Indian Premier Chess Championship 2009 Print
Monday, 14 December 2009 13:29
Indian Premier Chess Championship 2009
R. Anantharam IA – Chief arbiter

World Under 16 champion for the year 2008, B. Adhiban won the Indian Premier Championship held at Mumbai, the financial capital of India from 1st to 14th December. The tenth seeded seventeen year old International master made mockery of the seeding by winning ahead of ten grandmasters in the field. The trio of Adhiban, current world under 16 champion S.P. Sethuraman and world under 14 champion (2008), fifteen year old Vidt Santosh Gujrathi promise a bright future for Indian chess. All these three international masters have finished 1-2-4, leaving the grandmasters way behind.

Even in the absence of elite players, world champion Viswanathan Anand, super grandmasters Sasikiran, Harikirishna and Surya Shekhar Ganguly and women world number two Koneru Humpy, the tournament was very strong, attracting ten grandmasters and twenty international masters.

Adhiban had a fine run in the middle of the tournament extending his winning streak to five consecutive games, amongst whom, three were grandmaster victims. In the twelfth and penultimate round, he accounted for former world junior champion GM Abhijeet Gupta in a tense game of swinging fortunes to increase his tally to 9.5 points, 1.5 points ahead of the nearest three other players. The victory assured him of the title and the privilege to represent the country in the next Olympiad. Sethuraman settled for a draw with Adhiban in the final round to secure the second position. Grandmaster Sundarrajan Kidambi had a good run in the latter half of the tournament to finish third.

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Final Ranking

Rank

SNo.

Name

Rtg

Club

Pts

BH.

1

10

IM

Adhiban B

2486

PSPB

10

85½

2

16

IM

Sethuraman S P

2447

TN

90½

3

6

GM

Sundararajan Kidambi

2516

PSPB

89

4

14

IM

Vidit Santosh Gujrathi

2459

PSPB

87½

5

4

GM

Kunte Abhijit

2522

PSPB

81½

6

8

IM

Sriram Jha

2497

DEL

8

96

7

3

GM

Arun Prasad S

2570

PSPB

8

95½

8

1

GM

Geetha Narayanan Gopal

2593

PSPB

8

92½

9

22


Swapnil S  Dhopade

2406

MAH

89

10

2

GM

Gupta Abhijeet

2578

PSPB

87½

11

32

IM

Priyadharshan K

2343

TN

83

12

26

IM

Prathamesh Sunil Mokal

2382

MAH

79

13

13

GM

Thipsay Praveen M

2466

MAH

78

14

17

GM

Neelotpal Das

2440

PSPB

7

93½

15

7

GM

Laxman R R

2511

Rlys

7

89½

16

29

IM

Narayanan Srinath

2370

TN

7

82

17

30


Sangma Rahul

2368

DEL

83

18

12

IM

Himanshu Sharma

2469

HAR

80½

19

20

IM

Murali Krishnan B T

2407

Rlys

76½

20

18

IM

Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi

2427

Rlys

73½

 
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