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Martyn Kravtsiv is Chennai Open 2011 Champion

17-26th January at the Jawaharlal Nehru Multipurpose indoor stadium, in Chennai, India

20-year-old Ukraine Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn emerged the champion of India Cements Ltd 3rd Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament with a hard fought final round victory over Israel Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld at SDAT Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai.

Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn secured 9.5 points from eleven rounds, and was followed by Tamir Nabaty, Ni Hua, Alexander Areshchenko and Baskaran Adhiban. Martyn took home the winner’s prize of Rs. 200000 (Rupees two lakhs only), while the shared second place quartet were awarded Rs.93500 (Rupees ninty three thousand five hundred only) each.

Earlier, the fight for the top prizes went off in a quiet manner, as the top board game between Tamir Nabaty and top seed Alexander Areshchenko ended in an early draw. With the peace being signed in the top board, the young and energetic Ukraine Grandmaster Kravtsiv Martyn took up the challenge in the right earnest and brought down the Israeli Grandmaster Alon Greenfeld. The Sicilian game lasted 60 moves and was one of the last to conclude in the event. Martyn emerged a clear winner, ahead of his countryman and top seed Alexander Areshchenko.

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GM Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine) receiving the Chennai Open 2011 trophy from Chief Guest Mr.V M Mohan, Joint President, Corporate Finance, India Cements Ltd. (L to R) Shri R M Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7, Shri K Muralimohan, Hon Secy, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, President, Commonwealth Chess Association, Shri S Ganesan, Chairman, Organising Committee, Shri J C D Prabhakaran, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, India’s first International Arbiter V Kameswaran, International Master & Government observer for chess Shri Manuel Aaron, Shri D V Sundar, Hon Secy, All India Chess Federation.

In addition to Grandmaster Baskaran Adhiban who logged in 9.0 points taking the shared second spot, International Masters Sahaj Grover and Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury finished in top ten taking the shared 6-9 places scoring 8.5 points, giving India three spots in the top ten placings.

A total of eight International Norms were achieved in this tournament, with one Grandmaster Norm, six International Master Norms and lone Woman International Master Norm completing the tally. This annual feature has put Chennai securely on the world chess map, thanks to its growing popularity every year.

The cash prizes for the top 35 spots along with age category prizes were distributed by Mr. Shri V M Mohan, Joint President, Corporate Finance, India Cements Ltd, in the presence of Shri S Ganesan, Chairman, Organising Committee, Shri D V Sundar, Hon Secy, All India Chess Federation, International Master & Government observer for chess Shri Manuel Aaron, Shri J C D Prabhakaran, Vice President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, President, Commonwealth Chess Association, Shri R M Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7 and India’s first International Arbiter V Kameswaran.

Shri K Muralimohan, Hon Secy, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association proposed the vote of thanks. News and photos by R R Vasudevan.

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13-year-old IM Norm holder Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh receiving award from from Chief Guest Mr.V M Mohan

GM Kravtsiv Martyn (2566) – GM Alon Greenfeld (2557)

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Qb6
8.Bxf6 gxf6 9.Nb3 Bd7 10.O-O-O O-O-O 11.f4 h5 12.Kb1 Kb8 13.Be2 Qf2
14.Rhg1 Be7 15.Rdf1 Qb6 16.h4 Na5 17.Qd1 Rc8 18.Qd4 Qxd4 19.Nxd4 Nc4
20.Rd1 a6 21.Bf3 Bd8 22.Rd3 b5 23.Nce2 Bb6 24.Rh1 f5 25.Ng3 Rcg8
26.Nde2 Bf2 27.Rh3 Bc6 28.exf5 Bxf3 29.gxf3 d5 30.a3 Kb7 31.fxe6 fxe6
32.f5 exf5 33.Nxf5 Rf8 34.Ne7 Re8 35.Ng6 Rhg8 36.Ngf4 d4 37.Rh2 Be3
38.Nxh5 Rh8 39.Ng7 Reg8 40.Nf5 Ne5 41.Rd1 Nxf3 42.Rh3 Nd2 43.Ka2 Ne4
44.Rf3 Nd2 45.Rh3 Ne4 46.Rf1 Nd2 47.Rfh1 Rg4 48.h5 Nc4 49.b3 Nb6
50.Nxe3 dxe3 51.Rxe3 Rh6 52.Re7 Kc6 53.Ra7 Rg2 54.Nd4 Kc5 55.Nf5 Rc6
56.b4 Kd5 57.Ne3 Kd4 58.Nxg2 Rxc2 59.Kb1 Rxg2 60.h6 1-0

GM Sundararajan Kidambi (2449) – GM Ni Hua (2645)

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 a6 5.Nf3 b5 6.c5 g6 7.Ne5 Bg7 8.Be2 a5
9.a3 Qc7 10.O-O O-O 11.f4 Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.a4 b4 14.Qc2 f5 15.Bd2
Bxe5 16.Bc4 e6 17.fxe5 Qe7 18.Be1 Na6 19.g4 Kh8 20.Bg3 Nc7 21.gxf5
exf5 22.e6 Nxe6 23.Be5 Ng7 24.Qg2 Be6 25.Bd6 Qf7 26.Bxe6 Nxe6 27.Bxf8
Rxf8 28.Qg3 Nc7 29.Rae1 Nd5 30.Qd6 Qf6 31.Qxf6 Rxf6 32.h4 b3 33.Kf2
Rf8 34.Ke2 Kg7 35.Rg1 Rb8 36.h5 Rb4 37.hxg6 hxg6 38.Ra1 Kf6 39.Rh1 f4
40.exf4 Rxd4 41.Rhd1 Rb4 42.Rac1 Nxf4 43.Ke3 Ke5 44.Rd6 Nd5 45.Ke2
Rxa4 46.Rxc6 Ra2 47.Rxg6 Nf4 48.Ke3 Nxg6 49.c6 Ne7 0-1

Final Placings (Indians unless stated):

1. Kravtsiv Martyn (Ukraine) – 9.5 pts,

2-5, Tamir Nabaty (Israel), Ni Hua (China), Alexander Areshchenko (Ukraine), Baskaran Adhiban – 9.0 pts,

6-9. Alon Greenfeld (Israel), Sahaj Grover, Henrik Danielsen (Iceland), Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury – 8.5 pts,

10-17. Yuriy Kuzubov (Ukraine), Zeng Chongsheng (China), Sundararajan Kidambi, Niaz Murshed, J Deepan Chakkravarthy, P Shyam Nikil, Yang Kaiqi (China), R A Pradeep Kumar – 8.0 pts,

18-20. Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine), Ashwin Jayaram, Oleksienko Mikhailo – 7.5 pts

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WIM Norm achiever Michelle Catherina receiving award

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3rd & final IM Norm achiever B S Shivananda receiving award

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