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Maksim Chigaev wins Bucharest Grand Prix Rapid 2023, Harikrishna third

by Shahid Ahmed - 01/05/2023

Maksim, Romania no.2 Bogdan-Daniel Deac and Pentala Harikrishna all three scored 8.5/10 each at Bucharest Grand Prix Rapid 2023. They were placed first, second and third according to tie-breaks. While, Maksim and Bogdan-Daniel remained undefeated, Harikrishna suffered his only loss against Raunak Sadhwani. Raunak scored 8/10 to finish fifth. His sole defeat was against the eventual champion. The total prize fund of the tournament was 150000 Lei. The top three prizes were 25000, 15000 and 10000 Lei along with a trophy each respectively. GM-elect IM Prraneeth Vuppala scored an impressive 8/10 to finish tenth. This was the first of five tournaments in the Romania Grand Prix. The next leg will take place from 16th to 22nd July 2023. Photo: Federația Română de Șah

Top three score 8.5/10

Apart from Harikrishna, Raunak and Prraneeth, IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad and IM Sidhant Mohapatra are the two remaining prize winners. Dhulipalla continues his fantastic form from Denmark as he became one of the four IMs to make a top 20 finish in a tournament which had a strong lineup.

Second Runner-up - GM Pentala Harikrishna 8.5/10 | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

Top 3 (L to R) with the organizers: 2nd GM Bogdan-Daniel Deac (ROU), 1st GM Maksim Chigaev and 3rd GM Pentala Harikrishna | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

Harikrishna made a fantastic debut in Romania. Finishing shared first and third on tie-breaks in his first tournament at the country is definitely a great performance.

5th GM Raunak Sadhwani 8/10 | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

10th IM Prraneeth Vuppala 8/10 | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

4th to 10th (L to R): 4th GM Grigoriy Oparin (USA), 5th GM Raunak Sadhwani, 6th GM Alexey Sarana, 7th GM Kirill Shevchenko (ROU), 9th IM Ihor Samunenkov (UKR), 10th IM Prraneeth Vuppala and 8th GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

Rating Category 2301-2400 1st - IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (center) 7.5/10 | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad won the Sonflow Cup - Kolding City Championship 2023 few days ago. It will be mentioned in detail in a separate report.

Rating Category 2201-2300 Top 3 (L to R): 2nd IM Sidhant Mohapatra 6.5/10, 1st FM Nicodim-Cosmin Stepanencu (ROU) 7/10 and 3rd IM Alexandru Manea (ROU) 6.5/10 | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

Women Top 3 (L to R): 2nd FM Nadya Toncheva (BUL) 7/10, 1st IM Irina Bulmaga (ROU) 7/10 and 3rd WFM Ema Obada (ROU) 7/10 | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

Closing ceremony | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

The tournament hall at Palatul Parlamentului in Bucharest, Romania | Photo: Federația Română de Șah

A total of 317 players including 32 GMs, 21 IMs, 3 WGMs and a WIM participated from 20 countries across the world. The two-day ten-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Federatia Romana de Sah at Palatul Parlamentului in Bucharest, Romania on 29th and 30th April 2023. The time control for the event was 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
112GMChigaev, MaksimFID25688,5066,551
27GMDeac, Bogdan-DanielROU2618Csu Ase Bucuresti8,5064,550,5
36GMHarikrishna, PentalaIND26278,506348
42GMOparin, GrigoriyUSA26508067,548
513GMSadhwani, RaunakIND2550806648,5
63GMSarana, AlexeyFID26438064,548
79GMShevchenko, KirillROU2598Csu Ase Bucuresti806246
81GMPonomariov, RuslanUKR26698061,544,5
928IMSamunenkov, IhorUKR2420806043,5
1039IMPrraneeth, VuppalaIND2360805744
118GMGeorgiev, KirilMKD26187,506344
1231GMPetkov, MomchilBUL24077,506244,5
1338IMDhulipalla, Bala Chandra PrasadIND23717,505945
1430IMDavid, Alexandru-VasileROU2408Acs Sah Club Vados Arad7,5058,542
1516GMYuffa, DaniilESP25267,505742
1620GMNanu, Costica-CiprianROU2493Cs Dinamo Bucuresti7,505741
1711GMVocaturo, DanieleITA25847,505741
185GMMamedov, RaufAZE2632706344,5
1914GMBernadskiy, VitaliyUKR2538706244,5
2022GMPranav, VIND2465706144
2118IMGavrilescu, DavidROU2505Cs Sah Club Oltenia Craiova706143
2210GMLupulescu, ConstantinROU2584Csu Ase Bucuresti7060,545
2319GMGrigoriants, SergeyHUN24957059,543
2426IMCostachi, MihneaROU2423Csm Unirea Alba Iulia7059,541,5
2524GMIstratescu, AndreiROU2436Clubul De Sah Al Municipiului7059,541
2632GMPranav, AnandIND2402705940
2769CMPadurariu, Mihai-EdwardROU2174Cs Universitatea Targoviste705838,5
2823GMKobo, OriISR24487057,541
2978CMNedelcu, Teodor-CosminROU2135Scm Gloria Buzau7057,541
3057FMStepanencu, Nicodim-CosminROU2243Cs Dinamo Bucuresti705638,5



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