Grandmaster Mchedlishvili Shines in Ravana Challenge Print
Monday, 21 September 2009 07:05
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The Grandmaster Mchedlishvili Mikheil (Georgia) scored a total of 7.5 points out of possible 10 games and earned the Championship of Ravana International, the first grandmaster tournament of Sri Lanka concluded yesterday at the Ceylon Continental Hotel in Colombo. He who was the top seed among participants showed that he is the top in the event by defeating GM Shabalov of USA in the crucial final game. GM Alexander Shabalov who was leading after the penultimate round has just to place 3rd with 7 points. GM Georgiev Vladimir (MKD) also scored 7.5 points, but has to get the 2nd place according to the tie breaker.

The 1st Grandmaster Chess Tournament of Sri Lanka, the Ravana International Chess Championship was conducted in a grand manner by the organizer Mr. Muditha Hettigama and the Blue and Gold Chess Club with the support of the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka. The Closing Ceremony was held under the patronage of Mr. Duminda Rathnayake, the CEO of TIGO, a leading Telephone Company of Sri Lanka, the main sponsor and Mt. Upali Gunasekera, the Vice President of Chess Federation of Sri Lanka and the Principal of Royal College, Colombo, Mr. Luxman Wijesuriya, Hony. Secretary of CFSL, Mr. R Anantharam, Chief Arbiter, Mr. Muditha Hettigama, the Organizer, Mr. Ferdinandaz, representing the Ceylon Continental Hotel were also present. A total of 15,000 US $ were distributed among the winners with a 3000$ 1st Prize.

GM Moradiabadi Elshan (Iran), after a good spell in the early rounds had to satisfy with the 4th place while GM Filippov Anton (UZB) earned the 5th Place.

IM Zozulia Anna won the Women's beat among women's award while WDM Soumya Swaminathan was 2nd in that category and WCM Ivana Maria Furtado was third among women players.

The Total awards as given below.

1st Ten Players

GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2613 GEO 65½
GM Georgiev Vladimir 2537 MKD 60
GM Shabalov Alexander 2607 USA 7 66
GM Moradiabadi Elshan 2547 IRI 7 65
GM Filippov Anton 2595 UZB 7 64
GM Gagunashvili Merab 2564 GEO 7 64
GM Malakhatko Vadim 2569 BEL 7 63
GM Murshed Niaz 2398 BAN 7 60
GM Ismagambetov Anuar 2528 KAZ 65
GM Kotanjian Tigran 2553 ARM 61

Best Women

1st IM Zozulia Anna f 2338 6 58½
2nd WGM Soumya Swaminathan f 2297 6 58
3rs WGM Ivana Maria Furtado f 1840 5 47

Rating Between 2251 and 2399
Saptarshi Roy 2389 55½
Maheswaran P 2347 54
Sharma Dinesh K 2335 53½

Rating Between 2100 and 2250

Das Sayantan 2235 6 59½
Navalgund Niranjan 2183 54½
Anuruddha G C 2185 54

Rating Between 1900 and 2099

Hapuarachchi H L M 1998 6 46½
Fonseka C K D 1981 6 45½
Peiris T G M 2071 54½

Rating Below 1900

1st Fernando S.K.Akila 0 50
2nd Lee Kah Meng Elgin 1810 47
3 rd Kulasekara K D M T 1867 5 47

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