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the official magazine of the All India Chess Federation

Volume : 12 Issue : 6 Price Rs. 25 January 2018

World Rapid Chess Championships, Riyadh IWASA 44th National Women Premier
Chess Championship,Surat

GM Viswanathan Anand WGM Padmini Rout

World Rapid Chess Champion Champion

World Youth Chess Olympiad, Ahmedabad

Team India Green – Silver medal Winner

Standing:IM Praggnanandhaa and IM Nihal Sarin
Sitting: GM Aryan Chopra, IM P.Iniyan, Prasenjit Datta (Coach) and WIM R.Vaishali
AICF CHRONICLE January 2017 From the President
Bhopal International GM Chess Tournament 2017,Bhopal
Room No. 70, At the outset I wish the members of
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, chess fraternity a very happy New year! Nguyen Duc Hoa wins at Bhopal
Chennai - 600 003. It is time we reminisce with pride some
Ph : 044-65144966 /Telefax : 044-25382121 by Dharmendra Kumar IA, Chief Arbiter
E-mail : of the notable achievements of our

Publisher: Bharat Singh Chouhan players in the World level events in the
hopal International GM Chess Tourna- assisted by Deputy Chief Arbiter IA Sethura-
Editor : C.G.S. Narayanan year gone by. It was a spectacular show
by the young Indian Grandmasters at ment- 2017 was organized by Sports & man BT and a team of arbiters i.e IA Anandh
Price: Monthly Rs.25 Annual Rs.300
the World Junior Chess Championships in Italy. GM Youth Welfare DepartmentMP & Acad- Babu VL ,(Live Games Incharge), IA Anurag
Inside…. Aravindh Chithambaram did India proud bagging the emy of Chess Education , Bhopal under the Singh, FA Rao PN, FA Alankar Bhivgade,
Bhopal International GM Tmt2017,Bhopal bronze on tie break. Twelve-year old Praggnanandaa, auspices of AICF from 21st to 28th December FA Pravin Pantawane ,FA Vikas Sahu, NA
Nguyen Duc Hoa wins at Bhopal
by Dharmendra Kumar IA, Chief Arbiter 1 World’s youngest IM, competing against players much 2017 at Hotel Kanta Shrawan Palace , Bhopal Sunil Soni.All Arbiters were very good and
IWASA 44th National Women Premier Championship,Surat
Padmini Rout is Premier Champion fourth time in a row
elder to him, played amazing chess to beat the top 322 players from 17 federation has partici- efficient and I had an excellent cooperation
by V.Vijayaraghavan IA, Chief Arbiter 6 seed Jorden van Foreest of Netherlands on his way to pated in Bhopal International GM Chess Tour- with them. They ably assisted me during the
AICFB - National B Championship 2017.Ambala,Haryana
gaining maiden GM norm in this event and also finished nament -2017 . If we go through the statistics tournament.I am thankful to Dy. Chief Arbiter
Kishan Gangolli clinches title
by M.Manjunatha IA, Chief Arbiter 9 a creditable fourth. , 8 GM ,12 IM , 7 WIM , 8 FM , 5 WFM and 8 IA Sethuraman BT who ably assisted me and
9th BRDCA International Open FIDE Rating
CM participated in the tournament . 275 out look after especially 2nd hall , independently.
GM Deepan Chakkaravarthy is Champion
by FA Saleem Beig, Chief Arbiter 10
At the World Cadets at Brazil, Divya Deshmukh won of 322 were rated players. Tournament was At the same time I would like to mention IA
Riverside 1st International FIDE Open, Kotagiri gold and in the World Youth Championships in Uruguay,
played on open Swiss system format and Anandh Babu V L who was taking care of live
Balasubramanian wins at Kotagiri India did one better garnering three medals. Andhra girl
by V.Vijayaragahavan IA, Chief Arbiter 12 total No. of round was 10. Program used for games . He did good job and broadcast all
Jishitha clinched the gold in the Under-14 Girls category.
2nd CPPA Open Rating tournament , Duliajan, Assam
Erigaisi Arjun and Sakshi Chitlange won silver medals in the pairing was Swiss manager.90 minutes 22 game uninterrupted.
Trailokya Nanda wins title
by Debasish Barua, IA,Chief Arbiter 14
the under-14 Open and Under-18 Girls category. each with 30 sec. increment/move from
The CSIR-CMERI Diamond Jubilee FIDE Rated Tmt,Durgapur
move 1.It was decided during the techni- A common appeal committee was formed
Suvrajit Saha wins at Durgapur
by Biswanath Banerjee, Chief Arbiter 16 At the 17th IPCA World Chess Championships Shashikant cal meeting that default time 15 minutes. for both the event. No appeal was submitted
Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam FIDE Rating Open Tmt,Visakhapatnam
Kutwal became the World Disabled Champion 2017 As per regulation published on fide website for hearing. First 22 games were played on
Balasubramaniam of Tamilnadu wins
by FA G Venkata Kumar , Chief Arbiter 18
and also became an International Master. Woman and confirmed during the technical meeting DGT Board and live games were beamed in
Karnavati Club Open FIDE Rating Tmt, International Master Jenitha Anto of Tiruchi won her fifth , following tiebreak were used :i) Direct En- the internet . Every game was played with
Deepan Chakravarthi wins title world title for women. Sammarth J Rao who won bronze in counter ii) Buchholz Cut 1 iii) Buchholz iv) Electronic clocks ( DGT 2010 & DGT 3000)
by IA S Biju Raj, Chief Arbiter 20
the junior event bagged the gold in the blitz junior section Sonneborn Berger and v) Greater number of and standard chess boards were used for all
Nipani Grand Open Fide Rapid Rating Tmt , Nipani
Sameeer Kathamale wins title wins (Including forfeit ) other games .
by Bharat Chougule, Chief Arbiter 22 The year 2017 ended on a high as Indian Green team
1st Shree Narayana Guru TrophyFIDE Rated Rapid,Udupi won silver medal in the World Under-16 Youth Olympiad
There were two tournament halls. The first All players and officials stayed in official Hotel
Viani Antonio Dcunha clinches title excellently hosted at Ahmedabad. P.Iniyan and Nihal
one was on top floor(4th) with first 76 Boards Kanta Shrawan Palace. Conditions provided
by IA Vasanth BH , Chief Arbiter 28
Sarin won gold for their board performances. Five-time
SPIC 1st All India FIDE Rated Tmt(below1600),Thoothukudi
World Champion GM Viswanathan Anand rounded off a while the 2nd one was at the ground floor by the hotel were excellent. Arrangement of
Bala Ganeshan wins SPIC FIDE rated
by Dharmaraj P,Chief Arbiter 30 memorable and eventful year winning the World Rapid with remaining boards. Both the Halls were stay for all the players & official was at the
2nd All India Fide Rating Below 1500 Tmt,Secunderabad Chess Championship title besides claiming the bronze centrally air conditioned . Both The playing same Hotel. Dinning hall was situated at 2nd
Aragonda Mohan of Telangana wins
in the World Blitz Championship as well. halls were good with enough space for play- floor while 2nd and 3rd floor was accommo-
by FA S Subba Raju , Chief Arbiter 32
Vardhaman Cup Open Fide Rating Tmt,Hyderabad ers but with limited spectators. All basic dation area.
