Lake Sevan: Vidit Gujrathi wins

by André Schulz
7/27/2016 – From 17th to 27th July the Armenian Chess Federation organised a ten player round-robin tournament for young grandmasters (Elo average 2629) to give their talents the chance to play against some of today's greatest international talents. After nine rounds Vidit Gujrathi from India and Vladislav Artemiev from Russia shared first place with 6.0/9 each but the young Indian Grandmaster won the tournament on tie-break.

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The Armenian Chess Federation invited some of today's most promising young grandmasters to play in the idyllic surroundings of Martuni at Lake Sevan. Hovhannes Gabuzyan, Samvel Ter Sahakyan, Robert Hovhannisyan and Arman Pashikian came from Armenia, Jan Krzysztof Duda (Poland), Vidit Santosh Gujrathi (India), Vladimir Onischuk (Ukraine), Vladislav Artemiev (Russia), David Anton Guijarro (Spain) and Samuel Sevian (USA) came from abroad though Sevian has Armenian roots.

Vidit Gujrathi from India

David Anton from Spain

Samuel Sevian (USA)

After six rounds Duda, Sevian and Vidit shared the lead with 4.0/6 each. But in the seventh round Duda was beaten by Onischuk and lost ground. In round eight Vidit won the crucial duel against Sevian to become sole leader with 5.5/8. (It is not entirely clear why and how Samuel Sevian lost. According to the official game score Sevian is better in the final position but maybe he lost on time.)


But he drew the last round which allowed Artemiev, who won with Black against Hovhnisyan, to catch up to the Indian.

Duda and Vidit at the beginning of their game - which a few hours later ended in a draw.

Robert Hovhannisyan

Vladislav Artemiev



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Final standings after 9 rounds

  Title Name Country ELO 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts. TB
1 GM Santosh Gujrathi Vidit
2658   ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6.0 / 9 24.75
2 GM Vladislav Artemiev
2669 ½   0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.0 / 9 23.25
3 GM Jan Krzysztof Duda
2666 ½ 1   ½ ½ 1 1 0 0 1 5.5 / 9  
4 GM Samuel Sevian
2589 0 ½ ½   1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 5.0 / 9 21.75
5 GM Samvel Ter Sahakyan
2601 ½ ½ ½ 0   1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0 / 9 21.00
6 GM David Anton Guijarro
2616 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0   ½ 1 ½ 1 4.5 / 9  
7 GM Robert Hovhannisyan
2632 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½   ½ 1 1 4.0 / 9  
8 GM Arman Pashikian
2612 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½   0 ½ 3.5 / 9  
9 GM Vladimir Onischuk
2628 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 1   0 3.0 / 9  
10 GM Hovhannes Gabuzyan
2620 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ½ 1   2.5 / 9  


Organiser GM Smbat Lputjan at the opening ceremony

Opening ceremony in...

... Black and White

Tournament page...

Topics: Lake Sevan

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stephen brady stephen brady 7/27/2016 07:05
Now they have posted the report for round 8 on the official site. Sevian did indeed run out of time, despite the pgn showing he already moved. I also watched the video of the round. Looks like he had plenty of time (not a time scramble), just got focused and forgot about the clock. Poor kid, would have been equal first for him if he wins that and draws the last round. Tough lesson, that I am sure he's had before. Still a great tournament for him.
stephen brady stephen brady 7/27/2016 02:16
How did Vidit beat Sam Sevian in Round 8? Sevian has a monster lead, and it's probably Vidit who could resign in the final position. Also, Sevian was last to move, so he couldn't have overstepped his time. He must have made an illegal move or illegal procedure?