Aravindh Chithambaram leads with four others at the Sunway Sitges 2017
The Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival is just over it's halfway point. 5 players are now tied at 5.0/6, including two youngsters GMs Aravindh Chithambaram and Awonder Liang. The other three players are experienced GM Hrant Melkumyan, IM Matthias Dann and IM Aman Hambleton. In this report by our 12-year-old author we not only tell you all about the main event, but also take you to all the other events that are taking place in Sitges. We also have an interview with the man behind the Sunway Chess Festival. Enjoy our report from Barcelona, Spain.
What previously consisted of many players in the lead is now taking a definite shape as the tournament is surging ahead. We have five leaders on 5.0/6 at the Sunway Sitges International 2017. They are:
Rank after Round 6
|1||14||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2586||0||5,0||21,5||24,5||19,0|
|10||6||GM||Edouard Romain||FRA||2621||0||Club de Ajedrez Sestao||4,5||20,0||23,0||16,5|
Aravindh until now has four wins and two draws. He has drawn with GM Alexander Predke and IM Matthias Dann. Apart from this he has beaten all his other opponents, the best one being Dinara Sadduakassova in round five.
The other youngster who has impressed one and all with his play is GM Awonder Liang. He is also in the lead with 5.0/6. Awonder is just 14 years old. He beat the experienced Spanish GM Marc Narciso Dublan in round five.
The B category, after the fifth round had a sole leader...
The leader drew his sixth round game and was joined by Nadal Fajardo Ricard and Vargas Drechsler Carlos at the top.
Rank after Round 6
|1||7||Nadal Fajardo Ricard||D||ESP||1946||2126||Barcelona, Club Escacs||5,0||21,0||24,5||18,0|
|2||16||Vallbona Domingo Joan||65 H||D||ESP||1918||2073||Tres Peons C.E.||5,0||20,0||23,0||18,5|
|3||9||Vargas Drechsler Carlos||H||D||ESP||1935||2107||Tres Peons C.E.||5,0||18,0||20,5||18,5|
|4||8||Magallanes Gustavo Javier||D||ARG||1935||2113||Peon Doblado||4,5||22,0||25,0||18,0|
|5||6||Amellal Sofiane Anis||D||ALG||1947||0||Nadi Riadhi Malki||4,5||20,5||24,0||17,5|
|6||11||Flores Mendoza Jose Antonio||D||ESP||1932||2127||Viladecans C.E.||4,5||20,5||23,0||17,5|
|7||15||Taylor Robert Graham||65||D||WLS||1919||0||4,5||19,0||21,5||16,5|
|8||4||Gil Vega Marcel||ESP||1978||2144||Colmena, La C.E.||4,5||18,0||19,5||14,5|
|9||17||Gurel Ahmet Unal||H||D||TUR||1918||0||4,5||17,5||20,0||15,5|
|10||38||Costa Trave Jaume||E||ESP||1792||2041||Granollers-Canovelles||4,5||17,5||19,5||14,5|
Sunway Sitges International Chess festival also hosted a Night Blitz which went on till 2:00 am! The victor was Victor Bologan with a full score of 9.0/9!
Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|2||1||GM||Munoz Miguel||pag||ESP||2655||2617||Sant Andreu C.E.||8,0||51,0||55,5||40,0|
|5||3||IM||Santos Latasa Jaime||ESP||2516||2536||6,0||49,5||52,5||32,5|
|10||9||IM||Gascon Del Nogal Jose Rafael||Ex||VEN||2364||2517||6,0||42,0||45,5||28,0|
As preparation for the rounds, GMs Ivan Sokolov and Romain Edouard held a conference explaining about material from the books that they have written for Thinkers Publishing.
A lot must be said about the Organizer, Mr Oskar. He has truly done a great job with the whole event. The event is over its halfway point and is slowly nearing its end, but by then, you really don't want it to end. As promised, here is a short interview with Mr Oskar.
The crucial stages in the tournament will follow in the next few days. Catch all the action in our next article on the Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival 2017!