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AICF CHRONICLE

the official magazine of the All India Chess Federation

Volume : 12 Issue : 10 Price Rs. 25 May 2018

Asian Youth Chess Championships 2018, Chiangmai, Thailand

Om Kadam D.Gukesh
Under-10 Boys Gold Under-12 Boys Gold

Sahithi Varshini Raja Rithvik


Under-12 Girls Gold Under-14 Boys Gold
AICF CHRONICLE May 2018 From the Editor’s desk Hatsun Idhayam 4th SCS FIDE Rated Chess Tournament,Sivakasi
India’s dominance at the Asian
Room No. 70,
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, youth Chess Championship held at
Laxman wins at Sivakasi
Chennai - 600 003.
Chiangmai, Thailand is amply reflected by Prof.R.Anantharam IA, Chief Arbiter
Ph : 044-65144966 /Telefax : 044-25382121
E-mail : indianchessfed@gmail.com in the rich haul of 68 medals overall, in The fourth edition of the Hatsun – Idhayam above four players in the lead with 5.5 points
Publisher: Bharat Singh Chouhan all the three formats and team event put SCS FIDE Rated Chess Tournament was or- by beating IA S. Ganesh Babu of Madurai
Editor : C.G.S. Narayanan together. This was largely due to the
ganised by Sivakasi Chess Sparklers at the and SA Kannan of Karaikudi. The number of
Price: Monthly Rs.25 Annual Rs.300 sustained efforts by the AICF with the invaluable support
MepcoSchlenk Engineering College Sivakasi, players in the lead was reduced to the top
Inside…. from the Government of India. It is heartening to note
that young chess talents are cropping up not only from a leading engineering institution in India. three seeds – Laxman, Shyaam and Muthai-
Hatsun Idhayam 4th SCS FIDE Rated Tmt,Sivakasi
Laxman wins at Sivakasi big cities but also from small towns across the country. Two hundred and eighty seven participants, ah, as they registered wins over IM Rajesh,
by Prof.R.Anantharam IA, Chief Arbiter 1 mostly from Tamil Nadu besides Karnataka, OT Anil Kumar and Kunal respectively in the
1st IITM FIDE Rated Open ,Madras Kerala, Railways, BSNL and Pudhucherry took
Young IM Praggnanandaa achieved his second GM penultimate seventh round.
M.Pranesh wins title
by IA R. Ravikumar, Chief Arbiter 5 norm in smooth style at the 4th Fischer Memorial GM part in the 8 round Swiss league event. The
2nd Sri Anand Chess Wings below 1500 ,Guntur tournament in Heraklion, Greece and he is on course time control was 90 minutes to each player The final round, Laxman quickly settled for
Sri Santhosh of AP wins to achieving his final GM norm soon. IM Harsha with an increment of 30 seconds per move. a draw andMuthaiah followed them out of
by FA G Venkata Kumar , Chief Arbiter 7
Delhi State Open FIDE Rated New Delhi Bharathakoti became champion of Kathmandu Open in Grandmaster RR Laxman of ICF hadthe priv- the hall by splitting the point with Hrithick-
Santu Mondal wins Delhi Open 9 Nepal and Kaustuv Kundu won Sonargaon International ilege of heading the ranking list, followed by kesh PR of Neyveli paving for a three way
1st Avinash Group Chhattisgarh State Open ,Raipur tournament held in Bangladesh last month. S.Lakshana, international master P. Shyaamnikhil also of tie for the first three places with 7 points
Ashutosh Banerjee emerges winner
a six-year-old prodigy from Tamilnadu, who is the reigning ICF, AL Muthaiah and international master
by FA Alankar Bhivgade ,Chief Arbiter 11 each. When tiebreaks were applied, Laxman
National Under-7 Champion, won the under-7 girls title in
7th Keshabananda Das Mem.,Bubaneshwar VAV Rajesh of Tamil Nadu. emerged winner, followed by Muthaiah and
Somak Palit wins title the FIDE World Schools Championship held in Durres,
by Asit Bharan Choudhury, Chief Arbiter 12 Albania.Reports on the above events with photographs Shyaamnikhil. Laxman received Rs.70000/-,
Karnataka State under 15 open & girls rated Mysuru
are presented in the centre pages of this issue. Results were on expected lines in the first two Muthaiah collected Rs.50000 and Rs.35000/-
Jagadish P and Swara Lakshmi are Champions rounds, with higher rated players outwitting
by FA Karthik R,Chief Arbiter 15
were warded to Shyaam.
5th Kurukshetra Open Fide Rating Tmt , Dibrugarh On the home front GM Lalith Babu, the reigning national their weaker opponents. In the third round,
Nandan Buragohain wins title champion in classical chess has added yet another eleventh seeded international arbiter S. Ga- Dr. S, Arivazhagan, Principal, MepcoSchlenk
by Asit Baran Choudhury IA, Chief Arbiter 18
14th Late Sou Meenatai Shirgaonkar Mem. feather to his cap when he became the National Rapid nesh Babu of Madurai was held to a draw by Engineering College was the chief guest for
Women’s Tmt,Sangli Champion in Ahmedabad in the first week of May 2018. unheralded NithishMuthukumaran. In the the inauguration as well as prize distribution
Sakshi Chitlange wins at Sangli IM Dinesh Sharma won National Blitz title. Reports on fourth round, seventh seeded former national function. Top board games were displayed
by IA Rajendra Shidore, Chief Arbiter 20
these two events will be presented in the next issue. Rapid champion Ram S Krishnan of BSNL live on prominent chess websites, including
1st MyBrain FIDE Rapid Rating Tmt,Aurangabad
GM Sriram Jha of LIC Wins drew with M. Dinesh Rajan of Karaikudi and aicf.in and chessbomb.com. A booklet with
by IA Swapnil Bansod, Chief Arbiter 22 Selected games from National Team Chess S. Prasanna of Chennai lost to lower rated a compilation of several enjoyable games
Rajasthan State Senior Fide Rated Tmt,Dausa Championships held in Bhubaneshwar are annotated S. Suganthan of Tirunelveli. Four players –
Sonakshi Rathore wins title annotated by the leading players like Vishy-
by IM Manuel Aaron in pages elsewhere in this issue.
by IA Bhagwati Prasad Sharma, Chief Arbiter 29 RR Laxman, Rajesh VAV, IM elect Kunal and Anand, Magnus Carlsen, Bobby Fischer, Garry
2nd Sardar Prakash Singh Mem. FIDE Rated Sonipat George Koltanowski, American chess master who is an
OT Anil Kumar of Kerala who upset IM BT Kasparov and other stars was presented to
Himashu Sharma shines at Sonipat expert in simultaneous blindfold chess, is featured in the
by IA Amit Sharma, Chief Arbiter 31 masters of the past series. Muralikrishnan of Railways led the field with all the players. About 50 players and parents
3rd WB State FIDE Rated Rapid Championship five points each at the end of the fifth round. exhibited their skills in a special talent show
Rupankar Nath wins title
by IA Biswanath Banerjee, Chief Arbiter 33 on 23rd evening. Mepco Schlenk Engineering
C.G.S.Narayanan The encounter between Laxman and Kunal
44th West Bengal State Women Ch’ship ,Kolkata College provided very good infrastructure
Samriddha wins title ended without any decisive result on the
Readers are invited to offer their feedback on the and facilities for the smooth conduct of the
by FA Amit K Biswas, Chief Arbiter 35
Selected games from National Team Championhips regular features in the AICF Chronicle and are top board of the sixth round and same was tournament. Single and double rooms were
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 37 also invited to send interesting articles, annotated the result on the second board between OT provided to players and parents at no extra
Tactics from master games 42 games and chess anecdotes to the Editor at ‘www. Anil Kumar of Kerala and VAV Rajesh. IM cost and sumptuous non veg. food was pro-
Test your endgame 43 indianchessfed@gmail.com’ or ‘cgsnarayanan
Masters of the past-88 George Koltanowski 44 @hotmail.com. Shyaamnikhil and AL Muthaiah joined the vided at a nominal cost of Rs.100/- per day.
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Final ranking 44 Shadhursshaan R 5½ 5th Kurukshetra Open Fide Rating Tournament 2018 Dibrugarh
Rk Name Pts 45 Hiren K G 5½
1 GM Laxman R.R. 7 46 Nirmal L 5½
2 Muthaiah Al 7 47 Karuppasamy C 5½
3 IM Shyaamnikhil P 7 48 Nayanikaa Muralidharan 5½
4 Hirthickkesh Pr 6½ 49 Muralidharan R. 5½
5 Kunal M. 6½ 50 Thamaraiselvi P 5
6 Hemanth Raam 6½ 51 Ruban Sanjay M 5
7 IM Rajesh V A V 6½ 52 Kumaresh A 5
8 Sibi Visal R 6½ 53 Sasikumar N 5
9 AGM Sa Kannan 6½ 54 Chandra Sekharan A P 5
10 Anilkumar O.T. 6½ 55 Rathish T.J. 5
11 Ram S. Krishnan 6½ 56 Aravinth Shanmugam 5
12 Pranesh M 6½ 57 Rajeev V M 5
13 Manigandan S S 6 58 Alaguraja M.A. 5
14 Ganesh Babu S 6 59 P K Gunasekaran 5
15 Harini S. 6 60 Yukash Ram E 5
16 Abhinessh S 6 61 Shaktivel Selvaraj 5
17 IM Murali Krishnan B T 6 62 Ragesh Sarma.M 5
18 Joy Lazar M.A. 6 63 Roshan S 5
19 Prasannaa.S 6 64 S H Sai Jagadeesan 5
Inauguration by Chief Guest Shri Prasanta Phukan, MLA, Dibrugarh making the customary first
20 Eshwanth Dev Kumar 6 65 Arjun Kumar S 5
move
21 Dinesh Rajan M 6 66 Arut Prakasha Yarish S 5
22 Dhanush Ragav 6 67 Prathish A 5
23 Paramasivam M. 6 68 Shreevathsan B S 5
24 Jinan Jomon 6 69 Prawin K 5
25 Sriram B 6 70 Boopesh Kumar M 5
26 Srihari L 6 71 Senthil Kumaran T.H. 5
27 Kathiravan S 6 72 Lokesh Varmaa K 5
28 Akash S 6 73 Kanish V Adithan B 5
29 Harshad S 5½ 74 Rohit M 5
30 Kumar S. 5½ 75 Hari Sankar V 5
31 Vignesh Kasi P L 5½ 76 Santhosh Kumar G 5
32 Suganthan S 5½ 77 Iniyan Sivakumar 5
33 Shanjay K Sathiskumar 5½ 78 Aashik R V 5
34 Sunyuktha C M N 5½ 79 Gowtham S G 5
35 Marimuthu K 5½ 80 Thajol T J 5
36 Sriram K 5½ 81 Senthil Kumar R 5
37 Anup Shankar R 5½ 82 Nitish Mani S 5
38 Dhanasekaran Suresh 5½ 83 Sanjay Srinivasan R 5
39 AGM Yuvan Bharathi K S 5½ 84 Dhineshwar R S 5
40 Nidheshpa S 5½ 85 G Shenbagakumar 5
41 S Manoj 5½ 86 Nithin A V 4½
42 Nithish M 5½ 87 Gokula Vishnu R 4½ (L-R) Laya Madhuri, IAS_DC_Dibrugarh, Nandan Buragohain_(Champion) ,IA A B Choudhury,Souradip
43 Rutherford S 5½ 88 Vinoth M 4½ Deb (second) RK Bhogen singh (Third)
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3rd WB State FIDE Rated Rapid Chess Championship 2018 1st IITM FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament,Madras
M.Pranesh wins title
by IA R. Ravikumar, Chief Arbiter

The 1st IITM FIDE rated open chess tourna- Final ranking
ment, organised by the students of Indian Rk Title Name Pts
Institute of Technology, Madras from 13th to 1 Pranesh M 5½
15th April 2018. IM C R G Krishna of South 2 IM Krishna C R G 5½
Western Railway was the top seeded player, 3 Venkat Sundaram 5½
followed by Kunal M of TN, Phoobalan of ICF 4 Prasannaa.S 5½
and Ram S Krishnan of BSNL. A total of 290 5 FM Vinoth Kumar M. 5½
players from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, 6 Ram S. Krishnan 5
AP, Telangana, Maharashtra, Pondicherry, 7 Manigandan S S 5
Jharkhand, Bihar and Gujarat participated in 8 Kunal M. 5
9 Phoobalan P. 5
the 6 round event.
10 Kabhilan S 5
11 Harini S. 5
As far as the tournament is concerned, with
12 Vinodh Kumar B. 5
just six rounds for too many players, a lot of
Rupankar Nath (Winner) receiving the trophy from IM Atanu Lahiri, Secretary, BCA and joint 13 Vijay Shreeram P 5
action was anticipated, as even losing half
Secretary AICF 14 Konatham Snehil 5
a point would mean so much. There were
15 Dinesh Rajan M 5
no major upsets until 5th round, other than 16 Umashankar A 5
44th West Bengal State Women Chess Championship 2018, Kolkata Krishnaraaju’s successive victories against 17 Sharan Sridhar 5
higher rated players Rathneesh and Chandak- 18 Dharani Kumar M S 5
Sivam on 3rd and 4th rounds. In round five, 19 Manu David Suthandram 5
12 year old Pranesh defeated second seeded 20 AGM Rathneesh R 5
Kunal M and VenkatSundaram defeated Ram 21 Badrinarayanan N 5
S.Krishnan. 22 Hiren K G 5
23 Krishna Raaju J 4½
After the penultimate round, it was five 24 Srikrishnan P 4½
players sharing the lead with 5/5. There 25 Sathya Naarayanan S 4½
was a possibility of three-way tie for the top 26 AGM Vignesh N 4½
honours, but the top board players decided 27 Praveen K Gunasekaran 4½
to split the points resulting in a five-way tie 28 Shreyas Pandeshwar 4½
for the top place between IM C R G Krishna, 29 Harsh Suresh 4½
FM M.Vinoth Kumar, Pranesh, Prasanna and 30 Vinoth Kumar C 4½
Venkat Sundaram. According to the tie break 31 Nayanikaa Muralidharan 4½
rules, Pranesh M of Tamilnadu won the 1st 32 Vinay R Jumani 4½
IITM FIDE Rated Open Chess tournament 33 Shanmugasundaram 4½
with a cash award of Rs.30,000/- and glitter- 34 Anurag Kashyap Y 4½
ing trophy. Krishna CRG of South Western 35 Jeyanth R 4½
Railway came second and Venkat Sundaram 36 Divyan T 4½
(L-R) Winner Smriddha, Atanu Lahiri, Secretary, BCA, Dr.Shashi Panja,Hon’ble Women and Child 37 Bharath Ravikumar 4½
Welfare Minister of West Bengal of Tamilnadu took the third place.
38 Shrija K M 4
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MAY 2018
39 Chandak Shivam 4 84 Prathesh Kumar R 3½ 2nd Sri Anand Chess Wings below 1500 FIDE Rating tournament,Guntur
40 AIM Ashwin Sairam 4 85 Narendra Pallavan S 3½
41 Mhaske Satish 4 86 Divyanshu Gupta 3½
Sri Santhosh of AP wins
42 Tamizh Selvan Ganesan 4 87 George Daniel 3½ by FA G Venkata Kumar , Chief Arbiter
43 Akilesh Venkatakrishnan 4 88 AIM Anirudh V Ramesh Kumar 3½
44 Sivaji Baskar S 4 89 Sanchith Sundararam K 3½ Sri Santhosh D of AP won the 2nd Sri Anand deputy Chief Arbiter FA Vijay Kumar Agarwal,
45 Jegatha B 4 90 Ankit Kumar 3½ Chess Wings All India Below 1500 FIDE and Arbiter Phani Kumar M N.
46 Vishwa Bala Kumaran M 4 91 Deena Dayalan S 3½ Rating Tournament held here at Gaddipati
47 Aswin.P.G 4 92 Liban Reyhan M M 3½ Kalyand Mandapam, near Manipuram Bridge, Final ranking
48 Hemanth Raam 4 93 Kavya. S 3½ Guntur from 13th to 15th April 2018. After Rk Name Pts
49 Muthu Palaniappan P L 4 94 Jairam G 3½ 9 Rounds Sri Santhosh D (AP)scored 8.5/9, 1 Sri Santhosh D 8½
50 Karthikeyan 4 95 Bhaskar N S 3½ Manikandan Tayalan (TN) 8/9, Kishore V( 2 Manikandan Tayalan 8
51 Adireddy Tarun 4 96 Ilakiyan M Xavier Jeen 3½ TN) 7.5/9.Winner got prize money of Rs. 3 Kishore V 7½
52 Sidharth P G 4 97 Madhavan R M 3½ 40,000/-+Trophy where as Runner up re- 4 Mahendar B 7½
53 Aasha C R 4 98 Ananth Ramdas 3½ ceived Rs. 25000/-+Trophy and 3rd placed 5 Kavi Samrat P 7½
54 Niteesh Lingeswaran 4 99 Devjyoth Ajay 3½ got Rs. 15,000/-and a trophy. A total prize 6 Aragonda Mohan 7½
55 Varun Suresh Roshan 4 100 Breasha Gupta 3½ money of Rs. 3,00,000 Lakh was distributed 7 Kishan Chand 7½
56 Adireddy Arjun 4 101 Thrayambhakesh A 3½ 8 Nanal Arnav 7½
among 55 prize winners.
57 Shyaam M 4 102 Radhakrishnan V 3½ 9 Sailesh R 7½
58 Prashanth L.A 4 103 Sivaram Ambikasaran 3½ 10 Gopichand K 7½
The event attracted 411 participants from
59 Muthu P 4 104 Akshaya Rajaraman 3½ 11 Rahul Jha 7
Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattishgarh, Him-
60 Shree Ganesh MAnnamalai 4 105 Santhosh V 3½ 12 Manvith K 7
achal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharas-
61 Karthik Sai Ch 4 106 Bargava Narasimhan S 3½ 13 Tarun Vankadaru 7
tra, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu,
62 AFM Abhinav Karthik M 4 107 Lathecka Sai M.A. 3½ 14 Mohan Sapa 7
Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.The event 15 Deshmukh Varun 7
63 Shravan Swaminathan 4 108 Vishnu Vijay 3½
was organized by Sri Anand Chess Wings 16 Sathwik Shivananda P.S 7
64 Midilesh Ms 4 109 Krishnamoorthy K P 3½
under the auspices of Andhra Pradesh State 17 Peddiraju Sri Rajendra 7
65 Deivadharshan U 4 110 Shrrivathsa M 3½
Chess Association. 18 Udit Gupta 7
66 Charan K 4 111 Anirudh B 3½
67 Nitin M Pai 4 112 Gopalakrishnan R 3½ 19 Ashok D 7
The event was inaugurated on 13thth April 20 Vaneshwar Rao K.V. 7
68 Chandralekha G 4 113 Anirudh A 3½
69 Abishna Anojan 4 114 Vijay M. 3
2018 morning by Sri K V S V R V Prasad, 21 Suresh Bondalapati 7
70 AGM Balaji M 4 115 Raman P 3 Ass., General Manger Andhra Bank, Sri Ch 22 Satheesh Kumar G 7
71 Sanjay Srinivasan R 4 116 Raghav V 3 Ravindra Raju, Treasurer APCA, Sri K N Gopal, 23 Mallesh Beerla 7
72 Darshan Sasthaa M 4 117 AFM Vakeesh S 3 General Secretary APCA, Sri Y D Ramarao, 24 Veera Phani Sai Teja K 6½
73 Sivan S Roshan 4 118 Varun Prabhakaran K S 3 President APCA And Sri M Gopinadh, Organ- 25 Sudhakar Kancharla 6½
74 Tharshan M K 4 119 Arjun Vasudevan 3 izing Secretary. 26 Rushyendra Chowdary K 6½
75 Keshav Padmanabhan 4 120 Baraneedharan S 3 27 Shabreen T Khanam 6½
76 Vijay Adithya Muthu S 4 121 Jaikavin Senthilkumar 3 In the valedictory function Sri K N Gopal, 28 Midhun G 6½
77 Sai Siddharth U 3½ 122 Velmurugan C K 3 General Secretary APCA, Sri Ch Ravindra 29 Krishna Reddy Gurugu 6½
78 Vishwajit Prakash Hegde 3½ 123 Janakiraman R 3 Raju Treasurer APCA, Venkata Kumar G, FA 30 Satyanarayana Raju D S 6½
79 Theju K V 3½ 124 Srinivasan Vijayaraghavan 3 Chief Arbiter , M Sambha Siva Rao, Organiser, 31 Maria Wilson 6½
80 Viswak Sen M 3½ 125 Sanjay Sriram 3 And Sri M Gopinadh, Organising Secretary 32 Surya Raghava I 6½
81 Senthil Kumar E 3½ 126 Dheepesh T 3 distributed trophies and cash awards to the 33 Rishi Kumar Pandey 6½
82 Neha Srinibash D 3½ 127 Leela Maheswari B 3 winners. The chief arbiter was FA G V Kumar 34 Kattubadi Dadapeer 6½
83 Vengatesh Krishnan C 3½ 128 Abinaya Anojan 3 of Rajamundry (Andhra Pradesh) assisted by 35 Bharath Bhushan Reddy N 6½

