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Vignesh N R dominates 24th NordWest Cup 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/02/2023

IM Vignesh N R scored an unbeaten 6/7 to win 24th NordWest Cup in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Nine players finished 5.5/7. His brother, GM Visakh N R was among them and he was placed fifth according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund combining three groups was €5000. The top three prizes in Group A (>1850) were €1200, 800 and 600 along with a trophy each respectively. Vignesh won ₹106208 approximately. The last tournament the elder brother, Vignesh won was 34th All India Railway Chess Championship 2022 in November. Photo: Official site

Terrific start for Vignesh

The only time an Indian won this event was when GM Sethuraman S P won it in 2015. Last year, it was Vignesh's younger brother, GM Visakh N R who dominated several tournaments all over Europe in the summer. This year could possibly be the year of Vignesh.

Champion - IM Vignesh N R 6/7 | Photo: Official site

IM Vignesh N R defeated IM Ilja Schneider (GER) in the final round to win the tournament | Photo: Morten Fredsgaard Rasmmussen

Vignesh's younger brother GM Visakh N R (right) scored 5.5/7 to finish fifth on tie-breaks | Photo: Morten Fredsgaard Rasmmussen

The tournament hall at Kurpark Bad Zwischenahn on Zwischenahner Meer  | Photo: Morten Fredsgaard Rasmmussen

The playing hall had a picturesque view | Photo: Morten Fredsgaard Rasmmussen

Various players in action | Photo: Morten Fredsgaard Rasmmussen

A total of 161 players including 7 GMs, 16 IMs and a WIM took part in the Open A (>1850) category from various countries across the world. The four-day seven-round Swiss league Rating tournament was organized by SK Union Oldenburg e.V. and SC Schwarzer Springer Bad Zwischenahn e.V at Bad Zwischenahn in Germany from 26th to 29th January 2023. The time control of the tournament was 40 moves in 90 minutes + 15 minutes for the rest, 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

13IMVignesh N R2493627168
225IMLammers,Markus2297HSK Lister Turm5,529,5161
39IMPfreundt,Jakob2407HSK Lister Turm5,529,5157,5
41GMVan den Doel,Erik2581SG Porz e. V.5,528163
52GMVisakh N R2544SC Heusenstamm5,528159,5
711IMMeins,Gerlef2424Werder Bremen5,527155,5
87IMFeuerstack,Aljoscha2462FC ST.Pauli 1910 eV SAbt5,526,5160
913IMKoellner,Ruben Gideon24175,525,5153
1040 Stricker,Florian2179SpVgg Sterkrade Nord5,522152



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