Grandmasters Adam Tukhaev and Abhijeet Gupta share first place
The relatively peaceful last round of the 19th Kavala Open did not shift the standings in the top of the crosstable. Grandmasters Adam Tukhaev of Ukraine and the 2008 World Junior Champion Abhijeet Gupta of India shared the first place with 7.0 points each. Their tiebreak scores are also equal, thus we cannot single only one winner.
GM Alexander Graf was the only to score a victory on the top boards, having outplayed GM Robert Hess, and joined the group on the shared third place. There we also find IM Elina Danielian, who won the top woman prize. Top junior was another Armenian, Vahe Baghdasaryan, who defeated four Grandmasters, performed at 2618 elo and earned a GM norm! He also added 63 rating points to immediately claim FM title.
1-2. GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 2518 and GM Gupta Abhijeet IND 2587 – 7.0
3-8. GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2588, GM Melkumyan Hrant ARM 2606, GM Mamedov Nidjat AZE 2604, GM Sargissian Gabriel ARM 2673, GM Graf Alexander GER 2590 and IM Danielian Elina ARM 2431 – 6.5
9-15. GM Bakre Tejas IND 2509, GM Rychagov Andrey RUS 2538, GM Jojua Davit GEO 2530, IM Harika Dronavalli IND 2504, GM Yakovich Yuri RUS 2570, FM Paichadze Luka GEO 2467 and GM David Alberto LUX 2622 – 6.0 etc
GM Josh Friedel
GM Dejan Antic
GM Zaven Andriasian, 2006 World Junior Chess Champion
Top woman prize for IM Elina Danielian
Second best woman – IM Harika Dronavalli
FM Dragan Zivic in action
Georgios Kanakaris (2294) defeated GM Dmitry Svetushkin