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Lalit Rohit victorious at Vergani Cup January 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 10/01/2022

GM Lalit Rohit started the year 2022 in the exact same way as he ended 2021, by winning Vergani Cup January 2022. He played solid throughout the event, only in the last round, he underestimated IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) who had a phenomenal event. Somehow he made a lucky escape and won the tournament on tie-breaks as GM Hans Niemann (USA), GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy (UKR) and Nurgyul, all four finished with the same score 7.0/9. Lalit won €2500 (approx. ₹2.10 lacs) cash as his first prize, Hans and Bernadskiy got €1500 and €1200 each respectively. Nurgyul and Bharath scored GM-norms, Bharath Subramaniyam H became India's latest Grandmaster. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Bharath Subramaniyam H becomes India's 73rd Grandmaster

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H beat compatriot GM Iniyan P in the final round to become India's latest Grandmaster.

Champion - GM Lalit Rohit 7.0/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Nurgyul - Lalit: 0.5-0.5

Lalit Rohit mentioned in the post-match interview that he wanted to surprise his opponent, IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) but it was him who got surprised instead.

Position after 13...g6

Lalit felt White was completely winning after 14.Qf4 followed by Bb5, where some players would even resign.

Position after 26...Re7

Black also felt that the final position was better for Black, but she could not find the best way to continue, and repeated moves to draw the game.

Interview with Lalit Rohit after winning the Vergani Cup January 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

GM Lalit Rohit had a lucky escape against IM Nurgyul Salimova in the final round | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Lalit scored an unbeaten 7.0/9 to win the tournament and gained 11.7 Elo rating points

Bernadskiy - Short: 1-0

Nigel Short (ENG) was completely winning for the better part of the game against Vitaliy Bernadskiy (UKR) in the last round.

Position after 32.Bxh6

Black has a huge advantage, despite being a rook and a knight behind. The sacrifices almost paid off for Black as 32...Qa2 would have kept White in turmoil as the b3-pawn would have been on a highway to b1. Unfortunately after 32...Qc5 33.Qe2 Black ran out of time and lost a completely winning game.

Final position after 33.Qe2 when Black's clock ran out
It's okay, I am used to disappointment - Nigel Short on his performance at Vergani Cup 2022 | Video: ChessBase India

Nigel Short spectating games | Photo: Rupali Mullick

IM Bharath Subramaniyam H defeated GM Iniyan P to become India's latest Grandmaster | Photo: Rupali Mullick
Bharath Subramaniyam H becomes India's 73rd Grandmaster | Video: ChessBase India

CM Prraneeth Vuppala - GM Kenny Solomon (RSA)L 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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The tournament took place at Hotel Kursaal, Cattolica in Italy from 2nd to 9th January 2021. Time control is 90 mins + 30 seconds increment and 15 minutes each will be added after 40th move in Group A which is for above 1800 FIDE rating.

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Round 9 results

Bo.No. NameRtgPts.ResultPts.NameRtg No.
144
IMSalimova Nurgyul2353½ - ½GMLalith Babu M R2548
9
21
GMKorobov Anton26996½ - ½6GMLagarde Maxime2632
6
32
GMNiemann Hans Moke264561 - 06GMThybo Jesper Sondergaard2592
7
48
GMBernadskiy Vitaliy258961 - 0GMShort Nigel D2633
5
53
GMTabatabaei M. Amin2643½ - ½GMDvirnyy Danyyil2492
17
610
GMIniyan P25400 - 1IMBharath Subramaniyam H2476
21
722
IMIoannidis Evgenios24661 - 0GMArjun Kalyan2532
11
850
IMRakesh Kumar Jena23290 - 1GMLodici Lorenzo2524
13
916
GMBrunello Sabino2503½ - ½IMGilevych Artem2407
29
1041
FMKlabis Rokas235651 - 05GMEnchev Ivajlo2477
19
1145
IMSoumya Swaminathan235150 - 15IMPantzar Milton2434
24
1225
CMPrraneeth Vuppala24175½ - ½5GMSolomon Kenny2355
42
1333
FMFormento Paolo23825½ - ½5FMPasztor Balazs2335
49
1437
IMMoksh Amit Doshi236851 - 05Gallana Marco2274
59
1581
CMMrithyunjay Mahadevan21245½ - ½5FMCumming Rhys2358
40

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Final standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19
GMLalith Babu M RIND25487,052,0243039,25
22
GMNiemann Hans MokeUSA26457,051,5241339,00
38
GMBernadskiy VitaliyUKR25897,050,5246338,25
444
IMSalimova NurgyulwBUL23537,048,0241633,75
51
GMKorobov AntonUKR26996,553,5249637,25
613
GMLodici LorenzoITA25246,552,0245635,25
721
IMBharath Subramaniyam HIND24766,550,5244331,00
822
IMIoannidis EvgeniosGRE24666,550,0243432,75
96
GMLagarde MaximeFRA26326,548,5244833,25
103
GMTabatabaei M. AminIRI26436,053,5248333,50
117
GMThybo Jesper SondergaardDEN25926,053,0247033,00
1224
IMPantzar MiltonSWE24346,051,5242332,50
1329
IMGilevych ArtemITA24076,049,5238830,50
1417
GMDvirnyy DanyyilITA24926,048,0236031,75
1516
GMBrunello SabinoITA25036,045,5231829,25

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Prizes

Total Prize fund - €10000.

Links

Official site

Tournament regulations


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