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36 Balakrishna Kavatrapu 6½ 81 Jayakumar K 6 Delhi State Open FIDE Rated Chess Championahip,New Delhi
37 Manoj Kumar Behera 6½ 82 Hemadri Dasari 6
38 Anubhav Patel 6½ 83 Yuva Kishore Pilla 5½
Santu Mondal wins Delhi Open
39 Mekala Negendra 6½ 84 Jagapathi Babu Ch 5½
Delhi State Open FIDE Rated Chess Cham- Final ranking
40 Md Bashiq Imrose 6½ 85 Bollapally Sadanand Goud 5½
pionahip-2018 was held at Jawaharlal Rk Name Pts
41 Praveen Saki 6½ 86 Mahesh Yadla 5½
Nehru Stadium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 1 Santu Mondal 7½
42 Tanish Sai Kavuru 6½ 87 Dhirendra Kumar Das 5½
from 9th April to 15th April 2018. 2 Akshay Anand 7½
43 Nazeer Basha G 6 88 Mogan Raj S 5½
3 Pawar Harshit 7½
44 Ravikumar Avuti 6 89 Kodali Jaya Sankar 5½
45 Gagan M S 6 90 Surisetti Manikanta Rao 5½
A total number of 168 players which 4 Sachin Malik 7
46 Bandaru Swaroop Kumar 6 91 Pasapula Teja Sree 5½ included 111 International rated from 5 Gursimar Singh Arneja 7
47 Kanthi Kiran Katarapu 6 92 Kulkarni Samruddhi 5½ across Delhi participated in the champi- 6 Jatinder Kapoor 7
48 Rama Koteswara Rao G 6 93 Ramakrishnan V 5½ onship and served as selection event for 7 Deepak Rai 7
49 Abdulh Rahaman K 6 94 Gowri Karthikeyan 5½ Delhi team for the forthcoming Nation- 8 Bhavyay Gupta 7
50 Bhaskara Rao Balaga 6 95 Trinadharao S 5½ al Championship. The event which was 9 Yatin Kumar 7
51 Veerabhadri K 6 96 Sathyadeep Kumar M 5½ spread over seven days and was played 10 Esshan Wadhawan 6½
52 Kotikalapudi Aditya Krishna 6 97 Benny P C 5½ under Swiss System with 9 rounds with 11 Chitaranjan Taorem 6½
53 Yaganti Seyi Swathhy 6 98 Gobi Krishnan N 5½ the time control of 90 minutes and 30 12 Anil Verma 6½
54 Phani Krishna C H 6 99 C N Krishna Pillai 5½ seconds increment from move 1. The 13 Harshiel Sehgal 6½
55 Murali R Krishnan 6 100 Sreehith Reddy R 5½ total prize fund of the championship was 14 Om Batra 6½
56 Prithvi Raj Gowd 6 101 Lakshmi Narayanan Rajadurai 5½ Rs. 1,50,000/-. 15 Kukreja Sankalp 6½
57 Vishnu Sridhar 6 102 Rakshitha P 5½ 16 Verma H.S. 6½
58 Saketh Kumar Reddy C 6 103 Raksha P 5½ Santu Mondal started as top seed and 17 Kuldeep 6½
59 Murugan V 6 104 Srinadh Sadasivuni 5½ the event progressed on expected lines. 18 Abeer Nandrajog 6
60 Jyothi Kiran P 6 105 Parthiv K G K 5½ At the end of ninth round, three players 19 Swayam Gupta 6
61 Vijayakumar S 6 106 Mohammad Yakoob 5½ tied for the pole position with 7½ points 20 Hiridik Rajendran 6
62 Habibur Rahman 6 107 Udaya Bhaskara Rao Anala 5½ but better tie break score helped top seed 21 Vinayak Verma 6
63 Deshpande Omkar 6 108 Manaswini Maheshweram 5½ Santu Mondal to finish as champion while 22 Harsh Vardhan Joshi 6
64 Siva Prasad A T 6 109 Shivakumar D M 5½ Akshay Anand and Harshit Pawar finished 23 Bhatnagar Manoj 6
65 Arnav Pradhan 6 110 Ahirwar Sanjay 5½ as first and second runner-up respectively. 24 Ishaan Thairanil 6
66 Ramakrishna A 6 111 Shaik Pharuk 5½ 25 Baig Akram 6
67 Yashaswi K 6 112 Pyla Sai Kowshik 5½
Vidhi Bhartiya was adjudged as best fe- 26 Shubham Gupta 6
68 Thejasvi N 6 113 KVenkata Lakshmi Narayana 5½
male player while H S Verma was declared 27 Harprab Singh Johar 6
69 Balasubramaniam Nataraj 6 114 Susheel Reddy P 5
best veteran player. Harshiel Sehgal, Na- 28 Garvit Bhutani 6
70 Manpreeth Singh R 6 115 Karunya Shesha Sai Y 5
mish Sharma and Shaunak Sood finished 29 Tanmay Chopra 5½
71 Sattiveti Venkatesh 6 116 Gopathi Yogi Yashwanth 5
best among Under-15, Under-10 and un- 30 Namish Sharma 5½
72 Priyanka Bhatt 6 117 Siva Durga Rao P 5
73 Bolla Deepak 6 118 Arueran Raghuraman 5
rated categories respectively. 31 Aarush Gupta 5½
32 Abhinav Raj 5½
74 Nagesh Tattikalam 6 119 Anjaneyulu 5
75 Pavan Malleboina 6 120 Aarav Nambiar T 5 At a colourful closing ceremony, Smt. 33 Bhandari Jitendra Singh 5½
76 Yaseen Goodwala 6 121 Lakkavarthi Vijay Kumar 5 Swati Verma, eminent social worker of 34 Rahul Yadav 5½
77 Sevitha Viju M 6 122 Uttam S 5 Delhi gave away the cash prizes and tro- 35 Aaryansh Bhartiya 5½
78 Jahnavi Sri Lalita Mareddy 6 123 Jaffar Vali S 5 phies to the winners along with Shri. AK 36 Daaevik Wadhawan 5½
79 Siva Koteswarao T 6 124 Ramakrishna P Venkata 5 Verma, Secretary Delhi Chess Association. 37 Arnav De 5½
80 Ravi Krishna G 6 125 Durga Surya Krishna Teja 5 38 Aarush Uday Khanna 5½

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39 Suresh Garg 5½ 82 Devan Pillai 4½ 1st Avinash Group Chhattisgarh State Open FIDE Rated Championship,Raipur
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Ashutosh Banerjee emerges winner
by FA Alankar Bhivgade ,Chief Arbiter
42 Rawat Aditya 5½ 85 Aarav Sinha 4½
43 Gupta Nikunj 5½ 86 Shrey Jain 4½
1st Avinash Group Chhattisgarh state 7 Buxy Rajanikant 6
44 Pranay B Arora 5½ 87 Jasprit Singh 4½
Open FIDE rated chess Championship 8 Manoj E T 6
45 Vaibhav Gautam 5½ 88 Ashvath Mittal 4½ 9 Uppal Anshul 6
was held from 6th to 8th April 2018 at
46 Arko Nandi 5½ 89 Varun Soni 4½ 10 Priyansh Sahu 6
club Paraiso, Raipur. This is the 9th 1st
47 Bhavy Kapoor 5½ 90 Vaibhav Kamboj 4½ 11 Nirmal Kumar Sharma 6
Avinash Group Chhattisgarh state Open
48 Jatin Verma 5½ 91 Shrey Dobhal 4½ 12 Rohit Pandey 5.5
FIDE rated chess Championship conduct-
49 Vidhi Bhartiya 5½ 92 Divesh Agrawal 4½ 13 Harroop Chhabda 5.5
ed by Raipur District Chess Association.
50 Abeer Manchanda 5½ 93 Akshit Bhatia 4½ 14 Yagyesh Ranjan 5.5
The event attracted 125 players from all 15 Sushant Jha 5.5
51 Lakshya Chauhan 5½ 94 Pranav Talreja 4½
over Chhattisgarh The eight round event 16 Shubham Singh 5.5
52 Satyendra K Srivastava 5 95 Azharuddin 4½
was conducted in 3 days. Total cash prize 17 Pratham Peri 5.5
53 Manmay Chopra 5 96 Venkat Ganapathi C 4
distributed was Rs. 50000/- 18 Tohin Kumar Halder 5.5
54 Rajesh Kumar Nath 5 97 Devtej Singh Anand 4
19 Mayank Dewangan 5.5
55 Bir Singh Raminder 5 98 Aarush Goel 4
Ashutosh Banerjee from Durgapur was 20 Saksham Somwanshi 5
56 Eshika Pillai 5 99 Shashank Roy 4
the clear winner scoring 8 points in eight 21 Rajput Vikaram Singh 5
57 Jesica 5 100 Atul Mishra 4
rounds. He won the prize money of Rs 22 Shastry P.L. 5
58 Suryanshu Mohanty 5 101 Riddhi Maheshwari 4 23 Aryan Goswami 5
10000 with a glittering trophy. The 2nd
59 Vinayak Tripathy 5 102 Amogh Agarwal 4 24 Ravi Rochlani 5
prize was won by Uttam Mishra and Vivek
60 Riyan Aggarwal 5 103 Laxmi Narayan Pradhan 4 25 Kapoor Babu Gupta 5
Sahu secured the 3rd prize.
61 Mannat Vikramaditya Jain 5 104 Sahil Chowdhry 4 26 Sappra Priyanshu 5
62 Shashi Raj Saxena 5 105 Drishti Grover 4 27 Aujsya Mohta 5
This is the first chess tournament organ-
63 Kabir Singh 5 106 Akhilesh Chandra 4 28 Hrishabh Kumar Singh 5
ized at this venue. All facilities required 29 Yashsva Anil Kanholkar 5
64 Khuanna Kapoor 5 107 Yuvika Sehgal 4
for smooth conduct of a chess tournament 30 Mohan Prasad Tiwari 5
65 Armaan Sinha 5 108 Ritoo Anand 4
were available in the venue. Well venti- 31 Kiaan Agrawal CM 5
66 Kushagra Khurana 5 109 Mishka Mathur 4
lated with centralized AC and good seating 32 Raj Patel 5
67 Priyank 5 110 Shaurya Jain 4
arrangements. It is one of the best venues 33 Abhay Sharma 5
68 Dang Mridul 5 111 Arshin Sikka 3½
for chess tournaments in Chhattisgarh. 34 Agrawal Vatsal 5
69 Abhishek Singh 5 112 Dhruv Azad 3½
Prize distribution Ceremony took place 35 Bhakti Pada Ghosh 5
70 Shaunak Sood 5 113 Dhawal Arora 3½
at 4.00 pm and was presided over by Mr. 36 Sahu Girish 5
71 Mohan Virwani 4½ 114 Gurjas Singh Batra 3½ 37 Saroj Kumar Vaishnav 5
Mukesh Singhaniya President CPCA, Mr.
72 Aditya Chowdhry 4½ 115 Rishabh Joshi 3½ 38 Tushar Gupta 5
Mr. B Chandra Shekhar Iyer Secretary
73 Dinesh Kumar Gupta 4½ 116 Ishaan Chowdhry 3½ 39 Agrawal Vidish 5
CPCA, Mr. Vishal Gupta, Mr. P C Shekhar
74 Arham Surana 4½ 117 Anju Agrawal 3½ 40 Aditya Masand 5