B Sekar is Champion
I understand that for the first time India will be hosting the facilities were provided by the Organizers in
by Promodraj Moree,Chief Arbiter 34
Selected games from National Women Premier,Surat
World Youth (under 12,14 & 16) Chess Championship in the playing venue i.e. water, coffee and tea Tournament was inaugurated by Mr. Rishi
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 36 2019 which will go a long way in promoting the game for the players and officials, smoking area Shukla , Director General of Police , Madhya
Tactics from master games by S.Krishnan 42 among the youth in the country. and analysis area. Pradesh. He lighted the auspicious lamp and
Test your endgame by C.G.S.Narayanan 43
Masters of the past-84
made a move on Chess board with top Seed
Isaac Kashdan 44 Chief Arbiter IA Dharmendra Kumar was ably GM Gareyev Timur of USA. On this auspi-
AICF Calendar 48
P.R.Venketrama Raja

cious occasion , other dignitaries presents Education , Bhopal . Org. Secretary cum 1st Shree Narayana Guru Trophy National FIDE Rated Rapid Tournament,Udupi
on the Dais were , Retired IAS, Mr. S N Rupla Tournament Director Mr. Kapil Saxena was
, President of Madhya Pradesh State Chess very active and instrumental in handling all
Association, Mr. Sunil Bansal, , Secretary of the organizational needs with his organizing
Madhya Pradesh State Chess Association Mr. team. There were no any title norm produced
Kapil Saxena and Chief Arbiter of the Tour- in this tournament.
nament Mr. Dharmendra Kumar
There were four International Arbiters Norms
The Grand Master Tournament Bhopal GM and 1 Fide Arbiter Norm awarded to the ar-
International 2017, which was the first of biters ( names mentioned below) who ren-
Grand Master Circuit had its run for eight dered their services during the tournament :
days, This tournament got the name of Viet- FA Rao PN,FA Alankar Bhivgade, FA Pravin
nam's Nguyen Duc Hoa as its champion. He Pantawane, FA Vikas Sahu, NA Sunil Soni
defeated Russia's Grand Master Rozum Ivan
at the first table in the final round. Having Bhopal International GM Chess Tournament
the honor of being the winner with 8.5 points, was well organized tournament . All neces-
winning a cash prize of 2 lakh rupees along sary support were provided to Players and
with a shining trophy. He also made a new Arbiters team . Media coverage was also very Standing L-R :Gahan MG, VianiDcunha, Anwar Shazuli, Augustin A
record of winning three consecutive Grand good. Associated dignitaries were visited dai- Sitting L-R : IA Vasanth BH Chief Arbiter, Babu J Poojary Secretary Udupi District Chess Association,
Master tournaments in India in a year, before ly to tournament hall. All participants were Arvind Shastry Secretary United Karnataka Chess Association, Leeladhar Shetty Kapu Social Worker,
this tournament he won the title of Kit Inter- satisfied and had positive and Satisfactory K P Acharya Chairman Vidyaniketan Group of Institution Kapu, Muttu Kumar Proprietor Sri Maruthi
national in Bhubaneswar in May and Mumbai remarks.I would like to mention the great Bakers Bangalore, Harish Poojary Ammembala Industrialist, H B Siddharaju Bangalore, K Srinivas Poojary
President Kalabhimani Sangha Kapu, Sudheer Beedu Udupi, UmanathKapu Tournament coordinator,
International in June. sportsmanship of all players they showed
Rathnakar Shetty Bhramavar
during the whole event.
Prize distribution ceremony was held in pres- Final ranking
ence of Madhya Pradesh Director Sports Mr. Rk Name FED Pts
3rd master mind open FIDE rated chess tournament, Pammal
Upendra Jain, President of Madhya Pradesh 1 GM Nguyen Duc Hoa VIE 8½
State Chess Association, Mr. Sunil Bansal, Re- 2 IM Yeoh Li Tian MAS 8
tired IAS, Mr. S N Rupla, DGM (Union Bank Of 3 GM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 8
India) Mr. Gurtej Singh , Secretary of Madhya 4 GM Atalik Suat TUR 8
Pradesh State Chess Association Mr. Kapil 5 FM Shailesh Dravid IND 8
Saxena and Chief Arbiter of the Tournament 6 CM Gukesh D IND 8
Mr. Dharmendra Kumar. A total of 10 lakh 18 7 GM Tukhaev Adam UKR 8
thousand rupees along with brilliant shining 8 GM Rozum Ivan RUS 7½
trophies and medals were distributed to the 9 GM Gareyev Timur USA 7½
prize winners. 10 IM Sangma Rahul IND 7½
11 IM Girish A. Koushik IND 7½
The Organizing Committee did an excellent 12 GM Himanshu Sharma IND 7½
work and showed a great ability in organiz- 13 Harshavardhan G B IND 7½
ing a chess event of such a high level with 14 Prakash Ram IND 7½
full of enthusiasm.As thi9s GM level event 15 IM Khusenkhojaev Md TJK 7 Saravanan (Secretary, TV Malai District), Illankumar, S. Chandrasekar, IM R. Balasubramaniam
was jointly organized by Sports & Youth 16 IM Deshmukh Anup IND 7 (Winner), Mr. Stephen Balasamy, Secy, TNSCA (Chief Guest), Mr. P.R. Dinesh Kumar, R. Srivatsan
Welfare DepartmentMP & Academy of Chess 17 IM Ravi Teja S. IND 7 (Chief Arbiter), Muthu Kumar (Jt. Secy, TNSCA), Mr. Ebenezer and C. Natarajan, Secretary, Master
Mind Chess Academy
Cont.on p.5 3
Cont.from p.7
18 FM Erigaisi Arjun IND 7
Captain All Bengal Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament ,Kolkata 19 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 7
62 CM Aditya Mittal IND 6
63 WIM Pratyusha Bodda IND 6
20 Senthil Maran K IND 7
64 Badrinath S. IND 6
21 Kunal M. IND 7
65 Shiva Pavan Teja S U IND 6
