Chalapathi Grand Master Tournament, Guntur, A.P.
April 2-16, 2000

A Russian Triumph

Sandipan Chanda Becomes International Master

By Arvind Aaron

Young Russian GM Andrey Shariyazdanov won the Chalapathi GM Tournament at Guntur on April 16 by a convincing one-point margin. He and his compatriot Fominyh remained undefeated in addition. Among visitors, Ildar Ibragimov failed to leave a mark and Ziaur Rahman performed dismally, thrashed to last place.

The Indian performance was good for four players, bad for five and should be considered `mediocre' considering that it was played at home. None of the Indians including our best, Sashikiran managed to defeat any player who finished in the top four.

The tournament is a victory in the sense that the best rating to rating performance gainer was Asia's youngest IWM Koneru Humpy, 13, of Vijayawada. Humpy represents the sponsor, Chalapathi Residential School, Guntur. She capped her first GM victim in Thipsay. Although she missed the WGM mark by a one-point margin, she must have gained valuable experience which will make her one in the year ahead.

Next best was Sandipan Chanda who completed his IM norm requirements from the event.

Final Standings Cross Table

 1. Shariyazdanov,A  2612   = = = = 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 = = 1   10.0   + 52
 2. Fominyh,A        2551   = X = = = = = = = 1 1 1 1 1    9.0   + 58
 3. Yurtaev,L        2536   = = X 1 = 1 0 1 1 0 1 = 1 =    8.5   + 43
 4. Ibragimov,I      2611   = = 0 X = 0 1 1 1 = 1 = 1 1    8.5   - 38
 5. Sashikiran,K     2514   0 = = = X 1 = = 0 1 1 1 = 1    8.0   + 45
 6. Barua,D          2555   0 = 0 1 0 X 1 0 = = = 1 1 1    7.0   - 51
 7. Kunte,A          2487   = = 1 0 = 0 X = = = = = = 1    6.5   -  6
 8. Chanda,S         2424   0 = 0 0 = 1 0 X = 0 1 1 = 1    6.5   + 62
 9. Prasad,D.V       2421   0 = 0 0 1 = = = X = = = = =    5.5   + 15
10. Thipsay,P.M      2475   0 0 1 = 0 = = 1 = X 0 0 = =    5.0   - 73
11. Saravanan,V      2412   0 0 0 0 0 = = 0 = 1 X 1 = 1    5.0   -  6
12. Humpy,K          2244   = 0 = = 0 0 = 0 = 1 0 X = =    4.5   +153
13. Prakash,G.B      2435   = 0 0 0 = 0 = = = = = = X 0    4.0   - 83
14. Rahman,Zia       2465   0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 = = 0 = 1 X    3.0   -176

Category 10, Average Elo 2481.
 

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