75 Somave Nath Sawhney 4½ 118 Yuvraj Jain 3½ 41 Vijay Kumar Kashyap 5
Rk. Name Pts.
76 Ritik Dhall 4½ 119 Vayom Garg 3½ 42 Vishvajeet Singh 4.5
1 Banerjee Ashutosh 8
77 Pushkar Gupta 4½ 120 Aiyshwarya Lakshmi 3½ 43 Sharma Shiv Shankar 4.5
2 Mishra Uttam 7
78 Anishka Vikram 4½ 121 Samadhan Jain 3½ 44 Ansh Rai 4.5
3 Vivek Sahu 6.5
79 Shashwat Shankar 4½ 122 Aarshi 3½ 45 Himanshu Dhairya 4.5
4 Ashok Kr. Patel 6.5
80 Auro Sankalp 4½ 123 Shubham Gupta 3½ 46 Rushil Kumar Alluri 4.5
5 Kotikalapudi Aditya Krishna 6
47 Samar Singh 4.5
81 Abhiroop Bhattacharya 4½ 6 Dewangan Yogesh 6
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7th Keshabananda Das Mem. All India FIDE Open Rating Chess Championship, Bhubaneswar 13 Sibi Visal R 6½ 56 WCM Shreya Smruti Mohanty 5½
14 Smaraki Mohanty 6½ 57 Souradip Deb 5½
Somak Palit wins title 15 Aravind P V S 6½ 58 Swain Narayan 5½
by Asit Bharan Choudhury, Chief Arbiter 16 Patil Harshal 6½ 59 Mohanty Soyamsree 5½
17 AGM Sa Kannan 6½ 60 Bidhu Bhusan Mishra 5½
The 7th edition of Keshabananda Das Palit of Railways clinched the Champion-
18 Nayak Sanjeeban 6½ 61 Samantaray Aryan Arnav 5½
Memorial All India Fide Open Rating ship Title & richer by Rs. 50000/-. Wagh
19 Rakesh Kumar Nayak 6½ 62 Kalyani B 5½
Chess Championship 2018 organized by Suyog of Maharashtra placed 2nd position
20 Ahmed Feroz 6½ 63 Rudranarayan 5½
Khorda District Chess Association held & richer by Rs. 30000/-. And 3rd place
21 Ankit Kumar Singh 6½ 64 Sahoo Ankita 5½
at Empire Hotel, Bhubaneswar, from 10th goes to Arpan Das of Bengal and richer
22 Sahoo Soumya Ranjan 6½ 65 Swapnil Priyadarshi 5½
to 14th April 2018 . The Tournament was by Rs. 20000/-.The tournament was going
23 Chaitanya Rout 6½ 66 Arijit Ghosh 5½
inaugurated by Chief Guest Santanu on smoothly throughout all the rounds .
24 D Majumder(Irs) 6½ 67 Rabindra Kumar Ojha 5½
Mohanty (OAS), B.D.O. Bhubaneswar by There were no disputes/protests placed
25 Ambarish Sharma 6 68 Priansh Das 5½
making the customary first move on the before the Appeals’ Committee. All dep-
26 Sanket Chakravarty 6 69 Mallick Saswat 5½
board .Also present on the occasion were uty Arbiters were worked hard during the
27 Mushini Ajay 6 70 Karmakar Ramen 5½
Shri Subhasis Patanaik, Org. Secretary & whole tournament. The Organisers provid-
28 Vakil Akhtar 6 71 Harshit Ranjan Sahu 5½
Secretary , KDCA, Shri G. C. Mahapatra, ed tea snacks to all participants and who
29 Ajay Kumar Rai 6 72 Singh Vibhav 5½
Treasurer, AOCA, & Saroj Kishore Behera, were present in the hall.
30 Manish Kumar (2006) 6 73 Mohanty Swaraj Sanket 5½
Treasurer, KDCA .
31 Debata Sarthak 6 74 Suryapranjal Indrajeet S P 5½
In the valedictory ceremony Sj. G V V
32 AGM Bhattacharya Arunava 6 75 Gopin Murmu 5½
A total 249 players (169 Rated players) Sarma,IAS, Secretary, Higher Education
33 Jayachandra Srinivas V 6 76 Chandrasekhar M K 5
from 2 Federations( India & Bangladesh) Department , Govt. of Odisha , Sri Saroj
34 Ayan Pal 6 77 AIM Kalur Nikhil 5
took part in the tournament. The venue Kishore Behera , Treasurer, Khordha Dis-
35 Alekhya Mukhopadhyay 6 78 Koustuv Dash 5
was very beautiful and air conditioned trict Chess Association, Shri K K Sharma,
36 Sahoo Dasharathi 6 79 Samal Aditya Ranjan 5
and all amenities were extended to all the Secretary, AOCA, Shri Subhasis Patnaik,
37 Atri Chattopadhyay 6 80 Padhi Jyoti Ranjan 5
players as well as guardians also. Org. Secretary & Secretary, Khorda Dist.
38 Shreyash S Patnaik 6 81 Anubhab Gupta 5
Chess Association were present and dis-
39 Shanjay Krishnaa Skumar 6 82 Pallab Bala 5
The tournament was played under swiss tributed Rs. 5 Lakhs and Trophies to the
40 Diya Chowdhury 6 83 Mahesh Prasad Sethi 5
system format 9 rounds. International prize winners.
41 Barik Jagdish 6 84 Sankalan Shah 5
chess set was used and digital chess
42 Sanjay Kumar Mittal 6 85 Biswal Gitashree 5
clocks in every board.All the organizers Final ranking
43 Pattnaik Bishal 6 86 Duvvuri S Subrahmanyam 5
and players were very supportive and Rk Tle Name Pts
44 Routray Priyanka 6 87 Aritrya Pal 5
cooperative. 1 IM Palit Somak 8
45 Dikshant Dash 6 88 Pratish Raj 5
2 Wagh Suyog 7½
46 M Tulasi Ram Kumar 6 89 Pradhan Anubhav 5
In the 3rd round 2nd seeded IM Rajesh 3 Arpan Das 7½
47 Rajesh Kumar Nayak 6 90 Mohanty A Anurakta 5
VAV of Tamil Nadu drew with Local Oriya 4 Himanshu Moudgil 7½
48 Debi Prasad Nayak 6 91 Das Basant Kumar 5
player Srinabas Mishra. In the 5th round 5 Pradip Tiwari 7
49 Anurag Jaiswal 5½ 92 Jena Suhana 5
Bengal Boy Arpan Das beat local star 6 Utsab Chatterjee 7
50 Mishra Srinibas 5½ 93 Rajan N Sundar 5
Smaraki Mohanty of Bhubaneswar in the 7 Nagare Akhilesh 7
51 Das Susobhit 5½ 94 Atreya Nandy 5
end game. In the 7th round top seeded IM 8 IM Rajesh V A V 7
52 Aryamann Sain 5½ 95 Narayan Das 5
Somak Palit beat 2nd seeded IM Rajesh 9 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 7
53 Iniyan Sivakumar 5½ 96 Alok Jeet Sahoo 5
VAV by sacrificing Queen for a rook and 10 Bala Kannamma P 7
54 Samanta Singh Priyabrata 5½ 97 Mohapatra Pratyush 5
a bishop. 11 S Maralakshikari 7
55 Vikesh Nandan Kumar 5½ 98 Sahu Biswajit 5
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99 Bibekananda Das 5 141 Sradha Suman Jena 4½ Karnataka State under 15 open & girls FIDE rated Championship, Mysuru
100 Sriansh Das 5
101 Karthik N 5
142 Sahoo Stitaprangya 4½
Jagadish P and Swara Lakshmi are Champions
143 Pratyush Tripathy 4½
102 Sankalp Tripathi 5 by FA Karthik R,Chief Arbiter
144 Susanta Kumar Pattanayak 4½
103 Mohanty Sujyot 5
145 Siddhartha Satyabrata 4½ Karnataka State Under 15 Open & Girls tournament with 6 wins and 3 draws. Ar-
104 Soumalya Mondol 5
105 Panda Miracle 5 146 Mishra Uttam 4 FIDE Rated Chess Championship 2018 han Chethan Anand of Bengaluru, Shree
106 Ananya Anamika 5 147 Pattanaik Satyajit 4 was held from 20th April 2018 to 22th Krishna Pranama of Puttur and Rakshith
107 Pratyusha Priyadarshini 5 148 Soumasis Pal 4 April 2018 at Hotel Dasaprakash Para- Srinivasan from Bengaluru secured 2nd,
108 Avaneesh Gupta D C S 5 dise, Near Akashavani Circle, Yadavagiri, 3rd and 4th places respectively.
149 Sanjoy Pattnaik 4
109 Krishna Kumar Saw 5 Mysuru, one of the prominent and well
150 Priyanshu Barua 4
110 Singh Animesh 5 known Hotels in the city. The Tournament In Girls category Deepthi Lakshmi drew
151 Swain Arin Anwesh 4 was organized by Mysore Chess Center. with Shefali AN 7 pts in the top board.
111 Binayak Rath 4½
152 Ankita Sahoo 4 The Tournament attracted 229 players in Sanjana Raghunath palying in 2nd
112 Tripathy Tanmaya 4½
113 Mohanty Abhigyan 4½ 153 Satyajit Mohapatra 4 Open Category and 135 in girls section all board also drew with Shriya R Revankar.
114 Shankhodip De 4½ 154 Dolisiyas Dash 4 over Karnataka out of which 89 players Swaralakshmi S Nair playing with white
115 Maharnav Deka 4½ 155 Behera Sthita Prajna 4 were rated in Open and 44 in Girls. Both pieces on 3rd table succeeded to beat
116 Kiran Kumar P J 4½ events were conducted with 9 rounds in Anya Seth Syed. Swaralakshmi S Nair
156 Debargha Basu 4
117 Dash Manoj Kumar 4½ Swiss format. Top seed of the open event who tied with 7.5 points with Shefali AN
157 Samantaray Swaynshu 4
118 M Venkata Ruthvik 4½ was Jagadish P of Bengaluru with a rating and Deepthi Lakshmi K was declared
158 Dibyashrita Swain 4 of 1894, while Prachi Bharthi of Bengalu- winner with better tie-break score .The
119 Sushanth Kamabathula 4½
159 Tridev Tirthankar 4 ru with a rating of 1478 was top seed in last two then secured second and third
120 Anurag Panigrahi 4½
121 Palak Mohapatra 4½ 160 Om Narayan Bhuyan 4 Girls section. Total cash prize fund was place respectively. Hemadri Satish from
122 Barik Bijayalaxmi 4½ 161 Inban Sivakumar 4 Rs.60,000. Mysuru secured 7 points to bag 4th place
123 Swarnoj Saha Talukdar 4½ 162 Panigrahi Kaushik 4 and entered National Sub Juniors Girls
124 Pratyush Nayak 4½ 163 Rituparna Tripathy 4 The tournament was inaugurated on 20th Championship.
125 Hota Sampanna 4½ 164 Arhan Boyd 4 April 2018 by Mrs. Kavayashree Mallanna,
126 Khadanga Omm Aditya 4½ 165 Omkar Anand Mishra 4 Founder Director of Celestial Minds, USA, The Prize Distribution Ceremony took
127 Nayak Sunil Kumar 4½ 166 Hrishith R 4 Mr. Sriram, Director GSS Properties and place on 22 of April 2018 at 6.30 pm.
128 Rudradev Sankhual 4½ 167 Aditya Ranjan Das 4 Mr. Girisha Mannikere of CDCA. Mr. Arvind Shastry, Secretary, UKCA, Mr.
129 Asmit Asuman 4½ 168 Sohan Reddy V M 4 Chethan Vishwanth, Secretary, Rotary
130 Soyam Laxmidatt D Sabat 4½ 169 Anishka Pandey 4 In open section, in the ultimate round Club of Mysore, Mr. Nagendra Muralidhar,
131 Suka Murmu 4½ 170 Louisa Mohapatra 4 which started on 22nd April by 03:00PM, Director, MCC distributed Prizes for win-
132 Panda Hrishikesh 4½ 171 Shiyam Satyansh 4 on top board Rakshith Srinivasan with 7 ners in all categories.
133 Rabindra Kumar M 4½ 172 Das Swayona 4 pts split the points with Arhan Chethan Final ranking:Under 15 Open
134 Bikash Kumar Lenka 4½ 173 Mishra Anjali 4 Anand. While Jagadish P played with black Rk Name Pts
174 Abhishek Nayak 3½ pieces on second board, drew with Kalki 1 Jagadish P 7½
135 Arushi Srichandan 4½
175 Devaki Nandana 3½ Eshwar 6.5pts. Though 4 players, Jagadish 2 Arhan Chethan Anand 7½
136 Ayusha Samantaray 4½ 3 Shree Krishna Pranama 7½
176 Keshab Charan Sahoo 3½ P, Arhan Chethan Anand, Kalki Eshwar
137 Barik Animesh 4½ and Rakshith Srinivasan, were tied with 4 Rakshith Srinivasan 7½
177 Abhirami Madabushi 3½
138 Shriyansh Dey 4½ 7.5 pts, Jagadish manage to secure first 5 Kalki Eshwar D 7
178 Pal Abhinav 3½
139 Rout Prakruti 4½ place with a better tie break score. Also 6 Chaithanya Ganesh 7
179 Bisoi K.K. 3½
Jagadish remained unbeaten in the entire 7 Anirudh Sharma 7
140 Subham Jyoti Sahoo 4½ 180 Priyanka Pattanaik 3½
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9 Gupta Anshurup 7 54 Tushar Tukaram Gunake 5½ 99 Sai Dheeraj Vadlamudi 5 39 Sharadhi Shastry 5½
10 Keshav Kothari 6½ 55 Rohit Venugopal 5½ 100 Ullas G 5 40 Varsha R Kodancha 5
11 Rakesh N 6½ 56 Surya S S 5½ 41 Zoya Nizar 5
12 Shiva Chethan Halamane 6½ 57 Ashmit Anand 5½ Final standings:Under 15 Girls 42 Nesha Kavya Gowda 5
13 Tejes Suresh Kumar 6½ 58 Mihir Uday Yedur 5½ Rk Name Pts 43 Vandana Srinivas Babu 5
14 Yashas Donthi 6½ 59 Gad Tanay 5½ 1 Swara Lakshmi S Nair 7½ 44 Deeksha V 5
15 Shreyas Pavan 6½ 60 Yashwanth Bharadwaj M S 5½ 2 Shefali A N WCM 7½ 45 Sanikommu Manasvi 5
16 Ajitesh Kumara 6½ 61 Ridhyan Gupta 5½ 3 Deepthi Lakshmi K 7½ 46 Anamika Menon C T 5
17 Shivanth M 6½ 62 Siddharth T 5½ 4 Hemadri Sathish 7 47 Chinmayee R K 5
18 Dhanush Ram M 6½ 63 Pranav Tukaram Gunake 5½ 5 Sanjana Raghunath 7 48 Ashwini Koteshwara 5
19 Monosij Roy 6½ 64 Medhansh Rathi 5½ 6 Tanisha Shital Gotadke 7 49 Mridhini M R 5
20 Aryan Anand 6½ 65 Aryama Vinay Murthy 5½ 7 Meghana S 7 50 Shraavani Adiga 5
21 Tejas Cavale 6½ 66 Abhi Nayak S 5 8 Prasiddhi Bhat 7 51 Samhitha Sharma B S 5
22 Chirag Mudraje 6½ 67 Patrick P Johnson 5 9 Khushi M Hombal 6½ 52 Vaishnavi Badasheshi 5
23 Apoorv Kamble 6½ 68 Gagan M S 5 10 Shriya R Revankar 6½ 53 Yashika Bhardwaj 5
24 Shrikar Hippargi 6½ 69 Keshav Malik Kapoor 5 11 Prema P 6½ 54 Harshini M S 5
25 Nachiketh Adiga 6½ 70 Sandeep J 5 12 Prachi Bharti 6½ 55 Shreeya H 5
26 Amaey Advait 6½ 71 Prameeth M G 5 13 Pranitha S R 6½ 56 Manasa Narayan 5
27 Anil Thungesh 6 72 Chinmay Kowshik 5 14 Anya Seth Syed 6 57 Ananya Rao 5
28 Neil J 6 73 Siddhanth P Vashist 5 15 Eshanvi M N 6 58 Jaanvi D 5
29 Tanav Sudarshan 6 74 Kalal I 5 16 Dhatri Umesh 6 59 Architha J 5
30 Yatharth Jain 6 75 Ronit Prasad 5
17 Dhrithi Murgod 6 60 Prakruthi N 5
31 Prahalada Udupa 6 76 Akash M H 5
18 Afreen Tabassum 6
32 Rudrashish Chakraborty 6 77 Prajwal P Shenoy 5 61 Riya Hrishikesh Thale 5
19 Renganayaki V 6
33 Shreyas Pai 6 78 Satwik D Hegde 5 62 Aasvi Kedia 5
20 Manya Hegde 6
34 Nirupam Gogoi 6 79 Pragy Narayan 5 63 Anvita Ramdas Burde 5
21 Smriti Prabhuraj 6
35 Abhay B Bhandarkar 6 80 Sasmith A Suvarna 5 64 Tejaswini M P 4½
22 Vaishnavi R Rao 6
36 Vishwa Dheep D N 6 81 Manu K R 5
23 Shruti Raju 6 65 Moola Greeshma 4½
37 Pannag Kumaar 6 82 Yashas Raju 5
24 Harshini A 6 66 Avani B S 4½
38 Prajwal K M 6 83 Dheeraj Shriram Prashanth 5
25 Sri Harini A 6 67 Spoorvika G 4½
39 Abhyuday Santhosh 6 84 Avinash V 5
26 Suhenaa Suma Darshan 6
40 Shriganesh 6 85 Chinmay Sharma 5 68 Ashwitha J 4½
27 Shraddha Somanath 6
41 Stephen C A 6 86 Khan Raees Ahmed 5 69 Mattania Wilfred 4½
28 Vindya Sridhar 5½
42 Kaushik G Iyer 5½ 87 Gambhir N C 5 70 Anujna Anand 4½
43 Tharun B S 5½ 88 Kalyan B S 5 29 Yashaswi Nada 5½
30 Spandana M Raikar 5½ 71 Anushri Nair 4½
44 Tusshar N B 5½ 89 Simon C A 5
45 Aayush Boloor 5½ 90 Vedant Anirudha Kulkarni 5 31 Dhanyashree P 5½ 72 Kyra Seth Syed 4½
46 Prajwal M Joshi 5½ 91 Nimish Raj B 5 32 Dhanyatha Corry 5½ 73 Sara K R 4
47 Vishwajit S 5½ 92 Amogh Bisht 5 33 Thirthalli Shefali 5½ 74 Anvitha S Kumar 4
48 Vaibhav Kalpaka 5½ 93 Hruthvick R 5 34 Shubha Shree K 5½ 75 Anushka Tonapi 4
49 Abhinav Bhatt 5½ 94 Suryananda M D 5 76 Shraavani Naik 4
35 Shriyana S Mallya WCM 5½
50 Aarav Rane 5½ 95 Abhishek C 5
36 Keerthana Salian 5½ 77 Anoushka Bhatt 4
51 Owais Md Q 5½ 96 Achintya Vinay Murthy 5
52 Rajath Gururaj 5½ 97 Kavin I 5 37 Ananya B 5½ 78 Niveda Ravi 4
53 Kulkarni Vaibhav 5½ 98 Deota Sriyansh 5 38 Priyadarshini Mulloli 5½ 79 Aishani Anand 4
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5th Kurukshetra Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament 2018, Dibrugarh 19 Mukesh Kumar 6 64 Abhiraj Banerjee 5
20 Sukhavi Achumi 6 65 Saurabh Kumar 5
Nandan Buragohain wins title 21 Anuj Protim Boruah 6 66 Kanchan Deori 5
by Asit Baran Choudhury IA, Chief Arbiter 22 Pallab Gohain 6 67 Trideep Luchan Thengal 5
23 Aarohan Saikia 6 68 Priyangshu Mazumder 5
The 5th edition of Kurukshetra Open Fide respectively and richer by Rs. 22000/-.
24 Barnil Kumar Das 6 69 Abhraneel Buragohain 5
Rating Chess Tournament 2018 organized richer by Rs. 18000/-. 25 Swapnaneel Dowerah 6 70 Deba Dutta 5
by Guardians of Greater Dibrugarh Chess 26 Durlov Nanda 6 71 Tanisha A R Som 4½
Players held at DHSK College, from26th The tournament was going on smoothly 27 Jadav Gogoi 6 72 Winee Thengal 4½
to 30th April 2018.The Tournament was throughout all the rounds. There were 28 Pandey Pramod 6 73 Adreeja Sinha 4½
inaugurated by Chief Guest Shri Prasanta no disputes/protests placed before the 29 Rajbir Singh 6 74 Bhargav Gogoi 4½
Phukan, MLA, Dibrugarh by making his Appeals’ Committee. All deputy Arbiters 30 Nawab Mukril Zadeed 6 75 Junmoni Gogoi 4½
first move on the board and also present worked hard during the whole tourna- 31 Debanga Rajan Baruah 6 76 Pratyush Kiran Borgohain 4½
were Dr. Sashi Saikia Principal, DSHK ment. The Organisers provided tea snacks 32 Rajnish Verma 6 77 Rishi Vishal Gogoi 4½
College, Commandant P.K Singh, Shri An- to all participants and who were present 33 Jitumoni Neog 5½ 78 Jahir Alom 4½
upjyoti Bharali, DHSK College, Mr. Gunin in the hall. 34 Abhash Roimya Saikia 5½ 79 Achitanga Kashyap 4½
Dihingia, Advisor, Mrs. Oly Rajkumar, Org. 35 Ashvin Sharma 5½ 80 Manab Bhattacharjee 4½
Secretary. Players meeting was arranged In the valedictory ceremony Ms. Laya 36 Ranjit Chutia 5½ 81 Hritik Gogoi 4½
just before the starting of tournament. Madhuri, IAS, DC of Dibrugarh , Dr. Intik- 37 Abhilash Dutta 5½ 82 Sumangal Borgohain 4½
The other necessary technical matters abur Rahman, President, Org. Committee, 38 Mrinmoy Rajkhowa 5½ 83 Anuj Boro 4½
were decided and appeals committee was Shri Anupjyoti Bharali, DHSK College, Mr. 39 Jagadish Gogoi 5½ 84 Anchita Sharma 4½
formed. Gunin Dihingia, Advisor, Mrs. Oly Rajku- 40 Bipul Das 5½ 85 Netradeep Das 4½
mar, Org. Secretary , Anjan Das, Treasurer 41 Pulakesh Sahu 5½ 86 Tanmoy Misra 4½
A total 163 players (104 Rated players) were present and distributed the prizes. 42 Tinku Moni Das 5½ 87 Ahiron Kaushik Saikia 4½
from 2 Federations ( India & Bangladesh) 43 Mridumoloy Das 5½ 88 Sun Dowerah 4½
took part in the tournament. The venue Final ranking 44 Basukinath Banerjee 5½ 89 Nishanta Das 4½
was very beautiful and all amenities were Rk Name Pts 45 Kughaho Kiho 5 90 Nandika Sahu 4½
1 Nandan Buragohain 8 46 Dhrubajyoti Borpatra 5 91 Abhishek Bordoloi 4½
provided to the players as well as guard-
2 Souradip Deb 7½ 47 Chiraranjan Bhuyan 5 92 Purbhana Lakhya Kalita 4½
ians also. The tournament was played
3 Singh Bhogen R K 7 48 Dutta Pehlaj 5 93 Jayanta Kumar Dutta 4
under swiss system format 9 rounds. In-
4 Projit Phukon 7 49 Anurag Medhi 5 94 Sarjon Rongphar 4
ternational chess set was used and digital
5 Ahmed Feroz 7 50 Nihad Islam Hazarika 5 95 Jutiaditya Kakoti 4
chess clocks in every board. All the or-
6 Singh Soram Rahul 7 51 Mukul Borah 5 96 Jyotishmoy Das 4
ganizers and players were very supportive
7 Cheniram Pegu 7 52 Dutta Samaritan 5 97 Vivek Rajkumar 4
and cooperated with each other. 53 Rai Ganesh 5 98 Apurva Kumar 4
8 Jitabrata Nath 7
9 Singh Y. Dhanabir 7 54 Abhishek Borthakur 5 99 Anubhav Das 4
In the 4th round Souradip Deb of Tripura 55 Tripartha Saikia 5 100 Mortuz Ali 4
10 Mughaho Awomi 6½
beat top seeded Y Dhanbir Singh of Mani- 56 Dhruv Phukan 5 101 Debabrata Handique 4
11 Santanu Borpatra Gohain 6½
pur in quick play finish. Ranjit Chutia lost 57 Bidyalakshmi Devi R K 5 102 Anubhav Gogoi 4
12 Rintu Brahma 6½
to Bhogen Singh R K of Manipur. At the end 58 Chayan Subhashkar Das 5 103 Amlan Jyoti Das 4
13 Subhajit Dhar 6½
of final round games Nandan Buragohain 59 Das Pragyan Jyoti 5 104 Archita Phukan 4
14 Tuhin Kashyap 6½
of Guwahati clinched the Championship 15 Iftikar Alom Mazumdar 6½ 60 Subrata Nandy Roy 5 105 Kiran Rajkonwar 4
Title & richer by Rs. 30000/-. Souradip 16 Gautam Chakravarty 6½ 61 Abinash P Gogoi 5 106 Dhiraj Moran 4
Deb of Tripura and Bhogen Singh R K of 17 Manthan Kashyap Datta 6½ 62 Devabarenya Gogoi 5 107 Madhuv Singha 4
Manipur placed 2nd position & 3rd Position 18 Dhrupad Kashyap 6 63 Rittij Mahanta 5 108 Hitarth Pratim Buragohain 4

