Russian Grandmaster Ponkratov Pavel emerged as Chennai Open 2020 Champion

Ponkratov Pavel  wins Chennai Open 2020

Chennai Open 2020 Champion GM Ponkratov Pavel (Russia)

Top seed Russian Grandmaster Ponkratov Pavel (8.0) emerged the Chennai Open 2020 Champion, with superior tie-break score, after the 10th and final round of the 12th Chennai Open International Grandmaster Chess tournament 2020 for Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy at Hotel Novotel & IBIS OMR, Sholinganallur, Chennai here today. Ponkratov takes home the handsome  Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy along with the cash award of Rs. 300000 (Rupees three lakhs only). The first runner up prize of Rs 200000 (Rupees two lakhs only) went to Grandmaster   Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo of Peru.
In a first, the Chennai Open 2020 saw an eight-way-tie for the top spot. Sharing the podium with  Ponkratov at 8.0 points were Grandmasters  Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per), Yudin Sergei (Rus), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr), Rozum Ivan (Rus), Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr), Stupak Kirill (Blr) and Vishnu Prasanna. V (Ind).
International Master Norms were achieved by Harshavardhan G B, Jubin Jimmy, Pranav V and Rohit Krishna S.  while Priyanka K made a WIM Norm.
In a grand closing ceremony, 55 cash prizes out of total prize money of  Rs. 15,00,000 (Rupees fifteen lakhs only) were distributed by, Chief Guest Shri Manickam, Chairman & Managing Director, Sakthi Group and President, TNSCA. Present in the dais were Guest of Honor, Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Stephen Balasamy P, Gen. Secy, TNSCA, Technical Director, R Anantharam, Chief Arbiter R Srivatsan and Shri; Rohan, General Manager, Novotel & IBIS OMR Hotels.
Final Placings :  1-8 Ponkratov Pavel (Rus), Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per), Yudin Sergei (Rus), Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr), Rozum Ivan (Rus), Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr), Stupak Kirill (Blr), Vishnu Prasanna. V (Ind) 8, 9-15 Visakh N R, Jubin Jimmy, Rohith Krishna S, Mitrabha Guha (all India), Fedorov Alexei (Blr) Neverov Valeriy (Ukr), Karthikeyan P (Ind) 7.5 points

Important Results Round 10 (Indians unless specified) :  Rozum Ivan (Rus) 8 drew with Ponkratov Pavel (Rus) 8, Martinez Alcantara Jose Eduardo (Per) 8 bt Venkatesh M R (7), Khusenkhojaev Muhammad (Tjk) 7 lost to Aleksandrov Aleksej (Blr) 8, Vishnu Prasanna V (8) bt Goganov Aleksey (Rus) 7, Bogdanovich Stanislav (Ukr) 8 bt Lugovskoy Maxim (Rus) 7, Yudin Sergei (Rus) 8 bt Muthaiah AL (7), Fedorov Alexei (Blr) 7.5 bt Ameir Moheb (Egy) 6.5,  Ravichandran Siddharth (6.5) lost to Visakh N R (7.5), Sidhant Mohapatra (7) drew with Rios Cristhian Camilo (Col) 7, Saravanan V (6.5) lost to Neverov Valeriy (Ukr) 7.5.