22 Saravana KrishnanP. IND 7
66 Kant Rupesh IND 6
23 FM Gajwa Ankit IND 7
67 WFM Varshini V IND 6
24 Ajay Krishna S IND 7
68 Aryan Abhijeet Shah IND 6
25 Sekar B IND 7
69 Manish Anto C F IND 6
26 Muthaiah Al IND 7
70 Saptorshi Gupta IND 6
27 Ram S. Krishnan IND 7
71 Soham Kamotra IND 6
28 Nayak Rajesh IND 7
72 Polakhare Aryan IND 6
29 Singh Arvinder Preet IND 7
73 WIM Chitlange Sakshi IND 6
30 IM Nitin S. IND 7
74 Chakravarthy Y V K IND 6
31 Panesar Vedant IND 7
75 Aditya Guhagarkar IND 6
32 Saurabh Anand IND 7
76 Tarun Kanyamarala IRL 6
33 Dixit Nikhil IND 7
77 Gokulraj K IND 6
34 WFM Jishitha D IND 7
78 Dinesh Rajan M IND 6
35 GM David Alberto ITA 6½
79 WIM Gokhale Anupama IND 6
36 Patil Pratik IND 6½
80 Panda Sambit IND 6
37 Masango Spencer ZIM 6½
Champion Arpan Das receving the trophy from Chief Guest Raman Pandey,President, INTUC (WB) and IM 81 Rindhiya V IND 6
38 Bharat Kumar Reddy P IND 6½
Atanu Lahiri, Jt.Secretary AICF & Secretary,BCA 82 Alan Diviya Raj IND 6
39 Shelke Sankarsha IND 6½
83 CM Bennett David Michael USA 6
40 Nguyen Phuoc Tam VIE 6½
84 Patil Harshal IND 6
9th BRDCA International Open FIDE Rating Tournament, Bangalore 41 IM Dhulipalla B C Prasad IND 6½
85 Dahale Atul IND 6
42 FM Matta Vinay Kumar IND 6½
86 Sumit Grover IND 6
43 FM Rathanvel V S IND 6½
87 WIM Parnali S Dharia IND 6
44 Himanshu Ranjan IND 6½
88 Shyam Prasad Reddy IND 6
45 Tiwari Arjun IND 6½
89 Punit Indora IND 6
46 Manush Shah IND 6½
90 Pandey Srishti IND 6
47 Moksh Amit Doshi IND 6½
91 Arya Bhakta IND 6
48 Arpan Das (Jr) IND 6½
92 Sa Kannan IND 6
49 CM Karthik Kumar Pradeep IND 6½
93 Sanjeet Manohar IND 6
50 WFM Divya Deshmukh IND 6½
94 Lama Surbir NEP 6
51 FM Ramakrishna J. IND 6½
95 Priyanka Nutakki IND 6
52 Anuj Shrivatri IND 6½
96 Mehta Naitik R IND 6
53 Bhambure Shantanu IND 6½
97 Likhit Chilukuri IND 6
54 Soham Datar IND 6½
98 CM Sharma Bhagawati P NEP 6
55 Snehal Bhosale IND 6½
99 Deepthamsh Reddy IND 5½
56 Barath Kalyan M IND 6½
100 FM Deshpande Aniruddha IND 5½
57 Bhanot Stuti IND 6½
101 Pranesh M IND 5½
58 WIM Chandreyee Hajra IND 6½
102 Gaikwad Siddhant IND 5½
59 IM Abu Sufian Shakil BAN 6½
103 Utsab Chatterjee IND 5½
60 Nagare Akhilesh IND 6½
104 Saranya Y IND 5½
The top three- Manigandan S.S (Runner-up),GM Deepan Chakravarthy (Winner) and N.Sanjay (Third) 61 IM Wohl Aleksandar H. AUS 6
Meenakshi was placed 5th on list with 6.5 quite threatening. The game ended in 59
IWASA 44th National Women Premier Chess Championship,Surat….
points , followed by Nandhidhaa and Swati moves when black was to lose the third pawn
Padmini Rout is Premier Champion fourth time in a row Ghate on 6 points at 6 & 7th respectively. and nothing to show up.Bhakti’s advantage
By V.Vijayaraghavan IA, Chief Arbiter Meenakshi loss in last 2 roundscost dearly against Samriddha Ghosh from the black
her a maiden National Premier title despite side of closed Guico piano petered out into a
having opponents lowly placed. Nandhidhaa drawn minor piece ending after a battle of 75
IM Padmini Rout of PSPB, defended her title in known nowadays for Diamond cutting,pol- was leading with Padmini in the 8th round and moves. Had Bhakti won this game she would
IWASA 44th National Women Premier Chess ishing and Textiles. The players were pro- with good wins over Swati Ghate&Soumy- have been the champion.
Championship by scoring 7.5 points out of 11 vided with accommodation and food in the aSwaminathan in the 4th& 5th rounds. She
rounds. This is her 4th consecutive National club premises making their stay much more lost her last 3 rounds much to surprise and Mary Ann Gomes of PSPB mobilized her major
Women Premier title. She was half a point comfortable and safer. went out of the race. Swati Ghate played her pieces around Nandhidhaa’ss king to score
ahead of Bhakti Kulkarni of AI, Mary Ann usual brand of chess and got better in the a point in 40 moves. In a Modern defense
Gomes and Soumya Swaminathan of PSPB The last round had enough drama with 4 2ndhalf with 4.5 out of 6 rounds. 8th& 9th game, Mary decided to throw her pieces
who were placed 2nd, 3rd& 4th respectively. players Padmini, Meenakshi, Bhakti &Soumya placed Sakshi and BalaKannammacould’nt against white and succeeded, though Nan-
tied on 6.5 points. Meenakshi’s tie break was prove much and 10th placed Samriddha dhidhaa could have defended better.Srishti
The National Women Premier Chess Champi- better than others and looked like one to Ghosh put brakes on Meenakshi& Bhakti. was placed at the bottom of the table, but her
onship was organized by Gujarat State Chess win as she had won the individual encounter 11th placed Kiran Manisha had a forgettable wins against Nandhidhaa in the penultimate
Association at The Surat Tennis Club, Surat, with Padmini. Alas Meenakshi fumbled at the tournament with 6 losses, but she was able round and Meenakshi in the last round cannot
from 24th November to 6th of December post and lost to Srishti Pandey and quit the to beat Meenakshi with a beautiful move of be taken lighter.The girl from Maharashtra
2017. Twelve participants comprising of 6 race. Meanwhile Soumya was getting better Qa3!. One would use to say “The last one but defending the queen pawn game equalised
WGM’s, including the defending champion IM of BalaKannamma in the middle game only not the least one”. True to the phraseSrishti early and even won a pawn in the 21st move.
