Top seed Narayanan S L dominates IPS Academy 2nd Sultan Khan Cup
GM Narayanan S L won IPS Academy Online Blitz Open with an unbeaten score of 8.5/9. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. This was Narayanan's third Open Blitz event triumph, hosted by ChessBase India. IM Mitrabha Guha scored sole 8.0/9 and he was placed second. GM Diptayan Ghosh secured third position 7.0/9 as he had a better tie-break among the group of twelve players with the same score. A total of 170 players including 6 GMs, 12 IMs, a WGM and 4 WIMs participated in this event from five different countries across the world. For the first time, a ChessBase India event took place on Tornelo, and it was quite a successful one.
Narayanan remains invincible
IPS Academy organized Sultan Khan Cup for the second consecutive year. Just like last year, this time also they donated the entire prize money for the benefit of the chess players and the sport. GM Narayanan S L continued his great momentum after finishing second at Riga Technical University Open 2021. He won ₹20000 cash prize for his efforts. He started with a double hat-trick of wins and then made a draw, finishing the tournament with two more wins at 8.5/9. IM Mitrabha scored 8.0/9 to secure second place and earned ₹10000. Twelve players finished at 7.0/9. GM Diptayan Ghosh was placed third according to tie-breaks. He received ₹5000 cash prize.
Sannidhya Agrawal from Madhya Pradesh donated ₹11000 to the family of Late Swatantra Jain.
I am writing in reference to Late Swatantra Jain who was an active chess player and chess coach for beginner kids. We have been chess mates since childhood and have been playing chess together for more than couple of decade or so, and I have always known him to be a disciplined and sincere person. - IM Akshat Khamparia.
A great escape
GM Narayanan S L made a double hat-trick by defeating IM Souhardo Basak. However, things were not easy.
Narayanan - Souhardo, Round 6
Black is completely winning in the above position. 47...Nb3 ends the game. Unfortunately for Black, he missed this due to time scramble and played 47...Qxa1 which allowed White to get back and win the game eventually.
In the penultimate round, Narayanan defeated GM Abhimanyu Puranik.
Narayanan - Abhimanyu, Round 8
Find out why 17...Rfe8 is a blunder and what Black should have done instead.
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IM Mitrabha Guha scored a fine victory against GM Diptayan Ghosh in the penultimate round.
Mitrabha - Diptayan, Round 8
Black made the incorrect decision of going towards the f4-pawn 64...Ke6. Instead 64...Bd7 would have headed towards a draw.
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GM Diptayan Ghosh defeated GM Abhimanyu Puranik in the sixth round using the protected passed pawn.
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As mentioned earlier in the tournament announcement, 50% of the entry fee collected ₹37776 has been given to Late Mr.Swatantra Jain's family and the remaining 50% worth ₹37776 is distributed as scholarship to the following players:
Ayush Pattanaik - ₹5000
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|4||8||IM||Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||IND||2432||7,0||52,0||55,5||41,00||0,0||7|
|7||13||FM||Srihari L R||IND||2414||7,0||49,5||53,0||39,25||0,0||6|
|9||14||IM||Sammed Jaykumar Shete||IND||2412||7,0||48,0||51,5||37,50||0,0||7|
|10||36||Ilamparthi A R||IND||2000||7,0||47,0||51,0||38,50||0,0||7|
|11||53||Hruthik Lokesh P||IND||1677||7,0||47,0||51,0||37,00||0,0||7|
|12||41||Arhan Chethan Anand||IND||1915||7,0||45,0||47,0||34,00||0,0||7|
|19||10||IM||A Ra Harikrishnan||IND||2429||6,0||50,5||54,5||34,50||0,0||6|
|22||11||IM||Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad||IND||2425||6,0||47,0||51,0||31,00||0,0||6|
|25||32||Namitbir Singh Walia||IND||2093||6,0||47,0||50,0||29,00||0,0||6|
Main Prize winners (Top 30)
|1||GM Narayanan S L||8.5||20000|
|2||IM Mitrabha Guha||8||10000|
|3||GM Diptayan Ghosh||7||5000|
|4||IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||7||4000|
|5||GM Abhimanyu Puranik||7||3000|
|6||IM Sayantan Das||7||1500|
|7||FM L R Srihari||7||1500|
|8||IM Neelash Saha||7||1500|
|9||IM Sammed Jaykumar Shete||7||1500|
|10||Ilamparthi A R||7||1500|
|11||Hruthik Lokesh P||7||1000|
|12||Arhan Chethan Anand||7||1000|
|13||FM Aradhya Garg||7||1000|
|15||AGM J Karthikeyan||6.5||1000|
|16||IM Souhardo Basak||6||1000|
|17||IM Harikrishnan A Ra||6||1000|
|18||GM M R Venkatesh||6||1000|
|19||CM Kushagra Mohan||6||1000|
|20||IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad||6||1000|
|21||Namitbir Singh Walia||6||500|
|22||FM Jeet Jain||6||500|
|25||CM Prraneeth Vuppala||6||500|
|26||AIM Ashwin Sairam||6||500|
|27||IM Arghyadip Das||6||500|
|29||Paras Dilip Bhoir||6||500|
|1||WIM Arpita Mukherjee||6.5||5000|
|2||WGM Srija Seshadri||6||4000|
|3||IM Bhakti Kulkarni||5.5||3000|
|5||WFM Srishti Pandey||5||1000|
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|31||Pranav A J||6|
|34||GM Harsha Bharathakoti||5.5|
|35||Aditya Bikram Paul||5.5|
|36||IM P D S Girinath||5.5|
|39||Laddha Yash Jayesh||5.5|
|42||FM Nikhil Dixit||5|
|43||Mithun Ramalingam R||5|
|46||Swayham P Das||5|
|52||IM Maka Purtseladze||5|
|58||Aneesh Krishna S||5|
|59||Thirunarayanan Sampath Kumar||5|
|61||Riyan Amit Shah||5|
|65||Krishna Karthik N||5|
|80||GM Laxman R R||4|
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|2||IM Anuj Shrivatri||6||2000|
|4||WFM Nityata Jain||5||1000|
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