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Aravindh Chithambaram wins 41st Villa de Benasque Open 2022, Raunak Sadhwani third

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/07/2022

Ten players including GM Aravindh Chithambaram and GM Raunak Sadhwani scored 8/10 each. Aravindh, GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) and Raunak were placed first, second and third according to tie-breaks at 41st Benasque International Open 2022. Aravindh made a good recovery after a seventh round loss against GM Vojtech Plat (CZE). He won the last two crucial games to finish first. The final round win featuring a queen sacrifice is truly a fantastic one. The solid unbeaten performance for Raunak just days before 44th Chess Olympiad is surely going to give him the much-needed momentum for the biggest stage. Photo: WIM FT Raluca Sgircea/Benasque Open

Aravindh's fourth triumph of the year

This is GM Aravindh Chithambaram's fourth tournament victory of 2022. Earlier he successfully defended both his National Rapid and Blitz title and won 1st Rejoice CTF Rapid Rating Open. Top three prizes at 41st Benasque International Open were €4000, €3000 and €2000 along with a trophy each.

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM), 1st GM Aravindh Chithambaram and 3rd GM Raunak Sadhwani | Photo: WIM FT Raluca Sgircea/Benasque Open

Champion - GM Aravindh Chithambaram 8/10 | Photo: WIM FT Raluca Sgircea/Benasque Open

Karen Movsziszian - Aravindh, Round 10

Position after 20...Bf8

The veteran GM Karen Movsziszian (ARM) was playing the last round with only one result in mind, win. He knew a draw would not be enough, so he went for an all out attack. It did not work out the way he wanted. 19.Rf1 Qd4 20.Qxb7 Bf8! What an amazing backward move, something which most of the time gets overlooked by the human eye. 21.Ne2 and now comes a fantastic move 21...Bxh6!! yes it is the final round, Aravindh also wanted to win the game and if it meant he needed to sacrifice his queen, so be it. 22.Nxd4 Bxe3+ 23.Kh1 cxd4 and White resigned as there is not much to go on for White.

GM Aravindh Chithambaram won the tournament in a fantastic manner | Photo: WIM FT Raluca Sgircea/Benasque Open

GM Aravindh Chithambaram bounced back well after a loss in the seventh round

Runner-up - GM Robert Hovhannisyan (ARM) 8/10 | Photo: WIM FT Raluca Sgircea/Benasque Open

GM Raunak Sadhwani scored an unbeaten 8/10 and gained 9.4 Elo rating points | Photo: WIM FT Raluca Sgircea/Benasque Open

Sosa - Martinez, Round 1

Final position after 48.exf4

23-year-old IM Tomas Sosa (ARG, 2520) quite possibly played one of the best games of his career. It is undoubtedly one of the best games of the year so far and it will certainly make it to various chess books in the future. Yes, that much instructive the game is. His play would have certainly made Mikhail Tal proud. There are multiple brilliancies throughout the game and lots of moments which can be turned into a diagram to solve. However, the final position is certainly a pleasant one. The game is like J R R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings movies, first 20 moves might seem like just another game, it starts to get interesting soon after.

A total of 375 players including 19 GMs, 18 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs took part from 23 countries across the world in this ten-day ten rounds Swiss League rating tournament. The tournament was organized by Ayuntamiento de Benasque (Municipality of Benasque) at Benasque Sport Pavillion, Benasque, Huesca in Spain from 6th to 15th July 2022. The time control of the tournament was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND260808,054,2524142362
GMHovhannisyan RobertARM259108,050,5023942344
GMSadhwani RaunakU18IND261108,049,5024492393
GMForcen Esteban DanielESP25682574Ara8,049,5024322377
GMQuesada Pérez YasserCUB256808,049,0023642316
IMSosa TomasARG25202513Val8,048,5023742325
IMLaurent-Paoli PierreFRA248108,048,2524162375
IMHolm Kristian StuvikNOR246308,047,5023742323
GMQuesada Pérez Luis ErnestoCUB254908,046,5023612327
GMAlbornoz Cabrera Carlos DanielCUB25662570Cat8,045,7524012364
IMGarriga Cazorla PereESP25052501Cat7,547,5023552307
GMGrigoryan Karen H.ARM26432640Gal7,547,2524362382
GMPeralta FernandoARG25912576Cat7,547,0024252372
IMCostachi MihneaROU246307,545,0022492211
GMStella AndreaITA24432448And7,541,0023162264
IMGarcía Ramos DanielESP24382440Cat7,540,7522242186
IMPlazuelo Pascual JuanESP24482447Mad7,540,0022732246
GMPichot AlanARG26472573Cat7,047,0024322379
GMMovsziszian KarenARM24632485Cat7,045,5024002347
GMÁlvárez Pedraza AramisCUB24402486Cat7,044,0023392290



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