Padmini Rout & 2 Women International Mas- enough to draw. Soumya’s dream of regain- Pandey seem to decide the winner by scor- The endgame part was well played by Srishti
ters vied for this coveted title. The champion- ing her title which she won in 2010 has to ing wins over Nandhidhaa and Meenakshi in who won the game in 41 moves. Meenakshi’s
ship was conducted in a round robin format, wait. Bhakti was very close to win against 10th& 11th round. nerve has failed her with 2 losses in the last
with each player meeting all the other once. a defiant Samriddha Ghosh, but missed her rounds, despite tie-breaks favouring her.
It was a Category 6 event with average rating way too, much to relief of Padmini Rout. Final round Swati Ghate drew here LIC teammate Kiran
of 2188. The winner gets a prize amount of IM Padmini Rout of PSPB successfully de- Manisha in 61 moves after missing a winning
Rs.1.75 lakhs in a prize fund of Rs.6 Lakhs. Bhakti had to be contend with 2nd place after fended her title in the IWASA 44th National tactic 28.Rxd5 due to time pressure. Two of
The tournament was inaugurated by Mr.Niraj having the best chance in SB scores if tied Women Premier Chess Championship here at Swati’s queenside passed pawns failed to
of IWASA, Bhavesh Patel, Secy, GSCA and with Padmini and she tried her best till the the Surat Tennis Club. She scored 7.5 points make to 8th rank and Kiran sacrificed a knight
other office bearer. The lots of tournament 5th hour against Ghosh but the advantage out of 11 rounds followed by Bhakti Kulkarni to retreat the king to wrong corner and draw
was quite innovatively done Ankit Dalal, Jt- faded somehow. of Air India, Mary Ann Gomes of PSPB & was on cards.
Secy, GSCA. What we used to call as Housie, Soumya Swaminathan of PSPB all on 7 points.
known as Tambola also, tickets printed with Mary Ann’s 3rd place was due to her late Padmini won her game against Sakshi and Penultimate round
numbers where used. Various combinations resurgence with 3.5 points out of 4 in the waited for other results. When Soumya was Four players Padmini, Soumya, Meenakshi &
like 1st line, full house, unlucky 7, letter T last 4 rounds. Her earlier losses to Bhakti held by Bala Kannamma, the onus was on Bhakti are leading the 6.5 points at the end
etc were used to pick the start number. & Swati Ghate messed up her chances but Bhakti who had better Sonneborn Berger of 10th round in the IWASA 44th National
final assault was good enough. 4th placed scores than Padmini. But Bhakti could only Women Premier Chess Championship here at
The Surat Tennis Club is one of the oldest SoumyaSwaminathan had a shot at the title muster a draw and it was once again Padmini Surat. In an interesting day leader Meenak-
club in Surat, established since 1927. The but missed a possible winin the final round. the winner. shi lost to Kiran, Padmini & Bhakti who were
club promotes lot of activities like badminton, Her unlucky loss to Bhakti in a problem like in 2nd spot drew, Soumya caught up with
swimming, snooker, cricket nets, aerobics mate was quite scary when she had winning The king’s Indian attack by Padmini was leader and Nandhidhaa lost making the final
etc. Surat was once a seaport and much possibilities. well held by Sakshi only to mess up in the round open. Though Meenakshi has better
endgame were former rooks invasion was


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tie-break scores, final round results may cast The exchange of queens had put Meenakshi AICFB - National B Chess Championship 2017.Ambala,Haryana…
the difference. pieces passive in the middle game. Kiran
made inroads on black by winning pawns
Kishan Gangolli clinches title
Defending champion IM Padmini Rout repeat- and won the bishop against knight ending by M.Manjunatha IA, Chief Arbiter
ed the checks against Bhakti to a safe draw in 51 moves.
in 27 moves of the grunfeld defense. Trailing AICFB-National “B” Chess Championship for Mumbai from 03rd feb2018 to 11th feb2018.
in the 2nd spot by half a point a tough tus- The rest day was interesting with a trip to the Visually Challenged 2017 was oragnised
sle was expected between these two. Much Shairu Gems, a diamond cutting factory and by All India Chess Federation for the blind, The event was well contested between the
to the surprise the game ended in a truce Laxmipati Sarees, a famous textile shop in National Federation for the blind and Haryana players of various states after 7th round Kis-
despite, Bhakti having an extra minor piece. Surat. We were shown the intricacies in raw State Chess Association for the blind. The han Gangolli of Karnataka took the lead with
WGM Mary Ann of PSPB had an fairly easy win diamonds, sizing and polishing, costing etc. five day tournament was inaugurated by Shri 6.5points. In eighth round Aryan B joshi of
against Samriddha Ghosh after netting two Each of one were gifted with a silver coin by Karan Singh, Railway Security Officer Ambala Maharashtra joined the leader by defeating
pawns from her favourite fianchetto opening. Mr Ashok Mehta, CMD, Shairu Gems, a truly Haryana, Shri Baba Ajith Singh, Trustee Icha Patra Subendu Kumar of Odissa. At the end of
Mary moves up the ladder with 6 points. amazing experience. Next stop was at the purvak Gurudwara Ambala on 25/12/2017 9th round Kishan Gangolli and Aryan B Joshi
Soumya Swaminathan was back to her ele- Saree shop and as everyone knows it took at NFB Hall, Ambala, Haryana. 108 players scored 7.5points with best tiebreak score
ments with a fine win over Sakshi Chitlange much longer. The organizers gifted the par- represented 18 states. Among them, 70 Kishan Gangolli clinched AICFB National B
in 36 moves. Replying for the Queen pawn ticipants with a saree of their choice at free of were FIDE rated players and 13 were female Chess Championship 2017. Aryan B Joshi is
game chosen by Sakshi, Soumya got a strong cost wishing them to be worn by during the players. 4 times National Champion Kishan first runner up.
