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Areshchenko triumphs in Mayor's Cup – Jai Ho Mumbai!!

5/15/2009 – Six months ago the Indian financial metropolis was hit by a brutal terror attack, which accounted for nearly 200 casualties. It is very difficult to overcome such a trauma, but the city of Mumbai has a unique "Never-Say-Die" spirit to bounce back. And so it hosted the second editon of the Mumbai Mayor's International Chess Tournament, with a record 18,500 Euros prize fund. Slumdog report.
 

Jai Ho Mumbai!!

Report by Praful Zaveri

It's nearly six months since one of the most brutal terrorist attack on Mumbai. However, this image of a terrorist (later caught alive) raining bullets and grenades on the hapless civilians at the CST Railway Terminus will remain etched in the minds of every Mumbaikars foreover.

This ghastly 26/11 attack accounted for nearly 200 casualties and damages running into millions. It shook the city as well as the nation to the hilt.

Normally, it is very difficult for overcome such tragedy, but the city of Mumbai has been endowed with some supernatural power – a "Never-Say-Die" spirit to bounce back. That is exactly what it did after the end of the operation of nearly 60-hours.

Jai Ho Mumbai!! As for the meaning of the word "Jai Ho" (literally: "We praise"), I would like to quote world renowned Music maestro A.R. Rahman, whose compositions in "Slumdog Millionaire" made him the first Indian to win twin Oscars. "May You Be The Victor" – Jai Ho Mumbai!!

And, in keeping with this spirit, we continued with the hosting of the second editon of the Mumbai Mayor's International Chess Tournament at the Goregaon Sports Club. In spite of the security concerns the tournament attracted 415 players from ten countries, including 21 GMs and three WGMs. The prize fund was a record Rs.1,200,000 (nearly 18,500 Euros) with a first prize of Rs. 275,000 (nearly 4,000 Euros).

This event, the brainchild of Mr. Ravindra Dongre, Vice-President of the All India Chess Federation, has the support of the Municipal Commissioner of Mumbai, Mr. Jairaj Phatak, who is himself a very formidable player of yesteryear.

GM Alexander Areshchenko triumphs on a better tie-break.

The eleven-round tournament ended in a four-way tie at the top, with top seeded Ukranian GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko, GM Alexander Areshchenko, GM Koneru Humpy and GM P. Magesh Chandran ending up with a score 9.0/11. However, GM Alexander Areshchenko was declared the winner as he had better tie-break.


GM Alexander Areshchenko, UKR, 2657 playing GM P. Magesh Chandran, IND, 2462

Dubbed as 'Monster' for his aggressive style of play, Areshchenko raced to 6.0/6 and thereafter drew with Humpy in the seventh round. He scored one more victory over GM Zinchenko in the eighth round, followed by three draws, to clinch the title.


Second strongest female player in the world: GM Koneru Humpy

India’s highest ranked player in this event, GM Koneru Humpy, once again had to be contended with second place, after defeating GM Yaroslav Zinchenko of Ukraine in the last round. Top seed GM Evgeny Miroshnichenko, who beat GM Petr Kostenko and GM Magesh Chandran, who beat GM Vladimir Belov, was placed 3rd-4th.

The tournament was also a success story for lower rated players, as they were able to beat or draw with much fancied opponents. In the thirrd round, local college boy Sagar Shah created the biggest upset by defeating the third seed Vladimir Belov of Russia in just 36 moves, while in the eighth round 15-year old Mumbai schoolboy and IM norm holder Aditya Udeshi stunned Ukraine’s GM Alexander Zubarev in just 25 moves.


