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Sunway Sitges International Open Tournament

Anton Korobov8.5/10(+7 -0 =3)[games]
Vasif Durarbayli8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Rasmus Svane8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
M Amin Tabatabaei7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Abhimanyu Puranik7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Andreas Heimann7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Di Li7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Timur Gareyev7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Murali Karthikeyan7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Maxime Lagarde7.5/10(+7 -2 =1)[games]
Sarin Nihal7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Ahmed Adly7.5/10(+6 -1 =3)[games]
Arjun Erigaisi7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Alexander Donchenko7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Dennis Wagner7/10(+4 -0 =6)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Elshan Moradiabadi7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Awonder Liang7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Grzegorz Nasuta7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
D Gukesh7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Jonas Buhl Bjerre7/10(+5 -1 =4)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Venkataraman Karthik7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Javokhir Sindarov7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Raunak Sadhwani7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Natalija Pogonina7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Sunilduth Lyna Narayanan6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Igor Kovalenko6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Srinath Narayanan6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
* (247 players total; 218 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Sunway Sitges International Open (2019)

The 6th Sunway Sitges Open (Group A) was a 10-round Swiss held in the Hotel Sunway Playa Golf & Spa in Sitges, Spain, 13-22 December 2019, as part of the Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival. There was no rest day. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second increment starting from move one. Unlike in most other Swiss tournaments, ties (among the top 8 players only) were resolved by two 5'+ 3" blitz games and eventually an Armageddon game. Prize fund: about 27,155 euros, with 5,000 euros to the winner. Chief organizer: Oskar Stober Blazquez. Chief arbiter: Panagiotis Nikolopoulos.

Anton Korobov won with 8.5/10, while Durarbayli beat Svane in the blitz playoff for 2nd place.

Official site:
Chess-Results: 1: 2:

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 173  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Erwan Lever vs Ivanchuk  ½-½282019Sunway Sitges International OpenE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. H Melkumyan vs A Kholopov  ½-½452019Sunway Sitges International OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
3. Nutakki Priyanka vs M Petrosyan  ½-½702019Sunway Sitges International OpenC47 Four Knights
4. V Durarbayli vs Vuppala Prraneeth  ½-½502019Sunway Sitges International OpenA20 English
5. Vladan Nikolic vs A Adly  ½-½662019Sunway Sitges International OpenE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
6. Karthikeyan Ajay vs A Liang  ½-½322019Sunway Sitges International OpenC67 Ruy Lopez
7. R Edouard vs R Sardana  ½-½412019Sunway Sitges International OpenA13 English
8. Loic Travadon vs Sarin Nihal  ½-½412019Sunway Sitges International OpenA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
9. Mendonca vs R Svane  ½-½812019Sunway Sitges International OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
10. Santos Latasa vs S Milliet  ½-½312019Sunway Sitges International OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
11. I Lopez Mulet vs Abhimanyu Puranik  ½-½442019Sunway Sitges International OpenC56 Two Knights
12. Ido Gorshtein vs Arjun Erigaisi  ½-½332019Sunway Sitges International OpenA13 English
13. E Moradiabadi vs S Gupta  ½-½522019Sunway Sitges International OpenA15 English
14. Hampus Sorensen vs Kulaots  ½-½282019Sunway Sitges International OpenE17 Queen's Indian
15. H Alexiadis vs Harsha Bharathakoti  ½-½432019Sunway Sitges International OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
16. M Narciso Dublan vs Marc Ortega Serra  ½-½342019Sunway Sitges International OpenC00 French Defense
17. Aditya S Samant vs D Sadzikowski  ½-½302019Sunway Sitges International OpenB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
18. Jain Rosh vs S Huguet  ½-½582019Sunway Sitges International OpenB27 Sicilian
19. Kashyap Dhrupad vs Harry Z Zheng  ½-½412019Sunway Sitges International OpenA20 English
20. B Firat vs M Karthikeyan  ½-½412019Sunway Sitges International OpenB33 Sicilian
21. C Diaz Camallonga vs T Gareyev  ½-½862019Sunway Sitges International OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
22. I Janik vs D Wagner  ½-½212019Sunway Sitges International OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
23. R Vogel vs J M Lopez Martinez  ½-½212019Sunway Sitges International OpenD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
24. Dragnev vs Harshit Raja  ½-½302019Sunway Sitges International OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
25. E Real de Azua vs D Gukesh  ½-½582019Sunway Sitges International OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-30-19  diagonal: The sixth edition of the annually recurring and steadily growing <Sunway Sitges International Chess Festival> (Open) took place December 13-22, 2019 in Sitges, a tourist town near 40 kilometers south of Barcelona.

Venue was the Hotel Sunway Playa Golf & Spa de Sitges along the Balearic Sea.

The event featured a 10-round Swiss system with 311 players in the A-group and 139 players in the B-Group.

Headliner was legendary Vassily Ivanchuk who had just won the Tournament of Peace at Zagreb, a strong International Invitation Tournament in November 2019. Further prominent players in the field included Parham Maghsoodloo, one of the most outstanding players of the impressive generation of Iranian chess athletes, Anton Korobov, Hrant Melkumyan, Krishnan Sasikiran, Maxime Lagarde, Edouard Romain, and Kaido Kulaots.

The total prize fund was 27,155 Euros with a 5,000 first prize.

Leading the tournament from start to finish, <GM Anton Korobov of Ukraine won as clear first at 8.5 points>. A fine victory for Korobov!

Anton Korobov arrived in Sitges as number three to four on the entry list behind Vassily Ivanchuk and Parham Maghsoodloo, but he dominated the tournament from the outset. Korobov started with six wins out of six games and only made his first draw against Ivanchuk in round seven. With a final sprint of two out of three, he then secured the sole tournament triumph.

The German grandmaster Rasmus Svane started as number 22 on the entry list but impressively reached 8 out of 10 to tie for second place along with Vasif Durarbayli from Azerbaijan, just a half point behind Korobov. Durarbayli then beat Svane 1½:½ in a two-game blitz match to snag the second place.

Promising youngster Nihal Sarin from India, finished unbeaten as shared fourth to twelfth at 7.5/10 points, American chess child prodigy Awonder Liang surprisingly defeated Ivanchuk, both eventually finishing at 7/10.

Swiss system can be brutal: Kulaots, the winner of the strong Aeroflot Open in Moscow at the beginning of this year (2019), had a bad tourney this time, achieving only 50% (three wins, three losses, four draws), finally finishing at position 147.

Official Site:

Pictorial Report (6th edition of 2019): (

For more impressions from Sitges compare also: (

Albo d’Oro (since first edition in 2014, won by Baklan):

Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: <diagonal> Thanks, that made my Q&D intro easier to make.

I also edited the standings (top 30) and sent a correction slip for standings table as default view. There are a few missing games in top 30 (e. g. Pogonina).

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