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Sankalp Gupta wins 2nd Barbera del Valles 2021 Masters

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/11/2021

Just like India's 72nd GM Mitrabha Guha, India's 71st Grandmaster Sankalp Gupta has also won the first tournament he played after becoming a GM, 2nd Barbera del Valles Masters 2021 with a score of 6.0/9. Four players finished with the same score, the Nagpur lad won clinched the first place due to better tie-breaks. He won a trophy and €1000 cash prize. Dhananjay S and Ojas Kulkarni secured second and third place scoring 7.0/9 and 6.5/9, earned €700 and €500 each respectively. Arvind Ramnath Iyer won the Group B 7.5/9, remained undefeated and finished a full point ahead of the competition. He received €300 for his efforts. It was a wonderful event for the Indian players as four podium places were secured by Indians combining three groups. Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Arvind wins Group B, Dhananjay second in Group A

Both FM Alexandre Pigeat (FRA) and Dhananjay S scored 7.0/9 each in Group A, however Pigeat clinched the championship and Dhananjay secured the second place according to tie-breaks. Three players scored 6.0/9, Ojas Kulkarni was placed third due to his better tie-break score. Arvind Ramnath Iyer scored an unbeaten 7.5/9, finished a full point ahead of the competition to win the Group B section.

Sankalp Gupta won his first tournament he played after becoming a Grandmaster | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

We reached out to Sankalp to gather his thoughts on winning the tournament, "Thank you, it feels good and gives more confidence for Ellobregat. The sixth round loss was very frustrating, as I relaxed in an almost drawn position and then blundered after seeing some ghosts. But there was no other option, I was playing the leader and had to win." Sankalp will start playing his next tournament, 2nd Ellobregat Open which boasts a strong lineup of players, starts today in a few hours.

Sankalp managed to bounce back well from his two losses

Group A Runner-up - Dhananjay S 7.0/9 | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Dhananjay gained 67.4 Elo rating points, taking his live rating to 2241.2

Group A 3rd - Ojas Kulkarni 6.0/9 | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Group B Winner - Arvind Ramnath Iyer 7.5/9 | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Arvind Ramnath Iyer won the Group B with an unbeaten 7.5/9, gained 97.6 Elo rating points in the process

Round 6: Sankalp - Alsina Leal: 0-1

Sankalp Gupta suffered his first loss of the event against GM Daniel Alsina Leal (ESP) in the sixth round. The game was heading towards a draw. A mistake in the final moments of the endgame, probably under time trouble cost him dearly.

Position after 49...Re8

White needs to keep the f6-pawn supported and attack the g-pawn with the rook only when it is farthest from the black king. 50.Rb6 or Kd4 both keeps White in the game, and it heads towards a draw. Unfortunately for White, he opted for 50.Ra1 which leads to a loss after 50...Kxf6 since the white king is already cut-off by the rook on e8. It becomes easier for Black to convert it into a win.

Round 7: Rodrigo - Sankalp: 0-1

Sankalp did a beautiful queen maneuver of his queen in an already advantageous position against GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder (CHI).

Position after 36...Qd3

The black queen moved from e7-a3-a1-d1 and the knight maneuvered via d6-b7-a5-b3. Both of them are beautifully placed. White can do nothing to save the game except be a witness to the demise of his position. Black made a breakthrough with the pawns on the queenside and created a passed pawn on the c-file which eventually was instrumental in getting Black an important victory.

Round 8: Pere - Sankalp: 0-1

Sankalp suffered another setback as he lost a complex queen and bishop ending against IM Pere Garriga Cazorla (ESP).

Position after 47.Qb6

White is threatening to stir up some trouble in Black's back rank. 47...Bd7 enables Black to prevent any kind of invasion as 48.Qb8 or Qd8 is met with 48...Qe8. 47...e3 was played in the game and it was all over after 48.Qd8.

Round 9: Sankalp - Hipolito: 0.5-0.5

Sankalp made a quick 17-move draw with GM Hipolito Asis Gargatagli (ESP) to finish with 6.0/9 and win the tournament.

Photo Gallery

Group A 6th - Sharan Rao 5.5/9 | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Group A 7th - Vaibhav Jayant Raut 5.5/9 | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Group A - 1st in Rating category 1950-2099 - Atul Dahale 4.5/9 | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

The tournament hall at Barberà del Vallès, Barcelona in Spain | Photo: Club d'Escacs Barberà

Replay Round 6-9 games

The tournament took place at Barberà Chess Club at Barberà del Vallès, Barcelona in Spain from 21st to 29th November 2021. Every day game starts at 9:30 p.m. IST. Time control is 90 mins + 30 seconds each from move no.1.

