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Ganguly wins 7th Parsvnath Open in New Delhi

1/20/2009 – He was Anand's second at the World Championship in Bonn, and when Vishy himself arrived at the tournament an inspired Surya Shekhar Ganguly defeated the leading GM Petr Kostenko to lay the foundation for his ultimate victory. A case for the doping commission of FIDE? Hardly – inspiration is as far as we know not on the list. Ganguly beat Russian GM Mikhail Ulibin on tiebreak points. Report.
 

7th Parsvnath International Rating Chess Tournament

The event, organised by the Capablanca Chess Club, is took place from January 11th to 19th in the Modern School, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi. The event was a ten-round Swiss, and the winner was Indian GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, who beat Russian GM Mikhail Ulibin on tie-break points. Ganguly received Rs.200,000 (US $4,500) Indian Rupees of the total prize fund of Rs.11,50,000.


The winner of the 7th Parsvnath Open: Surya Shekhar Ganguly

In the final round National Champion Ganugly settled for a quick draw against P Karthikeyan, while Ulibin got better of M S Thejkumar. The two ways tie was resolved by Bucholz points, and Ganguly edged out Ulibin with just half point. Grandmaster Petr Kostenko drew his final game against Indian Grandmaster Neeltopal Das and finished a creditable third with 8 points.

P Karthikeyan and S P Sethuraman achieved grandmaster norm during this tournament and finished fourth and fifth respectively. International Master Prathamesh Mokal also achieved Grandmaster norm while Shahikant Kutwal, Prantik Roy and Arindam Mukherjee secured their International Master norms.

Shalmali Gagare bagged the best women prize while Altykenov Yerlan of Kazakhstan finished first among the unrated players. Joshi G B and Arunima Kalra become the best Delhi Player and Best Delhi Girl respectively.

In the closing ceremony, Air Marshal JN Burma AVSM VSM, Air Officer-in-Charge Administration, Indian Air Force gave away the prizes in presence of Shri. Harish Rawat, Member of Parliament and D V Sundar, Secretary All India Chess Federation.

Final standings after ten rounds (first 23 of 425 players)

Rnk
Name
Ti
Fed
Rtg
Pts
Bh.
1
Ganguly Surya Shekhar
GM
IND
2614
69
2
Ulibin Mikhail
GM
RUS
2511
68½
3
Kostenko Petr
GM
KAZ
2501
8
70½
4
Karthikeyan P
IM
IND
2450
8
70½
5
Sethuraman S P
IM
IND
2415
8
69½
6
Kuzubov Yuriy
GM
UKR
2626
8
66
7
Neelotpal Das
GM
IND
2490
8
64
8
Laxman R R
IM
IND
2478
8
63½
9
Ismagambetov Anuar
GM
KAZ
2523
8
62½
10
Kunte Abhijit
GM
IND
2527
67
11
Prathamesh Sunil Mokal
IM
IND
2389
67
12
Sriram Jha
IM
IND
2442
66½
13
Praveen Kumar C
IND
2360
66
14
Negi Parimarjan
GM
IND
2600
65½
15
Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi
IM
IND
2444
65
16
Thejkumar M S
IND
2424
63½
17
Thipsay Praveen M
GM
IND
2453
63
18
Gleizerov Evgeny
GM
RUS
2544
63
19
Solodovnichenko Yuri
GM
UKR
2571
62½
20
Arindam Mukherjee
IND
2259
62
21
Areshchenko Alexander
GM
UKR
2673
59½
22
Premnath R
IND
2303
59
23
Ibrayev Nurlan
GM
KAZ
2407
57


The playing venue in New Delhi, India


The playing hall


The school grounds, where the students are doing what Indians do best (apart from chess)


Cricket! How long do you think an international cricket game lasts?


Parimarjan Negi vs Petr Kostenko in round seven (Kostenko won in 53 moves)


One of India's great talents: GM Parimarjan Negi, 2600, who scored a below-par 7.5/10


13th: untitled Praveen Kumar, IND, rated 2360, who scored 7½/10 like Negi


27th: IM Boris N Katalymov from Kazakhstan, 2367


Fourth place for IM P. Karthikeyan of India, rated 2450


11th: IM Sunil Mokal Prathamesh, IND, 2389, 7½/10


A young Indian participant protected against the cold Delhi winter


A European participant similarly armed

Anand's visit inspired Ganguly to beat Kostenko

One of the truly honored guests at the Parsvnath Tournament was World Champion Vishy Anand, who received a tumultuous welcome.


Anand arrives at the tournament in Delhi


Everyone wants a signature from the champ

The daily Parsvnath press release stated: "The visit of world champion Vishy Anand to tournament hall boosted his second in the World Championship 2008, national champion Surya Shekhar Ganguly, to beat overnight sole leader Kazakh grandmaster Petr Kostenko in the eighth round of 7th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament here at Modern School on Saturday. Ganguly displayed sheer class to beat Kostenko from the white side of Sicilian Defence after 70 moves. During the course of the round World Champion Viswanathan Anand along with his better half Aruna visited the tournament hall and it was a pleasant experience for the players and spectators."


Was Ganguly receiving secret inspiration from Anand – in violation of the FIDE doping rules?


Looking good: Aruna in a sari with her husband Vishy Anand

Links

  • Official Delhi Chess Association web site
  • All games in zipped PGN
    The games, which were published round by round by the official site, were compiled at great risk to his health by Mark Crowther of TWIC. Mark writes: "I would plea with the bulletin editors to put together the material they have created in one database, look at it, and ask themselves whether the mess they created was really intended. What they did was reasonably well documented but the incompatibility of the live material from Monroi and that which the bulletin editors created produces a horror show."
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