Surya Ganguly wins Bangkok Open

by André Schulz
4/20/2016 – Surya Shekhar Ganguly is the winner of the 16. Bangkok Chess Club Open. After beating Loek Van Wely in the final round Ganguly had 7.5/9 points and shared first place with Spanish GM Francisco Vallejo Pons, who had won against Nigel Short in the final round. But Ganguly had the better tie-break and this helped him to win the tournament.

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An ever growing number of European grandmasters like to come to Bangkok in Spring to take part in the Bangkok Chess Open, which is organised by the Bangkok Chess Club. For the sixteenth edition of the tournament a number of strong European grandmasters travelled to Bangkok, among them Francisco Vallejo Pons, Loek Van Wely, Benjamin Bok, Nigel Short, and Jan Gustafsson. The strongest player from Asia was Indian grandmaster Surya Shekhar Ganguly. A lot of attention also focused on 15-year old Anton Smirnov, who is considered to be Australia's greatest talent.

In the final round Smirnov (right) had to play against German GM Jan Gustafsson.
Smirnov lost and finished with 6.0/9.

Benjamin Bok (White) before his game against Ildar Khairullin

It was Loek Van Wely who had the best start into the tournament - he won his first five games. After conceding his first draw in round six Gustafsson caught up with him. In round seven Gustafsson and Van Wely drew against each other which allowed a number of other players to advance to the top of the table. One of them was Francisco Vallejo Pons who played a brilliant attacking game against the Najdorf.

 

In round eight Jan Gustafsson lost against Ildar Khairullin while all other players in the leading group drew their games and thus five players were entering the final round with 6.5/8. In the last round Ganguly defeated Van Wely while Vallejo Pons won against Nigel Short. But the relevant tie-break was in favor of Ganguly who then became official winner of the Bangkok Open.

Surya Shekhar Ganguly - Loek Van Wely

Nigel Short - Francisco Vallejo Pons

 

Final standings

Rg. Snr   Name Typ Land Elo Pkt.  Wtg2 
1 4 GM Ganguly Surya Shekhar   IND 2647 7,5 53,5
2 1 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco   ESP 2691 7,5 52,5
3 7 GM Bok Benjamin   NED 2604 7,0 53,5
4 6 GM Khairullin Ildar   RUS 2629 7,0 53,0
5 10 GM Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan U18 IND 2501 7,0 52,5
6 5 GM Gustafsson Jan   GER 2629 7,0 50,5
7 14 IM Sipila Vilka   FIN 2440 7,0 48,0
8 12 GM Gordon Stephen J   ENG 2496 7,0 48,0
9 3 GM Van Wely Loek   NED 2654 6,5 58,5
10 23 IM Dimakiling Oliver   PHI 2372 6,5 51,0
11 19 IM Roy Prantik   IND 2402 6,5 48,0
12 59   Hirthickkesh PR U18 IND 2185 6,5 47,5
13 25 IM Stokke Kjetil   NOR 2354 6,5 47,5
14 9 GM Kunte Abhijit   IND 2505 6,5 45,0
15 46   Gotel Michael   PHI 2234 6,5 43,5
16 11 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade   IND 2499 6,0 55,5
17 20 FM Yeoh Li Tian U18 MAS 2400 6,0 53,0
18 39 FM Pitra Andika   INA 2260 6,0 52,0
19 16 IM Liang Awonder U18 USA 2410 6,0 51,5
20 29 FM Dang Hoang Son   VIE 2325 6,0 51,0
21 33 FM Mohamad Ervan   INA 2301 6,0 51,0
22 2 GM Short Nigel D   ENG 2671 6,0 50,0
23 13 IM Smirnov Anton U18 AUS 2479 6,0 49,0
24 35   Arjun Kalyan U18 IND 2299 6,0 48,0
25 8 GM Halkias Stelios   GRE 2553 6,0 47,5
26 30   Nouri Hamed   PHI 2325 6,0 47,5
27 15 GM Schebler Gerhard   GER 2430 6,0 46,5
28 64 FM Hakiki Kaisar Jenius   INA 2171 6,0 46,0
29 76   Manush Shah   IND 2117 6,0 46,0
30 34   Antonio Viani D'cunha   IND 2299 6,0 45,5
31 60   Yashas D.   IND 2182 6,0 45,5
32 26 IM Milliet Sophie   FRA 2353 6,0 44,5
33 84   Kulkarni Vinayak   IND 2086 6,0 41,5
34 28 IM Gunawan Ronny   INA 2333 6,0 40,0
35 48   Bitoon Jimson   PHI 2228 6,0 39,5

... 198 players

Tournament winner Surya Shekhar Ganguly

Selected games

 

 

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