pawn on d4 square. The weakness around the prize distribution and it happened!. The prize Gangolli of KAR was the top seed of the tour-
white king was untenable and Soumya netted distribution function was held in the aerobics nament with an ELO rating of 2003, followed The prize distribution function took place at
a valuable point reliving her title chances. hall of the Surat Tennis club with prominent by Aryan B Joshi of MAH 1786. 2.30pm on 29th December2017. Dignitaries
LIC’s Kiran Manisha must be much relieved guest like Vispy Kharadi, two times Guinness present on the occasion were Mr Subhash
when she put a hold on her losses by scor- world record holder alongwith officials of Su- This tournament was conducted in Swiss Shihang, Sub divisional Magistrate. Shri
ing over the leader Air India’s Meenakshi. rat Tennis Club & GSCA were present. league system with 9 rounds. The Top 14 Dhinesh Shastry, commissioner for disabled
players from this tournament were selected Haryana. Professor Miss Tej Pal, Jagieram
Final Ranking for National “A” Chess Championship for the General Secretary NFB, Shri Manisha Thool
Rank Title Name Club Pts Res. SB Vict Vict visually challenged which will be held at Secretary AICFB.
Open Category
1 IM Padmini Rout PSPB 7½ 0 36.25 6 4 Rank Sn Name Rating Club Pts
2 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti AI 7 2 37.00 4 2 1 Kishan Gangolli 2003 KAR 7½
3 WGM Gomes Mary Ann PSPB 7 ½ 35.25 5 4 2 Aryan B Joshi 1786 MAH 7½
3 Makwana Ashvin K 1750 GUJ 7
4 WGM SoumyaSwaminathan PSPB 7 ½ 33.50 5 4
4 Samant Milind 1653 MAH 6½
5 WGM MeenakshiSubbaraman AI 6½ 0 38.50 5 3 5 Prachurya K Pradhan 1561 ODI 6½
6 WIM NandhidhaaPv TN 6 1 30.25 5 3 6 Patra Subhendu Kumar 1630 ODI 6½
7 Krishna Udupa 1710 KAR 6½
7 WGM Swati Ghate LIC 6 0 29.00 4 1
8 Soundarya K Pradhan 1739 ODI 6½
8 WIM ChitlangeSakshi MAH 4½ 1 17.75 4 1 9 Swapanil Shah 1672 MAH 6½
9 BalaKannamma P TN 4½ 0 23.25 1 0 10 Patil Shirish 1698 MAH 6½
10 Ghosh Samriddhaa WB 3½ 1 17.75 1 1 11 Deeptyajeet De 1583 W B 6½
12 Gaurav Gadodia 1750 MAH 6½
11 WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty LIC 3½ 0 19.50 2 1
13 Marimuthu K 1591 T N 6½
12 Pandey Srishti MAH 3 0 16.50 2 1 14 Yudhajeet De 1682 W B 6½


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9th BRDCA International Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament 27 Sugyan Prakash Maharaj 5½ 70 Hrishikesh R Raghuvaran 5
28 WCM Chopdekar Gunjal 5½ 71 AFM Kaushik G Iyer 4½
GM Deepan Chakkaravarthy is the Champion 29 AIM Abhijit Chutia 5½ 72 Shiva S 4½
by FA Saleem Beig, Chief Arbiter 30 WCM Swera Ana Braganca 5½ 73 AFM Ravindran R 4½
31 Jagadish P 5½ 74 Yashas Donthi 4½
9TH BRDCA International Open FIDE rating for chess tournaments in Karnataka. 32 Srikrishnan P 5½ 75 Karthikay C 4½
chess tournament was held at Virginia Mall, 33 AIM Kohli Pranav 5½ 76 Bipin Raj S 4½
Bangalore from 1st to 4th December 2017. Prize distribution Ceremony took place at 34 AGM Sagar Praveen 5½ 77 Hariharan Subramony 4½
This is the 9th Open fide rating chess tour- 5.30 pm. Mr.Arvind Shastry Secretary UKCA, 35 Vignesh Kasi P L 5½ 78 Adithya A Chullikkad 4½
nament conducted by Bangalore rural District Mr. Chidananda A secretary BRDCA, Mr. Ha- 36 Keshav Kothari 5½ 79 Devkarvin V U 4½
Chess Association. The event attracted 234 numantha R, Vice President UKCA, Shashi 37 Tanvi Vasudev Hadkonkar 5½ 80 Jeyanth R 4½
players from all over India, including major Kumar CEO Akshaykalpa and Mr. Subra- 38 Ramajayam J 5½ 81 Rakshith Srinivasan 4½
states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, manyam CEO Virginia Mall presided over the 39 Devanand Nayak 5 82 Pratik Dinesh Kumar 4½
Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, function.I have attached photo of the winners 40 Darshan V P S 5 83 Abhyuday Santhosh 4½
Haryana, Orissa, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, of the tournament along with the tournament 41 AGM Sa Kannan 5 84 Tejas Cavale 4½
Goa, Pondicherry and two players from USA. hall photos. 42 Abhinessh S 5 85 Apoorv Kamble 4½
Top seed of the event was Grandmaster Final ranking 43 Arhan Chethan Anand 5 86 Sanjana Raghunath 4½
Deepan Chakkaravarthy J of Tamil Nadu. The Rk Name Pts 44 Jinan Jomon 5 87 Vishwanath Radhakrishnan 4½
8 round event was conducted in 4 days. Total 1 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 7½ 45 Ansuman Mohanty 5 88 Suyash Srivastava 4½
cash prize was RS. 506000/- 2 Manigandan S S 7 46 Anantha Sai S 5 89 Anil Thungesh 4½
3 Sanjay N. 7 47 Surya Prakash J 5 90 Chaitanya Gadgil 4½
Top seed of the tournament GM Deepan 4 Sekar B 6½ 48 Aravinda B R 5 91 Kakodkar Joy 4½
