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Alexander Donchenko deservedly wins Riga Technical University Open 2021, Narayanan finishes second

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/08/2021

Top seed of the tournament, Alexander Donchenko made a storybook comeback by scoring six victories in the last six rounds after starting the event 1.5/3 to win Riga Technical University Open 2021. The German finished a half point ahead of the competition. Four players finished at 7.0/9. Narayanan S L secured the second position as he had the best tie-breaks followed by IM Tomas Laurusas (LTU), GM Gergely Kantor (HUN) and GM Karthikeyan Murali. GM Arjun Kalyan is the only other Indian to finish in top ten as he scored 6.5/9 and was placed eighth. Praggnanandhaa won the Closing blitz event as he scored an unbeaten 10.0/11. Photo: Anna Shtourman/Riga Technical University Open 2021

Praggnanandhaa wins the Closing blitz 

Alexander Donchenko won the RTU Open 2021 with a perfect comeback. He won €2500 and a trophy for his efforts. Indian players dominated the Closing blitz H tournament. Top four places went to - Praggnanandhaa 10.0/11, Karthikeyan 9.5/11, Nihal 9.0/11 and Visakh 8.5/11. Both Pragg and Karthikeyan remained unbeaten.

Alexander Donchenko scored 6.0/6 after starting the tournament 1.5/3 | Photo: Anna Shtourman/Riga Technical University Open 2021

Top three (L to R) - GM Narayanan S L, GM Alexander Donchenko and IM Tomas Laurusas | Photo: Anna Shtourman/Riga Technical University Open 2021

Praggnanandhaa won the Closing blitz H with an unbeaten 10.0/11 | Photo: Anna Shtourman/Riga Technical University Open 2021

Kovalenko - Donchenko: 0-1

Alexander Donchenko made a fierce comeback by scoring six consecutive victories including the one in the final round against Kovalenko to finish at the top.

Position after 57.Nd7

White should have played 57.Rc7 and went for the f7-pawn. Of course letting go of the b-pawn is definitely a difficult decision but that cost him the game as the h-pawn became unstoppable.

Smirin - Narayanan: 0.5-0.5

Narayanan made a short 14-move draw with GM Ilia Smirin (ISR). A win would have given Narayanan the championship because he had better tie-breaks than Donchenko.

Karthikeyan - Meshkovs: 1-0

Karthikeyan scored a comfortable victory over GM Nikita Meshkovs (LAT) to finish fifth on tie-breaks with a score of 7.0/9.

5th GM Karthikeyan Murali 7.0/9 | Photo: Anna Shtourman/Riga Technical University Open 2021

Nihal - Arjun Kalyan: 0.5-0.5

Nihal and Arjun Kalyan had the same game as Vidit's game against Duda from the recently concluded FIDE World Cup 2021, with a slightly different move order.

Position after 25...b4

Arjun deviated 25...b4 instead of Vidit's 25...Re8 and he went on to draw the game in another six moves.

8th GM Arjun Kalyan 6.5/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Pranav - Grigorov: 1-0

IM Pranav Anand won the Best Junior prize €100. He scored an impressive 6.5/9, missed a GM-norm by a whisker and finished 11th overall. He beat GM Grigor Grigorov (BUL) in the final round.

11th and Best Junior - IM Pranav Anand 6.5/9 | Photo: Anna Shtourman/Riga Technical University Open 2021

Pranav is the only Indian IM to finish in top 25

Highlights

Here are a couple of interesting finishes from Round 9:

IM Cem Kaan Gokerkan (TUR) lost to GM Daniil Yuffa (RUS)

GM Abhimanyu Puranik defeated IM Thomas Dionisi (FRA)

