Gupta wins Parsvnath GM Open in Delhi

by Niklesh Kumar Jain
1/23/2014 – The 12th edition of this giant event, with a total prize fund of Rs. 2.3 million ($37,000 or €27,000) plus laptop prizes, attracted 1396 players from 15 countries, including 22 GMs and 24 IMs, setting an Indian record for highest number of participants. The tournament was won by Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta, who had just returned from winning the Al Ain Classic the week before. Big illustrated report.

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Abhijeet Gupta wins 12th Parsvnath Open in New Delhi

Report by  Niklesh Jain & M.S. Gopakumar

12th edition of Parsvnath International Grandmaster Open Chess Tournament, organised by Capablanca Chess Club, took place from January 9th to 16th in the Ludlow Castle Sports Complex, New Delhi, with a total prize fund of Rs. 2,300,000 (US $37,000 or 27,000 Euros) and laptops as special prizes.  The tournament attracted a total of 1396 players from 15 countries, including 22 grandmasters, 24 International Masters and one WGM in the Premier section. That set an Indian record for highest number of participants, bettering 899 present in the previous edition.

The event was played over three different categories: a Premier event or Category A for players rated 2000 and above; Category B for players below 2000 Elo, and Category C for players below 1600. All three categories played under the Swiss System with ten rounds and a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment from move one.

ग्रांड्मास्टर अभिजीत गुप्ता ने जीता 12वां पार्श्वनाथ इंटरनेशनल ओपन

अगर आप अब तक भारतीय शतरंज के कुम्भ के बारे में नहीं जानते थे तो अब जान लीजिए। क्योंकि भारत में इससे पहले किसी भी अंतराष्ट्रीय स्पर्धा में कभी लगभग 1400 खिलड़ियों ने एक साथ प्रतिभागिता  नहीं की थी । भारत की राजधानी नई दिल्ली में आयोजित किए गए 12वें पार्श्वनाथ इंटरनेशनल ओपन ग्रांड्मास्टर शतरंज प्रतियोगिता भारत के ही पूर्व विश्व जूनियर विजेता अभिजीत गुप्ता ने जीत ली है । कापाब्लांका चेस क्लब द्वारा आयोजित यह प्रतियोगिता 9 से 16 जनवरी तक लुडलो केसल स्पोर्ट्स कॉम्प्लेक्स नई दिल्ली मे सफलता पूर्वक आयोजित की गयी । परतियोगिता की कुल पुरुष्कार राशि 23 लाख रुपेय थी साथ ही साथ तकरीबन 2 लाख रुपेय के लैपटाप भी वितरित किए गए । प्रतियोगिता कुल तीन वर्गो ABC में आयोजित की गयी थी । इसमें कुल 15 देशो के  कुल 22 ग्रांड्मास्टर , 24 इंटेरनेशनल मास्टर ,और 1 महिला ग्रांड्मास्टर ने प्रतिभागिता की । प्रतियोगिता में कुल 1396 खिलाड़ियों ने भाग लिया जो एक नया रिकार्ड है ।

Chief Guest Air Commodore Amar Babu VM inaugurating the event by making customary
first move against top seed Kravstiv Martyn – उदघाटन समारोह  मे कुछ यूं हुआ उदघाटन

Winner Abhijeet Gupta with his trophy – विजेता अभिजीत गुप्ता

Grandmaster and Commonwealth Champion Abhijeet Gupta won the title in the Premier section and got richer by Rs. 300,000 ($4,800 or 3,600 Euros) along with some useful rating points for his fantastic performance. The 24-year-old now has back-to-back victories in International tournaments, after winning the Al Ain Classic in the last week of December. Gupta won six games and drew four to tally eight points´, which was a half more than the nearest five competitors.

Rank  Ti. Name Rtng FED
1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2606 IND
2 GM Neverov Valeriy 2519 UKR
3 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2475 IND
4 GM Gasanov Eldar 2469 UKR
5 GM Gomez John Paul 2541 PHI
6 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2614 GEO
7   Sattarov Bobir 2194 UZB
8 GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2579 IND
9 GM Sengupta Deep 2538 IND
10   Kathmale Sameer 2351 IND
11 IM Karthikeyan Murali 2472 IND
12 GM Gagunashvili Merab 2547 GEO
13 GM Kravtsiv Martyn 2628 UKR
14 GM Evdokimov Alexander A. 2558 RUS
15 IM Narayanan Srinath 2414 IND
16 GM Dzhumaev Marat 2521 UZB
17 GM Sanikidze Tornike 2541 GEO
18 GM Barbosa Oliver 2579 PHI
19 IM Rajesh V A V 2404 IND
20 GM Grover Sahaj 2478 IND
21 GM Arun Prasad S. 2504 IND
22 IM Ankit R. Rajpara 2443 IND
23 IM Saravanan V. 2341 IND
24   Vignesh Nr 2354 IND
25 GM Venkatesh M.R. 2524 IND
26   Visakh Nr 2330 IND
27 WGM Padmini Rout 2327 IND
28 IM Karthikeyan P. 2342 IND
29 GM Laxman R.R. 2455 IND
30 GM Vaibhav Suri 2547 IND

The tournament hall in the in the Ludlow Castle Sports Complex

शानदार मैच स्थल

First runner-up Ukrainian grandmaster Valeriy Neverov receiving his trophy and check. Neverov finished
second with his best tiebreak score on 7.5 points after taking a draw with John Paul Gomez of Philippines...