Chakkaravarthy J of TN with an Elo of 2473 5 Balkishan A. 6½ 49 Vivekananda L 5 92 Deekshith J 4½
is the winner with 71/2 points. He remained 6 Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri 6½ 50 Jaiswal Avi 5 93 Nachiketh Adiga 4½
undefeated with 7 wins and a draw in the 7 Yashas D. 6½ 51 Samyukta Banthia 5 94 Radhakrishna S Kavalgi 4½
final round. In the last round he shared the 8 Senthil Maran K 6½ 52 Saypuri Srithan 5 95 Dhrithi Murgod 4½
point with Manigandan S S of TN. He is the 9 Syed Anwar Shazuli 6½ 53 Pereira Asim Anthony 5 96 Prajwal M Joshi 4½
current champion of ‘National B Challenger’, 10 Augustin A 6 54 Samith Reddy I 5 97 Joshi Kedar 4½
Former Commonwealth Bronze medalist, 11 Arvind Shastry 6 55 Shree Krishna Pranama 5 98 Ajjay R 4½
Former Asian Junior Champion, Runner up 12 Abhishek A 6 56 Pradeep Sagar 5 99 Rohit Venugopal 4½
in National ‘A’ twice and from past 7 years 13 Varma Shabdhik 6 57 Nithish M 5 100 Bharath M 4½
representing Indian National Team. It was 14 Selvabharathy T 6 58 Vikas Saini 5 101 WCM Shriyana S Mallya 4½
easy sailing for him. He bagged the prize 15 Pranav Anand 6 59 Aniruddh Chatterjee 5 102 Pramod S P 4½
money of RS. 61000 and a glittering trophy. 16 Raghavendra V. 6 60 Anirudh Ra 5 103 Dharani Srinivas K B 4
The first runner up is Manigandan S S of TN 17 Sriram B 6 61 AFM Shashidhar B Rai 5 104 Prabhakaran K 4
with 7 points and the second runner up is 18 WCM Isha Sharma 6 62 Porob Vraj 5 105 AIM Sushrutha Reddy 4
Sanjay N of KAR with 7 points. 19 Badrinath S. 6 63 Dhandapani Perumal 5 106 Rishabh Kumara 4
20 Sudarshan Bhat 5½ 64 Neil J 5 107 Umesh N 4
This is the first chess tournament organ- 21 Jayachandra Srinivas V 5½ 65 Arnav Muralidhar 5 108 Siddhesh Jayakumar 4
ized at this venue. All facilities required for 22 Lokesh N. 5½ 66 Laddha Shubh Jayesh 5 109 Vishwa Bala Kumaran M 4
smooth conduct of a chess tournament were 23 Gavi Siddayya 5½ 67 Gargare Prathmesh 5 110 Saket Singh 4
available at the venue. It was well ventilat- 24 Mohamed Anees M 5½ 68 Sanjay Srinivasan R 5 111 Siri Sharma 4
ed with centralized AC and parents seating 25 IM Hegde Ravi Gopal 5½ 69 Kamatham Balaji 5 112 Amogh Manohar 4
arrangements. It is one of the best venues 26 Reetish Padhi 5½


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Riverside 1st International FIDE Open, Kotagiri 3 Abhishek A 6.5 46 Prakalya Nithish S 5
4 Abhijith M 6.5 47 Shaik Shabaaj 5
Balasubramanian wins at Kotagiri 5 Yuvan Bharathi K S 6.5 48 Sakthivel Heamish Kanha 5
by V.Vijayaragahavan IA, Chief Arbiter 6 Anilkumar O.T. 6.5 49 Lekhanthika Mathan R 5
7 Manigandan S S 6 50 Avinash Y 5
IM R Balasubramaniam of TN won the Riv- the chess coach for leaving no stone unturned 8 Sivakumar C. 6 51 Babu S. 4.5
erside 1st International FIDE Rated Open in this event. All the staff including the train- 9 Sathish Chandra G 6 52 Tejaswi R 4.5
Chess Tournament with 7 points. The event ers of various sports discipline showed much 10 Sharsha Backer 6 53 Harsha R 4.5
was held from 22nd to 25th December and involvement to make the event hassle free. 11 Kathiravan M. 6 54 Jeremiah S V 4.5
2 lakh rupees of cash prize was distribut- 12 Madhusoodanan K.R. 6 55 Rajkumar S 4.5
ed among various rating categories. Apart Each round was inaugurated by important 13 Sushrutha Reddy 6 56 Vishwa Dheep D N 4.5
from the cash prizes around 100 trophies people & sport achievers of Nilgris districts. 14 Raghuraman N. R. 6 57 Adithya A Chullikkad 4.5
were given to young talents of different age Special invitees like Hittukkal Bojarajan, a 15 Kannan R. 6 58 Shreyas Seshadri Nallore 4.5
groups. The tournament has been one of its philanthropist and charter president of Lions 16 Vigneshwaran N. 5.5 59 Rethish Puthanpurayil 4.5
kind and the first ever rated tournament in club of Kotagiri, H.T.Kumar, District Sports 17 Sivasankar B. 5.5 60 Ravikumar R 4.5
this lovely hill station of Nilgris District. 160 Officer, J.R.Natarajan and B.Ganesh, Inter- 18 Vinodh Kumar B. 5.5 61 Reno Noel 4.5
players ranging from Maharashtra to West national Hockey Players, Rajesh Nahar, MD, 19 Binu Sebastian 5.5 62 Mayoogha N 4.5
Bengal and Jharkand to all southern states Nahar group of hotels, H S Moorthy, Coach of 20 Nandha Kumar K 5.5 63 Pournami S 4.5
eagerly participatedin this event. Indian Deaf & Dumb, Table Tennis Olympics 21 Aravindaswami T 5.5 64 Chandhan G 4.5
Team 2017,Chandramohan an International 22 Harshad S 5.5 65 Shreya S Pillai 4.5
The event was inaugurated by the Chair- volleyball player, visited the tournament hall 23 Subramanian T.V. 5.5 66 Sudeep S 4
man of Mangalam Educational Trust C. K. and inaugurated the rounds. 24 Uma Maheswaran P 5.5 67 Aji Kumar A 4
