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Invincible Iniyan clinches 8th Noisiel Open 2023, Vignesh N R second

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/02/2023

GM Iniyan scored an unbeaten 7/9 to win 8th Noisiel Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. For the second consecutive year, GM Vignesh N R secured second place. Vignesh along with three more players scored 6.5/9 each. They are - FM Alexandre Oye-Stromberg (NOR), GM Karthik Venkataraman and IM Filip Pancevski (MKD). They were placed third to fifth respectively. The total prize fund of the tournament was €7400. Top three prizes in Open A (>1900) were €1500 and trophy, €1000 and €700 each. Iniyan has not lost a single game he played in Noisiel in three editions for a combined total of 27 games. Check out his best game from the event annotated by the champion himself. Photo: IO Narayanin Oupindrin

Iniyan repeats history

By IO Narayanin Oupindrin

GM Iniyan P won Open A for the second time. He also won the 6th Open in August 2021. This victory was not that easy, he had to fight in the last two games in inferior positions. Iniyan has never lost a game at Noisiel in the three editions he has participated in 27 games. GM Vignesh N.R placed second in the best tie followed by FM Alexander Oye-Stromberg (NOR), GM Karthik Venkataraman and IM Filip Pancevski (MKD) with 6.5 points each. Vignesh has become India's 80th GM. His older brother Visakh N R is also GM. We also congratulate FM Alexander Oye-Stromberg for making his first IM-norm. IM Toni Lazov (MKD) was ranked sixth with 6 points. WGM Priyanka Nutakki received the female award.

Champion - GM Iniyan P 7/9 | Photo: IO Narayanin Oupindrin

Top four (L to R) - 1st GM Iniyan P, 2nd GM Vignesh N R, 3rd FM Alexander Oye-Stromberg (NOR) and 4th GM Karthik Venkataraman | Photo: IO Narayanin Oupindrin

Oye-Stromberg - Iniyan, Round 5

Position after 18...f4

19.gxf4 Qg6+ 20.Kh1 exf4 21.Qc1 Ne4 and White's position falls apart. Check out Iniyan's annotations to find more about his thoughts about the game.

Iniyan scored an unbeaten 7.5/9, drew with eventual runner-up GM Vignesh N R and beat second runner-up FM Alexander Oye-Stromberg (NOR)

7th - Commonwealth 2022 Gold medalist, IM P Shyam Nikhil 5.5/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Best Woman - WGM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/9 | Photo: IA IO Dominique Dervieux

The prize winners | Photo: Official site

The Arbiters team | Photo: Official site

Players in action | Photo: Official site

The tournament hall at Multipurpose and Sports Hall of the Buisson Farm cours du Buisson in Noisiel, France | Photo: Official site

190 players from 20 countries took part in this 8th Noisiel International Chess Open which took place in Ferme du Buisson Multi-purpose hall from 18th to 23rd Feb 2023.


Vincent Ebly, Senator of Seine et Marne and also departmental councilor distributed the prizes with the mayor of Noisiel, Mr. Mathieu Viskovic and Deputy Mayor, Mr. Alain Fontaine in the presence of Narayanin Oupindrin, organizer and President of Noisiel chess club and chief arbiter Jocelyn Azzegag.


The Organization of this edition has been  possible only with the support of several sponsors. The town hall of Noisiel provides Ferme du Buisson mutipurpose hall at free of cost. Several town hall services (Technical Service, Sport Service, Animation Service and Communication Service) helped us for the success of our Open. The Seine et Marne department is the main sponsor followed by private companies Eiffage and the bank ‘Crédit Agricole de la Brie’ as well as the authority of Ile de France region. It is good to point out that the town of Noisiel and the Department of Seine et Marne help us financially or in whatever way they can for all our tournaments.


The organizer insisted that many of the volunteers helped before, during and after the tournament. He never felt alone. He thanked each and everyone of them. The arbiter’s team chaired by Jocelyn Azzegag (FIDE arbiter) and assisted by Lucie Argenté (FIDE arbiter) did an excellent work. This team completed by Vincent Leitienne (National arbiter) and Emelyne Mouillart (young referee) did a remarkable job. Thanks also to Jocelyn Azzegag for broadcasting the first 10 tables live on Lichess.


Open B- Prizes of €1850

72 players from 8 countries took part in the Open B and the host team’s player Clement Nguyen won all the nine rounds to have a 100% score. This player is expected to reach a career best rating of above 2000 in the march ratings list.


Open C-Prizes of €1050

65 players mostly from Paris region clubs participated and Alexandre Stathopulos from Arpajon chess won the event with 7.5 points.


The 9th Noisiel international open tournament will be most probably organized from 10th to 16th Feb 2024. This will be a special event, being the same year the Olympic games will be organized in Paris.


On the eve of the tournament, the Noisiel town published a profile on IO Narayanin Oupindrin, the organization of Noisiel Open tournaments and also about the Noisiel chess club. You can read it here.

Final standings in Open A

Pl NomEloCat.FedeLigueClubPtsTr.Cu.Perf
1gINIYAN P2514 FSenMIDFEchiquier de Franconville74338½2569
2mVIGNESH N R2490 FSenM4235½2511
3fOYE-STROMBERG Alexander2272 FCadM41½332505
5mPANCEVSKI Filip2452 FSenM37½302437
6mLAZOV Toni2348 FSenM640½302405
7mSHYAAMNIKHIL P2487 FSenM43332431
8 BONTE Andrei-Mihai2335 FSenMIDFClub d'Echecs de l'Arpajonnais40½302394
9fMACON Arthur2327 FSenMIDFClichy-Echecs-9238½31½2326
10fRUDOLF Michal2325 FSenM38312352
11fMOUHAMAD Joachim2244 FSenMIDFBarreau de Paris Echecs38272285
12mNIKOLOVSKI Nikola2347 FSenM37½27½2274
13fNIERMANN Tristan2305 FSenM36½27½2297
14gfPRIYANKA NUTAKKI2302 FSenF36252272
15mNGUYEN Piotr2419 FSenM3527½2299



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