Harika Dronavalli poor 29th, Young Aryan Chopra finishes 3rd at Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival

Chopra with ELO Rating of 2507 beat Leven Pantsulaia of Georgia in 42 moves to finish with 6.5 points. Chopra is India's second youngest to become Grandmaster after Parimarjan Negi.

By: PTI | Abu Dhabi | Published: August 22, 2017 11:11 pm
Harika Dronavalli, Master's Tournament, Abu Dhabi, International Chess Festival Harika’s 29th place finish with 5.5 points was due to an inferior progressive score. (Source: File)

India’s celebrated GM Harika Dronavalli finished a disastrous 29th, even as 15-year-old GM Aryan Chopra finished a creditable third at the 24th Abu Dhabi International Chess Festival, that concluded today.

Chopra with ELO Rating of 2507 beat Leven Pantsulaia of Georgia in 42 moves to finish with 6.5 points. Chopra is India’s second youngest to become Grandmaster after Parimarjan Negi.

The nine-round tournament was won by GM Amin Bassem of Egypt with 7.5 points while celebrated Briton GM Nigel Short was runner-up with seven points.

For India, IM NR Vignesh drew with Constantin Lupulescu of Romania to finish tied 11th with six points. Another Indian GM SP Sethuraman also had six points, beating IM Saveliy Golubov of Russia, but finished 15th due to inferior progressive score.

In 18th place was GM Murali Karthikeyan with six points.

Harika’s 29th place finish with 5.5 points was due to an inferior progressive score.

IM Abhimanyu Puranik at 19th place and GM Shardul Gagare at 22nd also finished above Harika. The notable name to finish after Harika was GM Neelotpal Das, who ended 31st and GM Abhijeet Gupta, who finished at 36th.

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    Nikhil Kumar
    Aug 25, 2017 at 12:34 am
    I think this article is extremely misleading and not representing the facts at all. 1. Firstly the tie break used was rating average of opponents and not progressive score. 2. Secondly how can you say Harika had a disastrous tournament? She beat the second seed, got the best woman prize, finished higher than her seeding and increased her rating. What else did you wnt Harika to achieve from this tournament? Of course we all want to see her doing extremely well and winning the tournament, but you have to be realistic and she has improved leaps and bounds and had a good tournament. One thing is clear, it is absolutely not a 'disastrous' tournament, so it raises the question whether the writer of this article is aware of chess and if they are, what their motive is on slandering Harika in this article for no reason. 3. Finally young Abhimanyu Puranik became a GM in this tournament, and there is no mention of that. Surely thats the biggest headline to come out of this tournament?
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