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Aditya Mittal victorious at Astana Zhuldyzdary Open 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/07/2023

GM Aditya Mittal scored an unbeaten 8/10 to win Astana Zhuldyzdary International Chess Festival Open A 2023. The 16-year-old finished a half point ahead of a strong field which featured 20 more GMs from all over the world. He performed at 2668 and gained 12.2 Elo rating points at this event. Three players - GM Alexander Moiseenko (UKR), GM Evgeny Alekseev (ISR) and IM Ramazan Zhalmakhanov (KAZ) scored 7.5/10 each. They were placed second to fourth according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the festival was 40000000 Tenge. The top three prizes were 4000000, 3500000 and 3000000 each respectively. Aditya won approx. ₹734000. He already started playing his next event - Uralsk Open 2023 where he made an unbeaten start 4/5.

Aditya's first rating open tournament triumph

GM Aditya Mittal headed into the final round with a sole lead 7.5/9. GM Alexander Moiseenko (UKR) and GM Evgeny Alekseev (ISR) were in pursuit at 7/9 each. Aditya drew against Moiseenko to win his first-ever rating open tournament. This is his second tournament triumph after becoming a GM. Back in March, he won the ChessBase India anniversary Rapid Open. Aditya has earlier won National Under-7 Open 2013 and Asian Youth Under-8 Open Rapid 2014. Last year, he won MPL Indian Chess Tour leg 4. However, an open rating tournament triumph kept alluring him. That changed last week on 18th July 2023.

Champion - GM Aditya Mittal 8/10

Top 3 (L to R): 3rd GM Evgeny Alekseev (ISR) 7.5/10, 1st GM Aditya Mittal 8/10 and 2nd GM Alexander Moiseenko (UKR) 7.5/10 with IM Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ, second from right) | Photo: Chess Kazakhstan

Hans - Aditya, Round 9

Position after 52...g5

GM Hans Niemann (USA, 2674) miscalculated and sacrificed his knight a move early 53.Nxh5?? White needed to trade the pawns at g5 first 53.hxg5+ fxg5 then 54.Nxh5 would have made the difference Kxh5 55.Rh7+ Kg6 56.Rd7 now White can fight for a draw. Sacrificing the knight early, put White at a disadvantage as he is unable to gain a tempo with Rh7+ and then Rd7. 53...Kxh5 54.g4+ Kh6 55.h5 Rf2 56.Rd7 Ne6 57.d4 Rf3+ 58.Kg2 Rf4 -+ 59.d5 cxd5 60.c6 Rxg4+ 61.Kf2 and Black won the game.

GM Aditya Mittal contemplating over his plan | Photo: Aralbek Alshimbay

Aditya Mittal scored 8/10 to win the tournament with a performance of 2688 and gained 12.2 Elo rating points

Women top 3 (L to R): 3rd WFM Zarina Nurgaliyeva (KAZ) 5/10, 2nd IM Divya Deshmukh 5/10 and 1st WIM Meruert Kamalidenova (KAZ) 6/10  | Photo: Chess Kazakhstan

A total of 108 players including 21 GMs, 20 IMs and 2 WIMs took part from 13 countries across the world in the Open A (≥ 1800). The festival witnessed the participation of over 835 combining three categories and a Blitz Open event. The tournaments were organized by The Kazakhstan Chess Development Fund at Astana Congress Center in Astana, Kazakhstan from 11th to 18th July 2023. The time control was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Round 10 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.PGN
GMAditya, Mittal2563½ - ½7GMMoiseenko, Alexander2575
GMAlekseev, Evgeny25637½ - ½IMOhanyan, Emin2489
GMMuradli, Mahammad2546½ - ½GMRakhmanov, Aleksandr2620
IMZhalmakhanov, Ramazan24131 - 0IMAnsat, Aldiyar2400
GMSivuk, Vitaly243260 - 16GMNiemann, Hans Moke2674
GMPetrosyan, Manuel26276½ - ½6GMMakhnev, Denis2454
IMIgambergenov, Alibek24206½ - ½6GMBernadskiy, Vitaliy2545
GMNikitenko, Mihail254060 - 16IMMadaminov, Mukhiddin2471
GMHarutyunyan, Tigran K.25266½ - ½6FMIsanzhulov, Arystan2422
FMStribuk, Artiom240860 - 16GMKazhgaleyev, Murtas2503


Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
GMAditya, MittalU20IND256385761604
GMMoiseenko, AlexanderUKR25757,557,562,5505
GMAlekseev, EvgenyISR25637,556,561504
IMZhalmakhanov, RamazanKAZ24137,554,558505
GMNiemann, Hans MokeU20USA2674756,559605
GMMuradli, MahammadU20AZE2546754,559505
GMRakhmanov, AleksandrFID262075458,5405
IMMadaminov, MukhiddinU20UZB247175357605
IMOhanyan, EminU20ARM2489751,554,5605
GMKazhgaleyev, MurtasS50KAZ250374852605



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