The 10th Mayor's Open Chess Tournament concluded at Mount Litera School International on June 11, 2017. The 9 day tournament was presented by Zee Learn ltd, sponsored by LIC of India, co-sponsored by Ankit Gems and played at the Mount Litera School International, Bandra.
Chess has acquired a high reputation as being a means to discipline the mind, because it requires a strong memory and peculiar powers of combination. It is also generally believed that skill in playing it affords evidence of a superior intellect. The game totally reflects and reiterates the ideology of Mount Litera School International and thus makes a strong association with Chess. This tournament saw many exciting twists and turns as grandmasters from 8 countries went head to head in a scintillating display of chess excellence.
The Vietnam Grandmaster Nguyen Duc Hoa (ELO 2477) clinched a decisive win against Indian Grandmaster Neelotpal Das (2438) in the 10th and concluding round to finish with 8.5 points and emerge champion of the Rs 29 lacs prize-money 10th Mumbai Mayor's Cup International Open Chess Tournament 2017.
The contest between the Duc Hoa (rank 10th) and Neelotpal (rank 13th), the joint leaders with 7.5 points each after the ninth round, was a close and tense affair. The Vietnam GM held his nerves and with some clever maneuvers and managed to outsmart the Indian GM to snatch a creditable win and the full point which secured him the victory and the top honours.
Top ranked Grandmaster Amonatov Farrukh (2635) of Tajikistan with 8 points following his triumph over Russian Grandmaster Deviatkin Andrei (2481), claimed the runner-up prize.
The Vietnamese GM Duc Hoa went home richer with a handsome cash fund of Rs 3 lakhs, while the Tajikistan GM Amonatov took home a prize money of Rs 2 lacs.
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Indian Grandmasters Ghosh Diptayan, who had started with a flourish recording four successive wins in the opening rounds, and Neelotpal Das who shared the lead with Duc Hoa at the end of the penultimate round, finished with identical 7.5 points and were placed third and fourth respectively. Ghosh picked a sum of Rs 1 lakh and Neelotpal received Rs 70,000 for their fine efforts.
Four other players ended with a tally of 7.5 points and claimed the fifth to sixth positions. Bangladesh Grandmaster Rahman Ziaur (5th), IM Karthikeyan P. (6th), Armenian Grandmaster Babujian Levon (7th) and FM Sai Krishna G.V. (8th), all finished with the same tally of points.