Adhiban wins Reykjavik Open

by André Schulz
3/15/2018 – The strong "Reykjavik Open Robert Fischer Memorial" was won by the Indian grandmaster Adhiban Baskaran. The 13-year Nihal Sarin gave Indian fans even more to cheer about: he made his second GM norm. The best woman in the field was Deimante Cornette. | Photo: Gerd Densing

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Sarin makes GM norm

Yesterday, the "Gamma Reykjavik Open 2018 Robert Fischer Memorial" (March, 6 to March 14, 2018) came to an end. After nine rounds swiss Adhiban Baskaran was the sole winner with 7½ / 9.

Maxime Lagarde and Mustafa Yilmaz shared second place with 7.0 / 9 each. The two rating-favourites Richard Rapport (2715) and Pavel Eljanov (2713) both finished with 6½ / 9 and shared places five to six on tiebreak.

But things could have been worse for Eljanov. After his short win against the Hungarian Tibor Antal in round eight he had to fight for a long time before drawing his game in round nine.

 

Pavel Eljanov

A very bearded Pavel Eljanov | Photo: Lennart Ootes

 

No less than 17 players finished with 6½ / 9. Eugene Perelshteyn from the US and Dutch grandmaster Erwin l'Ami were part of this large group with 6½ / 9, but had a better tie-break than Rapport and Eljanov and finished ahead of the two super-grandmasters.

Adhiban had a slow start. In round one he drew against the untitled Soham Das from India, and in round three he had to concede another draw against another Indian, Sundararajan Kidambi.

But then Adhiban won five games in a row! Particularly crucial was his win against Rapport in round eight.

 

In the last round, Adhiban drew against his closest rival Mustafa Yilmaz and this was enough to win the tournament and the first prize of 5,000 Euros.

 

Mustafa Yilmaz and Adhiban Baskaran

Mustafa Yilmaz and Adhiban Baskaran | Photos: Fiona Steil-Antoni

The 25-year old Mustafa Yilmaz had a good tournament. Yilmaz is currently number three on the Turkish rating list, behind Alexander Ipatov, who was born in Ukraine but plays for Turkey, and Dragan Solak, who was born in Serbia and also plays for Turkey.

In round eight he won an important game against Daniel Fernandez.

 

The 23-year old French player Lagarde also left a strong impression in Reykjavik and seems set to establish himself among the top players from France where he currently ranks as number nine.

Here's his nine round win against Nihal Sarin:

 

Praggnanandha

Nihal Sarin | Photo: Gerd Densing

Nihal Sarin was one the three top U14 talents who started in Reykjavik — the other two were Praagnanandhaa and Nodirbek Abdusattorov. Of these three, Nihal Sarin had the biggest success in Reykjavik, though he scored the least points. Sarin finished with 6.0 / 9, but after five rounds he had led the field with 4½ / 5. The strong opposition he faced helped him to score a GM norm, his second.

Praggnanandhaa would have liked to have become the youngest grandmaster of all time, but could not score his last GM norm in time. In Reykjavik, he finished with 6½ / 9, his opponents were not strong enough for that to suffice. Abdusattorov also finished with 6½ / 9 — without a single loss.

Nodirbek Abdusattorov

Nodirbek Abdusattorov | Photo: Gerd Densing

The prize for the best woman in the field went to Deimante Cornette. She scored 6½ / 9 and on tiebreak finished two places ahead of her husband Matthieu Cornette who also had 6½ / 9.

