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IM Al Muthaiah wins 6th Kurukshetra Open 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/08/2019

IM Al Muthaiah continues his phenomenal run in 2019. He gets lucky and wins 6th Kurukshetra Open by scoring 8.0/10, finishing first in tie-breaks. A pack of six players including the champion finished at 8.0/10. They are - IM R Balasubramaniam, GM Saptarshi Roy Choudhury, IM Somak Palit, FM Joydeep Dutta and IM Neeraj Mishra. They were placed 2nd to 6th respectively. This is his second consecutive tournament win in Assam in just 10 days. In both tournaments, Muthaiah drew with Joydeep with the same color black in the final round. Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Muthaiah wins consecutive tournaments in 10 days,  his seventh win in as many months

The podium finishers - Champion IM Al Muthaiah (center), runner-up IM R Balasubramaniam and 2nd runner-up GM Saptarshi RoyChowdhury | Photo: Asit Baran Choudhury

Top seed of the tournament IM Al Muthaiah scored an unbeaten 8.0/10 to win 6th Kurukshetra Open 2019. Muthaiah received a a trophy designed in the shape of a king and ₹40000. He drew with all who scored same point as him, only beat India's renowned trainer IM Neeraj Kumar Mishra in round 5.

Muthaiah's unbeaten run at 6th Kurukshetra Open

10 days before winning 6th Kurukshetra Open, Muthaiah won 3rd International Open in Assam by scoring unbeaten 8.5/10. In both tournaments Muthaiah drew with FM Joydeep Dutta in the last round with black pieces. Muthaiah won ₹50000 cash and a beautiful trophy.

Muthaiah's first championship run was in Guwahati, Assam before winning at Dibrugarh, Assam

Champion Al Muthaiah and runner-up R Balasubramaniam with guests | Photo: Asit Baran Choudhury

In the closing ceremony Mr. Narendra Mahila, Vice President, DHSK College, Dr. Intikabur Rahaman, President, Organizing Committee, Mr. Prabin Gogoi, President, Dibrugarh District Chess Association, Mr. Sudhir Nath, Ex-Secretary, AACA were present and distributed the prizes.


Total 195 players including a GM, 4 IMs participated in the tournament from various state across the country. The tournament was organized by Guardians of Greater Dibrugarh Chess Players at DHSK College in Dibrugarh, Assam from 19th to 24th July 2019.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11IMMuthaiah AlIND2384TN8,00,066,570,555,0061088,05-0,0510-0,5
25IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND2198TN8,00,066,072,056,2571087,090,91109,1
33GMRoy Chowdhury SaptarshiIND2291Rlys8,00,065,070,054,2561087,620,38103,8
42IMPalit SomakIND2322Rlys8,00,063,569,053,0071088,06-0,0610-0,6
57FMDutta JoydeepIND2051Rlys8,00,062,567,553,5061087,330,672013,4
64IMMishra Neeraj-KumarIND2253JHAR8,00,062,067,051,7571088,59-0,5910-5,9
76Santu MondalIND2088CCSC7,50,062,067,048,006107,56,910,592011,8
816Amlan MahantaIND1759ASSAM7,50,060,565,546,256107,56,690,812016,2
917Iftikar Alom MazumdarIND1750ASSAM7,50,059,564,046,256107,56,720,782015,6
1013Himanshu MoudgilIND1783CCSC7,50,058,063,044,50796,56,080,42208,4
1110Rakesh ChakravortyIND18777,00,061,566,043,0061076,540,46209,2
1211Neelabh Jyoti BorthakurIND1865ASSAM7,00,061,065,543,7561076,980,02200,4
1323Cheniram PeguIND1684ASSAM7,00,060,565,542,0071075,561,442028,8
1418Tuhin KashyapIND1730ASSAM-DBRG7,00,059,564,040,0071075,451,554062,0
1530Rintu BrahmaIND1651ASSAM7,00,058,562,541,7551075,281,722034,4
1624Elangbam Shashikanta SinghIND1684MANI7,00,056,561,040,5061076,100,902018,0
1722Akash TiwariIND1695WB7,00,056,060,540,7561077,52-0,5220-10,4
1812Suvankar MaityIND1845WB7,00,056,060,041,0061078,59-1,5920-31,8
1914Subhajit DharIND1775ASSAM7,00,055,060,041,2541078,48-1,4820-29,6
2026Srivastav J.PIND1681CCSC7,00,055,059,539,5051077,78-0,7820-15,6

Complete standings

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