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Kushal dominates 19th Gran Hotel Bali Aficionados B, Aditya Varun Gampa second in Group A and Blitz

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/12/2022

17-year-old Kushal O scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 19th Gran Hotel Bali Aficionados B group. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Aditya Varun Gampa finished second in both Group A and Blitz Nocturno. He scored 7/9 and 7/8 in those two events respectively. CM Md. Imran won the Blitz event scoring 7/8. The top three prizes in the Aficionados B group were €3100, €1400 and €1200 each. For Group A the prizes were, €1300, €1100 and €1000 each. For Blitz, it was €90, €60 and €50. All podium winners won a trophy along with their respective cash prizes. This was Kushal's first overseas triumph of his career and first Blitz tournament victory of the year for Imran. Photo: Organizer

Md. Imran wins Blitz Nocturno

Indian players continue their domination in Spain. The city of Benidorm in Alicante, Spain had two parallel events running from 3rd to 10/11th December 2022. While Indians missed a championship at Benidorm Open 2022, that changed at 19th Gran Hotel Bali Open 2022. Kushal O won the Aficionados B group, Aditya Varun Gampa secured second place in both Group A and Blitz, and Md. Imran clinched the Blitz event.

19th Gran Hotel Bali Aficionados B winner - Kushal O 8/9 | Photo: Organizer

17-year-old Kushal O made a blazing start by scoring seven consecutive wins to gain a full point lead 7/7, heading into the penultimate round. His fantastic start allowed him the cushion to draw the last two rounds and still finish ahead of the field by a half point.

Kushal O pondering over his plan | Photo: Organizer

Kushal O scored 8/9, remained undefeated and gained 174 Elo rating points

19th Gran Hotel Bali Group A and Blitz runner-up - Aditya Varun Gampa 7/9 and 7/8 | Photo: Organizer

Aditya - Sos Andreu, Round 7

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Aditya Varun Gampa scored an unbeaten 7/9 | Photo: Organizer

Aditya Varun Gampa defeated two IMs and gained 58.8 Elo rating points en route his 7/9, second place finish

L to R: Kushal O (Aficionados B winner), CM Shaik Sumer Arsh, Akshay Ramadugu (4th in Aficionados B) and Aditya Varun Gampa (Runner-up in Group A and Blitz) | Photo: Organizer

4th in Group A - Akshay Ramadugu 7/9 | Photo: Organizer

Blitz Nocturno winner - CM Md. Imran (left) in action | Photo: Organizer

CM Md. Imran scored 7/8 to win the Blitz Nocturno event and gained 55.6 Elo rating points

197 players from 13 countries took part in the Blitz event which started at 10:30 p.m. local time | Photo: Organizer

The tournament hall at Hotel Bali - Benidorm | Photo: Organizer

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The tournaments were organized by IO Alfonso Pedraza Mancilla from 3rd to 10th December 2022 at Hotel Bali in Benidorm, Spain. A total of 101 players including two GMs and five IMs in Group A and 219 players in Aficionados B group from 25 countries across the world, took part in the nine-round Swiss league event. The Blitz events took place on 8th and 9th December 2022. The time control for the Classical event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1, for Blitz it was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Final standings in Group A

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Rpnwwew-weKrtg+/-
FMDavtyan David Arm.__CARM23292333Basilio7,5415039,5242597,56,481,022020,4
Aditya Varun GampaU16_S_*IND22490738,54734,52377975,531,474058,8
FMLuque Saiz Andres__C*ESP22862292Alaquas73847342341976,410,592011,8
GMKorneev Oleg___*ESP24812575Solvay7384733,52489765,840,16101,6
FMMingarro Carceller Sergi__C*ESP23302328Vila-real6,54250,535234696,56,220,28205,6
IMRodriguez Lopez Rafael___*ESP21892171Individual6,5354329,5216696,56,70-0,2010-2
Aguilera Lopez Alejandro___*ESP21842185Diagonal Alcorcón64553,536,52395963,512,492049,8
CMMd ImranU14_S_*IND22790643,551,535,52311965,510,494019,6
IMKovacevic SlobodanS60_VC*SRB22242224Benimodo64049312235965,820,18101,8
Chia Yu Zhe AshtonU14HS_*SGP197006404930,52335962,004,0040160
Tabuenca Mendataurigoitia DanielU14HS_*ESP21712236Torres Blancas63946312300964,441,564062,4
FMRemolar Gallen JoseH_C*ESP23052301Monteolivete6394533,52221966,75-0,7520-15
CMShaik Sumer ArshU14_S_*IND2290063847302194966,97-0,9740-38,8
IMSos Andreu Eric__C*ESP23642351Andreu Paterna63846322247967,16-1,1610-11,6
IMGranero Roca Antonio__C*ESP23452344Silla637,545312245967,01-1,0110-10,1


Final standings in Aficionados B

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Rpnwwew-weKrtg+/-
Kushal O___*IND18010Velocity Chess Academy84552,543,52217983,654,3540174
Aledo Yanguas David__C*ESP19531956ASSSA Enric Valor7,545,556,537,5208897,56,121,382027,6
Lorenzo Calvo Damian AngelU16HS_*ESP18591861Alzheimer Bierzo7,54451,538212497,54,503,0040120
Ramadugu Akshay___*IND18120746,553,5392031974,362,6440105,6
Amoros Moran Jose JoaquinS60_VC*ESP18301842Ibi745,552,539208886,53,782,722054,4
Dura Olmos Gines Raul__C*ESP19982009Tabiya Alcoy744,553,536,52042976,520,48209,6
Perez Garcia Juan Angel___*ESP18931896Ateneo Albacetense743,551,539204286,55,031,472029,4
Vladut MateiH__*ROU1979074249,5332024976,510,49209,8
Perez Tomas Juan Manuel___*ESP17361775Marcos Frechín739,546,5322042973,443,562071,2
Hernando Santiago Alberto___*ESP19361949Promesas736,543311958976,750,25205
Ferro Martinez Damian___*CUB19110Reverte Minerals6,545,554,537196996,55,730,772015,4
Oreshkin Vladislav__C*ESP19121924Alfaz del Pi6,5455436194896,56,020,48209,6
Romera Carrion RubenH__*ESP18701890Ciudad Real6,543,55236,5202796,54,511,992039,8
Prudhvi Kumar V___*IND173306,54351,533202696,52,953,552071
Gutierrez Marco Dario__C*ESP19491964Monteolivete6,542,552,537197896,56,110,39207,8


Final standings in Blitz Nocturno

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
CMMd ImranU14IND2279217973543,533
Aditya Varun GampaU16IND224921497344235
Iravedra Ainkov FranciscoU14ESP18031651733,540,530,5
Valdepenas Octavio JavierESP22162203732,538,530
CMHorcajuelo Rocamora MartinU14ESP218420947323930
FMCastellanos Gomez AlejandroESP227721687313930
FMRemolar Gallen JoseESP230522236,534,54130,5
CMShaik Sumer ArshU14IND229021906364631
FMOrtega Ruiz Jose MiguelESP23542212635,54430
IMKovacevic SlobodanS60SRB2224222563542,533



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