Iniyan P finished with tie to 1st , in Dubai open 2019. A month after becoming India’s 61st GM, he had a good start , performing well in Dubai open. At the end of the tournament he was in 7/9, along with 7 others and tied for 1st place. However, in the tie-breakers that followed, Iniyan ended up on 8th position. Iniyan told “It was a competitive field and I am happy with the way the tournament panned out for me”. He registered victories over Thrish Karthik, Ukraine’s Sergey Naboka and V Pranav to be placed in the leader’s board. In the seventh round, Iniyan got the better of Argentine GM Mareco Sandro and went on to finish the event in style by beating the higher-rated GM SP Sethuraman in the final round. “It is always satisfying when you defeat players of the quality of Sethuraman,” Iniyan added. His strong showing meant that Iniyan gained 14 points.