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Deep Sengupta wins 22nd Najdorf Memorial 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/07/2023

GM Deep Sengupta, GM Valery Kazakouski (LTU) and GM Jacek Tomczak (POL) scored 7/9 each at 22nd Najdorf Memorial A 2023. Deep won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Kazakouski and Tomczak secured second and third place respectively. Ten players scored 7/8. Despite losing his fourth round game, Deep managed to score 4.5/5 in his next five games to become the champion. GM Sriram Jha and GM Shardul Gagare scored 6/9 each. They were placed seventh and tenth according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the festival was 45000 PLN, 24000 PLN in A, 12000 in B and 9000 in C. The top three prizes were 8000, 4000 and 3000 PLN each respectively in the A category. This is Deep's second consecutive podium finish after securing a second place finish at České Budějovice GM B 2023.

Deep's first tournament triumph of 2023

GM Deep Sengupta drew against GM Valery Kazakouski (LTU) in the final round to finish with 7/9 and win the tournament on tie-breaks. This is Deep's first individual rating tournament triumph since he won 18th Vandoeuvre Open 2021 in France. The Warsaw Chess Festival 2023 witnessed a combined participation of 642 (Group A, B, C and Blitz).

Champion - GM Deep Sengupta 7/9

Top 3 (L to R): 3rd GM Jacek Tomczak (POL) 7/9, 2nd GM Valery Kazakouski (LTU) 7/9 and 1st GM Deep Sengupta 7/9 | Photo: Official site

Sieciechowicz - Deep, Round 8

Position after 23...Bxc6!?

GM Deep Sengupta (2456) made an interesting queen sacrifice 23...Bxc6!? 24.Rxd5 Bxd5. The reason behind the sacrifice is, Black can gain a lot of material by giving discover checks repeatedly. White decided to return the queen 25.Bc4 Nd4+ 26.Bxd5 Nxe2 27.Bxa8 fxe5 now White blundered 28.Re1 Nxg3+ 29.fxg3 Rxa8 the resultant endgame is winning for Black due to the fact of extra pawn advantage paired with a rook and bishop against a rook and knight in an open position.

GM Deep Sengupta deep in thought | Photo: Official site

GM Deep Sengupta scored 7/9, maintained his rating and won the event | Source: Chessarbiter

7th GM Sriram Jha 6/9 (center) | Photo: Official site

10th GM Shardul Gagare 6/9 | Photo: Official site

The top ten finishers | Photo: Official site

The tournament hall at Sports hall at Konwiktorska in Warsaw, Poland | Photo: Official site

Replay all Category A games

A total of 81 players including 9 GMs, 5 GMs and a WIM took part from various countries across the world in this Open A (>2000) category. The nine-day nine-round Swiss League Rating Open tournament. The event was organized by Gen. Kazimierz Sosnkowski Chess Foundation at Sports hall at Konwiktorska in Warsaw, Poland from 10th - 19th July 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes for 40 moves + 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move no.1.

Final standings

16GMSengupta, DeepIND245626007.046.0050.50634.5
22GMKazakouski, ValeryLTU253926007.045.0049.00539.5
31GMTomczak, JacekPOL260626007.044.0047.50534.5
412FMCukrowski, FilipPOL237823006.546.0049.50435.0
511IMKowalski, IgorPOL238024506.540.5045.00529.5
63GMRozentalis, EduardasLTU249626006.045.5049.00333.0
717GMSriram, JhaIND231526006.043.5046.00431.0
825CMMulawa, CyprianPOL220222006.042.0045.00427.5
920k++Chomczyk, MarekPOL227723006.041.5043.00430.0
105GMGagare, ShardulIND248026006.040.5045.00329.0



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