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14th Late Sou Meenatai Shirgaonkar Memorial Fide Rating Women’s Tournament, Sangli 2018 11 Upase Riddhi 6 UNRATED
12 Yuti Mayur Patel 6 46 Chinchkar Krushnai 5
Sakshi Chitlange wins at Sangli 13 WCM Kriti Mayur Patel 6 53 Sherkar Vaishnavi 5
by IA Rajendra Shidore, Chief Arbiter 14 Pise Aarya 6 VET
The tournament was organized by Nutan- 15 Koli Isha 6 78 Nesayya Nirmla 4
BuddhibalMandal,Sangli. The duration of After round 5 DeodharVrushali took the 16 Patel Naziya 6 SANGLI
the tournament was of 5 days starting from lead with half points extra in the Buchholz, 17 Pardeshi Gayatri 6 51 Kamble Pournima 5
24th April 2018 to 28th April 2018. On the but IM Sakshi took over after win against 18 Naik Snehal 6 64 Kadam Shradha 4½
first day, the opening ceremony was at Vrushali Deodhar. During the final rounds 19 Sapale Saniya 6 66 Jangam Rajpriya 4½
11:00am followed by the first round. Two Parikh Urvi, HombalKhushi, Gayatri Rajput, 20 Gotmare Mrinmayi 6 68 Jagadale Ishwari 4
rounds were conducted per day for 4 days Bhosale Shruti and Patel Naziya contested 21 Vaval Aaditi 6
and one last round on fifth day followed by for latter ranks. 22 Kulkarni Samruddhi 6 Puzzle of the month
23 AIM Naik Sayuri 6 by C.G.S.Narayanan
the prize distribution.
Superintendent Mr.Darekar and Raja Bhau 24 Adhikari Tanvi 6
25 Raul Devika 6 On the problem given below Sam Loyd
This is a unique tournament which is going Shirgaonkar, President of Nutan Buddhibal the greatest American puzzle-maker com-
on for 14 years, where no women player is Mandal graced the closing ceremony. WIM 26 Yamijala Koulini 6
ments :” It was a haphazard impromptu
charged any entry fee. All the players have Chitlange Sakshi stood first followed by 27 Vaibhavi Murali 5½ little fellow that I composed in an instant
free accommodation and all the title holders Vishwa Shah and Deodhar Vrushali. 28 Palkar Vaibhavi 5½ and entered in the Chess Monthly tour-
receive 2000 rupees appearance money. 29 Aditi Yogesh Kayal 5½ nament and never appreciated it until it
30 Ghadge Mrunalini 5½ received the first prize, since which time
It was a very nice tournament organized by it has become my most famous problem
The opening ceremony was graced by Nutan Buddhibal Mandal Sangli. Mr.Chin- 31 Ambawale Shravanee 5½
and is continually referred to as a difficult
Superintendent Kirti Shedage, Chief Ar- tamani Limaye, Mrs.Kelkar and Deepak 32 Mahajan Mokshada D 5½
and beautiful problem that conflicts with
biter IA Rajendra Shidore; Mr.Chintamani Vaychal took great efforts for making the 33 Thanekar Manasi 5½ all the established views of composition”.
Limaye, Secretary of Nutan Buddhibal event a success as well as the team of all 34 Shah Anila Kishore k 5½ It took me nearly one hour to solve this
Mandal; Mr.Ashok Telang, senior player; arbiters headed by Chief Arbiter IA Rajen- 35 Kale Ashika 5½ one but I was delighted on finding the
U8 very subtle variations. I leave it to the
Mr.Chidambar Kotibhaskar, Vice Presi- draShidore, SNA DeeptiShidore, SNA Porn- readers to solve and enjoy the intricacies
dentof Nutan Buddhibal Madal and Mrs. imaUpalavikar, SNA Juily Kulkarni and SNA 48 Shreya G Hipparagi 5
of this problem.
Smita Kelkar,Treasurer of Nutan Buddhibal Jayashree Patil. Also as always there was 55 Trisha Jagtap 5
Sam Loyd
Mandal. great support from AICF and Maharashtra U10 First prize,Chess Monthly 1857
state body AMCA. 37 Kesavan Vasudharini 5
Total of 124 girls participated in the tour- 41 Patil Divya 5
nament out of which 60 players were rated Final ranking U12
players. Players from 7 different states Rk Name Pts 36 Bhadgave Rachna 5½
participated in this tournament. Women 1 WIM Chitlange Sakshi 8½ 39 Bhange Anushka 5
International Master Sakshi Chitlange hav- 2 Shah Vishwa 7½ U14
ing the rating of 2122 was the top seeded 3 Deodhar Vrushali Umesh 7½ 40 Choudhari Anushka 5
player followed by Vishwa Shah(1773) and 4 Rajput Gayatri 7 43 More Siddhi 5
Deodhar Vrushali(1700). Throughout the 5 Bhosale Shruti 6½ U16
tournament WIM Sakshi Chitlange secured 6 Parikh Urvi 6½ 38 Anindita Pradeep 5
her first rank in the stand, with Deodhar 7 Khushi M Hombal 6½ 50 Dicholkar Diti 5
and Vishwa fighting for second. A surprising 8 Prabhu Trupti 6½ U19
game made Sakshi settle for half points 9 Kunnekar Vanshri 6½ 65 Patil Sanskruti 4½ White to mate in three moves
against Vishwa Shah. 10 Mahajan Sanskruti 6½ 81 Pawar Tanvi 4 (Solution on p.48)

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1st MyBrain FIDE Rapid Rating Chess Tournament-2018,Aurangabad Asian Youth Chess Championships, Chiang Mai, Thailand
GM Sriram Jha of LIC Wins India reaps rich haul at the Asian youth
by IA Swapnil Bansod, Chief Arbiter
A team of 90 Indian players took part in the Asian Youth Chess Championships 2018 held
in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This was for the first time that so many Indian youngsters have
1st MyBrain FIDE Rapid Rating Chess Tour-
made it to the Asian Youth.This was largely due to the support of the AICF along with
nament 2018 was organized by My Brain At the end of last round 3 players sharing
Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. India won 35 gold medals in team and individual
Institute LLP, Aurangabad under the aegis of 1st position with 8 points each namely GM
combined in all the three formats Classical, Rapid and Blitz to stand out as the most
All Marathi Chess Association, from 28th to Abhimanyu Puranik, GM Shriram Jha and IM
powerful chess playing nation in Asia as of today.We were miles ahead of the second
29th April 2018, at Universal School, MIDC Abhishek Kelkar, but on better tiebreak (Bu-
placed Vietnam team which won 17 gold medals.
Road, Aurangabad. The Total Number of chholz) score GM Shriram Jha of LIC clinch
participants were 314 which included 4 GMs, the championship and 1st prize of Rs. 60000.
India won 33 medals in Individual format and 35 in team. Our youngsters won 14 in-
11 IMs, 1 WGM and 2 FMs. The total tally of GM Abhimanyu Puranik and IM Abhishek
dividual gold medals and 21 as a team. The team medals is something new that was
rated players was 171. Kelkar stood 2nd and 3rd respectively. IM
introduced here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The points of top three players in each group
Anup Deshmukh, IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma,
would be added and the team that has the most cumulative points gets the gold medal.
The tournament was inaugurated at the IM Arghyadip Das and Sammed Jayakumar
India did well in almost all sections showing that we had more than one player doing
hands of Ms. Seema Gupta, Principal, Uni- Shete finished 4th to 7th in final standing.
well in the respective categories.we won four gold medals, five silver, and five bronze
versal School. Other guests present on the
in the classical format.
dais were Shri. Rajendra Konde, Treasurer, The prize distribution function of 1st MyBrain
AMCA, Shri. Vijay Deshpande, Vice Pres- FIDE Rapid Rating Chess Tournament 2018
Gold medal winners
ident, AMCA, Shri. Shobhraj Khonde, Jt. was held on 29th April, 2018 at 6.30 pm at
Om Kadam, the current under-9 national champion, proved his mettle by winning the
Secretary, AMCA, Shri. Ganesh Deshpande, the venue. Shri. Atul Save, MLA Aurangabad,
gold at the Asian under-10 almost with a round to spare. His coach Sharad Tilak, the
Shri, Lekh Mithawala, Organising Secretary, was chief guest. Other guests present were
experienced IM said, “Om has a natural flair for handling the initiative and sharp tactical
and IA Swapnil Bansod, Chief Arbiter. After Shri. Rajendra Konde, Treasurer, AMCA, Shri.
vision. Because of his young age he can be impulsive at times. He is highly talented and
the inaugural function the Technical meeting Vijay Deshpande, Vice President AMCA, Shri.
definitely a GM prospect.”
was arranged. All the tournament regulations Sandip Nagare, Shri. Ganesh Deshpande,
were discussed and finalized in the meeting. Shri, Shobhraj Khonde, Jt. Secretary AMCA,
D.Gukesh was the highest rated player not just in his section but amongst the entire
Shri. Lekh Mithawala, Organising Secretary
1000+ players who had gathered at the Asian Youth 2018. He stayed true to his top
top Seed GM R R Laxman of ICF lost to IM and the Chief Arbiter, IA Swapnil Bansod were
billing in the under-12 section with three gold medals in the classical, rapid and blitz
Ravi Teja of RLYS in the 6rd round game. At present on the occasion.
section. Gukesh went back home with 6 medals - 5 gold and 1 bronze. Apart from three
the end of 6th round GM Abhimanyu Puranik
individual golds, he got two gold medals in team rapid and blitz and a bronze in the
of MAH & IM Ravi Teja of RLYS was leading I express my sincere thanks to my team of
classical section
the table by winning all the six games i.e. arbiters consisting of IA Anurag Singh, Dep-
Sahithi Varshini won golds in the rapid and classical format and a silver in blitz
with 6/6 score. GM Abhimanyu Puranik beat uty Chief Arbiter, IA Prem Pandit, FA Milind
Rithvik Raja, the boy from Telangana created a unique record in the year 2017. He won
his co-leader IM Ravi Teja in 7th round game Naik, FA Suraj Mali, SNA Amrish Joshi, SNA
both the under-13 as well as under-17 National titles. Training with Raju, well-known
to take sole lead. He maintained his lead till Suresh Borse, SNA Chinmay Naik, and lastly
for being Harika’s coach, Rithvik is in safe hands.
the end of penultimate round with 7.5 points. I thank the organizers, Shri. Lekh Mithawala
Later in last round game on top board IM & Family who worked hard to make the event
Silver medal winners
Anup Deshmukh of LIC drew his game with a grand success.
Anupam Sreekumar won the silver in the girls under-10 section. She is also the reign-
leader GM Abhimanyu Puranik, while GM Final ranking
ing under-9 national champion of India
Shriram Jha of LIC beat IM Shashikant Kut- Rk Name Pts Bristy Mukherjee- It is amazing that in a section (under-14) where we have Divya
wal of RLYS and IM Abhishek Kelkar of MAH 1 GM Sriram Jha 8 Deshmukh, Rakshitta Ravi, Mrudul Dehankar and other top players of Indian chess, Bristy
beat IM Vijayalakshmi S of AI on 2nd and 3rd 2 GM Puranik Abhimanyu 8 was able to get the silver and finish as the highest placed Indian.
boards respectively.
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Aashna Makhija from Mumbai has shown steady progress in the last three years due
to some systematic training and dedicated work. Silver in the under-16 section is one
of the biggest successes in the girl’s chess career till date.
Vatsal Singhania winner of Under-16 Boys Silver has shown great progress in terms
of rating in the last couple of years. Just that his progress has been tremendous! Vatsal
had a rating of 1769 in November 2016. Currently his rating is 2213 (including the 107
point increase at the Asian Youth).

