Grandmaster Swapnil S Dhopade, with 8.0 points, emerged as Champion of the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Open Chess Tournament 2016 held at Mount Litera School International, Bandra (East), Mumbai here today. Swapnil wins a cash award of Rs. 150000 along with the champion's trophy. Second placed Stany GA pockets Rs 120000 for his nine round effort, while Himal Gusain took the third prize Rs 100000 out of total cash prize fund of Rs 750000.In the all important final round, Swapnil Dhopade drew with fellow Maharashtra player Amardeep S Bartakke, in a quiet Queens Indian game that lasted 24 moves. The draw kept Swapnil on top at 8.0 points, ahead of Stany G A of Karnataka, who took the runner-up spot at 7.5 points.

(L to R) Surabhi Goel, Project Head - Mount Litera School International at Zee Learn, Shri Rishi Gupta, President, Mumbai Suburban Chess Association, Champion GM Swapnil Dhopade, D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Ronak Sheth, Sr.Vice President, Marketing, IIFL Group, Shri RShri Bharat Singh Chauhan, CEO, All India Chess Federation
(L to R) Surabhi Goel, Project Head - Mount Litera School International at Zee Learn, Shri Rishi Gupta, President, Mumbai Suburban Chess Association, Champion GM Swapnil Dhopade, D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Ronak Sheth, Sr.Vice President, Marketing, IIFL Group, Shri RShri Bharat Singh Chauhan, CEO, All India Chess Federation
Champion GM Swapnil Dhoopade receiving the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International chess trophy from Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE
Champion GM Swapnil Dhoopade receiving the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International chess trophy from Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE

This tournament with a total prize money of Rs 750000 is the highest in the world for a Junior event. Cash prizes and trophies were distributed to the first 23 finishers in the final list, by Shri Karan Bhagat, MD & CEO, IIFL Wealth Group Smt Shilpa Bhagat, in the presence of Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE, Shri Bharat Singh Chauhan, CEO, All India Chess Federation, Shri Ravindra Dongre, Treasurer, All India Chess Federation, Surabhi Goel, Project Head - Mount Litera School International at Zee Learn, Shri Ronak Sheth, Sr.Vice President, Marketing, IIFL Group, Shri Rishi Gupta, President, Mumbai Suburban Chess Association and Shri Praful Zaveri, Tournament Director.

Results (Round 9) Swapnil S Dhopade (8) drew with Bartakke Amardeep S (6.5), Gusain Himal (7) drew with Stany G A (7.5), Ravi Teja S (6.5) drew with Shardul Gagare (6.5), Krishna Teja N (6.5) drew with Bharambe Bhavik C (6.5), Sharma Dinesh K (6) drew with Himanshu Sharma (6.5), Muthaiah AL (5.5) lost to Chakravarthi Reddy M (6.5), Navalgund Niranjan (6) drew with Matta Vinay Kumar (6), Parnali S Dharia (5.5) lost to Abhishek Das ( 6.5), Nitin S (6) bt Ojas Kulkarni (5), Adhithya S (6) bt Vikramaditya Kulkarni (5)

Final Placings : 1 Swapnil S Dhopade 8.0, 2 Stany GA 7.5, 3 Himal Gusain 7.0, 4-11 Gagare Shardul, Himanshu Sharma, Ravi Teja S, Abhishek Das, Bharambe Bhavik C, Chakravarthi Reddy M, Bartakke Amardeep S, Krishna Teja N 6.5 pts