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Diptayan Ghosh wins 21st Rochefort Chess Festival Masters 2023, Harsha Bharathakoti third

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/02/2023

GM Diptayan Ghosh headed into the final round as the sole leader scoring 7/8 at 21st Rochefort Chess Festival Masters 2023. A last round loss against GM Momchil Nikolov allowed four more players to finish at 7/9 each. It did not affect Diptayan's championship chances as he had better tie-breaks. IM Kirk Ghazarian, GM Harsha Bharathakoti, Momchil and IM Peio Duboue were placed second to fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was €8000. Diptayan won €1500 and a trophy. The reigning World Under-14 Open Gold medalist, Ilamparthi A R became India's latest IM at this event. Photo: Susan Polgar

World Under-14 Open champion Ilamparthi A R becomes an IM

Apart from GM Diptayan Ghosh and GM Harsha Bharathakoti, FM Aniruddha Deshpande and GM K Sasikiran made top ten finish among Indians. Aniruddha scored an impressive 6/9 to finish ninth on tie-breaks and gained 59.4 Elo rating points. 13-year-old Ilamparthi A R became India's latest International Master after round 6. We will have a separate article about Ilamparthi's journey towards the IM title. Asian Continental 2022 Women's Silver medalist, WGM Priyanka Nutakki is the highest finisher among female players. She scored 6/9 and gained 21.6 Elo rating points.

Champion and Second Runner-up - GM Diptayan Ghosh 7/9 and GM Harsha Bharathakoti (left) 7/9 | Photo: Susan Polgar

GM Diptayan Ghosh (2553), GM Harsha Bharathakoti (2599) and IM Kirk Ghazarian (USA, 2471) were at 4/4 when Diptayan faced Harsha in the fifth round,

Diptayan - Harsha, Round 5

Position after 21...Ne4

White traded the knights on e4 to create a center passed pawn 22.Nxe4 dxe4 23.d5 Qc5 24.Rc2 Qb5 25.Bxe4 Nxe5 26.Re2 f6 27.Bxe5 fxe5 28.Rc2 and White converted his isolated center passed pawn into a win eventually. This win earned Diptayan a sole lead which he maintained till the final round.

GM Diptayan Ghosh pondering his first move | Photo: IA IO Dominique Dervieux

GM Diptayan Ghosh scored 7/9 to win the tournament and gained 4.6 Elo rating points

3rd - GM Harsha Bharathakoti scored 7/9 | Photo:  IA IO Dominique Dervieux

9h FM Aniruddha Deshpande scored an impressive 6/9 and gained 59.4 Elo rating points | Photo:  IA IO Dominique Dervieux

13-year-old Ilamparthi A R became India's latest International Master as he crossed 2400 in the live ratings after Round 6 | Photo:  Susan Polgar

Ilamparthi A R crossed 2400 inn the live ratings when he drew with GM Momchil Nikolov (BUL) in Round 6

Asian Continental 2022 Silver medalist, WGM Priyanka Nutakki became the highest finisher among female participants and she increased her Elo rating by 21.6 points | Photo:  IA IO Dominique Dervieux

The tournament hall at Palais des Congrès in Rochefort, France | Photo: IA IO Dominique Dervieux

A total of 118 players including six GMs, 12 IMs, two WGMs and two WIMs took part from 13 countries all over the world in the Masters (>1900) section. The seven-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Philippe Giambiasi at Palais des Congrès in Rochefort, France from 11th to 17th February 2023. 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

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 RpKrtg+/-
13GMGhosh, DiptayanIND2553743,525732573104,6
25IMGhazarian, KirkU18USA2471742,5260926091014,4
32GMHarsha, BharathakotiIND259974225912591101,5
44GMNikolov, MomchilBUL248074125362536107,1
58IMDuboue, PeioFRA244173625102510106,7
67GMSochacki, ChristopheFRA24446,53924352435100,7
711GMMaksimenko, AndreiS50UKR2426644251025101010
89IMLarkin, VladyslavU20UKR244164424892489106,7
937FMDeshpande, AniruddhaIND2204642,5246324632059,4
101GMSasikiran, KrishnanIND26196422451245110-14
1117Ilamparthi, A RU14IND2385642244424442017,2
1218IMViani, Antonio DcunhaIND2377641,524052405105
1326WGMPriyanka, NutakkiwIND2302640238023802021,6
1416IMGirel, JosephU20FRA23876402349234910-1,9
156IMSorensen, HampusU20SWE24456392396239610-0,4
1644Pichon, EwenU16FRA2160638,5235023504086,8
1713FMFecker, NoahU20SUI2402638,52329232910-7,1
1822FMSharan, RaoIND234763823562356205,4
1910IMDegraeve, RemyU20FRA24286382302230210-11,2
2023FMDalaud, DorianU20FRA23436382262226220-14,6



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