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Abhijeet Gupta Wins Commonwealth Championship

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  • on 19/07/13 11:36.

The 2013 Commonwealth Open Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa ended in a three-way tie for first place between Abhijeet Gupta of India, Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine and Sergey Tiviakov of the Netherlands. The three grandmastes scored 9 points out of 11 rounds. Gupta had the best tiebreak and was declared the winner.

The Commonwealth Championship is an event especially for players from the Commonwealth, the intergovernmental organisation of member states (53 in total!) that were mostly territories of the British Empire. This year's championship was an open, and so players from other countries could play as well; they simply couldn't apply for the special Commonwealth prizes.

The 19th edition took place July 5th-14th, 2013 at the Boardwalk Hotel, Convention Centre and Spa in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The tournament ran concurrently with the South African Open Chess Championship, the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Chess Championship and the South African Open Blitz Chess Championship. The prize fund was R300,000 (about US $30,400).

With a score of 9/11 Abhijeet Gupta won the tournament, edging out Sergey Tiviakov and Sergey Fedorchuk on tiebreak (Buchholz score). As the only Commonwealth player in this group, Gupta obviously also clinched the Commonwealth Championship title. His compatriots Dibyendu Barua and Lalith Babu won the silver and bronze medals.

The tournament had two (very) promintent guests: 13th World Champion Garry Kasparov, who visited several African countries last week, and South Africa President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. The latter gave a speech at the closing ceremony and this is part of it:

"On Robben Island, chess provided a solace to us that we needed in those conditions of isolation and deprivation. It propelled our minds beyond the confines of the prison walls and allowed us to reflect and to position our thoughts strategically to fight the regime. (...) Many comrades made chess sets out of soap and driftwood that allowed us to continue to play this noble and great game. We improvised with makeshift chess boards and we enjoyed the fullness of the game."

The following game, against one of the other Indians, was Gupta's sixth straight win:

In the last five rounds, Gupta would draw four games but he defeated one other Indian:

Commonwealth Championship 2013 | Final standings (top 30)

Rk. Fed Name FED RtgI Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4
1 GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2583 9 84 69,5 54,5 66,75
2 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A. UKR 2667 9 83 69 55 66
3 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2654 9 82,5 69,5 53,5 65,5
4 GM Barua Dibyendu IND 2431 8,5 82,5 68,5 54 60,75
5 GM Musunuri Rohit Lalith IND 2571 8,5 81,5 67,5 53 60,25
6 GM Tkachiev Vladislav FRA 2649 8,5 80 67 52,5 60,75
7   Akash G IND 2332 8,5 76 62,5 49 56,75
8 IM Houska Jovanka ENG 2398 8,5 76 61,5 48 56
9 WGM Soumya Swaminathan IND 2301 8,5 75 61,5 48 55,75
10 IM Emojog Elijah UGA 2301 8,5 72,5 59 45,5 52,75
11 GM Conquest Stuart C ENG 2492 8 82,5 68 52,5 56,75
12 IM Kobese Watu RSA 2343 8 80,5 66,5 51,5 55,25
13 IM Roychowdhury Saptarshi IND 2500 8 79 65,5 50 54,25
14 WGM L'Ami Alina ROU 2345 8 78 64,5 50,5 53,75
15 GM Grover Sahaj IND 2478 8 78 64 49,5 54
16   Kulkarni Chinmay IND 2268 8 71,5 58 44,5 48,5
17 IM Mabusela Johannes Manyedi RSA 2281 8 71 58,5 45,5 50,75
18 WGM Gomes Mary Ann IND 2408 7,5 79,5 65,5 51 51
19 FM Cawdery Daniel RSA 2345 7,5 77,5 64 50 49,75
20   Kulkarni Rakesh IND 2283 7,5 77 63,5 49,5 51,25
21   Pranav Vijay IND 2184 7,5 76 63,5 49,5 49,25
22   Makoto Rodwell ZIM 2302 7,5 75,5 61,5 47,5 47,25
23 FM Bhawoodien Shabir RSA 2116 7,5 75 61,5 47,5 48
24   Kathmale Sameer IND 2319 7,5 74 60 46,5 46,75
25   Hercules Benjamin Vincent RSA 2066 7,5 73,5 60,5 47 44,5
26 IM Gluckman David RSA 2250 7,5 72 59 45,5 46,5
27 IM Mwali Chitumbo ZAM 2000 7,5 71 57,5 44,5 47,5
28 WGM Mohanty Kiran Manisha IND 2195 7,5 71 57 43,5 44,5
29 CM Bezuidenhout Roland RSA 2030 7,5 68 55,5 43 41,25
30 FM Barrish Daniel RSA 1824 7,5 67,5 54,5 43 42,75

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  • hace 15 meses

    GM_Joji23

    good to see a ugandan in the top 10... Emojong Elijah ..terrific player and talented...

  • hace 15 meses

    forrie

    nice to see something of South Africa in the chess news. Our president should have focused more on studying economics than cutting soap pieces.

  • hace 15 meses

    GarryAlekhine

    @eureka26 true thanks

  • hace 15 meses

    steve_bute

    I wonder why the dates overlap with the Canadian Open.

  • hace 15 meses

    eureka26

    @GarryAlekhine, to prevent 27. Bxg7 in which case if 27...Kxg7, 28. Qg5+ leads to a draw.

  • hace 15 meses

    shanupr

    Congratulations Rajasthani Lion ABHIJEET. It is a great win  not only for Indians but  for commenwealth Nations also because this year's championship was an open, and  players from other countries could play as well; Abhijeet prove his ability. Keep it up!!!!! 

  • hace 15 meses

    AkshitaGorti

    Great job Abhijeet!

  • hace 15 meses

    trakoz

    Congrats Abhijeet!

  • hace 15 meses

    Indian_Tiger_24

    Congrats Abhijeet!!! 

  • hace 15 meses

    GarryAlekhine

    why 26.h6 in second game?

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