Latest Indian super-talent Aditya Udeshi


Another budding talent: Soumya Swaminathan

Top standings after eleven rounds

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2657 9.0 86.5 72.0 68.75
2 GM Koneru Humpy IND 2612 9.0 85.0 69.5 68.00
3 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2680 9.0 83.5 69.0 66.25
4 GM Panchanathan Magesh IND 2462 9.0 78.0 66.5 62.50
5 GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 2566 8.5 84.5 70.5 63.75
6 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J IND 2482 8.5 83.0 69.0 61.50
7 GM Timoshenko Georgy UKR 2550 8.5 80.5 66.5 60.25
8 IM Shyam Sundar M IND 2424 8.5 76.5 63.0 57.25
9 GM Iuldachev Saidali UZB 2497 8.5 76.5 63.0 56.75
10 GM Safin Shukhrat UZB 2485 8.5 76.0 61.5 57.00
11 GM Zinchenko Yaroslav UKR 2531 8.0 81.0 66.5 56.25
12 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2570 8.0 80.0 66.5 54.25
13 IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2403 8.0 77.5 64.0 53.25
14 GM Rahman Ziaur BAN 2523 8.0 77.0 63.5 55.75
15 GM Kostenko Petr KAZ 2490 8.0 77.0 63.0 52.50
16   Shivananda B S IND 2378 8.0 76.5 63.5 53.75
17 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu IND 2428 8.0 74.5 62.0 52.50
18 GM Temirbayev Serikbay KAZ 2458 8.0 74.5 61.0 53.25
19 IM Sharma Dinesh K IND 2382 8.0 74.5 61.0 50.50
20 IM Das Arghyadip IND 2424 8.0 73.5 61.0 52.25
21 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2514 8.0 73.5 60.0 52.75
22 IM Prakash G B IND 2404 8.0 73.0 59.5 50.75
23 GM Murshed Niaz BAN 2407 8.0 72.5 60.0 52.00
24 FM Shyam Nikil P IND 2376 8.0 71.0 58.0 50.50
25   Stany G A IND 2269 8.0 67.0 54.0 46.00
26 GM Belov Vladimir RUS 2623 7.5 82.5 68.0 53.25
27 GM Bakre Tejas IND 2452 7.5 81.0 67.0 53.25
28 GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2485 7.5 79.5 64.5 51.75
29 IM Rathnakaran K IND 2427 7.5 78.5 63.5 50.50
30   Matta Vinay Kumar IND 2317 7.5 78.0 64.0 50.25
31   Swapnil S Dhopade IND 2340 7.5 78.0 64.0 49.50
32   Saravana Krishnan P IND 2326 7.5 76.5 64.0 49.75
33   Thakur Akash IND 2308 7.5 76.5 63.5 48.50
34   Ram S Krishnan IND 2310 7.5 76.5 63.0 48.75
35   Shiven Khosla IND 2197 7.5 76.0 63.0 49.75
36 GM Barua Dibyendu IND 2483 7.5 75.5 63.0 49.75
37 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2428 7.5 75.0 61.5 48.25
38 IM Prathamesh Sunil Mokal IND 2407 7.5 75.0 61.0 49.00
39   Anilkumar O T IND 2227 7.5 74.5 61.0 47.25
40   Singh Gurpreet Pal IND 2268 7.5 74.0 61.0 47.25
41   Mehar Chinna Reddy C H IND 2241 7.5 74.0 61.0 46.75
42 IM Suvrajit Saha IND 2380 7.5 74.0 60.5 46.75
43 IM Murali Krishnan B T IND 2427 7.5 73.5 60.5 49.50
44 IM Deshmukh Anup IND 2299 7.5 73.5 60.0 46.50
45 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2303 7.5 73.0 60.0 46.75
46   Ankit R Rajpara IND 2179 7.5 73.0 59.5 45.50
47 GM Zubarev Alexander UKR 2566 7.5 72.5 61.0 47.75
48   Sahoo Utkal Ranjan IND 2222 7.5 72.0 59.5 46.75
49   Abhishek Das IND 2286 7.5 71.0 58.0 46.50
50   Joshi Pankaj IND 2292 7.5 70.5 57.5 46.50
51   Nirmal E P IND 2281 7.5 69.5 55.5 45.00
52   Sagar Shah IND 2271 7.5 69.0 57.0 44.50
53   Raghavendra V IND 2111 7.5 65.0 52.5 39.25

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