Last 2 days to register for the 2nd Goa GM International 2019
In 2018, Goa organized the biggest sporting event in the state. Was it cricket event, or a football tournament? Turns out it was chess! The 1st Goa GM International 2018 saw record participation of over 1200 participants at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium. This year the tournament is back again, bigger and better from the 18th to 25th of June 2019. We bring you a review of the tournament held in 2018, so that you know what to expect this year. The last date for registration is 31st of May 2019! So, don't miss the opportunity to play a strong tournament in one of the most scenic and beautiful states of India.
The 1st Goa GM International 2018 in review
The tournament was planned and designed under the great leadership of dynamic and energetic personalities Mr. Nilesh Cabral, Hon’ble Minister for Power, Chairman of GTDC, President of Goa Chess Association and Shri Kishor Bandekar, Tournament Director, Joint Secretary of AICF and Secretary of Goa Chess Association. The objective was to give an opportunity to the Goan and national players an opportunity to participate in a norm tournaments at home rather than travelling abroad to participate in the same.
Unique Feature of the tournament: Free food, accommodation and transport to all the players and a good ambience to play. The entry fee for the physically challenged and specially abled was waived off. The Tournament was organised at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium located on the campus of Goa University at Taleigao.
The playing arena was beautifully arranged with the flags of various country. The stage was well decorated with the backdrop printed with brandings. The entire stadium looked attractive due to the branding and the layout of chairs and tables in an organised manner. The categories were differentiated with a barricade. Each and every player was given the ample space for playing their rounds comfortably and enough aisles were kept for the players to move around.
Media coverage was very well organised with YouTube and Facebook streaming, ChessBase India covered the tournament with interviews and reports on each day (check the links of all the articles at the end) live games were on Followchess and also a full coverage of day to day rounds in all the Goan Dailies as well as nine dailies outside the state.
The tournament received a record entry of total 1267 players from 25 states all over India and 18 countries. In all there were 46 foreign players, 22 Grandmasters, 26 International Masters and 15 FIDE Masters, 4 Women Grandmasters, 5 Women International masters, 6 Woman FIDE Masters, 6 Candidate masters, and 6 Woman Candidate masters, who participated in the same. Top Goan players participated - GM Anurag Mhamal. WGM Bhakti Kulkarni, FM Ameya Audi, FM Nitish Belurkar, Ritviz Parab and Niraj Saripalli.
The tournament was played using the Swiss System with 10 rounds. The rate of play was in accordance with the FIDE rules: 90 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an addition of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. All the events - A,B and C had 10 rounds. Cateogy A was held from 13th to 20th of October, B from 13th to 16th and C from 17th to 20th.
The top players of the category B were honoured with trophies for the first three and cash prizes, and also followed by cash prizes till 40th place.
Final rankings in B group
|3||5||Singh Soram Rahul||IND||1945||ASSM||8,5||0,0||61,5||66,5||55,00||8||20||25,6|
|6||63||Anwar N K||IND||1764||KER||8,0||0,0||60,0||65,5||51,75||7||20||53,0|
|16||76||Abdul Majeed N.||S60||IND||1727||KAR||7,5||0,0||55,5||60,0||41,75||7||20||38,0|
|18||64||Mansoor C M||IND||1764||KER||7,5||0,0||54,0||57,5||42,25||7||20||25,8|
The top five players are:
Kadav Omkar (IND) Winners Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 140000/-
Vijay Kumar (IND)First runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs. 115000/-
Singh Soram Rahul (IND) Second Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.75000/-
Safarov Donior (UZB) Fourth place with a cash prize of Rs. 65000/-
Srikanth K. (IND) Fifth place with a cash prize of Rs.50000/-
Category prizes under-7. under-9. under-11. under-13. under-15. For National as well as Goan players. The younger player were encouraged and motivated by giving cash prizes as well as trophies.
The prize distribution ceremony started in the presence of the Chief Guest Hon’ble Minister of Sports and Tourism Mr. Manohar Ajgoakar. Hon’ble. Power Minister Mr. Nilesh Cabral was the Chairperson of the function. Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan AICF secretary and Mr. Ravindra Dongre, Ethics committee member, FIDE, were the guests of honor.
