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Padmini finishes joint first at Sydney International Open 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/05/2019

IM Padmini Rout finished joint first at Sydney International Open 2019 with a score of 7.0/9. FM Raymond Song of Chinese Taipei also scored 7.0/9 and he was declared champion on tie-breaks as he defeated Padmini in round 4. The only other Indian to play in the tournament was GM Abhijit Kunte who scored 6.5/7 and finished at 3rd position. Kunte's biggest feat of the tournament was to defeat the eventual champion in round 5. Padmini finished ahead of three GMs with a performance rating of 2501. She also increased her rating by 16 points, making the total increase in her Australian tour by 21 points. The report contains games and photos from the tournament. Photo: New Zealand Chess News

Padmini reigns supreme in Australia

IM and WGM Padmini Rout played two consecutive tournaments in Australia. Both of them consisted of double rounds everyday which is not an easy task by any means.

Champion FM Raymond Song with Runner-up IM Padmini Rout. Both scored 7.0/9 each | Photo: New Zealand Chess News

The only loss Padmini suffered in the tournament was against the eventual champion FM Raymond Song in round 4. Otherwise she had a fantastic tournament scoring 7.0/9 with a performance rating of 2501 and increasing her rating by 16 ELO points.

Padmini's impressive performance at Sydney International Open 2019

Her best win was in the last round against local player IM Ikeda Junta.

Focused Padmini | Photo: New Zealand Chess News

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Australian legend GM Ian Rogers was the first to tweet about Padmini's performance at Sydney International Open 2019

The only other Indian who played the tournament was GM Abhijit Kunte. He scored 6.5/9 and finished at 3rd position | Photo: New Zealand Chess News

GM Abhijit Kunte's best game would be when he defeated the eventual champion of the tournament, FM Raymond Song in round 5.

Final Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgRtgNPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
111FMSong RaymondTPE232924207,01,0650,5
26IMPadmini RoutIND236423327,00,0651,5
31GMKunte AbhijitIND248525066,50,5450,5
42GMFernandez Daniel HowardENG246723496,50,5352,0
59IMLane Gary WAUS235724816,00,0554,0
68IMXie George WendiAUS235923756,00,0546,0
717WGMZhang JilinAUS224322226,00,0545,0
83IMIkeda JuntaAUS244125516,00,0451,5
97IMMcClymont BrodieAUS236023746,00,0449,0
105GMJohansen Darryl KAUS236424476,00,0445,5

Complete Standings