11th Parsvnath Delhi International Chess Festival 2013
The tournament, which was first held twelve years ago, was split into three
different sections. The 'A' section has a prize purse is Rs. 1.25 million (=
US $22,000 or €16,800). The ‘B’ section, for players rated
below 2200 rating, has a prize pool of Rs. 300,000 (€4,200 or US $5,500),
while the section ‘C’, reserved for players rated below 1900 Elo
rating, has a prize fund of Rs. 600,000 and will start on the 9th of January.
Round nine: Karthikeyan, Rathnakaran make GM norms
Untitled 13-year-old Murali Karthikeyan (above) scored his maiden grandmaster
norm after securing a draw against Commonwealth champion M.R. Lalith Babu in
the ninth and penultimate round of the premier section of the Parsvnath International
Chess Tournament. IM K. Rathnakaran also joined the party by making his second
GM norm, defeating top seed Abhijeet Gupta.
At the top of the tables GM Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus (above) pulled himself
closer to winning the tournament at the expense of Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan.
GM Marat Dzhumaev in the round nine game he lost against Aleksandrov
With just one round to go, Aleksandrov is sitting pretty in the tournament
on 7.5 points from nine games, enjoying a half point lead over nearest contender
Henrik Teske of Germany. Five players – Kiril Kuderinov, Vaibhav Suri,
P.Magesh Chandran, Rathnakaran and Dzhumaev share the third spot with 6.5 points
After a lucky victory against Grandmaster Sahaj Grover in the previous round,
it turned out to be another good day for Teske as he simply outclassed Jahongir
Vakhidov of Uzbekistan. Amongst other top games, Suri played out a hard-fought
draw with Kuderinov while Magesh Chandran scored a fine technical victory over
Czebe Attila of Hungary.
The hero of the day however was former Under-12 World Champion Murali Karthikeyan,
who played another nerve-wracking game in the tournament. The Chennai-based
youngster lost a pawn in the endgame, but fought on well to force parity against
Lalith Babu. The achievement makes Murali the youngest grandmaster norm holder
in the country currently.
Rakesh Kulkarni made an IM norm, while...
Wang Doudou of China made a WIM norm
Rathnakar defeated Gupta from a slightly worse middle game arising out of a
Center Counter opening. Gupta blundered to land himself in to difficulties and
then Rathnakaran pushed for victory with some precise play.
Round ten: Aleksej Aleksandrov wins premier section
Aleksej Aleksandrov of Belarus won the premier section of Parsvnath International
Chess Festival, after drawing with GM Henrik Teske of Germany in the tenth and
final round of the tournament. Aleksandrov finished with eight points out of
a possible ten, clear first ahead of...
... Marat Dzhumaev of Uzbekistan, who finished second with best tiebreak
It turned out to be a three-way tie for the second spot, and Teske (above)
finished third while Indian Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri ended fourth. Aleksandrov
won the winner’s purse of Rs. 300,000, while Dzhumaev took home Rs. 200,000.
Amongst the Indians Vaibhav Suri got the biggest check of Rs. 75,000
Meanwhile, Kumar Gaurav deservingly won the Category C tournament of the
scoring nine points out of a possible ten to pocket the Rs. 100,000 winner’s
The tournament produced an Indian record in terms of participation as in all
899 participants took part in three different categories. In terms of prize
money offered too, it was a giant leap forward as the total prize fund of the
festival was at 2.05 million Rupees, bettering the highest prize fund ever offered
by over 30%.
The Delhi Chess Association is known to honour its stars, and this time was
no exception. Four players were felicitated with a cash award of Rs. 25,000
each. GM Abhijeet Gupta and Tania Sachdev were rewarded for their excellent
show in the Chess Olympiad where they won individual medals, while Sahaj Grover
got the honour for becoming the latest grandmaster. Grandmaster Abhijeet Kunte
was also rewarded for his contribution as the trainer of Indian women team in
the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul, where the Indian women had finished best-ever
in fourth place.
Top final rankings (after ten rounds)