6.5
26. Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh IND 2422 – 6.5
27. IM Nitin S. IND 2400 – 6.5
28. Rahul Srivatshav P IND 2086 – 6.5
29. FM Ramakrishna J. IND 2154 – 6.5
30. IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam IND 2183 – 6.5
31. IM Chakravarthi Reddy M IND 2176 – 6.5
32. Kumar Gaurav IND 2030 – 6
33. FM Thakur Akash IND 2341 – 6
34. IM Ravi Teja S. IND 2385 – 6
35. Erigaisi Arjun IND 2238 – 6
36. GM Laxman R.R. IND 2435 – 6
37. Muthaiah Al IND 2272 – 6
38. FM Raghunandan Kaumandur Srihari IND 2252 – 6
39. IM Shetty Rahul IND 2222 – 6
40. Akash Pc Iyer IND 2248 – 6
41. CM Rathanvel V S IND 2099 – 6
42. Vignesh B IND 2176 – 6
43. Tiwari Arjun IND 2125 – 6
44. Shailesh Dravid IND 2230 – 6
45. Kunal M. IND 2390 – 6
46. IM Krishna Teja N IND 2246 – 6
47. IM Visakh N R IND 2388 – 6
48. IM Vignesh N R IND 2448 – 6
49. Saravana Krishnan P. IND 2313 – 6
50. FM Srinath Rao S.V. IND 2298 – 6
51. Sekar B IND 2188 – 6
52. Hemant Sharma (del) IND 2242 – 6
53. Surendran N IND 2181 – 6
54. Arjun Kalyan IND 2107 – 6
55. Lakshmi Narayanan M V IND 2205 – 6
56. WGM Kulkarni Bhakti IND 2313 – 6
57. Iniyan P IND 2275 – 6
58. FM Matta Vinay Kumar IND 2163 – 6
59. Harikrishnan.A.Ra IND 2172 – 6
60. Hirthickkesh Pr IND 2187 – 6
61. FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman BAN 2278 – 6
62. IM Shivananda B.S. IND 2275 – 6
63. Saurabh Anand IND 2097 – 6
64. Harihara Sudan M IND 2082 – 6
65. Bavankumar IND 2139 – 6
66. IM Praveen Kumar C IND 2254 – 6
67. Pradeep Kumar R A IND 2302 – 6
68. IM Gokhale Chandrashekhar IND 2225 – 6
69. WFM Divya Deshmukh IND 1784 – 6
70. Soham Datar IND 1961 – 6
71. CM Gukesh D IND 2041 – 6
72. FM Praggnanandhaa R IND 2174 – 5.5
73. CM Raja Rithvik R IND 1887 – 5.5
74. Negi Virender Singh IND 2000 – 5.5
75. Ram S. Krishnan IND 2212 – 5.5
76. Kulkarni Vinayak IND 2043 – 5.5
77. IM Murali Krishnan B T IND 2260 – 5.5
78. Phoobalan P. IND 2195 – 5.5
79. Sa Kannan IND 2002 – 5.5
80. FM Vinoth Kumar M. IND 2185 – 5.5
81. FM Maheswaran P. IND 2263 – 5.5
82. Arjun Adappa IND 1960 – 5.5
83. Debashish Dutta IND 2111 – 5.5
84. Phadke Sohan IND 2045 – 5.5
85. CM Rajarishi Karthi IND 2140 – 5.5
86. Selvabharathy T IND 1800 – 5.5
87. Pranav Anand IND 1652 – 5.5
88. WIM Ivana Maria Furtado IND 2277 – 5.5
89. WFM Patil Mitali Madhukar IND 1919 – 5.5
90. Ithal H L Rajath IND 1678 – 5.5
91. Navalgund Niranjan IND 2223 – 5.5
92. Ayushh Ravikumar IND 1502 – 5.5
93. IM Navin Kanna T.U. IND 2357 – 5
94. CM Sadhwani Raunak IND 2104 – 5
95. Sammed Jaykumar Shete IND 2307 – 5
96. Subhayan Kundu IND 2069 – 5
97. WFM Saranya J IND 2151 – 5
98. Gireman Ja IND 2280 – 5
99. Sanjeet Manohar IND 2008 – 5
100. Sreeshwan Maralakshikari IND 1757 – 5
101. Chaithanyaa K.G. IND 2033 – 5
102. Bala Kannamma P IND 2020 – 5
103. Dahale Atul IND 2088 – 5
104. WCM Ananya Suresh IND 1815 – 5
105. Joshi Govind Ballabh IND 2113 – 5
106. Nitin Shankar Madhu IND 1733 – 5
107. WFM Lakshmi C IND 1738 – 5
108. Shreyansh Daklia IND 2212 – 5
109. IM Kathmale Sameer IND 2306 – 5
110. Nair Sanjeev IND 1807 – 5
111. Raahul V S IND 1975 – 5
112. Marthandan K U IND 2017 – 5
113. CM Mendonca Leon Luke IND 1859 – 5
114. Didwania Vishal IND 2014 – 5
115. CM Nikhil Magizhnan IND 1601 – 5
116. Singh Neha IND 1989 – 5
117. Gavi Siddayya IND 1971 – 5
118. Srihari L R IND 1597 – 5
119. Nehete Akshay S IND 1757 – 5
120. Genish Prakash J IND 1704 – 5