... while Indian GM Deepan Chakkravarthy finished third with a commendable
victory against Russian grandmaster Alexander Evdokimov in the final round

Ukranian grandmaster Eldar Gasanov finished fourth

Vijay Kumar of Bihar annexed the title in the B event for the players of Below 2000 Elo, with his best tiebreak in a five-way tie for first. Tallying 8.5 points, Vijay had the best Buchholz score to win a cash award of Rs. 100,000 while his teammate Kumar Gaurav finished as first runner-up. 

A notable performance in this section came from Under-8 world champion R. Praggananandhaa
(count the 'a's), who also tied for the top place but had to be content with a fourth place finish.

In the category C event, a two-way tie for the title was resolved by Buchholz tie break and Imtiaz Ali of Punjab clinched the title with nine points while Tamim Ahmad of Afghanistan finished second.

In the closing ceremony, Jiji Thomson IAS, Director General, Sports Authority of India gave away the prizes in presence of Hisham Al-Taher, General Secretary Asian Chess Federation, Bharat Singh, CEO All India Chess Federation and AK Verma, Secretary Delhi Chess Association.

Arjun Tiwari achieved an IM norm

Carried his form all the way from the start: GM Abhijeet Gupta

Filippino grandmaster John Paul Gomez finished fifth

GM Lalith Babu finished eighth

Top seed GM Kravstiv Martyn (2628, UKR) was disappointed with his 13th place finish

Sattarov Bobir of Uzbekistan, rated 2194, had an outstanding event and
acheived his maiden GM norm, finishing seventh in this strong event

Uzbekistan girl Sarvinoz Kurbonboeva achieved a WIM norm

WGM Padmini Route secured her IM Norm

A very young chess player in action

The hall is full and parents wait on the stairs for the kids to finish their games

Proud father Ajay Gupta with his winner son Abhijeet

भारत मे शतरंज इन दिनो पूरे उफान पर है । दिल्ली की भीड़ ये बताती है की विश्वनाथन आनंद की  सफलता ने भारत को शतरंज मे एक नयी दिशा दी है ।और जब भारत कई युवा कम उम्र की प्रतिभा सामने ला रहा है उम्मीद है  भारत को जल्द ही उसका एक और आनंद जरूर मिलेगा । और जैसा की विश्व चैम्पियन मेगनस कार्लसन मानते है की भारत अगले 10-15 सालो में शतरंज का सुपर पावर होगा ।

Delhi visit

Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential Residence in New Delhi [photo Naina]

Your reporter Niklesh Jain at Qutub Minar

Qutb Minar, also spelled Qutub or Qutab, is an ancient Islamic monument the tallest minar in India. It is made of red sandstone and marble, is 72.5 metres (237.8 ft) high, and has a base diameter of 14.3 metres, which narrows to 2.7 metres at the top. Construction was started in 1192 and the structure was completed in 1368.

Raj Ghat, the simple square platform of black marble that marks the spot
where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, following his assassination in 1948

The Red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila), built in 1638, rise 33 m above the
clamour of Old Delhi, as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors

India Gate New Delhi – इंडिया गेट नई दिल्ली  

At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an "Arc de Triomphe" like archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart, it commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World Wars.

If you just go near you can find the names of 13,516 British and Indian
soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919

About The Reporters 

M. S. Gopakumar is an experienced Indian International Arbiter and he officiated as Chief Arbiter in prestigious tournaments like the Category 18 AICF-AAI Cup Grandmasters Chess Tournament in New Delhi in 2012, the Category 17 AAI Grandmasters Chess Tournament in New Delhi 2011, the India-Israel Chess Blindfold, Rapid and Blitz events in 2012. He officiated as arbiter in World Youth Chess Championships at Caldas Novas, Brazil 2011, Maribor, Slovenia 2012, Al Ain, UAE 2013 and the Asian Indoor Games at Incheon, South Korea 2013. Moreover he has the experience of several Asian continental, international norm tournaments, national championships and FIDE Rated chess tournaments to his credit. 

Niklesh Kumar Jain is an international player, a FIDE National Instructor, arbiter, tournament organizer, who won the international tournament in Sri Lanka in 2010. He also worked for a television network as an anchor and news writer for two years. He was also in a ChessBase report when he played in France 2007, and reported in Hindi during World Chess Championship 2013. With the AICF, MPSLCA and the school management Niklesh is working to promote chess in the schools of central and north India.


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FIDE Instructor Niklesh Kumar Jain Jain is an international chess player who has participated in tournaments in almost in 20 different countries, winning the international tournament in Sri Lanka in 2010. He also worked for a television network as an anchor and news writer for two years and reported in Hindi during World Chess Championship 2013 and 2014.


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