Bronze medal winners


Arjun Adireddy is a strong upcoming talent who won Bronze in under-8 boys Aashna Makhija Vatsal Singhania Arjun Adireddy
Kushagra Mohan, won the bronze in the under-14 boys section Under-16 Girls Silver Under-16 Boys Silver Under 8 Boys Bronze
Rajanya Datta won bronze medal in the Under-10 girls
Nityata Jain brought happiness on the faces of MP chess fans as she won her first Asian
medal under-14 bronze

The Nagpur boy Sankalp Gupta has been showing stellar performances at many age
category events. Bronze in under-16 adds to that tally
Talking to ChessBase India, AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan said,”I am happy with
the performance but expected better. I felt that we should have won at least half of the
gold medals in the classical section.” Bharat Singh also added, “One of the key factors Kushagara Mohan Rajanya Datta Nityata Jain Sankalp Gupta
for India moving on the way of becoming a superpower is the government support. Their Under 14 Boys Bronze Under 10 Girls Bronze Under 14 Girls Bronze Under 16 Boys Bronze
support has helped us to send already two major trips in 2018 - the Aeroflot Open and
the Asian Youth.”A very exciting Asian Youth 2018 came to an end with a big success for Praggnanandhaa achieves his second GM norm in Greece
the Indian contingent. What’s heartening to see is talents cropping out from different
parts of the country. Praggnanandhaa became an IM at the age of 10 years
and 10 months. Sergey Karjakin held the record
for the youngest GM in the world - 12 years and 7
months. With nearly one year and nine months to go
it seemed as if Pragg would break Karjakin’s record.
However, it was not to be and although the young
lad from Chennai crossed 2500 Elo mark, he could
achieve just one GM norm. Many people felt that it
Om Kadam D.Gukesh Sahithi Varshini was the pressure on his shoulders of becoming that
Under 10 Boys Gold Under 12 Boys Gold Under 12 Girls Gold youngest GM in the world that was not letting Pragg
play his natural game. Now that we are past that phase, Pragg is showing his free flow-
ing game and achieved his second GM norm in smooth style at the 4th Fischer Memorial
GM norm tournament in Heraklion, Greece.

IM Harsha Bharathakoti triumphs in Kathmandu GM Open

Eighteen-year-old Harsha Bharathakoti has won the Kathmandu GM International Open


