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Tabatabaei wins 3rd Elllobregat Open in Playoffs, Aditya Mittal third

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/12/2022

Singapore no.1 GM Jingyao Tin and India's latest GM Aditya Mittal both drew their final round games against GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) and GM Rasmus Svane (GER) respectively. Iran no.2 GM M Amin Tabatabaei defeated Germany no.2 GM Matthias Bluebabum. Thus, Jingyao, Tabatabaei and Aditya ended up having 7/9 each and Playoff was enforced. Tabatabaei defeated Mittal 1.5-0.5 first and then Jingyao 2-0 in the Finals to win 3rd Elllobregat Open 2022. Jingyao finished second and Aditya was placed third. They won €10000, €5000 and €2000 cash each respectively. IM Aditya S Samant secured his second GM-norm. 12-year-old Arush Chitre won the Group B with an unbeaten 7.5/9, gained a whopping 254.8 Elo rating points and finished a full point ahead. He won €500 as his first prize. Photo: Lourdes Porta

The Encore of the Adityas

India's 77th and Mumbai's second GM Aditya Mittal and IM Aditya S Samant had a fantastic tournament for the second consecutive year. Last year they both earned their second GM and IM-norms respectively. Whilte Aditya Mittal became a GM by crossing 2500 in the live ratings, Aditya S Samant still needs his final GM-norm and 13.3 Elo rating points more to become India's next Grandmaster which we might get before the year ends. His next event, Chessable Sunway Sitges Open starts on 12th December 2022.

Aditya Mittal is the latest Grandmaster of India | Photo: Lourdes Porta

Champion and Second Runner-up - GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) and GM Aditya Mittal | Photo: Lourdes Porta

Top five (L to R) - 5th GM Yu Yangyi (CHN) 6.5/9, 4th GM Eltaj Safarli (AZE) 6.5/9, 3rd GM Aditya Mittal 7/9, 2nd GM Jingyao Tin (SGP) 7/9 and 1st GM M Amin Tabatabaei (IRI) 7/9 | Photo: Lourdes Porta

We had already seen Aditya's fantastic win over Bulgaria no.2 GM Ivan Cheparinov (2694) in the fifth round. A tiny positional inaccuracy in the endgame cost Aryan the seventh round game.

Aditya Mittal - Aryan, Round 7

Position after 23...Kg7

23...Bxb5 followed by Rxc1 or first trade the rooks and then Bxb5, either way the position would have remained balanced. 23...Kg7 however loses control of the d6-square. 24.Rxc8 Bxc8 25.Nd6 Kg8 26.Qc6 Qxh4 27.Qc7 and White is completely winning. Rest is just a matter of time for White to convert his advantage into a win which Aditya did without any trouble.

India's 77th GM Aditya Mittal | Photo: Lourdes Porta

IM Aditya Samant scored his second GM-norm | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

After Aditya Mittal, it was IM Aditya S Samant's turn to score a win against the Bulgaria no.2 GM Ivan Cheparinov.

IM Aditya S Samant scored 5.5/9, performed at 2601 to secure his second GM-norm

Winner of the Group B - Arush Chitre (left) 7.5/9 | Photo: Lourdes Porta

Arush Chitre scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 and gained a massive 254.8 Elo rating points

The tournament hall at Can Massallera | Photo: Lourdes Porta

A total of 174 players including 48 GMs, 41 IMs. 11 WGM and a WIM participated in Group A from 43 countries and in Group B, 49 players took part from 17 countries across the world. The tournament took place at Can Massallera, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona in Spain from 30th November to 8th December 2022. Time control is 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes/end + 30 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.

Replay Round 1-9 games

Round 9 results

Rd.Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
9250
IMAditya Mittal2486½ - ½6GMSvane Rasmus2619
17
9511
GMShevchenko Kirill26491 - 06GMAryan Chopra2629
13
91158
IMWadsworth Matthew J24700 - 1GMKarthikeyan Murali2623
15
91859
IMSamant Aditya S24675½ - ½5GMKrzyzanowski Marcin2538
30
91934
GMArjun Kalyan25265½ - ½5FMSamadov Read2450
62
920139
IMSai Agni Jeevitesh J22265+ - -5IMSeo Jung Min2507
40
92776
IMSammed Jaykumar Shete24081 - 0GMVasquez Schroeder Rodrigo2515
37
93048
GMSankalp Gupta24881 - 0FMHagner Bennet2336
100
93152
IMLubbe Nikolas2486½ - ½FMBhambure Shantanu2306
110
93669
FMGrieve Harry2431½ - ½Jinan Jomon2056
172

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Final standings of Group A

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 RpKrtg+/-
19
GMTabatabaei M. AminIRI2655Iran71475138,75027491010,2
225
GMTin JingyaoSGP2562Singapore7248,551,538,25027671023,7
350
IMAditya MittalIND2486AICF7345,546,533,75027391031,3
418
GMSafarli EltajAZE2616Azerbaijan6,5048,551,535,25027251013,6
52
GMYu YangyiCHN2716China6,5047,55236,750265910-2,9
617
GMSvane RasmusGER2619Hamburger SK von 18306,5044,54935,000258310-2,4
720
GMSanal VahapTUR2590Turkey6,50444834,25026931013,1
821
GMYuffa DaniilESP2587CAC Beniajan6,5043,547,533,00027241016,8
911
GMShevchenko KirillUKR2649Ucrania6,50434733,0002651101,2
1039
GMKulaots KaidoEST2511Pühajärve Maleklubi6,5041,54533,00026421016,3
1138
GMDvirnyy DanyyilITA2514Italy6,5041,54532,25026621017,8
1215
GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND2623AICF6,50414531,500261510-0,3
1326
GMPultinevicius PauliusLTU2561Lithuania6,504044,531,7502630108,8
1428
GMKaidanov GregoryS50USA2549USA6,5039,54331,2502605107,5
151
GMVallejo Pons FranciscoESP2716Stadium Casablanca60505535,250266010-5,7

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Final standings of Group B

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
143
Chitre ArushIND1646AICF7,543,54738,750198140254,8
214
Celik Ali AlperTUR1949Turkiye6,5464932,50019944030,8
320
Vallbona Domingo JoanESP1873Tres Peons6,5454933,50020402054
47
Asensio Linan TeodoroESP1998CE Sant Adria6,542,545,530,75019562027
54
WIMFandino Reyes RoquelinawCUB2039Cuba64346,529,250196520-10
66
Khandhar KaushalMAS2020Malaysia64346,528,500196520-10,4
78
Diaz Carrasco SergioESP1996CE El Prat640,543,524,500188520-13,4
85
CMMenac Comas Joan RamonESP2035Catalonia-Joviat639,542,528,750193120-15
91
Sort Sererols JosepESP2083CE Barad5,5454926,500198740-52,8
1023
Szczotka KlarawPOL1827MUKS Stoczek 45 BIAŁYSTOK5,54548,527,75019534093,2

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