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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Philippines' GM Oliver Barbosa wins Kolkata Chess Open 2014

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Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa of the Philippines beat MR Lalith Babu on better tiebreak to win the 19th International Open GM Chess Tournament in Kolkata on Sunday. Both scored 7.5 points in ten rounds. 

In the last round, the Slav defence game between Oliver Barbosa and Ziaur Rahman ended in a draw after 38 well-fought moves, with both having queens, a minor piece and three pawns each. Oliver had to patiently wait for the game between Lalith and Vidit to get confirmation of his title, as a win for Vidit would have put Vidit on the top.

Lalith Babu shattered the dreams of Vidit to clinch the title in the Queens Indian defence employed by him, After Vidit exchanged the queens on 23rd move, Lalith grabbed Vidit’s two connected pawns. Vidit tried in vain to halt the onward march of Lalith’s pawns on a- and b- files in a rook ending. Lalith played correctly to force the win in 97 moves.

In another rook and pawn ending arising out of a Scotch game, top seeded Nigel Short of England used his isolated passer pawn to inflict a defeat on former national champion P. Konguvel of PSPB.

GM Henrik Danielsen of Island lost the game to Sergey Fedorchuk of Russia, as he did not complete 40 moves in the stipulated time control. India No.2 Pentala Harikrishna and Kolkata GM SS Gnaguly distributed the prizes. (FIDE)

Top final standings
Final Rank
Rank Name Rtg FED Pts TB1 TB2
1 GM Barbosa Oliver 2564 PHI 7½ 56½ 51
2 GM Lalith Babu M.R. 2585 IND 7½ 55 50
3 GM Kunte Abhijit 2439 IND 7 61 55½
4 GM Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2602 IND 7 58½ 53
5 GM Rahman Ziaur 2486 BAN 7 56½ 51½
6 GM Adhiban B. 2608 IND 7 55 50
7 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 2496 IND 6½ 57½ 53
8 GM Landa Konstantin 2645 RUS 6½ 56½ 51½
9 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2578 IND 6½ 53½ 49
10 GM Sengupta Deep 2529 IND 6½ 52 47½

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