Drozdovskij, wins Bhubaneswar Open

6/18/2009 – The First SCS International Open GM tournamnent hosted more than 80 title holders, was held in the state of Orissa, India. Five players tied for first, with Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij taking first on tiebreak points. We bring you games and results, plus a spectacular travelogue on this very popular tourist spots in India by GM Sergey Tiviakov. Enjoy the temples and animals.

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First SCS International Open GM tournamnent

A GM tournament with more than 300 players is a common feature in India, and the First SCS International Open was no exception. The strongest ever open tournament in India, with more than 80 title holders, was organised by the Orissa Chess Association at Swosti Plaza, a four star hotel in Bhubaneswar, one of the popular tourist spots in India. Reigning European champion Sergei Tiviakov of Netherlands was the top seed, followed by Igor Kurnosov of Russia (no need for any introduction – remember Aeroflot 2009 and Shakriyer Memedyarov’s accusation and withdrawal).


Press conference at the Swosti Plaza Hotel, the venue of the tournament

The event was won by Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij, on tiebreak points, after scoring 8.0/10, the same as GMs Igor Kurnosov and Andrey Rychagov, both from Russia, GM Yuriy Kuzubov from Ukrain, and untitled M S Thejkumar from India.


The winner: Ukrainian GM Yuri Drozdovskij, with 8.0/10

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  Rp
1 GM Drozdovskij Yuri UKR 2603 8.0 65.0 60.0 54.0 2565
2 GM Kurnosov Igor RUS 2658 8.0 64.5 60.0 54.5 2645
3 GM Rychagov Andrey RUS 2530 8.0 63.5 59.5 54.0 2586
4 GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2632 8.0 63.0 58.0 52.5 2618
5   Thejkumar M S IND 2420 8.0 58.5 54.5 49.5 2516
6 GM Hossain Enamul BAN 2531 7.5 66.0 61.5 56.5 2550
7 GM Timoshenko Georgy UKR 2550 7.5 66.0 61.0 55.5 2555
8 IM Sethuraman S P IND 2451 7.5 64.0 59.0 54.0 2527
9 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2428 7.5 62.0 57.0 51.5 2452
10   Sangma Rahul IND 2312 7.5 61.5 58.0 53.5 2461
11 IM Khusnutdinov Rustam KAZ 2507 7.5 61.0 57.0 52.0 2460
12 GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2525 7.5 60.5 56.0 51.0 2507
13 GM Bakre Tejas IND 2452 7.5 58.5 54.0 48.5 2436
14 GM Zubarev Alexander UKR 2566 7.0 67.0 61.5 55.5 2512
15 IM Rathnakaran K IND 2427 7.0 66.5 61.5 56.0 2469
16 GM Ovetchkin Roman RUS 2549 7.0 66.0 61.0 56.0 2494
17 GM Vokarev Sergey RUS 2521 7.0 66.0 60.5 55.0 2502
18 GM Zinchenko Yaroslav UKR 2531 7.0 65.0 60.5 55.5 2506
19 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2697 7.0 64.5 60.0 54.5 2509
20 IM Narayanan Srinath IND 2381 7.0 63.5 59.0 54.0 2476
21 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2596 7.0 63.5 59.0 53.0 2538
22 IM Sengupta Deep IND 2466 7.0 63.5 58.5 53.5 2498
23   Santu Mondal IND 2140 7.0 62.5 58.0 53.0 2447
24 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2570 7.0 62.5 58.0 52.5 2519
25 IM Adhiban B IND 2483 7.0 62.5 57.5 52.0 2489
26 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2514 7.0 61.5 56.5 51.0 2415
27 IM Himanshu Sharma IND 2403 7.0 61.0 56.0 51.0 2418
  IM Saravanan V IND 2391 7.0 61.0 56.0 51.0 2375
29 GM Temirbayev Serikbay KAZ 2458 7.0 60.0 56.0 51.5 2457
30 FM Priyadharshan K IND 2411 7.0 60.0 55.0 49.5 2393
31 IM Deshmukh Anup IND 2299 7.0 59.5 56.0 51.5 2386
32 IM Sriram Jha IND 2453 7.0 59.5 56.0 51.0 2410
33 FM Minhazuddin Ahmed BAN 2382 7.0 59.5 55.5 50.5 2397
34   Shivananda B S IND 2378 7.0 58.5 54.0 49.0 2394
35 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman IND 2303 7.0 58.0 54.0 49.5 2363
36 IM Suvrajit Saha IND 2380 7.0 58.0 54.0 49.0 2380
37 IM Sareen Vishal IND 2380 7.0 55.0 50.5 46.0 2227
38 WIM Padmini Rout IND 2238 7.0 52.5 48.5 44.5 2288
39   Premnath R IND 2353 7.0 51.0 47.0 42.5 2202
40 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy IND 2482 7.0 50.5 48.5 44.0 2340

Pictorial impressions from Bubaneswar

By GM Sergey Tiviakov

Bhubaneshwar, the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Orissa, India, is a center for commerce and religious activity. The modern city of Bhubaneswar was designed by the German architect Otto Königsberger in 1946. With its vast variety of Hindu temples, Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a Temple City of India.


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The landscape around Bhubaneswar


A vendor producing sugarcane juice


A popular refreshment: coconut juice, derived from these fruit strapped to a bicycle


Our intrepid GM tourists Yuri Drozdovskij and Sergey Tiviakov try it out – behind them the ubiquitous Indian "auto-rickshaw"


WGM Natalia Zdebskaja of Ukraine also tastes the fresh juice



The 10th- or 11th-century Lingaraja temple of Bhubaneswar has been described as "the truest fusion of dream and reality." It is dedicated to Shiva.


The temple is covered with carvings. Sculpture and architecture fused elegantly to create a perfect harmony.


The temple is 54.8 metres high


Yuri and Natalia give us an impression of the size of the edifice


The Jain monastery near Bhubaneswar

The twin hills of Khandagiri & Udayagiri, eight km from Bhubaneswar, served as the site of an ancient Jain monastery which was carved into cave-like chambers in the face of the hill. Dating back to the 2nd century BC, some of the caves have beautiful carvings. The Rani Gumpha (Queen's Cave), one of the largest and double-storied, is ornately embellished with beautiful carvings. In the Hati Gumpha (Elephant Cave), King Kharavela has carved out the chronicles of his reign.


GMs Yuriy Kuzubov, Yuri Drozdovsky and WGM Natalia Zdebskaja in the temple


Our photographer Sergey Tiviakov in a carved-out camber


Accommodation for next year's event?


This room could be reserved for lower-ranked players


This is the big suite for top GMs


Natalia and Yuri seem satisfied with the arrangements


Sergey Tiviakov communicating with local denizens


One of them takes a special liking to Yuriy Kuzubov


Natalia finds a slightly larger friend (at the local zoo)


Sergey is also subject to the affections of the Indian pachyderm


Would you have known that there are these in Indian zoos?


The proudest felines of the Indian Subcontinent


Ukrainian GM ... wait, hang on, this is a stately Orang in the zoo


A somewhat mysterious sign in the zoo provide instructions to the zoo visitors – and to you, gentle reader

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