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Bharath Subramaniyam H clinches 37th Cannes Open 2024 with a 2661 performance

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/03/2024

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H won 37th Cannes Chess Open A (>2100) 2024 with an unbeaten 7.5/9. He finished a half point ahead of the rest to become a clear champion. Four players - IM Kazybek Nogerbek (KAZ), GM Di Li (CHN), IM Savva Vetokhin and IM Ilamparthi A R scored 7/9 each. They were placed second to fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund for Open A was €6000. The top three prizes were €1800, €1200 and €700 along with a trophy each. This is the second rating tournament Bharath played in 2024 and he won it. Earlier, in February, he won a Rapid Rating tournament. GM K Sasikiran is the only other Indian to make a top ten finish. He scored 6/9 to be placed tenth. Photo: GM ShyamSundar M

Bharath wins two in-a-row

Four players - GM Bharath Subramaniyam H, IM Adar Tarhan (TUR), IM Savva Vetokhin and IM Kazybek Nogerbek (KAZ) were the four leaders 6.5/8 heading into the final round. Bharath defeated Adar and Savva drew against Kazybek in the final round. Thus, Bharath became a clear champion.

Champion - GM Bharath Subramaniyam H 7.5/9 | Photo: GM ShyamSundar M

Marco - Bharath, Round 6

Position after 28...Qa4!

28...Qa4! is an excellent move by GM Bharath Subramaniyam H (2515) against IM Marco Materia (FRA, 2434) for two reasons - one is to attack on the a2-pawn. However, that is not the primary reason. Second, to create access towards White's back rank. 29.a3 c3! White cannot take the c3-pawn due to Qd1+ followed by checkmate. 30.Nf3 Qc4 31.h3 c2 32.Kh2 Bb5 33.Ne1 Ba4 34.Qb2 Qxc5 and it's over. White lost material and c1Q threat is looming large.

Bharath Subramaniyam H en route his first round win against Sebastien Midoux (FRA) | Photo: Cannes Echecs

GM Bharath Subramaniyam H scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win the tournament, finished a half point ahead of others and gained 14.8 Elo rating points

5th IM Ilamparthi A R 7/9 | Photo: GM ShyamSundar M

Bharath and Ilamparthi belong to the same Velammal school and also a student of Chess Thulir academy | Photo: GM ShyamSundar M

10th GM K Sasikiran 6/9 | Photo: Cannes Echecs

The prize winners of Open A | Photo: Cannes Echecs

Top boards in action | Photo: Cannes Echecs

The trophies for the prize winners | Photo: Cannes Echecs

The tournament hall at Palais des Festivals de Cannes in Cannes, France | Photo: Cannes Echecs

A total of 136 players including 9 GMs, 24 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs took part from 22 countries all over the world in the Open A (>2100) section. The seven-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Romuald De Labaca and Association Cannes Echecs at Palais des Festivals de Cannes in Cannes, France from 19th to 25th February 2024. The time control of the tournament was 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final standings

Pl NomEloCat.FedeLigueClubPtsPerfTr.
1gBHARATH SUBRAMANIYAM2515 FCadMPACCannes Echecs266142
2mNOGERBEK Kazybek2463 FJunM7260542½
3gLI Di2563 FSenM7259441
4mVETOKHIN Savva2410 FMinM7256140½
5mILAMPARTHI A R2414 FMinM7251737
6mTARHAN Adar2415 FCadM255841½
7mZHAO Yuanhe2449 FSenM255039½
8 BELKAID Sohan2414 FCadMIDFClichy-Echecs-92244134½
9fABDILKHAIR Abilmansur2357 FSenM243835
10gSASIKIRAN Krishnan2585 FSenMIDFEvry Grand Roque6251039
11fROUX Baptiste2331 FJunMARALyon Olympique Echecs6250343½
12gKARTHIKEYAN P.2281 FSenM6249341½
13mXIANG Zeyu2407 FSenM6248943
14mCAN Isik2492 FJunMIDFJ.E.E.N.6247041
15gPETKOV Momchil2504 FJunM6243238

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