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Karen H Grigoryan wins 5th Yerevan Open 2023, Adhiban second and Abhimanyu Puranik third

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/10/2023

GM Karen H Grigoryan (ARM) scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win 5th Yerevan Open A (≥2100) 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. GM Adhiban B, GM Abhimanyu Puranik and GM Sergei Lobanov scored 7/9 each. They were placed second, third and fourth respectively according to tie-breaks. Both Karen and Adhiban remained undefeated. The total prize fund of all three tournaments was 15000000 AMD. The top three prizes in Open A were AMD 2600000 + trophy, 1800000 and 1350000 each. There were Chessify prizes (Chessify coins) also worth US$ 3000. The top three prizes were $500, $400 and $300. That's not all. There were 20 Chessmood prizes. Top three won 1 year, 6 months and 3 months memberships. GM Zaven Andriasian (ARM), GM Karthik Venkataraman and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) scored 7.5/9 each in the Blitz. They were placed first, second and third respectively. Photos: IM IA Norayr Kalantaryan/Yerevan Chess Federation

Karthik Venkataraman second in Blitz

GM Karen Grigoryan (ARM) and GM Pranesh M were the coleaders 6.5/8 heading into the final round. Karen defeated Pranesh to become a clear champion. GM Mitrabha Guha and GM Iniyan P lost to GM Adhiban Baskaran and GM Abhimanyu Puranik respectively. Thus, Adhiban and Abhimanyu were placed second and third respectively. GM Pranesh M, GM Karthik Venkataraman and GM Bharath Subramaniyam H scored 6.5/9 each. They were placed sixth, seventh and ninth respectively.

Champion - GM Karen H Grigoryan (ARM) 7.5/9

Runner-up - GM Adhiban Baskaran 7/9

Second Runner-up - GM Abhimanyu Puranik 7/9

Top 3 in Open A (L to R): 2nd GM Adhiban Baskaran 7/9, 1st GM Karen H Grigoryan (ARM) 7.5/9 and 3rd GM Abhimanyu Puranik 7/9

Yerevan Open 2023 tournament banner

Best Woman 1st - WIM Amina Kairbekova (KAZ) 5.5/9

Best Woman 2nd - WGM Varshini V 5/9


GM Zaven Andriasian (ARM), GM Karthik Venkataraman and GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM), all three scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 each. They were placed first, second and third respectively. The top three prizes in the Blitz were AMD 320000, 220000 and 150000 each.

Champion - GM Zaven Andriasian (ARM) 7.5/9 | Photo: Harry Gielen

Runner-up - GM Karthik Venkataraman 7.5/9

Second Runner-up - GM Samvel Ter-Sahakyan (ARM) 7.5/9 | Photo: Chessmood Open

The trophies for the prize winners

The tournament hall at Meridian Expo Center in Yerevan, Armenia

A total of 124 players including 20 GMs, 14 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs took part in Open A (from nine countries across the world in this nine-day nine round Rating tournament. It was organized Yerevan Chess Federation at Meridian Expo Center in Yerevan, Armenia from 29th September and 7th October 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 30 minutes till the end of the game with 30 seconds increment per move, starting from move no.1.

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Final standings in Open A

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
GMGrigoryan Karen H.ARM26437,54650,5046102,7
GMAdhiban B.IND2562745,549,5045102,9
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND2611744,549056103,8
GMLobanov SergeiFID2520741,545,504610-0,7
IMGholami Orimi MahdiIRI24296,548,552,50441018,9
GMPranesh MU18IND25056,547,5510551011,8
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND25636,54751,5044105,6
GMSivuk VitalySWE24616,543,547045102,2
GMBharath Subramaniyam HU16IND24966,54246045102,3
GMMatinian NikitaFID24216,539,542,504610-2,6
FMMahdavi RezaU16IRI2302647510332042,6
GMQuparadze GigaGEO2494646,551053101,4
FMAgasarov BenikU14ARM2321646,548,50442042
IMDavtyan ArturARM248164549044104,2
GMIniyan PIND251664347,504410-6,3
FMZverev LevU14FID2322643450442039
GMVishnu Prasanna. VIND241664245,5044100,7
IMAgmanov ZhandosKAZ24536424504510-4
FMDavtyan ArsenU18ARM243064244,505510-5,1
GMMitrabha GuhaIND2515639,54204510-8,5


A total of 118 players including 16 GMs, 9 IMs, a WGM and a WIMs took part from six countries across the world in the Blitz Rating tournament. It was organized Yerevan Chess Federation at Meridian Expo Center in Yerevan, Armenia on 3rd October 2023. The time control of the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.

Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNoNameTypFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13GMAndriasian ZavenARM26177,55156046
212GMKarthik VenkataramanIND24237,549,553056
34GMTer-Sahakyan SamvelARM25457,548,552,5056
41GMGrigoryan Karen H.ARM2704750,554,5046
57GMPranesh MU18IND2451747,552046
616GMMatinian NikitaFID240774649047
756FMGoutham Krishna HU14IND20456,551,555,5046
82GMSargsyan ShantARM26386,550,555,5055
929FMChaqryan ErikU18ARM22806,547,551046
1011GMBharath Subramaniyam HU16IND24266,54650,5056



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