Vladimir Fedoseev first at Chessable Sunway Formentera Open

by Shahid Ahmed
4/30/2023 – The second edition of the Chessable Sunway Formentera Open took place on 18-28 April 2023 in Spain. Vladimir Fedoseev was one of four players who finished on a 7/10 score, leading the standings. The Russian GM won the rapid playoff to claim the tournament’s title. Karthik Venkataraman and Leon Luke Mendonca finished in second and third place, respectively. | Photo: Sunway Chess

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Playoff changes the standings

Pranav Venkatesh had the sole lead heading into the final round. However, a last-round loss and playoff games changed the standings slightly. Only Karthik Venkataramn maintained his second place after the final round and Playoffs. The total prize fund of the tournament was €20.500. The top three prizes in the Group A (>1700) were €3.000, €2.000 and €1.000 along with a trophy each.

Leon Luke Mendonca ended Pranav Venkatesh’s fantastic run in the final round of the Chessable Sunway Formentera Open 2023. In the battle of teenagers, Pranav’s bold approach in the Advance Caro-Kann did not pan out the way he wanted. Leon beautifully manoeuvred his pieces and displayed his great positional understanding.

Vladimir Fedoseev, Karthik Venkataraman, Pranav V and Leon Mendonca ended up with the same score of 7/10 points. Fedoseev won the Armageddon against Karthik to become champion, thus Karthik secured second place. Leon finished third and Pranav fourth, as per playoff results.

A total of 57 players from 18 countries, including 19 GMs, 11 IMs, 2 WGMs and 2 WIMs, took part in Group A (>1700). The ten-round Swiss League tournament was organized by the Club Sunway Punta Prima Hotel on 18-28 April 2023 in Spain. The time control of the tournament was 90 minutes/40 moves + 30 minutes + 30 seconds per move from the first move.

Sunway Chess Formentera 2023

The playoff participants (L to R) - Karthik Venkataraman, Vladimir Fedoseev, Pranav Venkatesh and Leon Luke Mendonca | Photo: Sunway Chess Festival

Pranav V 0 - 1 Leon

Pranav Venkatesh’s bold approach in the Advance Caro-Kann did not work out well against Leon Luke Mendonca. White decided not to castle and rush his g and h-pawns down the board, which left his king vulnerable and pieces uncoordinated. Leon gained control in the centre and beautifully manoeuvred his pieces.

28.Bc1? was unnecessary as the d4-pawn was pinned anyway. 28...Qa8 29.Ng3 Qd5 30.Ne2 Qe6 Black moved his queen from a5 to e6 as it was not doing much on a5. 31.Rh2 Nf5 32.h6 g6 33.Kg1 Rfd8 34.a5 d3 35.Ng3 Nxg3 36.fxg3 e4 and Black went on to win the game.

Sunway Chess Formentera 2023

The tournament hall before the final round | Photo: Sunway Chess Festival

Final standings

Rk. Name Pts.  TB1 
1 Fedoseev, Vladimir 7 56,5
2 Karthik, Venkataraman 7 53,5
3 Pranav, V 7 52,5
4 Mendonca, Leon Luke 7 52
5 Prraneeth, Vuppala 6,5 57,5
6 Aravindh, Chithambaram Vr. 6,5 57
7 Aryan, Chopra 6,5 56
8 Jacobson, Brandon 6,5 51,5
9 Alsina Leal, Daniel 6,5 47
10 Dardha, Daniel 6 55
11 Li, Di 6 52,5
12 Xu, Yi 6 51,5
13 Bernadskiy, Vitaliy 6 50,5
14 Chen, Peng 6 50
15 Aditya, Mittal 6 49
16 Pranav, Anand 6 49
17 Kushagra, Mohan 6 49
18 Peralta, Fernando 6 48
19 Asis Gargatagli, Hipolito 5,5 49,5
20 Zhao, Yuanhe 5,5 46

...57 players

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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.