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Raunak Sadhwani wins FIDE World Junior Rapid 2023 Open, Second in Blitz

by Shahid Ahmed - 18/10/2023

GM Raunak Sadhwani scored 8.5/11 to win FIDE World Junior Rapid 2023 Open. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Despite suffering two losses in the first five rounds, the teenager won the next four games, drew the penultimate round against the eventual Silver medalist GM Arseniy Nesterov. He finished with a victory over IM Tobias Koelle (GER) to become a clear champion. GM Nesterov and IM Dimitris Alexakis (GRE) were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. GM Mahammad Muradli (AZE) won the Blitz Open event scoring 9.5/11. GM Raunak Sadhwani scored sole 8.5/11 to be placed second. IM Arystan Isanzhulov (KAZ) was placed third. This is Raunak's second consecutive triumph of the month after winning 38th European Club Cup 2023 Open for Offerspill Sjakklubb along with Magnus Carlsen and Pranav Venkatesh. Photos: Nikiel.Photos

Raunak continues his good form

World Junior 2022 Girls champion, WGM Govhar Beydullayeva (AZE) won the Rapid Girls event 9/11. The Blitz Girls event was won by WIM Xeniya Balabayeva (KAZ). The top three prizes in Rapid and Blitz Open were €2500, €1700 and €1300 each. For Rapid and Blitz Girls, they were €1500, €1000 and €700 each respectively.

Rapid Open - 2nd GM Arseniy Nesterov 8/11, 1st GM Raunak Sadhwani 8.5/11 and 3rd IM Dimitris Alexakis (GRE) 8/11

Rapid Girls - 2nd WIM Xeniya Balabayeva (KAZ) 8.5/11, 1st WGM Govhar Beydullayeva (AZE) 9/11 and 3rd WIM Zeinep Sultanbek (KAZ) 7.5/11

Blitz Open (L toR) - 2nd GM Raunak Sadhwani 8.5/11, 1st GM Mahammad Muradli (AZE) 9.5/11 and 3rd IM Arystan Isanzhulov (KAZ) 7.5/11

Blitz Girls (L to R): 2nd WIM Amina Kairbekova (KAZ) 8.5/11, 1st WIM Xeniya Balabayeva (KAZ) 8.5/11 and 3rd WGM Govhar Beydullayeva (AZE) 7.5/11

GM Raunak Sadhwani scored 8.5/11 to clinch the Gold in Rapid Open

A total of 46 players including 5 GMs and 9 IMs took part from 25 countries across the world in the Open section of the Rapid event. The tournament was organized by Unichess and ASD Emmedi Sport with FIDE and Italian Chess Federation on 10th to 12th October 2023 at Maria Carta in Pula, Sardinia, Italy. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment from move no. 1.

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Final standings in Rapid Open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 Krtg+/-
11
GMSadhwani, RaunakIND25918,567,5715810-5,2
22
GMNesterov, ArseniyFID2539871766510-3
310
IMAlexakis, DimitrisGRE2365870,575,5572040,4
413
IMGlobus, OrISR2327865,567572045
511
IMKoelle, TobiasGER23397,566,571,5662035,2
617
IMIsanzhulov, ArystanKAZ22887,56569,5572037,4
77
GMSubelj, JanSLO24397,563,5685710-1,4
83
IMSahidi, SamirSVK249376366,55610-15,5
912
IMMartinovici, IliaMDA232976064,555204,8
1015
FMLumachi, GabrieleITA230575962,56620-2,8

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Final standings in Rapid Girls

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 Krtg+/-
12
WGMBeydullayeva, GovharAZE21782178966,572682018,8
24
WIMBalabayeva, XeniyaKAZ210321038,56772674058
311
WIMSultanbek, ZeinepKAZ199319937,56769,5562051,4
43
WIMNurgali, NazerkeKAZ211121117,566,571,5552018,6
55
FMKurmangaliyeva, LiyaKAZ2089208976568674021,2
612
WFMCiolacu, Alessia-MihaelaROU198019806,566,569,5652034,4
714
Bordin, SilviaITA196919696,55961554045,2
815
WFMKirtadze, AnastasiaGEO1963196366567654045,2
921
Hernandez Diaz, Paula SofiaMEX18241824663,567,55640143,6
109
WFMSevcikova, LuciaSVK20202020660,563,55340-50,4

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A total of 39 players including 5 GMs and 9 IMs took part from 25 countries across the world in the Open section of the Blitz event. The tournament was organized by Unichess and ASD Emmedi Sport with FIDE and Italian Chess Federation on 14th and 15th October 2023 at Maria Carta in Pula, Sardinia, Italy. The eleven-round Swiss league tournament had a time control of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no. 1.

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Final standings in Blitz Open

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 Krtg+/-
12
GMMuradli, MahammadAZE25199,57175,5691032,3
21
GMSadhwani, RaunakIND26698,57075,55710-1,6
311
IMIsanzhulov, ArystanKAZ23927,569,574561022,2
46
GMNesterov, ArseniyFID24947,564,568,55710-6,1
53
IMAlexakis, DimitrisGRE2512771,57766102,5
65
GMSubelj, JanSLO250577175,554103,3
79
GMGharibyan, MamikonARM2432770,575,557108,9
84
IMKoelle, TobiasGER2507769,573,55710-0,9
97
IMSahidi, SamirSVK249476770,56610-7,6
108
IMPeyrer, KonstantinAUT2476765,5706710-4,1

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Final standings in Blitz Girls

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 Krtg+/-
11
WIMBalabayeva, XeniyaKAZ22228,5677167401,6
26
WIMKairbekova, AminaKAZ20258,565,568,55840124
32
WGMBeydullayeva, GovharAZE21247,564,567,566208,2
49
FMKurmangaliyeva, LiyaKAZ2015767,572664052,4
57
WIMHryzlova, SofiiaSUI2024763,566,5572012,6
68
WIMSultanbek, ZeinepKAZ20196,56669,5552010,6
73
WIMNurgali, NazerkeKAZ20746,562,566,55520-6
816
Esadze, TamariGEO19166,554,557,5552022
95
WFMMiroshnik, EkaterinaFID2027669,572,565203
1015
WFMCiolacu, Alessia-MihaelaROU1937661,564,5552014,6

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