Delhi 2018 Round 10: Arkadij Naiditsch romps to the finish line!
When the 2700+ rated Azeri GM confirmed his participation for the Delhi International 2018, questions arose whether he would be able to win the tournament or not. With the under-rated Indian players, it was not going to be easy. However, Naiditsch showed to the world that he was a class apart as he easily won the tournament with 8.5/10. He paced himself in exemplary style and was never in danger of being pushed behind. Ziaur Rahman finished second and Nubairshah Shaikh was third. The C-category was won by Anirudh Jain. We bring you the final round report along with some pictures of the prize giving ceremony.
If the Delhi International 2018 was a 10-kilometre run, then Arkadij Naiditsch zoomed past everyone is the first 8 kilometres and then walked his way to the finish line in the last two. The Azeri GM seemed simply in control of everything during the tournament and scored a clinical 8.5/10 (with draws against Ratnakaran, Akash PC Iyer and Alberto David).
For Ziaur Rahman this was one of the most important performances of his chess career. Not only did he finish second and took home Rs. 4,00,000, but he also gained 31 Elo points. This means that he is back into the 2500 league! A place where he deserves to be.
Nubair's tournament was already very successful after he had achieved his GM norm in nine rounds. Hence, he offered his opponent Vignesh a draw after just three moves. But Vignesh was in a fighting mood and went for a full-blooded fight. Nubair played a model game in the Caro Kann and won the game in style. First have a look at the game on our replayable board and then listen to the lad analyze the game.
Results in round 10
|1||1||GM||Naiditsch Arkadij||2701||8||½ - ½||7||GM||David Alberto||2553||12|
|2||8||GM||Karthikeyan Murali||2580||7||½ - ½||7½||GM||Rahman Ziaur||2472||23|
|3||21||GM||Horvath Adam||2484||7||1 - 0||7||Akash Pc Iyer||2415||35|
|4||28||IM||Khusenkhojaev Muhammad||2462||7||½ - ½||7||GM||Deviatkin Andrei||2471||24|
|5||26||IM||Vignesh N R||2470||7||0 - 1||7||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||2380||42|
|6||29||GM||Czebe Attila||2458||6½||1 - 0||6½||GM||Sengupta Deep||2586||6|
|7||7||GM||Tiviakov Sergei||2584||6½||1 - 0||6½||GM||Dzhumaev Marat||2434||32|
|8||71||Koustav Chatterjee||2288||6½||0 - 1||6½||GM||Tukhaev Adam||2570||10|
|9||13||GM||Sivuk Vitaly||2550||6½||0 - 1||6½||IM||Harsha Bharathakoti||2451||30|
|10||16||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2542||6½||1 - 0||6½||IM||Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad||2313||60|
Final Ranking after 10 Rounds
|3||42||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||IND||2380||8,0||0,0||60,5||64,5|
|9||22||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2475||7,5||0,0||56,5||60,5|
|16||35||Akash Pc Iyer||IND||2415||7,0||0,0||58,0||62,5|
|20||26||IM||Vignesh N R||IND||2470||7,0||0,0||56,5||60,5|
Category C witnessed huge number of entries - 1273 to be precise. If you do open the chess-results page you have to just keep scrolling! This shows that there are a lot of amateur players in India and having good prize money events can attract them to play. The total prize fund was Rs.25,00,000 and the first prize was Rs.2,50,000 followed by Rs.2,00,000 and 1,50,000.
Final Ranking after 10 Rounds
|2||75||Devi Das Suresh Pai||IND||1534||Kar||9,0||0,0||64,0||69,0|
|5||1||Mohit Kumar Soni||IND||1599||Bih||9,0||0,0||62,0||66,5|
|11||30||Uttam Prakash Sharma||U15||IND||1562||Har||8,5||0,0||56,5||61,5|
|12||329||Darji Javahar H||IND||1416||Guj||8,0||0,0||65,5||68,5|
|13||57||Ram Kumar R||IND||1546||AP||8,0||0,0||65,0||70,0|
|15||78||Vaishant Kumar Gangwani||IND||1533||Har||8,0||0,0||63,5||65,5|