Results of Round 6-9

Round 6 on 2021/11/26 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1102477
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere0 - 1GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo
24858
292468
IMSankalp Gupta0 - 1GMAlsina Leal Daniel
24977
312502
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito1 - 0GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel
25206
422460
GMRios Cristhian Camilo½ - ½FMAlonso Garcia Aaron
23675
532376
IMHernandez Cristhian1 - 0GMMunoz Miguel
24504
Round 7 on 2021/11/27 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
142450
GMMunoz Miguel½ - ½IMGarriga Cazorla Pere
247710
252367
FMAlonso Garcia Aaron0 - 1IMHernandez Cristhian
23763
362520
GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel1 - 0GMRios Cristhian Camilo
24602
472497
GMAlsina Leal Daniel½ - ½GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito
25021
582485
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo0 - 1IMSankalp Gupta
24689
Round 8 on 2021/11/28 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1102477
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere1 - 0IMSankalp Gupta
24689
212502
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito½ - ½GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo
24858
322460
GMRios Cristhian Camilo½ - ½GMAlsina Leal Daniel
24977
432376
IMHernandez Cristhian0 - 1GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel
25206
542450
GMMunoz Miguel1 - 0FMAlonso Garcia Aaron
23675
Round 9 on 2021/11/29 at 17:00
Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
152367
FMAlonso Garcia Aaron0 - 1IMGarriga Cazorla Pere
247710
262520
GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel+ - -GMMunoz Miguel
24504
372497
GMAlsina Leal Daniel1 - 0IMHernandez Cristhian
23763
482485
GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo½ - ½GMRios Cristhian Camilo
24602
592468
IMSankalp Gupta½ - ½GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito
25021

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Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameTypGrFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19
IMSankalp GuptaIND24686,02,5523,50
21
GMAsis Gargatagli Hipolito2567ESP25026,02,5324,50
37
GMAlsina Leal Daniel2517ESP24976,02,0423,25
8
GMVasquez Schroeder RodrigoCHI24856,02,0423,25
56
GMLopez Martinez Jose Manuel2544ESP25206,01,0521,00
610
IMGarriga Cazorla Pere2527ESP24774,50,0315,75
74
GMMunoz Miguel2518PER24504,00,0116,50
82
GMRios Cristhian CamiloCOL24603,50,0113,00
93
IMHernandez Cristhian2437COL23762,50,027,50
105
FMAlonso Garcia AaronESP23670,50,001,75

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Final Standings in Group A

Rk.SNo NameTypGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13
FMPigeat AlexandreAFRA23260FRANCIA7,046,050,00,0
214
Dhananjay SBIND21520INDIA7,042,544,50,0
39
Ojas KulkarniAIND22060INDIA6,044,548,50,0
41
GMPerez Mitjans Orelvis2495ESP24252409Cor De Marina Badalona, C.E.6,043,547,50,0
54
IMCruz FilemonAPER231023186,042,045,50,0
610
Sharan RaoBIND21790INDIA5,545,549,50,0
717
Vaibhav Jayant RautBIND20970INDIA5,542,045,50,0
813
Fanninger LeonBAUT21600AUSTRIA5,046,550,00,0
96
IMPomes Marcet JoanA-S62344ESP22752271Terrassa C.E5,037,540,50,0
1016
MKOliver Martinez-Fornes CarlosB-S62256ESP21282163Congres C.E.5,034,036,00,0

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Final Standings in Group B

Rk.SNo NameTypGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
117
Arvind Ramnath IyerEIND15810INDIA7,547,551,50,0
24
Barba Rios Enric2143CAT19661996Barcelona, Club Escacs6,546,049,50,0
33
Mas Recorda PereS652156CAT19822001Cerdanyola Valles C.E.6,545,549,50,0
46
Rios Torondell JaumeD2065CAT18601869Sant Cugat C.E6,045,548,50,0
58
Costa Trave JaumeE1899CAT17021775Granollers-Canovelles6,041,043,00,0
65
Salvador Rey MarcD2093CAT19322005Barbera C.E.5,544,048,00,0
77
Devos HerveE1964FRA17381771Ateneu Colon C.E.5,542,546,00,0
815
Tortosa Moros JoanE1830CAT16051618Barcelona, Club Escacs5,539,542,50,0
916
Cabrera Marmol ManuelE-S61586CAT15911590Barcelona, Club Escacs5,538,541,50,0
101
MKPalacin Martin RicardoS652195CAT20052036Cornella C.E5,043,046,50,0

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@ 26/11/2021 by Shahid Ahmed (en)