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Raunak Sadhwani wins 19th Splimbergo Open 2021 on India's 75th Independence Day

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/08/2021

GM Raunak Sadhwani won his second tournament in a month as he scored 7.0/9, remained undefeated to win 19th Splimbergo International Open 2021. He received €1500 and a trophy for his efforts. He has also gained 10 Elo rating points. India's latest IM Vaishali R was the only other Indian participant in the event. She scored an impressive 6.0/9, finished 14th and gained 12 rating points. She is the only woman to have finished in top 45. The most important thing Raunak earned is neither the trophy nor the rating, but the acknowledgement and praise by the seven-time world champion Vishy Anand who tweeted about Raunak's triumph. One cannot ask a better endorsement.

Raunak wins his second tournament in a month

GM Raunak Sadhwani scored an unbeaten 7.0/9 to win 19th Splimbergo International Open 2021. Both Raunak and GM Pier Luigi Basso (ITA) not only had the same score but also the same tie-break score for the first two. Raunak's third tie-break score was better and thus he clinched the championship.

Champion - GM Raunak Sadhwani 7.0/9

Perhaps the best thing, coming out of Raunak's triumph is the acknowledgement by the legend Vishy Anand who also praised him for his work ethics.

Raunak performed at 2665 and gained 10 Elo rating points

Raunak won a difficult endgame in the third round against GM Oskar Wieczorek (POL) after the latter misplayed.

Wieczorek - Raunak, Round 3

Position after 43...Rf4

White needed to play 44.Nd2 with the idea of Nf3 to prevent the movement of the h-pawn any further and capture it. Instead, the game continued 44.Kd3 and Raunak seized his opportunity to score a win.

India's latest IM Vaishali R was the only other Indian taking part in this event. She scored 6.0/9, suffered only one loss against the eventual runner-up GM Pier Basso Luigi (ITA).

IM Vaishali R scored 6.0/9, secured 14th place and gained 12 Elo rating points | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Raunak at the prize distribution ceremony

Plexiglass was present between the players | Photo: Splimbergo Chess Club fb

The tournament hall | Photo: Splimbergo Chess Club fb

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Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Rp
GMSadhwani RaunakIND25797,049,053,024452665
GMBasso Pier LuigiITA25417,049,053,024092629
GMBernadskiy VitaliyUKR25946,549,052,524502616
GMBellahcene BilelALG25026,548,052,024322598
GMKozak AdamHUN25046,547,551,524622628
GMDragnev ValentinAUT25576,547,052,024262592
IMSonis FrancescoITA25086,547,051,024582624
GMHeberla BartlomiejPOL25526,546,550,024192585
IMBalakrishnan PraveenUSA25086,545,049,023232489
IMYankelevich LevGER24126,544,548,023082474
IMMarkoja BorisSLO24476,541,045,023202486
IMLodici LorenzoITA25066,048,051,024122537
IMTravadon LoicFRA24106,047,051,024112536
WGMVaishali RwIND23936,046,049,523472472
GMBosiocic MarinCRO26106,045,550,023622487



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