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Narayanan S L wins 1st Grandiscacchi Cattolica International, Pragg second

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/03/2022

GM Narayanan S L has been consistent with his performance since the beginning of  Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. He had several podium finishes in both online and over-the-board events. However, on 8th March 2022, he won his first otb tournament since December 2019 triumph at 1st Elllobregat Open. Seven players scored 6.5/9 at 1st Grandiscacchi Cattolica International. Narayanan won the tournament due to better tie-breaks, Praggnanandhaa secured second position. IM Pranav Anand was the only other Indian and sole IM to finish among top ten. The total prize fund was €12600. Top three prizes were €3000, €2000 and €1500 cash respectively.

Seven players finish at 6.5/9

"Thanks. I am happy to win the event. The tournament was well organized especially the hotel was very nice and I think I played well in the beginning with wins against Jobava and Azarov. In the penultimate round, I  fought till the very last against Nesterov who defended well to get a draw, especially given the fact that he was under time trouble. For me, I thought it was very important to clinch the title but as you know, in open tournament you need a lot of luck as well to win the event and I am happy to win this one." - GM Narayanan S L on winning 1st Grandiscacchi Cattolica International Open.

Champion - GM Narayanan 6.5/9
Narayanan S L wins 1st Grandiscacchi Cattolica International | Video: ChessBase India

"My game against Jobava was the one liked. I got a good position out of  the opening and then kind of won comfortably." - On his favorite game from the event.

Narayanan - Jobava, Round 4

Position after 12.Bf4

It is clear that the opening has gone really well for White.

Position after 25...Nfd5

In an already dwindling position, 25...Nfd5 only accelerated Black's demise. Find out the winning continuation for White.

Narayanan holding the Shatranj Samrat - first and only Hindi chess magazine since 1987 which has the cover photo of himself | Photo: IM Akshat Khamparia

Narayanan scored an unbeaten 6.5/9  and gained 4 Elo rating points

Runner-up GM Praggnanandhaa 6.5/9 gained 5.3 Elo rating points | Photo: IM Akshat Khamparia

Round 4: Praggnanandhaa - Sergei Azarov: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Renato/Grandiscacchi

Round 7: Praggnanandhaa - Narayanan: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Renato/Grandiscacchi

The tournament hall | Photo: IM Akshat Khamparia

Top boards | Photo: IM Akshat Khamparia

IM Pranav Anand was the only IM to finish among top 10 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Pranav Anand scored 6.0/9 and missed his GM-norm by a whisker.

Selfie - Praggnanandhaa with Akshat

IM Akshat Khamparia is the only other Indian player to finish among top 20. He scored 6.0/9 to secure 11th position and gain 12.7 Elo rating points to cross 2400 once again.


The tournament was organized by Grandiscacchi. It took place at Hotel Kursaal, Cattolica in Italy from 1st to 8th March 2022. Time control of the tournament was 90 mins + 30 seconds increment.

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Final Standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2 
23GMPraggnanandhaa RIND26196,552,02476
36GMJobava BaadurGEO25886,552,02464
42GMNisipeanu Liviu-DieterGER26526,550,52423
59GMLodici LorenzoITA25376,548,52424
610GMNesterov ArseniyCFR25226,548,02388
77GMMoroni Luca JrITA25886,548,02385
85GMBasso Pier LuigiITA26006,051,52445
917IMPranav AnandIND24366,051,52426
1026WIMKamalidenova MeruertwKAZ23626,049,02417



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