Venkatesh M R clinches 21st Dolomitenbank Open Lienz 2023
GM Venkatesh M R defeated GM Sandipan Chanda in the final round to win 21st Dolomitenbank Open Lienz 2023. There were five players at 6.5/8 each heading into the final round. Venkatesh was the only person to win his game among the pack. A well-timed exchange sacrifice allowed Venkatesh to create and seize the opportunity for a first place finish. Venkatesh won €2000 and a trophy. The only other Indian to make a top ten finish is Sandipan. A last round loss pushed him back to seventh place. He received €250 as his prize. Venkatesh has already started his next event at 6th Cannes Games Festival 2023 in France. Photo: Georg Weiler
Venkatesh's first triumph since May 2019
India's 28th GM Venkatesh M R is a very strong player. Last year, he made a couple of podium finishes. Yet a tournament triumph is something he had not achieved since winning his last rating tournament in May 2019. This tournament victory is certainly going to boost his confidence. He has played some fantastic games in this event. Nikolov Rumen (BUL, 2219) scored an IM-norm. WIM Dr. Gundula Heinatz (SUI, 2162) is the top finisher among female participants. She scored 6/9 to finish 16th overall.
Five players were - Nikolov Rumen (BUL, 2219), GM Venkatesh M R (2452), GM Sandipan Chanda (2453), FM Pascal Karsay (GER, 2327) and GM Robert Zelcic (CRO, 2497) were at 6.5/8 heading into the final round. Apart from Robert, the remaining four were unbeaten then.
Sandipan - Venkatesh, Round 9
26.Nc5 cannot be called a mistake. However, it creates a promising opportunity for Black. When a draw in the final round does not guarantee a first place finish and your opponent is such a strong player like GM Sandipan Chanda, you have to seize every tiny chance you get. GM Venkatesh M R just did that. He sacrificed an exchange and had huge play as a compensation. 26...Rxc5 27.Qxc5 Nxa4 28.Qa3 Nxb2 29.Qxb2 e4 30.Qe2 White makes one final attempt to not give a second piece for the exchange. Black was determined to get it 30...Bc3 and now White needed to return the exchange. Instead, he decided to go for rook against two bishops which gave Black a decisive advantage. Venkatesh became the sole player to win his final round game among the leaders. Thus, he won the tournament.
A total of 132 players including six GMs, eight IMs and two WIMs took part from 24 countries all over the world. The eight-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by Schachklub DolomitenBank Lienz at Handelsakademie Lienz in Lienz, Austria from 11th to 18th February 2023. The time control of the tournament was 40 moves in 90 minutes followed by 30 minutes with 30 seconds increment from move no.1.
Replay Round 1-9 games
|2||25||Nikolov Rumen||BUL||2219||2243||Satranç Club 2000 E. V.||7||53,5||42,5||40,00|
|5||3||GM||Zelcic Robert||CRO||2497||2524||Sv Schwarzach||7||47,5||37||36,75|
|9||16||FM||Karsay Pascal||GER||2327||2296||Sv Worms 1878||6,5||49||37,5||33,75|