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Sant Marti Open 2018: Mitrabha Guha earns his maiden GM norm!

by Niklesh Jain - 31/08/2018

In the third leg of the Catalan circuit, the 20th Sant Marti International Chess Open, the top seed of the tournament, Gadir Guseinov from Azerbaijan clinched the title with a score of 7.5/9. This was his second straight title in the Catalan circuit after the Barbera Open and nobody seems to be in a place to challenge his dominance in the circuit as of now. 19-year-old Peruvian GM Alcantara Martinez took second place with a score of 7.0/9. IM Luiz Lazaro from Cuba had scored the same as Martinez but was placed third due to an inferior tiebreak. In the fourth place was India's Mitrabha Guha who scored 6.5 points and also made his maiden Grandmaster norm. Among other Indians in the fray, Nilesh Saha scored an International Master norm and, with a score of 6.0/9, was placed 11th in the final standings. With another strong performance, the Indian contingent kept up their stronghold in Spain.

Like Saha, Saurabh Anand, P Iniyan and Soham Das also finished with a score of 6.0/9 but as per tiebreaks they were placed 17th, 18th and 20th in the final standings. The event had attracted 118 players from 24 countries among whom 49 were titled.

The Sant Marti International is been organised at the same venue -- the "civic centre" -- since the last two decades! | Photo: Niklesh Jain
Title winner, GM Gadir Guseinov (middle) with second place winner Alcantara Martinez (right) and Luiz Lazaro, who finished third

An "MVP' of Azerbaijan's national chess team, Gadir Guseinov scored his second straight title in the Catalan circuit in Sant Marti after his success at Barbera. And this time around, he seemed to be in an even better form.

 

Gadir spoke to ChessBase India after his lifting the champion's trophy in Sant Marti

The young and promising Mitrabha Guha made his country proud with his fantastic performance. Scoring 6.5/9, Mitrabha finished fourth and also earned his first Grandmaster norm! 

Mitrabha finished with an impressive rating performance of 2573. His sixth round game against GM Krysa Leandro was especially worth noting

Mitrabha Guha receiving his maiden GM norm
Nilesh Saha was another norm scorer from India. He scored his second International Master norm.

P Iniyan had a tough time in Sant Marti. But despite a very bad start, the teenager from Erode managed to score a respectable 6.0/9 and finished 18th

Saurabh Anand finished 17th with a score of 6.0/9

This was the 20th successful edition of the Sant Marti Open

That's what happens when a true aficionado organises a chess tournament! Tournament organiser, Perez Evarist was also a participant in Sant Marti!

The technical head of the Catalan circuit, Jordi Magem spoke to ChessBase India at the conclusion of the event. Having been the coach of the creative genius Alexei Shirov at one point, Jordi is currently the captain of the Spanish Olympic team. In the interview, he talks about the Catalan circuit, the participation of Indians and his own visit to India during the FIDE world cup.

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIRtgNClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11GMGuseinov Gadir0AZE26540AZERBAIJAN7,548,541,56275797,57,060,44104,4
22GMMartinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo0PER25452467PERU7,051,544,052681976,010,99109,9
311IMAguero Jimenez Luis Lazaro2474CUB24732473Tora7,048,040,562658975,431,571015,7
429FMMitrabha GuhaA-180IND22990INDIA6,550,042,55261196,53,263,242064,8
54GMQuesada Perez Yasser0CUB25310CUBA6,549,542,05261596,56,090,41104,1
65GMAlonso Rosell Alvar2549ESP25232512Gerunda6,547,040,55258496,56,240,26102,6
77GMMunoz Miguel2540ESP25002486Sant Andreu6,547,040,54257396,56,300,20102,0
83GMKrysa Leandro2510ARG25332547Mollet6,543,537,06248996,57,51-1,0110-10,1
910IMPena Gomez Manuel0ESP24752474Escola Xadrez Pontevedra6,047,540,542588865,250,75107,5
106GMCuartas Jaime Alexander2557COL25082500Peona I Peó6,047,540,042564966,07-0,0710-0,7
1126Neelash SahaA-180IND23190INDIA6,046,540,032451853,401,602032,0
1216IMRuiz Castillo Joshua Daniel0COL24100COLOMBIA6,045,538,542529865,520,48104,8
139IMCori Quispe Kevin Joel0PER24870PERU6,044,537,552451966,74-0,7410-7,4
1433FMSerarols Mabras BernatA0ESP22692264Xeraco6,044,037,542431963,672,332046,6
1523GMGonzales JaysonA0PHI23670PHILIPPINES6,044,037,052416965,910,09100,9
168GMOliva Castaneda Kevel0CUB24910CUBA6,042,536,532461966,60-0,6010-6,0
1734Saurabh AnandA-180IND22580INDIA6,041,034,052304965,620,38207,6
1812IMIniyan PU180IND24510INDIA6,040,034,052342967,34-1,3410-13,4
1921FMValenzuela Gomez FernandoA2425CHI23892393Sant Martí6,040,033,052338966,26-0,2610-2,6
2025Abhishek DasA0IND23250INDIA6,036,030,552246966,56-0,5620-11,2
2117IMSmirnov Artem0RUS24050RUSSIA5,547,039,55245595,55,460,04100,4
2215IMMiciano John MarvinU180PHI24110PHILIPPINES5,545,038,54240695,56,14-0,6410-6,4
2320IMAlarcon Casellas RolandoA0CUB23892399CUBA5,543,537,04234695,55,92-0,4210-4,2
2435FMGorti AkshitaA-18w0USA22550USA5,542,035,05230595,54,461,042020,8
2514IMFernandez Cardoso Alexey0CUB24390CUBA5,541,534,04233795,56,52-1,0210-10,2
2631FMRyan JosephA2337IRL22732254Montcada5,541,034,52230173,53,91-0,4120-8,2
2739Glimbrant TorbjornBSWE22132288SWEDEN5,539,533,04227595,54,900,602012,0
2851MKGarcia Gil JavierB2240ESP21102151Ideal Clavé5,538,032,04223495,53,941,562031,2
2927WGMFrayna Janelle MaeAw0PHI23150PHILIPPINES5,536,530,04224095,56,24-0,7420-14,8
3022IMVidarte Morales ArturoA2453ESP23812345Montcada5,044,037,542402855,09-0,0910-0,9

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Translation from Hindi by Aditya Pai