Diptayan Ghosh wins Gujarat-Goa Online Blitz 2018
GM Diptayan Ghosh wins Gujarat-Goa ChessBase India Online Blitz Chess Tournament 2018. Diptayan scored 8.5/10 and finished half point ahead of a pack of four players who finished 8.0/10. They are GM Abhimanyu Puranik, Sankalp Gupta, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy and GM R Pragnnanandhaa. The tournament witnessed the participation of over 150 players including 10 GMs, 15 IMs and 3 WIMs. Over 700 games were played within a span of just over 90 minutes. For the first time the tournament was conducted from ChessBase's headquarters at Hamburg, Germany. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Diptayan clinches Gujarat-Goa ChessBase India Online Blitz 2018
The only untitled player to finish in top 15 and eligible for free entry was Sankalp Gupta. However he has informed us that he is unavailable to participate in either of the events, due to his prior commitment to another event.
Here is an annotated game by the champion, Diptayan himself against pranav_vip (Pranav V) from the 7th round
Diptayan's best game was against Fighter64 (GM Karthikeyan Murali) in the 6th round of the tournament. Unfortunately, Karthikeyan's 54th pre-move Rxf5 proved to be fatal as that blundered his rook and cost the game.
In the last round, Pabh (Abhimanyu) was pitted against RATHNAKARN (IM Ratnakaran K) in the last round. Abhimanyu dominated the entire match, Ratnakaran tried to extract something by sacrificing an exchange, however Abhimanyu did not budge, maintained his advantage until his opponent blundered in time pressure.
Junior Tyson (Sankalp Gupta) arguably had the best game of the entire tournament when he won against Refresh (GM Aravindh Chithambaram) in the penultimate round.
Dchakkravarthy (GM Deepan Chakkravarthy) defeated LAXMAN (GM R R Laxman) by launching a devastating attack after getting dominated in the early part of the game.
chessworld1 (R Praggnanandhaa) defeated Pabh (GM Abhimanyu Puranik) in a marathon game of 84 moves
Indian-Lion (IM Erigaisi Arjun) defeated chessworld1 (GM R Praggnanandhaa) convincingly in the 6th round after the latter blundered an exchange early in the game.
Refresh (Aravindh) drew with Indian-Lion (Erigaisi Arjun) in the 7th round where things could have in either way.
Rvaishali2001 (R Vaishali) shows her patience when she waits for her opponent to make a mistake in a deadlock position against Suyu28 (Suyog Wagh) in the final round of the tournament.
Fighter64 (Karthikeyan Murali) had a good game with Refresh (Aravindh Chithambaram) until the latter blundered a rook.
LAXMAN ( Laxman R R) survived by the skin of his teeth against Fighter64 (Karthikeyan Murali) in the penultimate round.
Main Prize winners:
|1||GM Diptayan Ghosh||2527||₹7500|
|2||GM Abhimanyu Puranik||2328||₹5000|
|4||GM Deepan Chakravarthy||2524||₹2000|
|5||GM R Pragnnanandhaa||2335||₹1500|
|6||IM Erigaisi Arjun||2412||₹1300|
|7||GM Aravindh Chithambaram||2505||₹1200|
|8||WIM R Vaishali||2296||₹900|
|9||GM Karthikeyan Murali||2487||₹800|
|10||GM Laxman R R||2527||₹800|
Lucky prize winners:
|20||FM Niranjan Navalgund||2296||₹750|
|40||Ram S Krishnan||2324||₹750|
|50||Krishna Karthik Nerella||1659||₹750|
|60||Potluri Saye Srreezza||1779||₹750|
Reviews from the participants:
Diptayan Ghosh, Grandmaster, Kolkata
"I would like to thank Chessbase India for organizing such a wonderful tournament. It was conducted very smoothly and there were no problems at all. Hope such tournament will continue in the future as well."
Saurabh Anand, former South Asian Amateur and two-time State Champion of Bihar
"I am glad that I took part in this tournament. Tournament was conducted very nicely. I didn’t face any issue. It was perfect. "
Vinod Bhagwat, Nashik, Maharashtra
"It was really a very organised event. But playing it first time I failed to enjoy the event fully as I have joined from 7th round. By opening playchess normally, I could not get the desired window and main playing hall. But going through fritz I got the right path but that time it was too late. However, I have no regrets and I would like to congratulate your whole team for the event. Pl keep informing. Thanks and regards"
Priti Mahendru, mother of Jaiveer Mahendru, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Download all games from the tournament here
For more information about Gujarat GM Tournament 2018, click here. You can also download the tournament circular here
For more information about Goa GM Tournament 2018, click here. For registration, visit here. You can also download the tournament circular here
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