Kandasamy, along with the Secretary Mrs. 25 Madhusudan R. 5.5 68 Harish G 4
Selvamani Kandasamy, Chief Administrative SS Manigandan of TN took the sole lead with 26 Ranjith Kalaiyarasan 5.5 69 Kaviyarasan T 4
Officer Arangasamy, Mr. Kavin Kumar Kan- 5 points from 5 rounds, while IM Bala was 27 Kannan.V 5.5 70 Vinesh R 4
dasamy, the Managing Director, Mr. Fran- on 4.5 points. In their 6th round individual 28 Nitin M Pai 5 71 Kaustubh Balaji 4
cis Xavier, the Principal of Riverside Public encounter Bala outplayed Manigandan to take 29 Kabhilan S 5 72 Bala Guhanesh G S 4
School, Mrs. Jaya Haridas the Vice Principal, the lead and continued it till the final round. 30 Hiridik Rajendran 5 73 Adhithyan J 4
Chief Arbiter V. Vijayaraghavan&Mr. Bashir In a 5 way tie for the 2nd place on 6.5 points 31 Gangadhar T 5 74 Sumesh Kabeer 4
Ahmed Secretary of the Nilgiris District Chess Swaraj Palit of Jharkand finished runner up 32 Yashavishree N 5 75 Rajeeb Mk 4
Association. The Chief Guest Mr. C. K.Kan- followed by A Abhishek & MAbhijith of Ker- 33 John Christopher 5 76 Pranav Gopi 4
dasamy inaugurated the event by cutting the ala, Yuvan Bharathi of TN & OT Anil Kumar 34 Vishnu Bharani S 5 77 Hareesh Ponnappan 4
ribbon followed by playing the first move in of Kerala. 35 Aakash G 5 78 Srivatsan Karthikeyan 4
the tournament. 36 Kathiravan S 5 79 Rohit Venugopal 4
The prize distribution function started with 37 Rathish R 5 80 Aromal S Nair 4
True to their motto of strive to excel,River- a Bharatnatyam dance by the home brewn 38 Kavitha P L 5 81 Madhesh V 4
side Public Schooldid excel in organizing this talents of Riverside, followed by distribution 39 Vishalraam C S 5 82 Vinoth Kumar M 4
wonderful event, that too for a first timer in of prizes by Kavin Kumar Kandasamy, Man- 40 Goutham Krishnaraja 5 83 Shreepathi M 4
chess event of this magnitude. A good playing aging Director, Mangalam Educational Trust. 41 Jaidambareesh N R 5 84 Logesh Sanmugam S 4
hall, LED displayfor pairings, decent accom- 42 Madhu Sudhan Chary K 5 85 Vinanthi R S 4
modation battling the chill weather, delicious Final standings 43 Velavaa Ragavesh 5 86 Aswin Sivakumar 4
food, daily tours to the nearby scenic places Rk. Name Pts. 44 Rajiv A 5 87 Narine Anirudh S 4
for parents & participants. Special mention to 1 R Balasubramaniam IM 7 45 Sriram K 5 88 Mohitkumar K S 4
Govindan, chief sports coordinator and Vivek, 2 Swaraj Palit 6.5


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2nd CPPA Open Rating chess tournament 2017, Duliajan, Assam 21 Dhruv Phukan 5½ 64 Ariz Zaman 4
22 Jintu Gogoi 5½ 65 Dikom Newar 4
Trailokya Nanda wins title 23 Anuj Boro 5½ 66 Parismita Chutia 4
by Debasish Barua, IA,Chief Arbiter 24 Arijit Amar Saikia 5½ 67 Hitarth Pratim Buragohain 4
25 Abhash Roimya Saikia 5 68 Akash Nibir Kashyap 4
The CPPA Open Rating chess tournament The Chess Players’ Parent’s Association,
26 Tanisha A R Som 5 69 Nahid Amon 4
2017 organized by Chess Players’ Parent’s Duliajan organizer of the tournament has
27 Aarohan Saikia 5 70 Priyanshu Dutta 4
Association and Recognized by All Assam so many young dedicated personalities like
28 Nawab Mukril Zadeed 5 71 Priyanuj Gogoi 4
Chess Association and All India Chess Feder- Mr. Dipanta Kumar Gogoi, Mr D M Baruah,
29 Devabarenya Gogoi 5 72 Abhinab Saikia 3½
ation from 10th to 15th December, 2017 at MrsJahnabiNeog, Mr. PrabinGogoi, under the
30 Mukul Borah 5 73 Chinmoi Saikia 3½
Oil India ltd, Bihutoli, Duliajan, Assam. leadership of Mr.Jayanta Kumar Gogoi Gener-
31 Tripartha Saikia 5 74 Gaurav Nandan Nath 3½
al Secretary of CPPA,D and Mr. PrabinGogoi,
32 Devjit Khanikar 5 75 Arunangshu Raj Dey 3½
On 10th December, 2017 inauguration cer- President CPPA,Duliajan, Assam.
33 Sumangal Borgohain 5 76 Neerab Dowerah 3½
emony started at 3 pm where Mr.Narendra-
34 Nandika Sahu 5 77 Pritisha Dutta 3½
Vashisht, President Organizing Committee, Prize Distribution ceremony was held on
35 Abhijit Kurmi 5 78 Sanjiv Prasad 3½
preside over the function, Mr.Dipankar Malla 15th December, 2017 at 4 pm at the ven-
36 Ravin Sarkar 5 79 Angaraag Borkakoti 3½
Baruah, Chief Advisor Organizing Committee, ue. Mr. DipakPatgiri, Secretary Incharge, All
37 Jagadish Gogoi 5 80 Jitul Kurmi 3½
MrDebasish Barua International Arbiter, chief Assam Assam Chess Association, Mr.Kamal
38 Trideep Luchan Thengal 5 81 Yuwan Das 3½
Arbiter of the tournament were present on Kumar Das, General Manager, Oil India Ltd
39 Ahiron Kaushik Saikia 5 82 Adhiraj Chetia 3
the dais, after brief welcome address, Chief ( Planing), attended the prize distribution
40 Ayush Mahanta 5 83 Antariksh Monoj Gogoi 3
Guest Mr. Pranjit Deka, ED (HR&A )Oil India ceremony.