Final standings of A group
|3||11||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2540||RLYS||8,0||0,0||63,5||67,5||52,00||6||10||9,6|
|6||54||Raahul V S||IND||2294||TN||8,0||0,0||59,5||63,5||50,00||6||20||58,8|
GM Idani Pouya (IRI) Winners Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 250000/-
GM Babujian Levon (ARM) First runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.200000/-
GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. (IND) Second Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.135000/-
GM Ter-Sahakyan Samvel (ARM) Fourth place with a cash prize of Rs. 85000/-
GM Kasparov Sergey (BLR) Fifth place with a cash prize of Rs.75000/-
Followed by 35 cash prizes till the 40th standings.
Raahul V.S won the 6th prize in the main category and also won the untitled players against GM.
Raahul V.S also got the International Master Norm.
Goan player FM Nitish Belurkar won the 20th place in the main category and was the 1st among the Goan players.
The best female prize was awarded to Nandini Saripalli
Category prizes included (1) 3 Best 2399 below Players, (2) 3 Best 2299 below Players, (3) 3 Best 2199 below Players, (4) 3 Best 2099 below Players, (5) 3 Best Female Players, (6) 3 Best Goan Players.
Final rankings in C group
|1||31||Shibin K Benny||IND||1516||KER||9,0||61,5||66,0||59,00||9||53,0||20||44,0|
|5||50||Prasath K R||IND||1482||TN||8,5||63,0||67,5||55,00||8||54,0||20||50,6|
|6||22||Devi Das Suresh Pai||IND||1532||KAR||8,5||60,0||64,5||55,75||8||52,0||20||14,2|
|8||54||Aanandha Kumar M S||IND||1475||TN||8,0||62,5||67,5||51,75||7||53,5||20||40,8|
|13||150||AFM||Dhanush Ram M||U11||IND||1331||KAR||8,0||56,0||56,5||41,50||7||48,0||40||135,2|
|14||12||Sakthi Subash A S||U15||IND||1556||TN||8,0||54,5||59,5||47,25||7||47,0||40||10,8|
Shibin K Benny (IND) Winners Trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 125000/-
Parekh Vishrut (IND) First runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.100000
Ranjith Kalaiyarasan (IND) Second Runners up trophy and cash prize of Rs.65000
Rajat Yadav (IND) Fourth place with a cash prize of Rs. 50000
Prasath K R (IND) fifth place with a cash prize of Rs 40000
followed by cash prizes till 50th place
Category prizes under-7. under-9. under-11. under-13. under-15. For National as well as Goan players.
The best Goan prize was given to Snehil Shetty and Sudhakar Patgar
The younger player were encouraged and motivated by giving cash prizes as well as trophies.
What can you expect in the 2nd edition?
It is wonderful to see that the Goa GM International 2018 was not a lone event that was organized. The team is back with its second edition this June from 18th to 25th 2019. And yes the tournament will be held in the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Stadium itself. Last year 1200 participants took part in A, B and C group combined. This year, the organizers would be looking to better the number. A look at the prospectus (download it from the link given at the end of the article) tells you the amount of care that the organizers have taken to ensure that everything is well organized. For eg. they have created teams to handle players from different states of India! This is pretty unique. The prizes have been increased from 35 lakh in 2018 to 53 lakh in 2019!
Entries confirmed in A group:
|1||GM||Iturrizaga Bonelli Eduardo||3901211||VEN||2639||Venezuela|
|14||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||5011132||IND||2534||T N|
|15||GM||Ghaem Maghami Ehsan||12500739||IRI||2531||Iran|
|17||GM||Venkatesh M.R.||5005779||IND||2517||T N|
|19||GM||Karthik Venkataraman||25006479||IND||2505||A P|
2018 coverage on ChessBase India
Round 1: No less than Batumi
Round 3+4: What is Troitsky's line?
Round 5: Who said GMs and IMs do not blunder
Round 6+7: Madhya Pradesh domination
Round 10: Pouya Idani wins Goa GM 2018
Playlist of Goa GM 2018 (25 videos)