Indian Glory At Hastings, Rilton Cup

Indian Glory At Hastings, Rilton Cup

PeterDoggers
Jan 7, 2017, 12:02 PM 21,525 Reads 24 Comments Chess event coverage

Two traditional end-of-the-year tournaments were won by Indian grandmasters. GM Krishnan Sasikiran finished clear first at the Rilton Cup in Sweden, while GM Deep Sengupta did the same in Hastings.

They are two of the longest running tournaments, and they always take place before and after New Year. The Hastings Chess Congress is in fact the oldest still running tournament in the world (running since 1920, beating Wijk aan Zee by 18 years), whereas the Rilton Cup was held for the 46th time this year. 

Hastings Chess Congress

The Hastings Masters, the top group of the festival, was won by GM Deep Sengupta of India. He was the only player to finish on 7.0/9, half a point more than a group of five players with 6.5/9 each.

Deep won a crucial final round game against one of his compatriots, GM Murali Karthikeyan.

Deep Sengupta. | Photo Brendan O'Gorman.

There was another story to this tournament. One of the players who finished on 6.5 points was IM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu, the youngest international master ever. You might remember him being called "double Anand" during the Isle of Man tournament!

Here's Praggnanandhaa's great game from the final round. 

Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu. | Photo Brendan O'Gorman.

2016-2017 Hastings Masters | Final Standings (Top 20)

# SNo Fed Ti Name Rtg Pts
1 4 GM Sengupta Deep 2575 7.0
2 9 IM Galyas, Miklos 2473 6.5
3 11 IM Praggnanandhaa R 2452 6.5
4 16 GM Lalic, Bogdan 2443 6.5
5 18 IM Das Arghyadip 2399 6.5
6 20 FM Haria Ravi 2382 6.5
7 1 GM Sethuraman S.P. 2647 6.0
8 2 GM Fier, Alexandr 2590 6.0
9 3 GM Gledura, Benjamin 2584 6.0
10 5 GM Karthikeyan, Murali 2530 6.0
11 6 GM Rasmussen, Allan Stig 2502 6.0
12 13 IM Tan, Justin 2451 6.0
13 7 GM Gormally, Daniel W 2493 5.5
14 8 GM Hebden, Mark L 2492 5.5
15 10 IM Kjartansson, Gudmundur 2468 5.5
16 12 FM Hansen, Mads 2452 5.5
17 15 IM Cheng, Bobby 2446 5.5
18 17 GM Flear, Glenn C 2428 5.5
19 25 FM Thybo, Jesper Sondergaard 2352 5.5
20 27 IM Bates, Richard A 2347 5.5

(Full final standings here.)

Rilton Cup

Like Hastings, the Rilton Cup was a nine-round Swiss. The tournament is Sweden’s biggest and most famous international chess tournament, once initiated by a donation from the late doctor Tore Rilton.

Since 1985, the tournament is financially safe and continues to be for many years. Over the years, the tournament has been very helpful for Swedish juniors.

Indian GM Krishnan Sasikiran decided not to go to England but to play this tournament instead. That turned out to be a good choice, as he emerged as the sole winner.

His win in round eight made once again clear that these Indian grandmasters don't seem to be interested in playing short draws against each other!

Krishnan Sasikiran. | Photo Lars OA Hedlund.

2016-2017 Rilton Cup | Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk SNo Fed Name Rtg Pts TB1 TB2 TB3
1 2 Sasikiran, Krishnan 2661 7.5 45.5 49.0 38.0
2 8 Volkov, Sergey 2624 7.0 47.0 49.5 34.0
3 1 Kamsky, Gata 2661 6.5 49.5 54.0 36.5
4 13 Urkedal, Frode 2557 6.5 47.0 49.5 32.5
5 18 Swapnil S. Dhopade 2526 6.5 45.5 49.5 37.5
6 21 Pavlovic, Milos 2500 6.5 44.5 47.0 32.5
7 14 Kulaots, Kaido 2556 6.5 44.0 47.5 33.5
8 6 Sokolov, Ivan 2632 6.5 43.5 47.0 36.0
9 11 Antipov, Mikhail Al. 2580 6.5 42.0 46.0 32.5
10 16 Shyam, Sundar M. 2532 6.5 42.0 45.0 32.5
11 9 Postny, Evgeny 2620 6.0 46.0 51.0 31.0
12 17 Tikkanen, Hans 2531 6.0 43.0 47.5 30.0
13 5 Goganov, Aleksey 2637 6.0 41.5 44.5 31.0
14 39 C R G Krishna 2390 6.0 41.5 44.5 27.5
15 3 Kravtsiv, Martyn 2645 6.0 40.0 40.5 29.0
16 7 Neiksans, Arturs 2631 6.0 39.5 43.0 32.0
17 4 Bluebaum, Matthias 2640 6.0 38.5 42.0 29.5
18 40 Grunberg, Mihai 2389 6.0 37.5 40.0 27.5
19 15 Ivanov, Sergey 2545 5.5 45.5 50.0 32.0
20 20 Hillarp Persson, Tiger 2511 5.5 45.0 48.5 30.5

(Full final standings here.)

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