Chess Tournament held in Kathmandu, Nepal. With this win, Harsha bagged a glittering
Raja Rithvik Anupam Sreekumar Bristy Mukherjee trophy along with winner’s cash prize of Rs. 2,00,000/- The five-day event which ran
Under 14 Boys Gold Under-10 girls Silver Under 14 Girls Silver
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through 12 to 17 April 2018 saw the partici- 3 IM Abhishek Kelkar 8 44 Dharmadhikari Siddhesh 6
pation of 63 Indians. 4 IM Deshmukh Anup 7½ 45 Nikam Sudhanshu 6
5 IM Sharma Dinesh K. 7½ 46 Supriya Joshi 6
Harsha scored 7.5/9 and was half-point 6 IM Das Arghyadip 7½ 47 Bhandarkar Dinesh 6
ahead of his nearest rivals. He drew against 7 Sammed Jaykumar S 7½ 48 Satish Thakur 6
Azerbaijan’s Grandmaster Mirjorv Azar in the 8 Kulkarni Chinmay 7 49 Chevli Miral 6
final round to emerge as the winner.
9 GM Laxman R.R. 7 50 Patil Rohit R 6
10 IM Kathmale Sameer 7 51 Kartik Jitendra Tetwar 6
11 IM Shashikant Kutwal 7 52 Chandratreya Prachiti 6
12 IM Vijayalakshmi S 7 53 Patil Harshal 6
Kaustuv Kundu wins Sonargaon International FIDE Rating 13 IM Ravi Teja S. 7 54 Pardeshi Ajay 6
Chess Tournament 2018, Bangladesh 14 Mithil Ajgaonkar 7 55 Rathi Dhanashree 6
Kaustuv won his third tournament of the year when he scored 8.0/9 with a performance 15 Dere Pushkar 7 56 AGM Bhogal Rupesh 6
rating of 2482, edged ahead by 0.5 point in 16 Shelke Sankarsha 7 57 Boramanikar Tanisha S 6
Tie-break 2. Kaustuv’s first tournament win of 17 Boricha Ketan 7 58 Naik Amit 6
this year is New Year Open 2018. Bangladesh 18 IM Krishna Teja N 7 59 Kautkar Ritesh 6
no.1, GM Ziaur Rahman was adjudged as the 19 Wagh Suyog 7 60 Gadhiya Harsh Manoj 6
first runner up of the tournament as he missed 20 Dixit Nikhil 7 61 Jain Kashish Manoj 6
the championship due to the earlier mentioned 21 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 6½ 62 Kale Shriram 6
reason. FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman scored 22 Gaikwad Siddhant 6½ 63 Gaurav Rajesh Zagade 5½
7.0/9 and finished at 3rd position due to a better 23 Soham Datar 6½ 64 Aryan Abhijeet Shah 5½
Tie-Break score, ahead of IM Abu Sufian Shakil 24 WGM M eenakshi S 6½ 65 Kothari Pranit 5½
and FM Uddin Md. Saif, who also scored the same
25 Rohan Bharat Joshi 6½ 66 Joglekar Abhijit 5½
points. The tournament took place in Sonargaon
26 IM Karthikeyan P. 6½ 67 Tamhankar Siddhant 5½
Royal Resort in Sonargaon, Narayanganj in Bang-
27 Bhambure Shantanu 6½ 68 Govind Prabhu Mah 5½
ladesh from 20th to 24th March 2018.
28 Nair Sanjeev 6½ 69 Kadam Rishi R 5½
Lakshana wins World Schools Under-7 title 29 FM Deshpande Aniruddha 6½ 70 Shah Jeet 5½
30 Gajanan Jayde 6½ 71 Jaiswal Prince 5½
Thanks to winning the National Schools under-7 Lakshana quali- 31 Saikat Nath 6½ 72 Sarvankar Girish 5½
fied for the World Schools 2018. In the under-7 section you don’t 32 Gandhi Akash 6½ 73 Aarav Dengla 5½
really know what to expect. The players are not rated, they have 33 Gadhiya Hrithvik 6½ 74 Pawar Rahul 5½
no fear, they can get bored anytime, and they can even produce 34 Mulay Pratik 6½ 75 Nirgun Keval 5½
some gems! So, when Lakshana went to Albania for the World 35 Nayak Biswajit 6 76 Pandharkar Chaitanya 5½
Schools 2018 no one knew what would happen. But being the 36 Hend Pravin 6 77 Saparia Jeel Bharat 5½
national schools champion, she definitely had a good chance. 37 Anusha N L V 6 78 Menon Padmanand 5½
38 Warude Satyam 6 79 Thakur Ankur Singh 5½
Things didn’t start so well for Lakshana. She lost to a fellow
39 FM Purushothaman T 6 80 Kant Swapnil 5½
Indian Anaishaa Nahar in the very first round but she recovered
40 Tyagi Raghubir 6 81 Geetesh Mishra 5½
and went on winning one game after another. Before you knew
41 Dhoot Vinit 6 82 AIM Lekh Mithawala 5½
it, she had won all her games and ended the tournament with 8.0/9! At the age of six
Lakshana is showing skills which players much above her age find it hard to grasp. 42 Shah Devansh 6 83 Borade Sagar 5½
43 Shinde Kunal 6 84 Boricha Yohan 5½
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85 Kadam Om Manish 5½ 126 Vikas Bhagat 5 Rajasthan State Senior Fide Rated Chess Tournament 2018,Dausa
86 Shamkumar Malayil 5½ 127 Prasenjeet Karlekar 5
Sonakshi Rathore wins Rajasthan State FIDE Rated
87 Bansal Kunj 5½ 128 Shrish Shete 5
by IA Bhagwati Prasad Sharma, Chief Arbiter
88 Gokhale Rishabh C 5½ 129 Ranka Srushti 5
89 Sadavarte Arnav 5½ 130 Tambe Shardul 5
The Rajasthan State Senior Fide Rated Chess doing so till last round.
90 Bilpe Abhijeet 5 131 Patil Vaibhav R 5 Tournament 2018 was held at ‘Jeevandhara’
91 Divekar Prathamesh 5 132 Bawaskar Anushri 5 complex, Lalsot Road, Dausa, Rajasthan from After hard fought battle of 8 rounds 9th seed
92 Gaurav Das 5 133 Nangliya Chetan 5 7th April to 10th April 2018. The event at- Sonakshi Rathore of Jaipur tied with Sher
93 Kamalnayan Deshmuk 5 134 Ghadge Harsh 5 tracted a total number of 127 players which Singh, Bikaner on 7 points but with better tie
94 Wagh Varun 5 135 Deoshatwar Ojas 5 included 69 International rated players from break score Sonakshi got the pole position
95 Pingale Shivraj 5 136 Pachlore Ved 5 more than 12 districts of the Rajasthan State. and a cash prize of Rs. 15,000/- along with
96 Kotalwar Shubh 5 137 Atharva Aloni 4½ The event continued for four days with a time winner’s trophy while Sher Singh of Bikaner
97 Nagare Kaivalya Sandip 5 138 Dongre Pushkar 4½ control of 90 minutes and 30 seconds incre- finished as first runner up and Nitul Khare
98 Patil Adhiraj 5 139 Bahalkar Aarya 4½ ment from move 1 and played under Swiss (6.5) second runner up getting cash prizes
99 Gosavi Bhupesh N 5 140 Kale Patil Shamsundar 4½ System with eight rounds. The total prize Rs. 10,000 and 8.000, respectively.
100 Bhanushali Kunj 5 141 Bhoir Soham 4½ fund of the event was Rs.1,03,300.
In the rating category of 1601-1800, Chan-
101 Himanshu S Chhabra 5 142 Bhatia Ayushi 4½
The Tournament had Deepak Katiyar (2140) drajeet Singh Rajawat of Udaipur, in 1401-
102 Avhad Prajwal 5 143 Surawar Omkar 4½
as the top seed. Other well known players 1600 Babel T Divyanshu of Chess in Lakecity
103 Kadam Pallavi 5 144 ACM Iyer Arvind 4½
were former National B champion Kantilal and secured first prize while in Below 1200
104 Shravan Nilkanth 5 145 Mahajan Aryan 4½ Dave(1868) 7th seed and current National category Yash Bharaia finished first.
105 Nankar Pranav 5 146 Gada Vaarin 4½ Amateur Runners up Sher Singh (1911) 6th Two age group prizes under 15 and under 11
106 Narote Archit 5 147 Pathrikar Yash 4½ seed.The Chief Guest of the opening cere- were also there in boys and girls categories.
107 Perkar Vyankatesh 5 148 Kautkar Riya 4½ mony was Mr. Chuna Ram Jat, IPS, Superin- Anirudha Khandelwal, Ashi Upadhyay, Shi-
108 Mahale Tanmay 5 149 Deshpande M N 4½ tendent of Police, Dausa. vam Garg, and R Harini were the winners. 3
109 Borse Vaibhav 5 150 Naiknaware Vaibhav 4½ prizes were reserved for local players, which
110 Pande Nikhil N 5 151 Kulkarni Atharva P 4½ Rajasthan is not much known for chess and were won by Devanshu Joshi (5000), Kishan
111 Mantri Ratnesh Ramvilas 5 152 Keram Rhutupearn 4½ specially, at Dausa there is very little chess Kumar Meena (3000), and Ashish Chhipa
112 Baldawa Nishit 5 153 Parlikar Pratik 4½ awareness. Here the players don’t know the (2000).
113 Tawade Arnav 5 154 Chavan Sakshi 4½ importance of a rating tournament. More than In a colourful closing ceremony, MLA Shri
114 Kotkar Sunil 5 155 Patil Durgesh 4½ 100 players came at the venue without aicf Shankar Sharma and Shri Naresh Sharma
registration at the last moment and we had IAS, District Collector Dausa gave away the
115 Meshram Akshay 5 156 Kanakhedkar Ojas 4½
to manage it at the venue on the opening day cash prizes and trophies to the winners. Shri.
116 Ladda Kalpesh 5 157 Soni Piyush 4½
so we could start the tournament late by 1 Ashok Bhargava, Secretary ARCA and Sunil
117 Siddhesh Kitkaru 5 158 Rathi Tanishka 4½
hour 30 minutes i.e. at 12:30 noon, however, Bhargava, Secretary Jaipur District Associa-
118 Bansal Dron 5 159 Kulkarni Siya Jayant 4½ we managed it in the second round. tion were also present.
119 Kulmulkar Shivam 5 160 Bhatia Jugal 4½ Final ranking
120 Chavan Anushaka 5 161 Disha Gaikwad 4½ In this tournament five players were having Rk Name Pts
121 Maske Sushant Ashroba 5 162 Sontakke Rishikesh 4½ 2000 plus rating. Four out of them didn’t par- 1 Rathore Sonakshi 7
122 Rawte Suresh 5 163 Patel Parth 4½ ticipate in any rating tournament for a long 2 Sher Singh 7
123 Bansal Khushal 5 164 Kale Shruti 4½ time and they had to fight with their tooth 3 Nitul Khare 6½
124 Ahire Vishal Sahebrao 5 165 Joshi Vitthal 4½ and nail to save their ratings in the earlier 4 Deepak Katiyar 6½
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5 Manoj Trivedi 6½ 46 Shyam Sunder Joshi 4½ 2nd Sardar Prakash Singh Mem. Open FIDE Rated Tournament,Sonipat
6 Sharma P L 6½ 47 Jakar Akhilesh 4½ Himashu Sharma shines at Sonipat
7 Dave Kantilal 6 48 Garg Rushil 4½ by IA Amit Sharma, Chief Arbiter
8 Tarun Sharma 6 49 Bajrang 4½
9 Chandrajeet Singh Rajawat 6 50 Mehra Jyoti 4½ 2nd Sardar Prakash Singh Memorial Open won 1st prize of Rs. 25,000, Bhoopnath of
10 Mandloi Mukesh 6 51 Virendra Nath Shrivastava 4½ Fide Rated Chess Tournament organized by Bihar won 2nd prize of Rs.15,000 and Vash-
11 Aashish Choudhary 6 52 Mohan Singh Dewat 4 Baba Kalinath Chriatable Trust was held at ishtha Ankesh of Rajasthan won 3rd prize of
12 Kapil Dadhich 6 53 Amit Sharma 4 Swarnaprastha School, Sonipat from 17-22 Rs.10,000.
13 Babel T Divyanshu 5½ 54 Nemichand Sharma 4 April 2018. This Rupees Six Lakhs Eighty
Thousand prize money event attracted a total In Below 1200 Rating category Abhinav Raj
14 Saxena Arpit 5½ 55 Purushotham Joshi 4
number of 298 players which includes Three of Delhi won the 1st prize of Rs. 5,000 and
15 Bharadia Yash 5½ 56 Saxena Harshit 4
Grandmasters, Six International Masters, Pranay Garg of Haryana won second prize
16 Hamendra Singh Makwana 5½ 57 Ashish kasera 4
One Women International Master, One Fide of Rs. 3,500. In Below 1400 rating category
17 Arun Kataria 5½ 58 Krish Parwani 4 Master and 221 international rated players Patel Suyogkumar M of Gujrat won the 1st
18 Bhawesh Pandiyar 5½ 59 Anirudha Khandelwal 4 from different parts of India and two foreign prize of Rs. 5,000 & Aditya Pratap Singh of
19 Ujjwal Deep 5½ 60 Aashi Upadhyay 4 federations. The event conducted under Uttar Pradesh won 2nd prize of Rs. 3,500.
20 Sudhakar 5½ 61 Saxena Ram Kishore 4 Swiss system with 10 rounds and the time Prithvvi Singh of UttarPradesh won 1st prize
21 Mahendra Lakhyani 5½ 62 Deepak Kushwaha 4 control was 90 minutes and 30 second incre- of Rs.6,000 for Best Unrated player, Ritik
22 Saxena Praveen Kumar 5 63 Choudhary Aayush 4 ment from move 1. Dabla of Haryana won 2nd prize of Rs. 5,000
23 Chinmay Danawat 5 64 Harshit Singhi 4 as 2nd Best Unrated player and Divitt Arora
24 Dhruv Dak 5 65 Devanshu joshi 4 In a befitting opening ceremony, Shri. Suren- of Delhi won Rs. 4000 as 3rd Best Unrated
Gautam Kataria 5 66 Sunil Vyas 4 der Pawar famous social worker inaugurat- Player, Uttam Prakash Sharma and Leeladhar
26 Karthik Sorikh 5 67 Raj Kapoor 4 ed the event in presence of Shri. Naresh Kachroo of Haryana won Rs. 6,000 and Rs.
27 Pallav Maheshwari 5 68 Tejasvee Naresh Singh 4 Sharma, Secretary the Haryana Chess As- 5,000 respectively as Best Haryana Players,
sociation. Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma Mahabir Prashad Verma and Juhi Bajaj of So-
28 Suraj Sahu 5 69 Viyom Jain 4
of Haryana got the top billing. The entire nepat, Haryana won Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 5,000
29 Vikramaditya Mukhija 5 70 Shri Vallabha Ojha 4
tournament saw lots of ups and downs as respectively as Best Sonepat Players, WIM
Dharmendra yadav 5 71 kishan kumar meena 4
well as grueling battles over the board. Thipsay Bhagyashree Sathe of Maharashtra
31 Yajat Vyas 5 72 Ruchi Goswami 4 and Toshali V of Andhra Pradesh won Rs.
32 Harini R 5 73 Ashish Chhipa 4 After the finish of 10th Round, better tie 6,000 and Rs. 5,000 respectively as Best Girl
33 Paliwal Radheyshyam 5 74 Ajay ghosh 3½ break score helped GM Himanshu Sharma to Players. SR Narayanan of Gujrat won cash
34 Chouhan N.C. 5 75 Yashasvi Gupta 3½ lift the Sardar Prakash Singh Memorial tro- prize of Rs. 4000 as the Best Veteran Player,
35 Roshan Kumar 5 76 Madhav Ajmera 3½ phy and pocketed a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh. Yung David of Uttar Pradesh won Rs. 3000
36 Aman saxena 5 77 Sushil Chhimpa 3½ FM Mitrabha Guha satisfied with Rs. 70,000 as Best Physically challenged player, Daaevik
37 Gawade Milind 4½ 78 Akshay Pratap Singh 3½ while GM Thipsay Praveen M finished at third Wadhawan of Delhi and N.R Jaidambareesh
38 Garg Shivam 4½ 79 manoj saxena 3½ position to secure Rs. 40,000 as cash prize. of Tamil Nadu won Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 4,000
39 Chhabra Kunal 4½ 80 Choudhary Aaditya 3½ respectively as Best Under 10 Players, Satvik
40 Mahendra Singh Umat 4½ 81 Bhushan Ramawat 3½ In Below 2000 Rating category Shiva Pavan Sharma of Delhi and Wairagadhe Khush of
41 Harsh P R 4½ 82 Choudhary Himanshu 3½ Teja Sharma U of Andhra Pradesh won the 1st Maharashtra won Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 4,000
prize of Rs.25,000, Pankaj Sharma of Punjab respectively as Best Under 15 players
42 Kapil Panwar 4½ 83 Prakash Kumar 3½
won 2nd prize of Rs.15,000 and Sumit Grover
43 Darji Giridharilal 4½ 84 Abhinav Bohra 3
of J&K won 3rd prize of Rs. 10,000.In Below In a colourful closing ceremony, Shri Rajiv
44 Sharma Trilok 4½ 85 Manish Kumar Mishra 3
1600 Rating category Gaurav Sharma of UP Jain famous social worker & Shri. Bharat
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Singh Chauhan Hony. Secretary All India 34 Toshali V 6½ 3rd WB State FIDE Rated Rapid Chess Championship 2018
Chess Federation gave away the cash prizes
and trophies to the winners along with Shri.
35 Anusha N L V 6½
Rupankar Nath wins title
36 AIM Mukesh Mandloi 6½
Naresh Sharma, Secretary the Haryana by IA Biswanath Banerjee, Chief Arbiter
37 Leeladhar Kachroo 6½
Chess Association. 38 Niranjan Mocharla 6½
39 Dubey Sanchay 6½ The 3rd WB State FIDE Rated Rapid Chess Chess Association and Jt. Sec AICF , and
Final ranking Championship 2018 was inaugurated by IM so many dignitaries were present in this
40 Puneet Manchanda 6½
Rk Name Pts Atanu Lahiri in the presence of Mr. Partha Sar- ceremony & gave away the prizes to all the
41 Aashish Choudhary 6½
1 GM Himanshu Sharma 8½ athi Das and other executive body members winners. Many local players got Elo rating
42 Bharadia Yash 6½
2 FM Mitrabha Guha 8½ of District Chess Association & State Chess and some players got partial rating from
43 Aryaman Sain 6½
3 GM Thipsay Praveen M 8½ Association on 14th Apr, 2018 at 10.30 am this event. I express my thanks to the or-
44 Atul Jaiswal 6½ at Kolaghat Engineering College. This tourna- ganizing body i.e Bengal Chess Association
4 IM Palit Somak 8
45 Punit Indora 6½ ment was organized by Bengal Chess Asso- & Kolaghat Chess Academy for giving me an
5 IM Sangma Rahul 8
46 Satvik Sharma 6½ ciation with Kolaghat Chess Academy under opportunity to undertake the responsibility
6 Wagh Suyog 8
47 Bhaskar Teja K Venkata 6½ the Aegis of AICF and FIDE and Sponsored by as Chief Arbiter for this event. I express my
7 Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma 8
48 Sarvade Mihiir 6½ “Tecno India Group, Global Chess Foundation special thanks to Mr. Atanu Lahiri, Mr. Partha
8 IM Das Sayantan 7½
49 Ravi Kant Tiwari 6½ and Haldia Power Ltd”. The tournament is Sarathi Ghosh and all my Arbiter friends for
9 GM Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi 7½ played in a big hall, with sufficient drinking their immense support. Without their support
50 Pathak Vivek Kumar 6½
10 CM Sharma Pankaj 7½ water and washroom facilities. The organisers this is not possible for anybody to make this
51 Amanpreet Singh 6½
11 Sudhanshu Ranjan 7½ arranged a separate place for parents with event a grand success. The Press and Media
52 Hiridik Rajendran 6½
12 Sumit Grover 7½ live game telecast facilities. They provide a covered the event very well and we had con-
53 Aaditya Dhingra 6½
13 Gandhi Anish 7½ beautiful Cafeteria, from where all the par- siderably very good support from the parents
54 Hariom Solanki 6
14 IM Ravi Teja S. 7 ticipants , officials and others can get their and guardian of the participants.
55 Ahmed Feroz 6
15 Pimpalkhare Vedant 7 lunch , tea etc. Digital Chess Clocks were Final ranking
56 Rathore Sonakshi 6
16 Mahindrakar Indrajeet 7 provide in all the boards. Rk Name Pts
57 Umer S.M 6
17 Aditya Basu 7 1 Nath Rupankar 8
58 Prashant Katiyar 6 A total of 186 players from different district
18 Joshi Govind Ballabh 7 2 Aronyak Ghosh 8
59 Wairagade Khush 6 of West Bengal took part in this event. Out
19 Esshan Wadhawan 7 3 Debasish Mukherjee 7½
60 Upadhyay Prince 6 of these 186 players, 93 players were rated
20 Vinay Raj Bhatt 7 4 Pradip Ghosh 7
61 Garv Gaur 6 and 93 were unrated. Top seed was Debasish
21 Patil Harshal 7 5 Subham Saha 7
62 Daaevik Wadhawan 6 Mukherjee with a rating of 2058 , was ranked
22 Soham Datar 7 6 Mitrabha Guha 7
63 Brajesh Kumar Upadhyay 6 3rd with 7.5 points and bagged Rs. 5000/-.
23 Harsh Himanshu 7 7 Praloy Sahoo 7
64 Asif Md Tayyeb 6 Veteran Campaigner Rupankar Nath scored
24 Uttam Prakash Sharma 7 8 points & clinched the Championship title 8 Debarghya Samanta 7
65 Abhinav Raj 6
25 Inamdar Sameer 7 and became the Champion of “3rd WB State 9 Samip Roy 7
66 Maharnav Deka 6
26 IM Deshmukh Anup 7 FIDE Rated Rapid Chess Championship 2018” 10 B Niladri Shekhar 7
67 Harshit Amarnani 6
