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Visakh N R dominates 20th Splimbergo Masters 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/08/2022

GM Visakh N R scored an unbeaten 7.5/9 to win the tournament. He finished a full point ahead of the competition. Six players scored 6.5/9 each. GM Diptayan Ghosh and IM Alexander Katz (USA) secured second and third place respectively according to their tie-breaks. Visakh's brother IM Vignesh N R and IM P Shyam Nikhil scored 6.5/9 each. They were placed fifth and sixth respectively. IM Sayantan Das and GM Karthik Venkataraman scored 6/9 to secure eighth and tenth place. MPL 35th National Junior 2022 Girls champion, WGM Priyanka Nutakki won the Best Woman prize. The total prize fund of the tournament was €7000. Top three prizes were €1500 and a trophy, €800 and €600 each. This is Visakh's fifth overall, fourth individual tournament victory of the year. Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

Visakh continues his impressive run

This is Visakh's fourth individual triumph of 2022. He won the Trakehner Open 2022 on 31st July 2022 where he dominated with a 100% score 7/7 and finished 1.5 points ahead of the field. Then he won 24th Wasselonne Open 2022 on 7th August. He was also the top Indian performer at 55th Biel Chess Festival Masters Tournament (MTO) 2022. Visakh generally dominates all the tournaments which he wins. This is the minimum margin of his triumph - one point, highest was 2nd San Leo International Open where he finished two points ahead of the field. It goes without saying that, Visakh is having a fantastic year so far.

Champion - GM Visakh N R 7.5/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

Winner of 20th Splimbergo Masters 2022 - GM Visakh N R with the organizers | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

Runner-up - GM Diptayan Ghosh 6.5/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

Visakh - Katz, Round 9

Position after 18...Nb4

GM Visakh N R (2542) played sharp chess throughout the tournament. Last round against IM Alexander Katz (USA, 2412) was no different either. 19.Nf6+ Kg7 20.Qg3! the f6-knight is tactically defended Bb8 21.Rfe1 well now both knights are tactically defended. 21...Nc6 time to smash the position 22.Rxc6 Qxc6 23.e5 d3 24.N4h5+ Kh8 25.Qe3 prompted Black to resign as the checkmate is inevitable. What a beautiful way to finish and win the tournament.

Visakh scored an unbeaten 7.5/9, performed at 2657 and gained 12.2 Elo rating points

5th IM Vignesh N R 6.5/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

6th IM P Shyam Nikhil 6.5/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

8th IM Sayantan Das 6.5/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

10th GM Karthik Venkataraman 6/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

Best Woman - WGM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/9 | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

WFM Srishti Pandey scored 5/9 and gained 39.6 Elo rating | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

The tournament hall at La Favorita, sports center in Splimbergo, Italy | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

The prizes | Photo: Roberto Pellicoro

A total of 104 players including 7 GMs, 15 IMs, 2 WGMs and a WIM took part in the Masters (>2000) tournament from 16 countries across the world. The Open A (1700-2100) category had 100 players, Open B (1400-1799) 58 and Open C (0-1499) witnessed 68 players. The all four tournaments were organized by A S D Le Due Torri Spilimbergo from 9th to 15th August 2022. The time control was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 Rpnwwew-we
GMVisakh N RIND25427,547,55123842657265797,56,281,22
GMGhosh DiptayanIND25386,549,55324272593259396,55,750,75
IMKatz AlexanderUSA24126,5454923192485248596,55,550,95
GMVetoshko VolodymyrUKR24986,54448,523612527252796,56,110,39
IMVignesh N RIND24676,543,547,523512517251796,55,870,63
IMShyaamnikhil PIND24656,54347,523352501250196,56,000,50
IMBailet PierreFRA25116,5434723732539253996,56,120,38
IMDas SayantanIND245964853239025152515965,280,72
GMDelorme AxelFRA246564751,5237224972497965,560,44
GMKarthik VenkataramanIND247764750,5240125262526965,390,61



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