121. Barath Kalyan M IND 1903 – 4.5
122. IM Ravichandran Siddharth IND 2404 – 4.5
123. Elancheralathan P IND 1876 – 4.5
124. Srijit Paul IND 2259 – 4.5
125. Dinesh Kumar G IND 2097 – 4.5
126. IM Singh D.P. IND 2149 – 4.5
127. WFM Arpita Mukherjee IND 1934 – 4.5
128. Priyamvada Karamcheti IND 1794 – 4.5
129. Anant Prabhudesai IND 1818 – 4.5
130. Hari Madhavan N B IND 2009 – 4.5
131. Vijay Shreeram P IND 1710 – 4.5
132. Rohit Vassan S IND 1910 – 4.5
133. Dileep Kumar R IND 1847 – 4.5
134. Likhit Chilukuri IND 1867 – 4.5
135. Tarun V Kanth IND 1871 – 4.5
136. Prajesh R IND 1970 – 4.5
137. Narendran V IND 1683 – 4.5
138. Mota Pankit IND 1967 – 4.5
139. Ajay Karthikeyan IND 1723 – 4.5
140. Balasubramaniam H IND 1750 – 4.5
141. Samal Ansuman IND 1922 – 4.5
142. Utsab Chatterjee IND 1700 – 4.5
143. WCM Mrudul Dehankar IND 1731 – 4.5
144. Jyothsna L IND 1602 – 4.5
145. Pvs Aravind IND 1755 – 4.5
146. Thaga Sheriff M IND 1509 – 4.5
147. Avadhanulu A.S.M.S.S. IND 1746 – 4.5
148. Azikri Gur ISR 1957 – 4.5
149. Rounak Pathak IND 1770 – 4.5
150. WFM Bommini Mounika Akshaya IND 1642 – 4.5
151. WIM Nandhidhaa Pv IND 2111 – 4
152. IM Hegde Ravi Gopal IND 2191 – 4
153. Mani Bharathy IND 1933 – 4
154. Shweta Gole IND 1915 – 4
155. Subramanian R M IND 1929 – 4
156. Kumar S. IND 1835 – 4
157. Abid Ali Mujawar IND 1678 – 4
158. Manu David Suthandram R IND 1815 – 4
159. Anilkumar K.V. IND 1786 – 4
160. Sibi Visal R IND 1646 – 4
161. George Daniel IND 1550 – 4
162. Yutesh P IND 1788 – 4
163. Mohamed Anees M IND 1693 – 4
164. CM Bharath Subramaniyam H IND 1695 – 4
165. Siddharth Sabharishankar IND 1736 – 4
166. Arpan Das (jr) IND 1698 – 4
167. Soham Das IND 1815 – 4
168. Gopikrishnan S IND 1531 – 4
169. Shijil K IND 1469 – 4
170. CM Dev Shah IND 1726 – 4
171. Sydney Lewis IND 1894 – 4
172. Sai Pranav Siddamshetty IND 1593 – 4
173. Suriya S V IND 1377 – 4
174. Rohit S IND 1326 – 4
175. Prasannaa.S IND 2115 – 3.5
176. Sneha G P S IND 1712 – 3.5
177. Sai Kiran Y IND 1728 – 3.5
178. Kanishk S K IND 1428 – 3.5
179. Dharani Kumar M S IND 1675 – 3.5
180. Srimathi R IND 1541 – 3.5
181. Samant Aditya S IND 1705 – 3.5
182. Bragadeeshwaran Chidambaram.C IND 1313 – 3.5
183. Shreyas P Vijay IND 1354 – 3.5
184. Aasha.C R. IND 1480 – 3.5
185. Arjun C Krishnamachari IND 1559 – 3.5
186. Ankitha Goud Palle IND 1790 – 3.5
187. Srihari L IND 1470 – 3.5
188. Krishna Raaju J IND 1384 – 3.5
189. Abinandhan R IND 1582 – 3
190. Sathya Prasad K. IND 1709 – 3
191. Iasman Inna FRA 1838 – 3
192. Thrish Karthik IND 1457 – 3
193. Rajarshi Dutta IND 1929 – 3
194. Senbabu M B IND 1354 – 3
195. Shyam Sundar M IND 1458 – 3
196. Vedant P Kumbakonam IND 1468 – 3
197. Sidhu Anup IND 1120 – 3
198. Sundara Pandian A IND 1137 – 3
199. Meenatchi Rajam V IND 1260 – 3
200. Manish Anto Cristiano F IND 1702 – 2.5
201. Suresh R IND 1296 – 2.5
202. Samyak L IND 1309 – 2.5
203. Badri Narayan Balaji IND 1233 – 2.5
204. Harsh R Shah IND 1338 – 2
205. Santhosh S IND 0 – 2
206. Malleswari P IND 1100 – 2
207. Sivalingam R IND 1172 – 2
208. Hinduja Reddy IND 1933 – 1.5
209. Harshavardhan G B IND 1993 – 1.5
210. Sujith S IND 0 – 1
211. Anannth Varun R IND 1181 – 1
212. James Peter V M IND 0 – 1
213. WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2172 – 0.5
214. IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2385 – 0

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