Daimante Cornette | Photo: Gerd Densing

Results of the final round

Name Pts. Result Pts. Name
Yilmaz Mustafa ½ - ½ 7 Adhiban B.
Rapport Richard 6 ½ - ½ 6 Stefansson Hannes
Vaibhav Suri 6 ½ - ½ 6 Eljanov Pavel
Sundararajan Kidambi 6 ½ - ½ 6 Cornette Matthieu
Cornette Deimante 6 ½ - ½ 6 Landa Konstantin
Lagarde Maxime 6 1 - 0 6 Sarin Nihal
Ramirez Alejandro 6 ½ - ½ 6 Perelshteyn Eugene
Kamsky Gata 1 - 0 Bick Gabriel
Christiansen Johan-Sebastian 1 - 0 Adly Ahmed
l'Ami Erwin 1 - 0 Loiseau Quentin
Antal Tibor Kende 0 - 1 Can Emre
Thavandiran Shiyam ½ - ½ Grigoriants Sergey
Abrahamyan Tatev ½ - ½ Brunello Sabino
Moradiabadi Elshan 1 - 0 Dravid Shailesh
Bisby Daniel L 0 - 1 Abdusattorov Nodirbek

All available games

 

Final standings

1 4
 
GM Adhiban B.     IND 2650 7,5 6 5 2736 9 7,5
2 13
 
GM Lagarde Maxime     FRA 2587 7,0 6 4 2686 9 7
3 9
 
GM Yilmaz Mustafa     TUR 2619 7,0 5 4 2730 9 7
4 24
 
GM Perelshteyn Eugene     USA 2513 6,5 6 5 2567 9 6,5
5 6
 
GM l'Ami Erwin     NED 2634 6,5 6 4 2554 9 6,5
6 2
 
GM Eljanov Pavel     UKR 2713 6,5 5 5 2584 9 6,5
7 1
 
GM Rapport Richard     HUN 2715 6,5 5 4 2687 9 6,5
8 17
 
GM Vaibhav Suri     IND 2544 6,5 5 4 2637 9 6,5
9 15
 
GM Ramirez Alejandro     USA 2568 6,5 5 4 2595 8 6
10 27
 
IM Praggnanandhaa R U14   IND 2507 6,5 5 4 2579 9 6,5
11 19
 
GM Moradiabadi Elshan     USA 2535 6,5 5 4 2533 9 6,5
  31
 
IM Cornette Deimante   w LTU 2447 6,5 5 4 2593 9 6,5
13 29
 
IM Christiansen Johan-Sebastian U20   NOR 2486 6,5 5 4 2584 8 5,5
14 8
 
GM Cornette Matthieu     FRA 2620 6,5 4 5 2589 9 6,5
15 11
 
GM Can Emre     TUR 2603 6,5 4 5 2615 9 6,5
16 10
 
GM Landa Konstantin     RUS 2613 6,5 4 5 2557 9 6,5
17 22
 
IM Abdusattorov Nodirbek U14   UZB 2518 6,5 4 5 2619 9 6,5
18 3
 
GM Kamsky Gata     USA 2677 6,5 4 4 2630 9 6,5
19 21
 
GM Stefansson Hannes     ISL 2533 6,5 4 4 2588 8 6
20 33
 
GM Sundararajan Kidambi     IND 2427 6,5 4 4 2552 9 6,5
21 30
 
IM Bartholomew John     USA 2477 6,0 6 5 2388 9 6
22 25
 
GM Hamitevici Vladimir     MDA 2512 6,0 6 4 2456 9 6
23 16
 
GM Friedel Joshua     USA 2562 6,0 5 5 2547 9 6
24 44
 
IM Kavutskiy Konstantin     USA 2383 6,0 5 5 2422 9 6
25 35
 
IM Haria Ravi U20   ENG 2424 6,0 5 4 2565 9 6
26 23
 
GM Hjartarson Johann     ISL 2513 6,0 5 4 2518 9 6

...248 players

Tie Break1: Direct Encounter (The results of the players in the same point group)
Tie Break2: The greater number of victories (variable)
Tie Break3: Most black

Translation from German: Johannes Fischer

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susiep susiep 3/16/2018 07:04
It's "Soham Das" and "Vaibhav Suri."
notebook03 notebook03 3/15/2018 09:11
Nice one DF, for playing in the same tournament that you're providing written commentary and analysis for!
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