GM Barbosa snatches International Open crown


Filipino Grandmaster Oliver Barbosa topped the 19th International Open Grandmaster Chess Tournament 2014 held in Kolkata, India.

Barbosa wrapped up the 10-round tournament with a total score of 7.5 points on five wins and five draws. He was actually in a two-way tie on top with Indian Lalith Babu, who also scored the same output but the Filipino woodpusher won via superior tiebreak points.

The 27-year-old Barbosa outclassed Indian International Masters (IM) P. Karthiyekan (first round) and Swapnil Dhopade (second), GM RR Laxman of India (fifth), GM Levan Pantsulaia of Georgia (seventh), and GM Konstantin Landa of Russia (ninth), then drew with IM Diptayan Ghosh of India (third), GM Kivanc Haznedaroglu of Turkey (fourth), GM Abhijit Kunte of India (sixth), GM Gujrathi Vidit Santosh of India (eight) and GM Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh (10th).

Abjihitm Santosh, Rahman and Indian GM B. Adhiban finished in a four-way tie for third place with seven points each while Landa, GM Deepan Chakkravartthy Deepan of India, GM Sethuraman SP of India, GM Deep Sengupta of India, GM Avetik Grigoryan of Armenia, GM Nigel Short of Angland, GM Mikheil McHedlishvili of Georgia and GM Sergey Fedorchuk of Ukraine were in a group of 6.5-pointers.


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