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Thursday, 29 Apr 2021 22:53
Georgian championship: Levan Pantsulaia clinches the title

The Georgian Championship, a 10-player round-robin tournament with classical time control, took place in Tbilisi from 20-29 April 2021. The event brought together five GMs and five IMs battling not only for the title but also for the prize fund of ₾25,000 (approximately $7,250).

Playing in his hometown, the third-rated Levan Pantsulaia seized the lead in Round 2 and never looked back. Despite losing in Round 3 he comfortably won the event with a round to spare. The champion picked 10.5 rating points and a ₾8,000 prize ($2,320) for his efforts.

It is Levan’s third title after winning the national championship in 2008 and 2015. Giga Quparadze and Luka Paichadze finished a full point behind the leader and tied for second place with the former taking silver thanks to better tiebreaks. 

Final standings:

1. Pantsulaia, Levan (2553) – 6½
2. Quparadze, Giga (2463) – 5½
3. Paichadze, Luka (2565) – 5½
4. Petriashvili, Nikoloz (2425) – 5
5. Kacharava, Nikolozi (2443) – 5
6. Shanava, Konstantine (2504) – 5
7. Gagunashvili, Merab (2584) – 5
8. Lortkipanidze, Nodar (2416) – 3½
9. Arabidze, Meri (2437) – 3½
10. Azaladze, Shota (2439) – ½

Photo: Georgian Chess Federation Facebook page