27 Gaurav Sharma 7 and was awarded a Cash Prize of Rs.10000/- 11 Soham Dey 7
68 Patel Suyogkumar M 6
28 Akshay Anand 7 along with Champions Trophy. CM Aronyak 12 Supratim Ghosh 7
69 Namitbir Singh Walia 6
29 Bhoopnath 7 Ghosh got the 2nd prize. Not a single protest/ 13 Soham Pal 6½
70 Ankit Sen 6
30 Vashishtha Ankesh 7 claim was there during that period. 14 Satya Sekhar Mitra 6½
71 Nitul Khare 6
31 WIM Thipsay Bagyashree S 6½ 15 Arka Sengupta 6½
72 Chauhan Narayan 6 The closing Ceremony was held in a befitting
32 Himanshu Ranjan 6½ 16 Agnivo Ghosh 6½
73 Nakul Chaudhary 6 manner. IM Atanu Lahiri, Hon Sec, Bengal
33 Gaikwad Siddhant 6½ 17 Tamojit Chakraborty 6½
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18 Ritam Mukherjee 6½ 59 Sayan Sarkar 5 44th West Bengal State Women Chess Championship 2018, Kolkata
19 Ghosh Samriddhaa 6½ 60 Akash Mondal 5
Samriddha wins title
20 Swapan Chakraborty 6½ 61 Aditi Saha 5
by FA Amit K Biswas, Chief Arbiter
21 Mukherjee Dyutimoy 6 62 Kishan Kumar Paswan 5
22 Shambo Dutta 6 63 Pradip Dey 5 The expectations reached its peak and by pawn.
23 Tapan Kumar Dey 6 64 Shyamal Panchadhyai 5 keeping the respect of that expectation, it was
24 Rahul K Viswanathan 6 65 Somdeb Mazumder 5 the top seed Samriddha Ghosh who emerged In the other wing, the second seed of the
25 Pratyay Chowdhury 6 66 Abishanka Das 5 as the champion of 2018 West Bengal State tournament, Pallabi Roy(1863) didn’t face
26 Rayudu Sai Charan Raj 6 67 Debmalya Chakraborty 5 Women Championship. any such challenges till the fourth round. It
27 Maheshwar P 6 68 Shresth Mahapatra 5 was in the fifth round that the top board ex-
28 Goutam Das 6 69 Ankita Kundu 5 It was in the pleasant morning of the 6th perienced a “great battle”. The two invincible
29 Dhiman Mitra 6 70 Anisha Ghosh 5 day of the month of April that there was the were paired. Experienced Pallabi was a little
30 Pranab Chatterjee 6 presence of the Hon’ble Women and Child lower in rating but began to extremely well
71 Sanjiban Goswami 5
Welfare Minister of West Bengal - Dr. Shashi as if to storm on the board. On the other
31 Swapan Kumar Das 6 72 Nirmal Kumar Bose 5
Panja and AICF Joint Secretary and Secre- hand, Samriddha’s extreme positional play
32 Md.Amin 6 73 Debdeep Mahapatra 5
tary of Bengal Chess Association IM Atanu kept intact her defences. The game finally
33 Shrutarshi Ray 6 74 Swapneel Gupta 5 Lahiri in Kumortuli Nidhubabu Community ended in a draw. In the final round, Pallabi
34 Shreyashree Bansal 6 75 Vaskar Chakraborty 5 hall of Sanjojan Club for the inauguration and Samriddha, both achieved an easy vic-
35 Sanjib Mali 6 76 N Chandra Mondal 5 of 44th West Bengal State Women Chess tory. Finally, only the difference of a single
36 Oishik Kundu 6 77 Tuhin Shuvra Das 5 Championship. Conquering the extreme sun, point in the third tie break made Samriddha
37 Mangaldeep Mitra 6 78 Ishika Mondal 5 there participated more than even twice the the champion of 44th West Bengal State
38 Arnab Debnath 6 79 Ankit Ray 5 participants of the same tournament of the Women Chess Championship 2018. Among
39 Anish Rooj 5½ 80 Bijoy Mondal 5 previous year – 85 to the good. Moreover, the comparatively lower rated potential play-
40 Tanishq Poddar 5½ 81 Debashis Das 5 the presence of a big group of Tribal people ers, it was Aditi Saha(1197), who played in
41 Chakrabarti Tamal 5½ 82 Trayambak Sarkar 5 increased the honour of the tournament. The a spectacular manner.The chief arbiter was
42 Tushar Barua 5½ 83 Swapnadeep Kar 5 organizers did not only decorate the inner hall FA Amit K Biswas.Deputy Chief Arbiter was
43 Bratajit Mukherjee 5½ 84 Saanket Das 4½ beautifully but also the outer in a way such to FA Biswanath Banerjee and Arbiter was FA
44 Srijit Some 5½ force attraction towards the game of chess. Mrinal Ghosh.
85 Anjistha Basak 4½
45 Ramendra S Mazumder 5½ 86 Jhilam Ghosh 4½
It was only from the third round that there In the stage of the Prize Distribution Cere-
46 Supriya Guru 5½ 87 Subhajit Mandal 4½
grew extreme excitement of the cham- mony there was the kind presence of Ukraine
47 Eshan Bhattacharjee 5½ 88 Abhiraj Nag 4½ pionship. In the top board Samriddha Grand Master Yevgen Miroshnichenko,
48 Dhurjati Prasad Sarkar 5½ 89 Swapan Mondal 4½ Ghosh(2022) was seriously challenged Hon’ble Women and Child Welfare Minister
49 Arkya Chatterjee 5½ 90 Sandip Debnath 4½ by the comparatively lower rated Ayantika of West Bengal - Dr. Shashi Panja, AICF
50 Aniket Chatterjee 5½ 91 Koushik Pal 4½ Das(1462). But Ayantika’s attack wasn’t Joint Secretary and Bengal Chess Associa-
51 Mrittika Mallick 5½ 92 Srijani Basu 4½ enough to subdue Samriddha’s experience. tion’s Secretary IM Atanu Lahiri with other
52 Sudipta Sadhu 5½ 93 Ujjainee De 4½ It was also in the fourth round that the top dignitaries. First ten players were awarded
53 Amit Kumar Santra 5½ 94 Munna Khwaja 4½ board played a game to make the specta- certificates along with trophies.
54 Vishal Mishar 5½ 95 Subhra Kanti Karsharma 4½ tors spend some cold sweat. It was Mehendi
55 Apurba Dhara 5 96 Sneha Halder 4½ Sil(1578) to obtain a superior position against Final ranking
56 Sneha Paul 5 97 Aneek Acharyya 4½ Samriddha. But in the spectacular endgame Rk Name Pts
57 Ishan Das 5 98 Siddhartha Gupta 4½ play, Samriddha broke through Mehendi’s 1 Ghosh Samriddhaa 5½
58 Param Das 5 defence with the tremendous attack of passed 2 Roy Pallabi 5½
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3 Mehendi Sil 5 44 Anjistha Basak 3 Selected games from 38th National
4 Ananya Bothra 5 45 Saachi Goyal 3
5 Mohana Sengupta 4½ 46 Jagriti Agarwal 3 Team Ch. Bhubaneswar
6 Diya Chowdhury 4½ Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron
47 Debika Laya 3
7 Sudipa Haldar 4½ 48 Nishita Jha 3 Adhiban,B(2643) Sidhant,Mohapatra
8 Asmita Das 4½ 49 Das Anissa 3 (2389) [D47]
9 Aditi Saha 4½ 50 Saparya Ghosh 3
10 Sinthia Sarkar 4½ 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3
51 Kasturi Saha 3
Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6
11 Shinjini Sengupta 4½ 52 Shrijata Basak 3
9.Qc2 0–0 10.Ne4 [A Vietnam U-9 Girls
12 Ayantika Das 4 53 Samriddhi Das 3
Ch. game in 2002 went: 10.Ng5 h6 11.Nh7
13 Vedika Agarwal 4 54 Ujjainee De 2½ [Diagram #]22...Bxc8? [An error in judg-
Nxh7 12.Bxh7+ Kh8 13.Bd3 e5 14.0–0 exd4
14 Sanchari Chakraborty 4 55 Kangona Sinha 2½ 15.exd4 Bb7 16.Be3 ... and 46.1–0]10... ment. By retaininng his rook on the h-file,
15 Anushka Gupta 4 56 Shrestha Saha 2½ Nxe4 11.Bxe4 [Diagram black gains very little though by moving his
16 Kriti Mundhra 4 57 Oiendrila Bhattacharya 2½ bishop away from the b7–g2 diagonal he gives
17 Shreshtha Surai 4 58 Priyanka Hembram 2½ white a free hand to conduct an attack. Better
18 Sritama Sen 4 59 Taniska Sarkar 2½ was: 22...Rxc8 23.Be4 Bxe4 24.Qxe4=]23.
19 Ishika Mondal 4 60 Aditi Mukherjee 2½ Nf3 Bb7 24.Be4 Bxe4 25.Qxe4± Qc5
20 Anwesha Saha 4 61 Pritilata Baskey 2½ 26.Rd1 Rh5? [On the face of it, this looks
21 Sarkar Arna 4 62 Krittika Sinha 2 like a very powerful move, attacking white's
22 Debarpita Ghosh 3½ 63 Bidisha Karmakar 2 e5 pawn four times. But white has a fine tac-
tical point which throws a spanner in black's
23 Tanisha Chatterjee 3½ 64 Falguni Samanta Dhara 2
dreams! Better was to avoid certain defeat by
24 Shreyashree Bansal 3½ 65 Tiyasa Halder 2
26...Nb6 27.Qxd4 Qxd4 28.Rxd4 Nd5 Though
25 Saanvi Khanna 3½ 66 Sumedha Das 2
white is a clear pawn up, black's knight on
26 Sneha Halder 3½ 67 Pranjoli Tambuli 2 the central d5 square is going to have a big
27 Das Annika 3½ 68 Panchami Singh Mura 2 influence on the final result.]27.b4 Qd5
28 Pragati Mazumder 3½ 69 Shubhi Bansal 2 11...Bb7? [Better was the active defence: [This forces the game into a won ending for
29 Aarshiya Biswas 3½ 70 Ayesha Salma 2 11...Nf6 12.Bxc6 Qc7 13.a4 b4 14.Qc4 white. If 27...Qxb4? 28.Rxd4 (double attack!)
30 Jhilam Ghosh 3½ 71 Srija Das 2 Bb7 15.Bb5 Qa5 16.Qe2= Despite being 28...Qe7 29.Qb7+–]28.Qxd5 exd5 29.g4!
31 Gargee Bose 3½ 72 Sahana Chakraborty 2 a pawn down, black has the freer game [This saves the e5 pawn from capture.]29...
32 Anisha Ghosh 3½ 73 Alladhi Murmu 2 and greater control over the centre.]12. Rh8 30.Rxd4 Nb6 31.Bg5 Rc8 32.Kg2
33 Arhana Kundu 3½ 74 Sova Mandi 2 Bxh7+ Kh8 13.Bd3 Rc8 14.Qe2 c5 Rc4 33.Bd8! [Forcing the exchange of rooks
34 Raina Das Gupta 3½ 75 Shilabati Saren 2 15.0–0 [If 15.Bxb5? Bxf3! 16.gxf3 (16. and making his endgame task easier.]33...
35 Juhi Parekh 3 76 Oishanee Biswas 2 Qxf3?? Qa5+ wins a bishop.) 16...cxd4 Rxd4 34.Nxd4 Nc4 35.Bf6+ [This move
36 Paramita De 3 77 Murmu Anjana 1½ 17.exd4 Nf6± Black is materially and indicates that white has already thought out
positionally behind.]15...a6 16.e4 cxd4 a plan with his h-pawn winning the game
37 Samriddhi Roy 3 78 Pratistha Ghosh 1½
17.e5 Bb8 18.Ng5! [Threatening Qh5+ for him.]35...Kh7 36.f4 Ba7 37.Nf3
38 Urja Goyal 3 79 Abhishikta Sau 1½
mating. This induces a fatal weakening in d4 38.Ng5+! Kg8 39.h5! [This pawn
39 Ansharah Shaur 3 80 Gunjan Mohta 1
black's castled position.]18...g6 19.Bf4 threatens to simply run down the h-file and
40 Subhra Das 3 81 Kabita Hansda 1 queen.]39...gxh5 40.gxh5 Ne3+ 41.Kf3
Qe7 20.Rac1 Kg7 21.h4 Rh8 22.Rxc8!
41 Mrittika Mallick 3 82 Priyanka Tudu 1 Nd5 [41...Nf5 42.a3 Bb6 43.e6 fxe6 44.Be5
42 Kamallika Chakraborthy 3 83 Laxmirani Soren 1 d3 45.Bc3 Be3 46.h6!]42.h6 Nxf6 43.exf6
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wise equal endgame.] 15.0–0 g6 16.Nc1 if 12... Qd6, white has a tremendous game
Kg7 17.Qe2 Rh8 18.Nd3 b5 19.Rad1 with 13Bc5 as the black king is caught in the
Rc8 20.Nf4 [White is manoeuvring his centre.]12...d4 13.Bxd4!?
pieces to prepare a sacficial attack on the
king side. Knight sacrifices could happen on
e6 or g6, or on both!]20...Qb6 21.Kh2 b4
22.Rg1 bxc3 23.bxc3 Na5 24.Rb1 Qc7
25.Rgc1 Qc4 26.Qe3 Qa6 27.Nd4 Nc4
28.Qd3 [Now, white's threat is 29.Nxe6!
fxe6 30. Qxg6+ winning.]28...Rh6 29.Rc2
Bc5 30.Rb3 Re8 31.Re2 Qc8 32.Qf3
[Diagram #]44.Nxf7!! Kh7 [44...Kxf7?? [Diagram #]40.Rxe6!! Qxe6 41.Rb7+ Bc7
45.h7! wins!]45.Ng5+ Kxh6 46.f5! [An- 42.Nc5! Qf7 43.Rxc7 Rxc7 44.dxc7 Rh8
other fine, artistic move, taking away the g6 45.Qd6! [The queen and knight dominate
square from the black king and threatening the game.]45...Rc8 46.Qd8 Qg8 [Not [Diagram #][White spices up the game with
f6–f7. If now 46...Bd4 47. f7! Kg7 48. Ne6+ 46...Rxc7? 47.Qxc7 Qxc7 48.Ne6++–]47. this risky play! After 13.Qxc6+? Bd7 14.Qc5
wins the bishop.]1–0 Qd7+! Kh6 48.Ne6 [Threat 49. Nd8! is dxe3 15.Qxe5+ Qe7 16.Qxe7+ Kxe7 17.Bd3
winning.]48...Re8 49.Nd8! d4 50.c8Q Qxa2 White will soon capture the e3 pawn and
Shyam,Sundar M (2521) Swapnil,S. 51.Nf7+! Kg7 52.Ng5+ [It is mate, next have three pawns for his sacrificed knight.
Dhopade (2531) [B12] move.]1–0 But the better developed black forces would
have the initiative.]13...exd4 14.Qxc6+
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h5 5.Bd3 Ganguly,Surya Shekhar (2650) Bd7 15.Qc5 Qe7 16.Qxd4 Be6 [16...0–
Bxd3 6.Qxd3 e6 7.Bg5 Be7 8.Nf3 Nh6 Deepan,Chakkravarthy J (2516) [B46] 0? 17.e5+–]17.Qa4+ Bd7 18.Qd4 Be6
[In this position, both 8...Nd7 and 8...Qc7 [Diagram # He tries to get his queen into f6. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 19.Qa4+ Bd7 20.Qa5 [White wants more,
have been played.]9.Bxh6 Rxh6 10.Nbd2 You have to keep on trying some way or the 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Qd2 Bb4 8.f3 naturally!]20...0–0= 21.e5 Nh5 22.e6
c5 11.c3 Nc6 12.dxc5 Bxc5 13.Nb3 Be7 other to get into your opponent's fortress. d5 9.0–0–0 e5?!N [There is a general Bb5! 23.exf7+ [Not 23.c4 Qxe6! 24.cxb5
14.g3 Kf8?! [Diagram #] Sooner or later, your opponent may tire and rule in chess that one should not change axb5 25.Qxb5 Qa2! with a heavy attack com-
make some error or the other.]32...Bb6 the pawn structure when his development ing up against the uneasy white king.]23...
33.Rb1 Qd7 34.Nd3 Rc8= [Black cannot is incomplete. On the face of it this moves Kh8 [23...Qxf7 24.Bxb5 axb5 25.Qxb5 Kh8²
stop Qf6 immediately because he would looks reasonable but quickly, white shows This move is necessary or else white will ex-
lose after: 34...Bd8 35.Nc5! Qe7 36.Rb7! that this gives scope for an imaginative sac- change queens and black needs his queen
Bc7 37.Na6 Rc8 38.Nb5+–]35.Qf6+ Kg8 rificial attack. In hindsight it seems best to to join with his rooks in the queen-side at-
36.Nb5 Bd8 37.Qf4 Kg7 [Better was go along with known theory where ...Qa5 tack.]24.Bxb5 axb5 25.Qxb5 Nf4
to defend patiently with: 37...Rh7 38.Nd4 is popular. One such game Timman 2607,
Rg7]38.Nd6 Nxd6? [This capture allows vs Bruzon Bautista 2669, Match, Curacao
the white forces to forcibly penetrate his 2005 went: 9...Qa5 10.Nb3 Bxc3 11.Nxa5
position with deadly effect. Better was to Bxd2+ 12.Bxd2 dxe4 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.Bc3
defer the capture and play 38...Rc7! 39.Qd4 c5 15.Rd6 exf3 16.gxf3 Bb7 17.Bxf6 gxf6
[He is thinking of taking his king to a yet- Nxd6! 40.exd6+ Bf6 41.Qf4 e5 42.Nxe5 18.Be2 Ke7 19.Rb6 Rhb8 ....41. Drawn]10.
to-be-created safe corner on the king-side. Qxd6=]39.exd6 [Now white threatens 40. Nxc6 bxc6 11.a3! Bxc3 [Forced as his d5
Better was 14...Qc7 15.0–0–0 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Ne5 winning.]39...f6 pawn is under threat.]12.Qxc3 [Suddenly
Qxe5 17.Qb5+ Kf8 18.Qxb7 Qb8 19.Qxb8+ black finds himself under fire from all sides.
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[Diagram #][This knight is heading for an 30.Kg2! Nd3 (threat 31...Ne1`+) (30...Nxe4 A study in central stalemate
uncertain future on g2. Best was: 25...Qxf7! 31.Rb1±) 31.Qb1 Rb8–+]29...Bd6 30.Bc1 A Herbstman
26.Qd5 Qg6 27.Qd2 Nf6! 28.Rhe1 Qf7 29.Kb1 Nb6 [Now black threatens to advance b5–b4 I prize, 64, 1939-40
Rfb8 30.Qd6 Qb7³]26.Rhe1 Qxf7 27.Rd7 which would crush white.]31.h4 b4 32.h5
Qg6 [If 27...Qa2 28.Ree7 Rae8 29.Qe5 Rxe7 b3 33.Qd2 Be5 34.Qa5 Qf6
30.Qxe7 Qg8=]28.g3 Rac8 29.Qb3 Ng2?
[The knight travels to a land from which
no traveller returns! Giving black a faint
edge would be: 29...Rfe8 30.Ree7 Ne6!]30.
Re2! [The knight is in a simple trap, it is
going to be costly to extricate him from this
mess!]30...Qh6+ 31.f4! Qxh2 32.Kb1
Qg1+ 33.Ka2 [Diagram # [Diagram #][In N.Navalgund 2217 vs Pant-
sulaia 2563, Mumbai Mayors Cup 2013 white White to play and draw
sacrificed the exchange in vain: 15.0–0?! This features a central stalemate by black’s
Bxa1 16.Qxa1 Nd7 17.a5 b5 18.axb6 Nxb6 queen. White is three pawns down and black
19.Bh6 f6 20.Na5 Bd7 21.Bg4 Qe7 22.Nc6 has a passed pawn on the seventh rank. On
Bxc6 23.dxc6 a5 and black's active defence [Diagram #][This was a good move, de- the plus side his own pawn presents a serious
won on the 40th move.]15...Bc3+ 16.Kf1 fending his b6 and attacking the Bf3. But a danger and black king is confined.
Rxb1 17.Qxb1 b5 18.Nxd6 Nd7 19.Qe4 faster road to victory was: 34...c3! 35.hxg6 1.c7 Rf4+ This preliminary check is neces-
[If 19.axb5? axb5 and black unnecessarily sary as the immediate 1…Rc4 even loses after
hxg6 36.Qb5 (36.Qxb6) 36...b2 37.Kg2
2.Rxa4! c1Q 3.c8Q Rxc8 4.Rxh4 Qh6 5.Rxh6
has to take care of black's threat ...Ra1!]19... Nd7–+]35.Kg2 b2 36.Be3 c3! 37.Qb5
mate
Nf6 20.Qd3?! [This move gives black the [37.Bxb6? c2!–+]37...Rc8 [37...Ra8! for 2.Kg6 Rc4 If black defends passively by 2…
necessary momentum for advancing his 38...Ra1 was an easier win.]38.Bg4 Ra8 Rf8 white at least draws by 3.Rc1 for example
Black is in a crisis as white is threatening queen-side pawns. Better was: 20.Qf3 b4 39.f4 Bd4 40.e5 Qd8 41.Bxd4 [Diagram 3…a3 4 Rxc2 Rc8 5 Rc4 and wins after 5…Kg8
34.Qf3 Ne1 35. Qe4 nailing the knight. So 21.Kg1 Bd7 22.Bd1 Qe7 23.Bb3=]20...Bb4! #][If 41.Rd1 Ra2! 42.Kh3 c2! 43.Rxd4 Qa8! 6 Rb4 or 5…a2 6 Kf7. 2…Rg4+ 3 Kf7 Rg7+ 4
now black has to sell his knight for the best [This forces the Nd6 to take a decision as and white has to take care of many, many Kf6 Rg8 5 Rc1 is much the same. 3 Rxa4
prize that he could get!]33...Nxf4 34.gxf4 c5–c4 is threatened.]21.Nxc8 Rxc8 22.e4 dangerous threats.] Rg4+! Black has no choice as 3…Rc6+ 4 Kf7
Rxf4 35.Qd5 Rg8 36.Rd8 Rff8 37.Rxf8 [If 22.axb5 axb5 23.Qxb5 Nxd5 24.Be5 Rf6+ (4…Kh7 5 c8=Q wins for White) 5 Kxf6
[After 37.Rxf8 Rxf8 38.Qf7!! Qc5 39.Re8 Qg5 25.Qd7 Rd8 26.h4 Qxg2+ 27.Kxg2 c1=Q 6 Ra8+ at least draws. 4 Rx84 Not 4
white wins.] Rxd7³]22...c4 23.Qc2 Qe7 24.Bf3? [This Kf7? Rg7+ 5 Kf6 c1=Q and Black wins. 4…
c1=Q 5 c8=Q+! Surprisingly White can only
1–0 results in the immediate loss of an important
draw by sacrificing his main asset – the passed
pawn through a bank rank tactic. But the
c-pawn. 5 Kf7? Qf1+ 6 Ke7/e8 (6 Kg6 Qa6+
Kulkarni,Bhakti(2290) Smaraki,Mo- alternative was not much better: 24.axb5 and now 7 Kg5 Qa5+ or 7 Kf7 Qe6+ 8 Kf8 Qxg4
hanty (1814) [A61] axb5 25.f3 Nh5 26.g3 g5 27.d6 Qe6 28.d7 9 c8=Q Qg8+) Qe2+ 7 Kf6 (7 Kd8/f8 Qxg4 or
Qxd7 29.Be5 Qe7–+]24...Nxd5! 25.Bc1 [Not 7 Kd6 Qe6+ 8 Kc5 d6+ and …Qxg4) Qe6+ 8
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.d5 exd5 25.exd5? Qe1#]25...Re8 [25...f5 26.axb5 Kg5 Qe5+ and 9…Qxc7 wins for Black. 5 …
5.cxd5 d6 6.Nf3 g6 7.Bf4 a6 8.a4 axb5 27.Kg1 fxe4 28.Bxe4 Nc3 29.Bf3 Rd8 Qxc8 6 Kf7 Qd8 All the checks are covered
Bg7 9.h3 0–0 10.e3 Re8 11.Be2 Ne4 30.Kh2 Qd6+ 31.g3 Qd3! and the ending is and this is the only way to defend h4. 6…Qc2 7
12.Nxe4 Rxe4 13.Nd2 Rb4 14.Nc4 Bxb2 won for black.]26.g3 Nc3 27.axb5 axb5 Rxh4+ Qh7+ 8 Rxh7+ Kxh7 9 Kf6 and 10 Ke5
15.Rb1 28.Bd2 Na4 29.Bf4 [If white does not get 41...Qxd4 42.Rd1 c2! 43.Rxd4 b1Q! draws. 7 Rg6! Kh7 Black’s Queen has a hard
her rook out of the corner and into the game, 44.Qd3 c1Q 45.Rd8+ Kg7! [Not 45... time in this study – still no checks and no way
to defend h6. 8 Rh6+! Kxh6 with stalemate.
she will be lost soon. If here 29.Be3 Nc5 Rxd8??1! 46 Qxd8+ Kg7 47 Qf6+ draws]0–1
(from GM John Nunn’s ‘Solving in style’)

