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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

India's Abhijeet Gupta Wins Philadelphia International Chess; M Venkatesh is India's 28th GM (Video Link Updated)

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GM Abhijeet Gupta
Indian National chess champion GM Abhijeet Gupta has won the Philadelphia Chess Open and $2000 with a clear first ahead of Indian mate IM Marani Venkatesh. IM Venkatesh earned his GM title!

Gupta won his final round game against IM Dean Ippolito for the title. Meanwhile, both IM Marani Venkatesh and WGM Padmini Rout, earned their GM norm and IM norms respectively. There were several other Indians in the line-up who did fairly well. GM SP Sethuraman was fourth, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy was tenth, WGM Eesha Karvade was 16th and Rout was 17th. The opposition Rout faced was strong enough for the norm for her. 

Also, IM Venkatesh made his third and final Grandmaster norm to become the 28th GM from India. "This was quite a satisfying performance and I am also happy for my colleague Venkatesh who made his long overdue GM title here," said Gupta after the last round. He also said his game against GM Alexander Evdokimo was his best in the event.

"Generally, I was able to find moves and do decently in most of the games, I suffered a little against Alonso Zapata while against Venkatesh I drew as he played solidly, last round was good too," noted the champion. 

Final standings:

1. GM Abhijeet Gupta 2644 IND – 7.5 ($2000.00)
2. IM Marani Venkatesh 2517 IND – 7.0 ($1200.00)
3-4. GM Evgeny Romanov 2631 RUS and GM S P Sethuraman 2546 IND – 6.5 ($750.00 each)
5-8. GM Alojzije Jankovic 2564 CRO, GM Marin Bosiocic 2555 CRO, GM Alexander Evdokimov 2544 RUS and IM Dean Ippolito 2432 – 6.0 ($450.00 each)
9-20. GM Alonso Zapata 2484 COL, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 2461 IND, IM Daniel J Ludwig 2456, IM Bryan G Smith 2444, IM Raja Panjwani 2416 CAN, IM Justin Sarkar 2411, GM Lawrence Kaufman 2380, WGM Eesha Karavade 2353 IND, WGM Padmini Rout 2345 IND, FM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy 2322, FM Alec Getz 2321, Robert Perez 2314 – 5.5

The complete final standings are now available at the official Philadelphia Chess Open website.



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