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Barua clinches crown

By S. Sabanayakan



Indian Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua, who won the Tata International Open chess tournament at Jamshedpur on Monday. — Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

JAMSHEDPUR OCT. 20. Indian Grandmaster Dibyendu Barua, expectedly, lifted the fourth Tata International Open chess tournament here on Monday. The genial 36-year-old drew his eleventh round game against Uzbek GM Saidali Iuldachev in 10 moves at the J.R.D. Tata Sports Complex to log with nine points.

Russian GM Alexander Fominyh too reached nine points conquering another Indian GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly on the second board. Though he would share the winner's purse with Barua, the Russian was relegated to the second place owing to Barua's better progressive score.

In the day's lone upset, Uzbek GM Marat Dezhumaev lost to Deep Sengupta from a completely winning position. The Uzbek overstepped the time limit and gave the former World under-12 champion and Commonwealth under-16 champion an unexpected victory.

The day's sob story was that of GM-elect R.B. Ramesh of India. The 27-year-old assistant manager of Indian Oil in Chennai needed a victory against Uzbek IM Tahir Vakhidov in the final round to touch 2500 Elo rating to confirm his GM title. Unfazed by the setback, Ramesh admitted that he would perhaps need three more points. "Only a win today would have given me the GM title,'' he said.

The results (Indians unless stated): Eleventh round: Saidali Iuldachev (Uzb) (8.5) drew with Dibyendu Barua (9); Surya Shekhar Ganguly (7.5) lost to Alexander Fominyh (Rus) (9); R.B. Ramesh (8) drew with Tahir Vakhidov (Uzb) (8); Sergei Ovsejevitsch (Ukr) (8.5) bt Valay Parikh (7.5); Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) (7.5) lost to Deep Sengupta (8.5); Dmitry Svetushkin (Mol) (8) bt T.S. Ravi (7); P. Hari Krishna (8) bt V. Saravanan (7); Abhijit Kunte (8) bt Himanshu Sharma (7); K. Visweswaran (7) lost to Zia-ur-Rahman (Ban) (8); Varugeese Koshy (7.5) drew with Sundararajan Kidambi (7.5); R. Balasubramaniun (7.5) drew with Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (7.5); Gurpreetpal Singh (7.5) drew with Suvrajit Saha (7.5); Niaz Murshed (Ban) (7.5) bt Arghyadip Das (6.5); Arindam Mukherjee (7) drew with M.R. Venkatesh (7); Saifuddin (Ban) (7.5) bt Rahul Shetty (6.5); R. Preetham Sharma (7) drew with Vishal Sareen (7); Vedant Goswami (7) drew with P. Konguvel (7); Jayant Gokhale (7) drew with Anup Deshmukh (7); M. Srinivasa Rao (7) drew with Arman Monir (Ban) (7); J. Malleswara Rao (6.5) lost to R.R. Laxman (7.5); Atanu Lahiri (7.5) bt Manoj K. Panigrahi (6.5); Pradip Ghosh (7) drew with Swati Ghate (7); Shahikant Kutwal (7) drew with S. Arun Prasad (7); S. Poobesh Anand (7) bt K.V. Shantharam (6); Kh. Aminul Islam (Ban) (6.5) drew with Pritam Singh (6.5); P.D.S. Girinath (6) lost to Ebenezer Joseph (7); T.R. Shanmuganathan (6.5) drew with Rishipal Singh (6.5); K. Rathnakaran (7) bt V.S. Negi (6); O.T. Anil Kumar (7) bt Soumyaranjan Mishra (6); G. Balaji (7) bt Vipul Subhashi (6).

Final standings with points and prize-money (tie-break scores in brackets): 1-2: Dibyendu Barua (59.5) and Alexander Fominyh (55.5) 9 points each (Rs. 52,500 each); 3-5: Saidali Iuldachev (Uzb) (54.5), Sergei Ovsejevitsch (Ukr) (54) and Deep Sengupta (49.5) 8.5 points each (Rs. 25,000 each); 6-11: P. Harikrishna (53.5), Tahir Vakhidov (Uzb) (52.5), R.B. Ramesh (51.5), Zia-ur-Rahman (Ban) (50), Dmitry Svetushkin (Mol) (49) and Abhijit Kunte (45) 8 points each (Rs, 7,400 each); 12-24: Marat Dzhumaev (Uzb) (52), Niaz Murshed (Ban) (50.5), Valay Parikh (49), Surya Shekhar Ganguly (48.5), Varugeese Koshy (48.5), Sundararajan Kidambi (47.5), Suvrajit Saha (47.5), Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury (47), R.R. Laxman (46), Gurpreetpal Singh (46), Atanu Lahri (46), R. Balasubramaniun (45.4) and Saifuddin (Ban) (44) 7.5 points each (Rs. 3,200 each).

Other prize winners (points and prize money in brackets):

Women: 1. Swati Ghate (7. Rs. 2,000), 2. Saheli Dhar Barua (6, Rs. 500), 3. Swati Mohota (6, Rs. 500); Boys under-16: 1. Arun Prasad (7, Rs. 2,000); Girls under-16: 1. Iswarya Shobhana (5, Rs. 1,500); Boys under-14: 1. Aswin Jayaram (6.5, Rs. 1,000); Girls under-14: 1. Kiran Manisha Mohanty (5.5, Rs. 2,000); Boys under-12: M. Kunal (6, Rs. 1,200); Girls under-12: 1. Tejaswi Kanuri (4.5, Rs. 2,000); Boys under-10: 1. S.P. Sethuraman (6, Rs. 1,200); Boys under-8: 1. Sahaj Grover (4.5, Rs. 1,500); Girls under-8: 1. Priyanka Kumari (4, Rs. 2,000).

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