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Bharath Subramaniyam wins 6th Vergani Cup December 2021 in a close finish

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/01/2022

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H beat WGM Mary Ann Gomes in the final round to score an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win 6th Vergani Cup December 2021. GM Arjun Kalyan was leading the tournament since Round 5. A last round draw against WGM Nandhidhaa P V, cost Arjun the championship. He had to settle for the second place 7.0/9. IM Moksh Amit Doshi, Nandhidhaa and Mary scored 6.0/9 each. They were placed fifth to seventh respectively accoding to the tie-breaks. Bharath earned €700 and Arjun €500 as their respective prizes. Total prize fund was €3000. 13-year-old Arhan Chethan Anand gained a massive 148.8 Elo rating points. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Bharath's first International Open event triumph

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H won the crucial last round to finish a half point ahead of GM Arjun Kalyan who led the better part of the tournament. Thus, Bharath won his first International Open tournament in Cattolica, Italy.

Champion - IM Bharath Subramaniyam H 7.5/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Bharath scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win the tournament and finish a half point ahead of the field

Bharath - Manish, Round 3

Position after 20.Nf6+

Bharath launched a very nice attack 20.Nf6+ on IM Manish Anto Cristiano's kingside. Although there is nothing immediate for White, there is enough initiative after 20...Bxf6 21.exf6 g6 22.a3 which allows White to go for the nice knight sacrifice.

Bharath Subramaniyam H on winning 6th Vergani Cup 2021 and his secret weapon 1.b3 | Video: ChessBase India

A draw in the last round cost GM Arjun Kalyan the championship and he had to settle for the second place | Photo: Rupali Mullick

5th IM Moksh Amit Doshi 6.0/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

6th WGM Nandhidhaa P V 6.0/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

7th WGM Mary Ann Gomes 6.0/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

13-year-old Arhan Chethan Anand scored 5.5/9 and gained a massive 148.8 Elo rating points | Photo: Rupali Mullick

A glimpse of the tournament hall | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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The tournament was organized by Grandiscacchi at Hotel Kursaal, Cattolica in Italy from 26th to 30th December. Total prize fund of the tournament was €3000 combining three categories. Time control was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment + 15 minutes each after move no.40. There were double rounds on four days, except the first day 26th December.

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Final standings in Group A

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts.Krtg+/-
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND24797,51017,4
GMArjun KalyanIND25377,0106,8
GMNikolov MomchilBUL25086,5103,3
FMWoelk Tom-FredericGER23106,52038,4
IMMoksh Amit DoshiIND23686,02026,8
WGMNandhidhaa P VwIND23136,02018,8
WGMGomes Mary AnnwIND23546,0105,0
Kalogridis AntoniosGRE23116,02014,0
FMKrasteva BeloslavawBUL21946,02035,2
IMBarp AlbertoITA24085,510-0,6

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