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Tactics from master games Test your endgame
by S.Krishnan by C.G.S.Narayanan

Dr Jindrich Fritz 1947 Gerbstman 1950

1 2
White to play and win Black to play and win 1. 2.

Dr Jindrich Fritz 1951 Kopaev & Hvalcev 1951

3 4 3. 4.
White to play and win White to play and win
Ladislav Prokes 1951 Dr Artur Mandler 1954

5. 6.
5 6
White to play and win White to play and win White to play and win in all the six endings above
(Solutions on page 47)
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Masters of the past-88 George Koltanowski
3rd Don Bosco Fide Rated Chess Tournament 2018,Irinjilakuda
George Koltanowski (17.9.903-5.2.2000) was a Belgian-born Amer-
ican chess player, promoter, and writer. He was informally known as
"Kolty". Koltanowski set the world's blindfold record on 20 Septem-
ber 1937, in Edinburgh, by playing 34 chess games simultaneously
while blindfolded, making headline news around the world. He also
set a record in 1960 for playing 56 consecutive blindfold games at
ten seconds per move.

Born into a Polish Jewish family in Antwerp, Belgium, Koltanowski


learned chess by watching his father and brother play. He took up
the game seriously at the age of 14, and became the top Belgian
player.He was Belgian Chess Champion in 1923, 1927, 1930, and
1936. However, Koltanowski became better known for touring and
giving simultaneous exhibitions and blindfold displays. Based upon
his results during the period 1932–37, Professor Arpad Elo gave Koltanowski a rating of 2450
in The Rating of Chess Players. Koltanowski was awarded the International Master title in 1950
when the title was first officially established by FIDE, and he was awarded an honorary Grand-
master title in 1988. However, Koltanowski's record as a tournament player was not especially
Winner O.T.Anilkumar (Winner) and Kishan Gangolli (Second) with dignitaries
distinguished.

He directed the 1947 U.S. Open in Corpus Christi, Texas, using the Swiss system for the first 1st IITM FIDE Rated Open Chess Tournament,Madras
time ever in a U.S. Open chess event. After that, he traversed the country, holding Swiss sys-
tem tournaments everywhere. Before long, the Swiss system was adopted as the standard for
most chess tournaments in America. Koltanowski thereafter toured the United States tirelessly
for years, running chess tournaments and giving simultaneous exhibitions everywhere.On 4
December 1960, in San Francisco, California, Koltanowski played 56 consecutive games blind-
folded, with only ten seconds per move. He won fifty and drew six games. Koltanowski still
holds the record in the Guinness Book of Records.

Possessed of an incredibly powerful memory, Koltanowski would give blindfold exhibitions, playing
several games simultaneously. In Edinburgh in 1937 Koltanowski set a record by simultaneously
playing 34 games of blindfold chess. In 1940, the United States Consul in Cuba saw Koltanowski
giving a chess exhibition in Havana and decided to grant him a U.S. visa. Koltanowski became
the chess columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, which carried his chess column every day
for the next 52 years until his death, publishing an estimated 19,000 columns.The FIDE named
him International Arbiter in 1960.

Perhaps Koltanowski's most remarkable accomplishment was that he made his living entire-
ly from chess. He wrote many books; his best-known work is Adventures of a Chess Master,
published by David McKay Co. in 1955. In it, he recounts primarily his tours giving blindfolded
simultaneous exhibitions. He also wrote books on the Colle System Koltanowski died of con- (from left to right) Prof. P.N. Santhosh (Sports Advisor, IIT), Mr. Dhyaneshwaran C (Institute
gestive heart failure in San Francisco in 2000 at the age of 96. Sports Secretary), Title winner Master M. Pranesh of Tamil Nadu and Mr. R. Ravikumar,Chief
Courtesy:Wikepedia Arbiter
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Solution to ‘Tactics from master games’ Qe8 (30...Qh4 31.Rd7+-) 31.Nf4+-] 25...Re6
Hatsun Idhayam 4th SCS FIDE Rated Chess Tournament,Sivakasi 26.Rxe6 Qxe6 [26...fxe6 27.Qxh6 Rf8 (27...Qf7
on page 42
by S.Krishnan 28.Re1! (28.Bb3!?) 28...Re8 (28...Rf8 29.Rxe6
1.Losonczi,Marcell (2265) Qxf2+ 30.Kh1 Qxc2 31.Rg6+ Kf7 32.Qh7+ Ke8
To,N (2364) [B90] 33.Re6+ Kd8 34.Qxc2+-) 29.Re3 Wins) 28.Qg6+
Budapest HUN Budapest HUN (3.5), 06.03.2018 Bg7 29.Qh7+ Kf7 30.Bg6+ Ke7 31.Qxg7+ Wins]
White to play. 19.Bxe6! fxe6 [19...0–0–0 27.Qxe6 fxe6 28.Be4 Bxc3 29.Rc1 1–0
20.Bxd7+ Rxd7 (20...Kxd7 21.Bb6+) 21.Nb6+ 5.Urkedal,F (2563) Toma,K (2280)
Kd8 22.Nxd7+-; 19...Nb8 20.Bb6 Qb5 21.Bc4 Qc6 TV2 Fagernes GM Open 2018 Fagernes NOR
(21...Qf5 22.Rd8+ Ke7 23.Qd2 Nd7 24.Qxb4+ (1.7), 25.03.2018
Wins) 22.Rd8+ Ke7 23.Rhd1‚ With multiple White to play. 21.Rh8+!! [21.Qh4? Rfd8! Saves
threats] 20.Qh5+ Ke7 [20...Kd8 21.Bb6++-] Black] 21...Bxh8 [21...Kxh8 22.Qh4+ Kg8
21.Bf6+! gxf6 [21...Nxf6 22.gxf6++-] 22.gxf6+ 23.Qh7#] 22.Qh4 [22.Qh4 Kg7 (22...Rfd8
Nxf6 23.Qxa5 Nd5 24.Nc5 1–0 23.Qh7+ Kf8 24.Qxh8#) 23.Be5+ f6 24.Qh7#]
2. Indjic,A (2623) 1–0
Perunovic,Mil (2597) [D45] 6. Abasov,Nijat (2608) - Kantor,Gergely
12th ch-SRB 2018 Novi Sad SRB (1.3), (2527) [A14]
06.03.2018 19th ch-EUR Indiv 2018 Batumi GEO (9.38),
Black to play. 26...Bd2! 27.Be7+ [27.Rxd2 26.03.2018
Rxc1+ 28.Kg2 (28.Rd1 Rxd1+ 29.Bxd1 Bxd5+-; White To play 30.Qf7! [%csl Rf8, Rh8] 30...Qd8
Left to right: Narendran Kamak, organising secretary, SR Rajan, Secretary VDCA, GM RR Laxman (Winner), 28.Bd1 Rc4 29.Qe3 Qxe3 30.Bxe3 Rc1–+ Idea [30...Rxf7 31.Rc8+ Wins; 30...Qe4+ 31.Kh3!!
Dr S. Arivazhgan, Principal, Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, AC Ganesh, Treasurer SCS and Prof.R. 31...Nc4) 28...Rc4 29.Be4 Kg7–+; 27.Rc6 Bxf4! (31.Nxe4 Rxf7 32.Nxf2 Also wins) 31...Qf5+
Anantharam, chief arbiter (27...Bxc6? 28.Qf6; 27...Rxc6! 28.Rxd2 Rc4–+) 32.Qxf5 Rxf5 33.Rc8+ Wins] 31.Rxh6+ [31.
] 27...Rxe7 28.Rxc8+ Bxc8 29.Rxd2 g5! [29... Rxh6+ gxh6 32.Qh7#] 1–0
Delhi State Open FIDE Rated Championship,New Delhi g5 30.Qxg5 (30.Qe3 Qxe3 31.fxe3 Nxf3+ 32.Kf2 Solutions to ‘Test your endgame’ on page
Nxd2+-; 30.Qe4 Qxh6–+) 30...Nxf3+–+] 0–1 43
3.Thavandiran,S (2399) Kristjansson,A 1.Dr.J.Fritz 1947
(2123) [C28] 1.Be1+ Kg4 2.Bd7 Rxd5 3.Bxe6+ Rf5 4.Bd2
Reykjavik Open 2018 Reykjavik ISL (4.26), wins the rook
08.03.2018 2.Gerbstman 1950
Whiite to play. 20.Rxe7! fxg4 21.Rg7+ Kh8 1.Ne5 Bb2+ 2.Ke4 Bxe5 3.Kf5 Bg3 4.Bg5 wins
22.Rxd7+ Kg8 23.Rg7+ Kh8 24.Rxg6+ 1–0 3.Dr.J.Fritz 1947
4.Volokitin,Andrei (2639) Vavulin,Maksim 1.Bf1 Rh6+ 2.Ka5 Rf6 3.Rg2+ Kh1 4.Kb5 Rf4
(2583) [C84] 5.Kc5 Rf6 6.Kd5
19th ch-EUR Indiv 2018 Batumi GEO (6.26), 4.Kopajev & Hvalcev 1951
22.03.2018 1.Nc2 Ke6 2.e4 Bf4 3.Bg7 d5 4.Nd4+ Kd6 5.e5+
White to play. 24.Nh5! Bh8 [24...Bxf6 25.Nxf6+ Bxe5 6.Bf8#
Kg7 26.Nxd7+-; 24...Bf8 25.Be4+-] 25.Bc2+- 5.Ladislav Prokes 1951
Idea 26. Qxh6 +- [25.Be4! Re6 26.Qf5 Bxc3 1.e7 Re5 2.Bg4+ Kg6 3.Bh5+ Kxh5 4.Rxa5 wins
27.Rad1 Qe7 (27...Rd6 28.Qxd7 Rxd7 29.Rxd7 6.Dr.Artur Mandler 1954
Bxe1 30.Bxc6+-) 28.Re3 Bb2 (28...Bxb4 1.Ra7 Rxa3 2.Kxd6 Ka2 3.Kd5 Rd3+ 4.Kc4 Rd6
Winner Santu Mondal receiving the trophy from Swati Verma,eminent social worker
29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Qh8#) 29.Qh7+ Kf8 30.Rg3 5.Kb5 Rd5+ 6.Kc6 Ra5 7.Kb6
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AICF Calendar May2018 Karnataka State under 15 open & girls FIDE rated Championship, Mysuru
Kolkata Intl.Grandmaster Open tournament 14 May - 22 May Kolkata
TN State Under - 17 Open & Girls - 2018 16 May - 20 May Nagercoil
Odisha Open GM Chess Tmt 2018 24 May -31 May Bhubaneshwar
11th Mayor's Cup International GM event 03 Jun - 10 Jun Mumbai,
32nd National Under - 13 ( Open & Girls ) 2018 14 Jun - 22 Jun Ahmedabad, Gujarat
AICF Women Round Robin 14 Jun - 21 Jun Mumbai .
Gandhi - Kamaraj Mem. FIDE Rating below 1600 15 Jun - 17 Jun Chennai
Chess in Lakecity FIDE Rating Rapid 23 Jun - 24 Jun Udaipur,RJ
Commonwealth Chess Championship 2018 25 Jun - 04 Jul Delhi-32
29th Cusat FIDE Rating 28 Jun - 01 Jul Kochi ,Kerala
4 Queens 1st below 1500 FIDE Chess Tmt 13 Jul - 15 Jul Ernakulam,
All India Below 1500 FIDE Rating 14 Jul - 16 Jul Hyderabad
National Under - 7 ( Open & Girls ) 2018 16 Jul - 24 Jul Mandya, Karnataka
National Under - 15( Sub Junior Open & Girls ) 17 Jul - 25 Jul Kolkata
1st Gnana Vidhya Open FIDE Rated 26 Jul - 29 Jul Chennai - 95
32nd National Under - 11 ( Open & Girls ) 2018 28 Jul - 05 Aug Karaikudi, TN
National Cities - 2018 01 Aug - 05 Aug Siliguri. Darjeeling
Women Round Robin 2018 08 Aug - 18 Aug Hyderabad
2nd Sri Raghavendra Open FIDE Rated 09 Aug - 12 Aug Chennai
Samreddyagi Reddy Cent.Celebrations Open 19 Aug - 23 Aug Hyderabad (L-R) Rakshith Srinivasan (Fourth) Shree Krishna Pranama (Third) Arhan Chetan Anand
National Under - 25 ( Open & Girls ) 21 Aug - 30 Aug …….. (Second) and P.Jagadish (Winner) with dignitaries
Samreddyagi Reddy below 1500 FIDE 24 Aug - 26 Aug Hyderabad
ARCA State Under 19 Boys and Girls Rated 01 Sep - 03 Sep Udaipur
National Under - 17 ( Open & Girls ) - 2018 03 Sep - 11 Sep ………
Olympiad Coaching Camp III Men & Women 13 Sep - 20 Sep Chennai, Hyderabad
National Under - 9 ( Open & Girls ) - 2018 15 Sep - 24 Sep ………..
13th KCM Open FIDE Rated 29 Sep - 02 Oct Coimbatore ,TN
1st Gujarat International GM Open 05 Oct - 12 Oct Ahmedabad
All India Open FIDE Rated Tournament 10 Oct - 14 Oct Delhi Public School, Hyderabad
4th Master Mind Open FIDE Rated 11 Oct - 14 Oct Chennai
Goa International GM Open 2018 13 Oct - 20 Oct Taleigao, Goa
All India below 1500 FIDE Rating 15 Oct - 17 Oct Delhi Public School, Hyderabad

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Solution to ‘puzzle of the month’ on page21: 1.Ng4+! 1….Kh1 2.Qh2+ gxh2 3.Nf2;1…Kh3 2.Nh2 (L-R) Hemadri Sathish (Fourth) Deepthi Lakshmi K(Third) Shefali A N(Third) and Swaralakshmi S
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7th Keshabananda Das Mem. FIDE Open Rating Championship, Bubaneshwar

Chief Guest Santanu Mohanty (OAS), B.D.O. Bhubaneswar making the customary first move
against Somak Palit.Subasish Patnaik (with mike) and Asit Baran Choudhury, Chief Arbiter (right
extreme) are also seen.

Prize winners Wagh Suyog (second) Smak Palit (Winner) and Arpan Das (Third) with dignitaries