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Anup Deshmukh wins Jaffna Open 2023, Sekhar Sahu second

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/01/2024

IM Anup Deshmukh and IM FST Sekhar Sahu scored 9/10 at Jaffna International Chess Championship 2023. The revered veteran, Anup remained undefeated and won the tournament due to better tie-break score. Sekhar secured second place. Four Sri Lankans - FM Alahakoon Isuru, IM Ranindu Dilshan Liyanage, Pesandu Rashmitha Liyanage and Jayathilaka R R C L scored 8.5/10 each. They were placed third to sixth respectively. The total prize fund of the tournament was LKR 2.4 Million. The top three prizes were LKR 200000, 150000 and 100000 along with a trophy and a medal each. Anup defeated Ranindu in the penultimate round. This was Anup's first rating tournament triumph since September 2018. Photos: Jaffna District Chess Association

A strong show by the veterans

We often see youngsters doing well and shattering glass ceilings and records. It is certainly heartening to see our veterans, the ones who paved the way for future generations doing well and dominating the podium, ahead of many strong talented youth. IM Anup Deshmukh was the sole leader 8.5/9 heading into the final round. FM Alahakoon Isuru (SRI), Janukshan B (SRI) and IM FST Sekhar Sahu were the three pursuers at 8/9 each. Anup drew with Alahakoon, Janukshan lost to Sekhar. Thus, Anup became champion, Sekhar second and Alahakoon third.

Champion - IM Anup Deshmukh 9/10

Runner-up - IM FST Sekhar Sahu 9/10

The top two finishers - IM FST Sekhar Sahu and IM Anup Deshmukh

Second Runner-up - FM Alahakoon Isuru 8.5/10

The tournament banner

Anup - Ranindu, Round 9

Position after 20...e4

20...e4 seems to be Black's only choice to extract something. After 21.Qxe4 Qxb2 22.Kg1 f5 23.Qe5 Qxa2 24.Ng5 Rd5 25.Bxd5 Qxd5 26.Qd6! and White went on to win the game eventually.

IM Anup Deshmukh in action

IM Anup Deshmukh scored an unbeaten 9/10 and gained 1.6 Elo rating points

Inauguration Ceremony | Video: Jaffna District Chess Association

Trophies for the prize winners

The tournament hall at Chelva Palace, Kokuvil in Jaffna, Sri Lanka

For more prize distribution photos, please click at the respective links - Part 1, 2 and 3.


A total of 724 players including three IMs took part from three countries - China, India and Sri Lanka in the Classical event. The five-day ten round Rating tournament was organized by Jaffna District Chess Association at Chelva Palace, Kokuvil in Jaffna, Sri Lanka from 8th to 12th December 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMDeshmukh, AnupS50IND2137906772851,5
IMSahu, Sekhar ChandraS50IND19719063,566948
FMAlahakoon, IsuruSRI18778,5067,570751
FMLiyanage, Ranindu DilshanSRI24008,5064,567,5851
Liyanage, Pesandu RashmithaSRI17668,5062,567,5847
Jayathilaka, R R C LSRI15098,506166,5846
Jyothilal, NS50IND20558066,571,5749
Sivathanujan, SSRI1813806566850
De Silva, OsheenSRI15848064,568847
AFMJanukshan, BU13SRI1635806468749
Bhavanan, JU15SRI1435806367846
Manuwaruna, Sethun NeththaruU15SRI1477806267,5846
Gunaweera, Geenuka KavinuU15SRI16428061,566,5747,5
Yanakan, PU15SRI1462806165,5746
Seneviratne, Shehan KavishkaSRI1598806165845
Insara, S D NadevU15SRI1683806165744,5
Gowsalyan, SSRI1438806065746,5
Deshappriya, D KalinduSRI13948059,563,5846
Selvakumar, ThangarajahSRI13278058,563,5742
Sathsindu, W M MinuraU15SRI15427,5064,570645,5



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