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Bhopal International GM Open 2019 preview

by Niklesh Jain - 21/12/2019

Players from 15 countries including India have gathered in Madhya Pradesh's capital Bhopal for Bhopal International GM Open 2019 which will start on 21st December 2019. Players kept arriving at Raja Bhoj International Airport throughout the day on 20th December and they were welcomed in a grand manner which overwhelmed players. Despite everything that's happening, things have been rather peaceful in Bhopal and Organizing Secretary IA Kapil Saxena himself has reassured all players.

Bhopal International GM Open starts on 21st December

The Tournament Hall

The tournament will be inaugurated at Hotel Kanta Shrawan Palace today 21st December. Total 250 players from 15 countries will be seen in action battling over 64 squares. First day will have only one round where the seeded players will face the budding and younger talents in general. Time control is 90 minutes each + 30 seconds of increment from move no.1. Central India's biggest tournament will give opportunity to all players to not only get an opportunity to score IM and GM norms, but also get an opportunity score their FIDE Rating to the unrated players. Total prize fund being ₹1414000 is also a big attraction.

GM Cristian Rios and GM Raset Ziatdinov welcomed at the Raja Bhoj International Airport

Foreign players were overwhelmed by the reception at the Raja Bhoj International Airport. They were given a grand welcome by putting on the traditional tilak and garland on them as per the Indian tradition. Fourth seeded Colombian GM Cristian Rios said, "I am overwhelmed by the way I was welcomed. It felt like I have come home. Everything feels beautiful. I cannot remember if I have ever been welcomed like this before anywhere."

American GM Raset Ziatdinov said, "I always like to come to Bhopal. The way players are taken care of is very nice and I enjoy playing here. The level of Indian chess players is very high and the younger players present a very strong challenge."

Top seed of the tournament, GM Nodirbek Yakubboev, the highly talented Uzbekistan player had a high praise saying, "I hope the way the tournament is beautifully organized, it motivated me to do well here."

Colombia's top woman player, WIM Franco Angela said, "Bhopal International Open is one of the finest tournaments in the country. The way the players are given respect here is incredible. The players stay, the food arrangements and the playing environment is world class which inspires the players to do well here."

Organizing Secretary and Tournament Director IA Kapil Saxena said, "The atmosphere in Bhopal is completely peaceful and with the cooperation of the Government of Madhya Pradesh, excellent arrangements have been made for the players accommodation and the playing hall. Welcome to all chess players in Bhopal."

 

Translation from Hindi by Shahid Ahmed

Starting rank

No. NameIDFideIDFEDRtgsexTypGrClub/City
1
GMYakubboev Nodirbek114203987UZB2592UZB
2
GMBogdanovich Stanislav214115298UKR2562UKR
3
GMTukhaev Adam314109476UKR2552UKR
4
GMRios Cristhian Camilo44403940COL2505COL
5
GMVenkatesh M.R.4223420135005779IND2491TN
6
IMNigmatov Ortik614202131UZB2474UZB
7
IMTaher Yoseph Theolifus87105347INA2469INA
8
GMLugovskoy Maxim1824126454RUS2466RUS
9
GMMirzoev Azer713400304AZE2457AZE
10
IMNguyen Van Huy912401064VIE2457VIE
11
IMKhusenkhojaev Muhammad1014700247TJK2427TJK
12
IMAbdisalimov Abdimalik1114206323UZB2394UZB
13
IMEraschenkov Denis194170733RUS2386RUS
14
GMManik Mikulas1214900734SVK2379SVK
15
GMCzebe Attila13705268HUN2374HUN
16
Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri48789201346600353IND2337AP
17
Sahoo Utkal Ranjan5482320145034566IND2329ODI
18
Pranav V48924201325060783IND2264U13TN
19
Raahul V S41835201325035525IND2252TN
20
Sapaev Maksad2114202700UZB2250UZB
21
Varun V4942220135039681IND2250AP
22
GMZiatdinov Raset162015323USA2204S60USA
23
IMDeshmukh Anup4599020135000564IND2168MAH
24
WIMFranco Valencia Angela174403070COL2167wCOL
25
AGMMadjidov Jasur2214201062UZB2136UZB
26
WGMSafranska Anda2011600209FRA2112wFRA
27
Jay Kundaliya43598201325023500IND2088GUJ
28
Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma U46808201335063537IND2072AP
29
Mahindrakar Indrajeet50716201335023721IND2042MAH
30
Sri Sai Baswanth P51482201725088793IND2027TEL

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