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Novendra Priasmoro wins 14th Penang Heritage City Open 2022, Muthaiah third

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/01/2023

Both GM Novendra Priasmoro and GM Vitaly Sivuk scored 7.5/9 each. The Indonesian GM Novendra won 14th Penang Heritage City Open 2022 due to better tie-breaks, Sivuk had to settle for the second place. Four players scored sole 6.5/9 each. Out of them, IM FT Muthaiah Al was adjudged third. Novendra and Muthaiah are the only two to remain undefeated among top ten players. The top three prizes were RM 8000, 5000 and 3000 in the Open section. Muthaiah received approx. ₹56103. IM FT Harikrishnan A Ra and Hemanth Raam scored 6/9 each to secure seventh and ninth place respectively. Photos: Andrew Ooi or Muhd Arshad, unless stated otherwise

Indonesia and India claim three each among top ten

Three players each from Indonesia and India finished in the top ten in Open section. 13-year-old FM Yu Tian Poh (MAS) is the youngest finisher among top ten. He scored 6.5/9 to finish at fifth place. The teenager is also top finisher from the host country.

Top five (L to R) - Madam See (President of the PCA), 5th FM Poh Yu Tian (MAS), 3rd IM Muthiah Al, 2nd GM Vitaly Sivuk (SWE), 1st GM Novendra Priasmoro (INA), Mr Lee Ewe Ghee (former President of the PCA) and 4th IM Anjas Novita

The remaining top ten (L to R) - 10th Arifa Rizki Syaputra (INA), 9th Hemanth Raam, Madam See, 8th CM Kaifan Xie (CHN), 7th IM Harikrishnan A Ra  and 6th FM Nikolai Makarov

IMs Harikrishnan A Ra (left) and Muthaiah Al in action

Cake cutting ceremony to commemorate 50 years of PCA | Photo: Buletin Mutiara site

A total of 80 players including 4 GMs and 7 IMs took part in the Open section from 17 countries across the world including Malaysia. The six-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Penang Chess Association at St. Xavier's Institution, Penang, Malaysia from 19th to 24th December 2022. The time control of the tournament was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
14GMPriasmoro NovendraOpenINA25017,50,55443,7539,5
21GMSivuk VitalyOpenSWE25707,50,551,542,2535,5
35IMMuthaiah ALOpenIND24546,505034,5035,5
49IMNovita AnjasOpenINA23876,5049,534,2533,5
511FMPoh Yu TianOpenMAS23676,504933,2534
618FMMakarov Nikolai Val.OpenFID22046,5047,532,0031
823CMXie KaifanOpenCHN2123605333,2535,5
933Hemanth RaamOpenIND1944605232,2537
1019Syaputra Arifa RizkiOpenINA22046051,532,0034,5
1112FMKurniawan Muhamad AgusOpenINA2357605030,0032
1227Dinh Nho KietOpenVIE2041604829,2530,5
1324CMAng Ern Jie AndersonPCAMAS21216043,527,0029,5
1414GMFominyh AlexanderVeteFID2265604226,0030
1542Yeoh Yuan HuiPCAMAS1864604224,5025
1625FMYeap Eng ChiamPCAMAS21145,5047,528,0031
178IMNolte RolandoVetePHI23875,5047,526,7531
1851Revinthran DarshanOpenMAS17385,504524,5025,5
1920IMSoozankar A.M.OpenIRI22015,5044,524,2529
2026Ng Sheng FengOpenSGP20505,5044,524,2528




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