S Rohith Krishna clinches 19th Malakoff Open 2023
IM S Rohith Krishna scored 7.5/9 to win 19th Malakoff Open 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Despite losing his second round game against FM Samuel Malka (FRA), Rohith bounced back strong and scored 6.5/7 in the next seven games to win the tournament. His sole draw of the event was against the eventual second runner-up, GM Momchil Nikolov (BUL). Six players scored 7/9. GM Radoslav Dimitrov (BUL) and Momchil were placed second and third according to tie-breaks. GM Koustav Chatterjee, Sanket Chakravarty and FM Sourath Biswas are three other Indians to finish among top ten. They scored 7/9, 7/9 and 6.5/9 to secure fourth, sixth and eight place respectively.
Rohith's first tournament triumph of 2023
IM S Rohith Krishna was in a five-way lead heading into the last round at 6.5/8. The remaining four were - GM Momchil Nikolov (BUL), GM Koustav Chatterjee, FM Sourath Biswas, and CM Chinguun Bayaraa (MGL). Momchil drew against Koustav, Sourath lost to Rohith and Dimitrov beat Chinguun. Thus, Rohith became a clear champion. This was Rohith's second tournament he played in 2023. He also went on to win Ostravský koník 2023 Open yesterday. We will mention it in detail in a separate report. Rohith is currently trained by one of the best coaches in the country - FM FT K Visweswaran.
The total prize fund of the tournament was €7400. The top three prizes were €1500, €1000 and €800 each. GM Stany G A is the only other Indian player to win this event, the 14th edition back in 2016.
A total of 296 players including 5 GMs, 5 IMs and a WGM took part from 23 countries across the world. The tournament was organized by Regis Hombourger from 22nd to 30th April 2023 at Jean Jaurès in Malakoff, France. The nine-round Swiss league rating tournament had a time control of 90 minutes/40 moves, then 30 minutes, with an increment of 30 seconds per move during the whole game.
Round 9 results
|1||6½||NIKOLOV Momchil||2496 F||X - X||KOUSTAV CHATTERJEE||2520 F||6½|
|2||6½||SOURATH BISWAS||2265 F||0 - 1||ROHITH KRISHNA S||2380 F||6½|
|3||6||DIMITROV Radoslav||2490 F||1 - 0||CHINGUUN BAYARAA||2203 F||6½|
|4||6||BELKHODJA Slim||2267 F||0 - 1||FLOM Gabriel||2434 F||6|
|5||6||LEKIC Dusan||2331 F||X - X||BOULARD Eric||2178 F||6|
|6||6||RIVALIN Kenny||2206 F||0 - 1||SANKET CHAKRAVARTY||2327 F||6|
|7||6||BRADBURY Neil H||2215 F||0 - 1||PICARD Romain||2308 F||6|
|8||5½||ROUAST Joseph||2172 F||1 - 0||HALEGUA Dani||2152 F||6|
|9||5½||CHARMETEAU Sven||2289 F||1 - 0||HOLCMAN Jeremy||2121 F||5½|
|10||5½||BOUGET Alexandre||2270 F||X - X||MOHAMED ABDERRAHIM Taleb Mohamed||2081 F||5½|
|1||m||ROHITH KRISHNA S||2380 F||CadM||7½||42½||2455|
|2||g||DIMITROV Radoslav||2490 F||SenM||HDF||L'Echiquier Cappellois||7||47||2508|
|3||g||NIKOLOV Momchil||2496 F||SenM||HDF||L'Echiquier Cappellois||7||46½||2503|
|4||m||KOUSTAV CHATTERJEE||2520 F||JunM||7||45||2470|
|5||g||FLOM Gabriel||2434 F||SenM||IDF||Tremblay en France||7||44||2391|
|6||SANKET CHAKRAVARTY||2327 F||JunM||7||41½||2333|
|7||m||PICARD Romain||2308 F||SenM||NAQ||Poitiers-Migne Echecs||7||41½||2319|
|8||f||SOURATH BISWAS||2265 F||CadM||6½||45||2355|
|9||f||CHARMETEAU Sven||2289 F||SenM||IDF||U.S.Villejuif Echecs||6½||44||2296|
|10||m||LEKIC Dusan||2331 F||SepM||6½||43½||2323|