Sunway Sitges Open: 19 players start with 3.0/3

by Johannes Fischer
12/16/2021 – On Monday, the 8th Sunway Sitges Open began near Barcelona. 31 players in the strong field have an Elo-rating of more than 2500, but Anton Korobov (pictured), the winner of 2019, is top seed and again among the favourites. He started the tournament with three wins - as did 18 other players. | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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On Monday the 8th Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival started in Sitges. For the A-Open 280 players have registered, among them more than 30 grandmasters. Top seed is Anton Korobov from Ukraine, second seed is Ivan Cheparinov. Behind him follows Nihal Sarin as the best player of the large Indian delegation, which is 69 players strong and includes ten Grandmasters and two WGMs.

Nihal Sarin | Photo: Lennart Ootes

113 players take part in the B-Open which is limited to players with an Elo-rating of <2001.

 The players in action | Photo: Rupali Mullick

After 3 rounds no less than 19 players still have a perfect score. Top seed Anton Korobov is among this group of 19 players and in round 3 he won a nice positional game, in which he demonstrated why positions with opposite-coloured bishops are everything but drawish when other pieces are still on the board.

 

Standings after round 3

Rk. Snr     Name Country Elo Pts.  Tb1 
1 45
 
IM Quintiliano Pinto Renato R. BRA 2466 3,0 4,0
2 1
 
GM Korobov Anton UKR 2699 3,0 4,0
  2
 
GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2664 3,0 4,0
  14
 
GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2579 3,0 4,0
  31
 
GM Priasmoro Novendra INA 2502 3,0 4,0
6 11
 
GM Sethuraman S.P. IND 2613 3,0 4,0
  16
 
GM Kadric Denis BIH 2572 3,0 4,0
  23
 
GM Suleymanli Aydin AZE 2537 3,0 4,0
  32
 
GM Harsha Bharathakoti IND 2489 3,0 4,0
  37
 
IM Garriga Cazorla Pere ESP 2477 3,0 4,0
11 4
 
GM Niemann Hans Moke USA 2645 3,0 4,0
  90
 
IM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2351 3,0 4,0
13 10
 
GM Vocaturo Daniele ITA 2621 3,0 3,5
  19
 
IM Livaic Leon CRO 2547 3,0 3,5
  29
 
IM Sankalp Gupta IND 2504 3,0 3,5
16 30
 
IM Muradli Mahammad AZE 2503 3,0 3,5
17 12
 
GM Puranik Abhimanyu IND 2604 3,0 3,0
  25
 
GM Van Foreest Lucas NED 2530 3,0 3,0
  46
 
GM Rios Cristhian Camilo COL 2460 3,0 3,0
20 239
 
  Devnani Kush IND 1934 2,5 4,5
21 3
 
GM Nihal Sarin IND 2662 2,5 4,5
  7
 
GM Karthikeyan Murali IND 2630 2,5 4,5
  24
 
GM Dardha Daniel BEL 2533 2,5 4,5
24 41
 
GM Stefanova Antoaneta BUL 2469 2,5 4,5
  117
 
FM Dalaud Dorian FRA 2275 2,5 4,5
26 50
 
IM Pranesh M IND 2437 2,5 4,5
27 21
 
GM Maze Sebastien FRA 2541 2,5 4,0
  63
 
IM Baenziger Fabian SUI 2409 2,5 4,0
  80
 
IM Moksh Amit Doshi IND 2368 2,5 4,0
30 9
 
GM Kollars Dmitrij GER 2622 2,5 4,0
  62
 
GM Neelotpal Das IND 2410 2,5 4,0
  84
 
FM Manu David Suthandram R IND 2360 2,5 4,0
33 44
 
IM Kurmann Oliver SUI 2466 2,5 4,0
34 5
 
GM Tabatabaei M. Amin IRI 2643 2,5 3,5
35 34
 
IM Dann Matthias GER 2482 2,5 3,5
  65
 
FM Hess Max GER 2404 2,5 3,5
37 35
 
IM Di Berardino Diego Rafael BRA 2480 2,5 3,0
  111
 
FM Kenneskog Theodor SWE 2307 2,5 3,0
39 6
 
GM Abdusattorov Nodirbek UZB 2633 2,5 3,0
  8
 
GM Erigaisi Arjun IND 2629 2,5 3,0
  51
 
IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh IND 2429 2,5 3,0
  64
 
IM Sukandar Irine Kharisma INA 2407 2,5 3,0
43 70
 
IM Dionisi Thomas FRA 2396 2,5 3,0
44 53
 
IM Boyer Mahel FRA 2427 2,0 5,0

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".

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