CHENNAI: Kerala school boy Jubin Jimmy, G. B. Harshavardhan, V. Pranav and S. Rohit Krishna have achieved International Master Norms with 7.5 points during the 12th Chennai Open International GM 2020 chess championship in Chennai.
Jubin, 8th class student of Infant Jesus School at Thankaserry in Kollam district, achieved the fete from 10 rounds. He has improved his World Chess Federation (FIDE) ranking by 84 points.
The tournament for the first time saw an eight way tie for the top spot. Russian Grand Master Pavel Pankratov clinched the title on the basis of a superior tie-break score.
Grand Masters Jose Eduaro Martinez Alcantara (Peru), Sergei Yudin (Russia), Aleksej Aleksandrov (Belarus), Ivan Rozum (Russia), Stanislav Bogdanovich (Ukraine), Kirill Stupak (Belarus) and V. Vishnu Prasanna apart from Pankratov were tied for the top spot with eight points.
Pankratov received the Sakthi Group Dr. N. Mahalingam Trophy and a cash award of Rs. 3 lakh. Peru GM Martinez Alcantara finished first runner-up and took home Rs. 2 lakh.
Important results--Round 10: Rozum Ivan 8 drew with Pavel Ponkratov 8, Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara (Peru) 8 beat M R Venkatesh (7), Muhammad Khusenkhojaev (Tajikistan) 7 lost to Aleksej Aleksandrov 8, Vishnu Prasanna (8) beat Aleksey Goganov (Russia) 7, Stanislav Bogdanovich (Ukraine) 8 beat Maxim Lugovskoy (Russia) 7.
Sergei Yudin (Russia) 8 beat AL Muthaiah (7), Alexei Fedorov (Belarus) 7.5 beat Ameir Moheb (Egy) 6.5, Ravichandran Siddharth (6.5) lost to N. R. Visakh (7.5), Sidhant Mohapatra (7) drew with Camilo Rios Cristhian (Colombia) 7, V. Saravanan (6.5) lost to Valeriy Neverov (Ukraine) 7.5.
Jubin, a bronze medallist in the Under 13 national championship, is preparing for the World Under 14 championship to be held in Romania in September 2020 and Asian Championship to be held in Sri Lanka later. Jubin is the second son of Jimmy Joseph and Jayamma Jimmy of Uliyakkovilil Sri Bhadra Nagar.