Replay Round 9 games

Round 9 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
13
GMKovalenko Igor26440 - 1GMDonchenko Alexander2657
1
28
GMSmirin Ilia26106½ - ½GMNarayanan.S.L2624
6
314
GMIvic Velimir25716½ - ½6GMHakobyan Aram2612
7
410
GMKarthikeyan Murali260661 - 06GMMeshkovs Nikita2568
15
518
IMLaurusas Tomas254961 - 06GMErigaisi Arjun2597
11
620
GMKantor Gergely253361 - 06GMGukesh D2578
13
72
GMNihal Sarin2655½ - ½6IMArjun Kalyan2503
24
84
GMSethuraman S.P.26441 - 0IMRaja Harshit2486
29
927
GMBudisavljevic Luka2495½ - ½GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.2641
5
1054
FMChukavin Kirill23700 - 1GMPraggnanandhaa R2608
9
1116
GMSanal Vahap2557½ - ½IMRoshka Yevgeniy2476
31
1234
IMGokerkan Cem Kaan24660 - 1GMYuffa Daniil2556
17
1322
GMVisakh N R25160 - 1GMMiezis Normunds2468
33
1446
IMPranav Anand24171 - 0GMGrigorov Grigor2507
23
1530
IMPavlov Sergey248150 - 1FMDudin Gleb2422
45

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
11
GMDonchenko AlexanderGER26577,543,036,52634104,6
26
GMNarayanan.S.LIND26247,047,541,027181011,8
318
IMLaurusas TomasLTU25497,047,541,026731015,0
420
GMKantor GergelyHUN25337,046,039,526621015,8
510
GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND26067,044,038,02569101,8
63
GMKovalenko IgorLAT26446,551,544,02683106,8
77
GMHakobyan AramU20ARM26126,549,542,52669108,6
824
IMArjun KalyanU20IND25036,546,540,026391017,9
914
GMIvic VelimirU20SRB25716,546,540,02605105,9
108
GMSmirin IliaISR26106,546,539,52642105,7
1146
IMPranav AnandU16IND24176,545,038,025691020,8
1217
GMYuffa DaniilRUS25566,544,037,52557100,6
139
GMPraggnanandhaa RU16IND26086,544,037,0248010-3,6
1433
GMMiezis NormundsLAT24686,540,034,0240310-2,8
1545
FMDudin GlebU18RUS24226,539,032,02480109,9
164
GMSethuraman S.P.IND26446,538,032,0246510-10,4
1711
GMErigaisi ArjunU18IND25976,050,043,02617104,4
182
GMNihal SarinU18IND26556,048,542,0260610-3,5
1944
IMIoannidis EvgeniosU20GRE24226,047,540,025311014,9
2027
GMBudisavljevic LukaU18SRB24956,046,539,525771012,0
2121
GMPultinevicius PauliusU20LTU25286,046,539,52566106,5
2216
GMSanal VahapTUR25576,046,539,02575103,9
2331
IMRoshka YevgeniyU20UKR24766,046,039,02476102,7
245
GMAravindh Chithambaram Vr.IND26416,045,539,0255210-8,1
2515
GMMeshkovs NikitaLAT25686,045,538,5252910-2,1
2613
GMGukesh DU16IND25786,045,538,5252210-2,8
2735
IMAditya MittalU16IND24646,044,537,5237410-6,2
2843
IMVignesh N RIND24286,043,536,52397105,1
2912
GMPuranik AbhimanyuIND25806,042,536,0252110-4,9
3025
IMBlohberger FelixU20AUT25026,040,535,0238110-9,3

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Final Standings of Closing blitz H

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Krtg+/-
16
GMPraggnanandhaa RU18IND255510,080,070,527112043,6
25
GMKarthikeyan MuraliIND25649,574,064,025592018,8
31
GMNihal SarinU18IND26589,077,567,52640208,6
417
GMVisakh N RIND24288,573,563,524702026,2
57
GMHakobyan AramARM25478,571,563,525012010,0
619
IMGokerkan Cem KaanTUR23618,571,061,023852020,6
73
GMErigaisi ArjunU18IND26098,082,072,02578206,6
849
IMPranav AnandU18IND21268,077,567,5254720112,2
910
GMYuffa DaniilRUS25098,074,565,02451200,8
108
GMKantor GergelyHUN25148,074,065,02466203,0
1118
IMVignesh N RIND24018,073,064,0231620-6,0
1230
FMSamunenkov IhorU18UKR22818,069,561,023032018,4
139
GMDonchenko AlexanderGER25098,066,058,5236120-19,2
1435
FMDudin GlebU18RUS22398,065,557,5215820-1,6
1511
GMSanal VahapTUR24957,579,569,5241920-3,0

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