Iniyan clinches La Nucia Open

by Shahid Ahmed
10/15/2021 – Iniyan Panneerselvam scored an unbeaten 7/8 to win the La Nucia International Open 2021. He had to miss the eighth round game due to his commitments towards the CoinDCX Chess Super League, and still managed to win the tournament in just eight games. He won a trophy and €2.500 as a prize. Iniyan annotated his favourite game from the tournament. | Photo: Valencian Chess Federation

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Iniyan Panneerselvam scored an unbeaten 7/8 to win the La Nucia International Open 2021. He had to miss the eighth round game due to his commitments towards the CoinDCX Chess Super League, and still managed to win the tournament in just eight games. He won a trophy and €2.500 as a prize.

GMs Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder (CHI) and Andrey Sumets (UKR) also finished with the same 7/9 score. However, they were placed second and third according to the tie-breaks. This is Iniyan’s third over-the-board triumph of the year since he won a double at the Noisiel Open

Iniyan annotated his favourite game from the tournament, his win against GM Evgeny Postny (ISR) in the fifth round.

 

Andrey Sumets, Iniyan, Rodrigo Vasquez

Top 3 (left to right): GM Andrey Sumets 7/9 (UKR), GM P Iniyan 7/8 and GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder 7/9 (CHI) | Photo: Valencian Chess Federation

GM Iniyan had an interesting draw with the eventual second runner-up, GM Andrey Sumets.

 

14...d3 is an interesting pawn sacrifice — 15.Qxd3 Bf5 16.Qd5 Bxe4 17.Qxf7+ Kh8 18.Bxe4 Rf8 19.Bxf8 Rxf8 and Black is safe, although initially, it may have seemed to cause trouble for Black. Iniyan obviously saw all these lines before pushing his d-pawn. The game eventually ended in a draw.

 

Iniyan defeated the eventual runner-up of the event, GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder, in the seventh round.

 

Black cornered and limited the mobility of his own queen with 13...e5 14.Bh2 Bd7 15.Be2, and we got the above position. To avoid the queen from getting trapped, Black had to give up a piece — 15...Qf5 16.g4 Nxg4 17.hxg4 Qxg4+ 18.Bg3. Even though Black got a couple of pawns for the knight, it was not enough compensation. Iniyan converted his advantage into a win without any difficulty.

 

Iniyan defeated IM Jony Wilson Leon Valdes (CUB) in the final round.

 

27.Kf2 is a big mistake, as White lost the loose pawns and Black gained a decisive advantage. Find out how.

 

Iniyan, La Nucia Chess Open 2021

Iniyan getting interviewed by the local media | Photo: Valencian Chess Federation

Three nice finishes

 

GM Rodrigo Vasquez Schroeder (CHI) defeated FM Alejandro Domingo Nunez (ESP) in round 6

 

GM Evgeny Postny (ISR) won against IM Carolina Lujan (ARG) in round 8

 

IM Jony Wilson Leon Valdes (CUB) lost to GM P Iniyan in round 9


Final standings

  SNo.     Name Country Points Elo
1 5 GM m Iniyan, P IND 7.0 2529
2 8 GM m Vasquez Schroeder, Rodrigo CHI 7.0 2467
3 6 GM m Sumets, Andrey UKR 7.0 2497
4 4 GM m Postny, Evgeny ISR 6.5 2552
5 2 GM m Santos Ruiz, Miguel ESP 6.5 2596
6 1 GM m Fedorchuk, Sergey A. UKR 6.5 2606
7 12 IM m Cruz Lledo, Pablo ESP 6.5 2446
8 21 FM m Domingo Nunez, Alejandro ESP 6.0 2326
9 47   m Benet Morant, Damia ESP 6.0 2016
10 70   m Vinuesa Sorli, Ruben ESP 6.0 1795
11 14 WGM f Cori T., Deysi PER 6.0 2382
12 15 IM m Leon Valdes, Jony Wilson CUB 6.0 2379
13 18 IM m Vassallo Barroche, Mauricio ESP 6.0 2340
14 27 FM m Castellanos Gomez, Alejandro ESP 6.0 2235
15 10 IM m Ayats Llobera, Gerard ESP 6.0 2453
16 3 GM m Solodovnichenko, Yuri UKR 6.0 2577

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Shahid Ahmed is the senior coordinator and editor of ChessBase India. He enjoys covering chess tournaments and also likes to play in chess events from time to time.
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