41 Mayukh Abhigyan Das 5 84 Indira Bhorali 3
Ltd. officially announcing the tournament
42 Mrinmoy Gogoi 5
open by making move on the chess board. Final ranking
43 Rishi Vishal Gogoi 5
Thereafter first round started at 5 pm. Rk Name Pts
44 Sun Dowerah 5
Puzzle of the month
1 Trailokya Nanda 7½ by C.G.S.Narayanan
45 Tapovrata Handique 5
Total 101 players from 3 different North 2 Singh Soram Rahul 7½
46 Hiranya Kaman 4½
Eastern states, among which 50FIDE rated 3 Cheniram Pegu 7½
47 Bhargav Gogoi 4½
players, participated in the Championship. 4 Arun Som 7
48 Arnabjyoti Gogoi 4½
Time control was 90 minutes with 30 second 5 Santanu Borpatra Gohain 6½
49 Winee Thengal 4½
increment from move one. Tournament hall 6 Baruah Utpal 6½
50 Vivek Rajkumar 4½
was good and well illuminated and ventilated. 7 Tuhin Kashyap 6½
51 Das Pragyan Jyoti 4½
After tough fight Trailokya Nanda of Assam 8 Pranab Kumar Nath 6
52 Ekanjoli Gogoi 4½
became the Champion, Rahul Soram Singh of 9 Jadav Gogoi 6
53 Lawrence Sonowal 4½
Assam was Runner-up.Cheniram Pegu stood 10 Neelabh Jyoti Borthakur 6
54 Samanway Baruah 4½
third. All the three of them tied at 7.5 out 11 Anuj Protim Boruah 6
55 Mrinmoy Protim Konwar 4½
of 9 points. 12 Parashar Debashis 6
56 Md. Ashique 4½
13 Divyanga Spondon Baruah 6
57 Partha Sulabh Hazarika 4½
Organizers provided all players and parents 14 Dhrubajyoti Borpatra 6
58 Bhaskar Paul 4
free accommodation.Arbiter team headed by 15 Abinash P Gogoi 6
Tibar Orban
59 Rituraj Saikia 4
Mr. DebasishBarua, IA, Chief Arbiter, Mr. M 16 Ranjan Changmai 6 Comm. Die Schwalbe 1976
60 Netradeep Das 4
Arun Singh, Senior National Arbiter, Deputy 17 Jitabrata Nath 6
61 Pulin Borah 4
Chief Arbiter, Mr. DipakPatgiri, NA, conducted 18 Santosh Giri 6 Proof game in exactly 4 moves
62 Swaraj Jyoti Neog 4
the championship successfully without single 19 Rintu Brahma 5½ (Solution on page 48)
63 Kalpajit Changmai 4
appeal and dispute. 20 Melesayi Dawhuo 5½


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The CSIR-CMERI Diamond Jubilee All India FIDE Rated Tournament,Durgapur 7 FM Dutta Joydeep 6½ 50 Ruchir Sengupta 5
8 Rabindra Kumar Ojha 6½ 51 Gautam Kumar 5
Suvrajit Saha wins at Durgapur 9 Ayush Jha 6½ 52 Nihar Ranjan Banerjee 5
by Biswanath Banerjee, Chief Arbiter 10 Sanket Chakravarty 6 53 Pramit Chanda 5
11 Kaustuv Kundu 6 54 Rajat Garg 5
12 Chattarjee Laltu 6 55 Prasenjit Das 5
The CSIR-CMERI Diamond Jubilee All India a cash prize of Rs. 20,000/- along with tro- 13 Samar Chatterjee 6 56 Debanjan Sasmal 5
Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament was phy while IM Neeroj Kr. Mishra of Jharkhand 14 Arijit Mukherjee 6 57 Ashutosh Padhi 5
held at CSIR CMERI HALL at Durgapur from finished as 2nd runner up and bagged Rs. 15 Arunava Bhattacharjee 6 58 Shankhodip De 5
29th Nov-03rd Dec 2017. A total number of 15000/- in his purse. Earlier in a colourful 16 Basak Bishal 6 59 Abhirup Das 5
231 players which includes two International Opening ceremony, IM Atanu Lahir , Sec BCA 17 Goutam Das 6 60 Maloy Deb Roy 5
Master, one FIDE Master and 130 Internation- and Jt. Sec AICF delivered his speech and 18 Satya Sekhar Mitra 6 61 Pallab Bala 5
al rated players from different parts of the promised to change the Steel City Durgapur 19 Krishna Kumar Mishra 6 62 Mitra Subhanil 5
country were participated in the event which to a Chess City. The other dignitaries in the 20 Gaurav Das 5½ 63 Mouhurtik Ray 5
was spread over five days with a time control Dias were Prof. Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR 21 Basak Sajal 5½ 64 Ananya Bothra 5
of 90 minutes and 30 seconds increment from CMERI and Dr. S.N. Shome. 22 Bhattacharya N Shekhar 5½ 65 Sandip Debnath 5
move 1. Digital Chess Clocks were use in all 23 Rahul Krishna Viswanathan 5½ 66 Kapil Dev Prakash 5
the boards. Closing ceremony was held in a befitting 24 Tapan Kumar Dey 5½ 67 Sanjay Kumar Sadhukhan 5
manner. Chief guest was Prof. Harish Irani. 25 Swarnava Biswas 5½ 68 Raj Aryan 5
The total prize fund of the event was The research fellow and the scientist Dr. 26 Atreya Nandy 5½ 69 Alok Pal 5
Rs.1,50,000. The Tournament was played Himadi Ray, Dr. S.N.Shome, Dr. N.Nagaha- 27 Krish Kedia 5½ 70 Kriti Mundhra 5
under Swiss System with 8 rounds and had numaiah and IM Neeraj Kr. Mishra were the 28 Singh Ojasva 5½ 71 Shiladitya Konar 4½
Kaustuv Kundu of West Bengal as the top other dignitaries in the podium and gave 29 Bhattacharyya Soham 5½ 72 Krishnamoorthy K 4½
seed. With Round one starting on time and away the prizes to the winner. 30 Md. Shabbir Ali 5½ 73 Singh D K 4½
the players went into their business mode 31 Hemanth Kumar 5½ 74 Kumar Sankalp 4½
from the start itself in the beautiful venue, We should appreciate the CSIR CMERI Dia- 32 Janardhan Mukherjee 5½ 75 Sourath Biswas 4½
which was provided by CSIR CMREI celebra- mond Jubilee committee for their wonderful 33 Sankalan Shah 5½ 76 Asmita Das 4½
tion Committee. The tournament progressed support and also to the supporting staff 34 Agnivo Ghosh 5½ 77 Swapan Kumar Das 4½
on expected lines as seeded players regis- specially Dr. Himadri Roy who worked with 35 Alekhya Mukhopadhyay 5½ 78 Aniruddha Paul 4½
tered comfortable victories on earlier part of us for the past 7 days. A very good team of 36 Soumen Mondal 5½ 79 Meshram Aditya 4½
the event. In the eight round Suvrajit Saha arbiters along with a group of dedicated offi- 37 Soham Pal 5½ 80 Ritesh Kumar 4½
of W.B. drew with Arpan Das also from W.B. cials made the tournament successful. Finally 38 Ajit Kumar Saw 5½ 81 Dibakar Das 4½
to take the sole lead and bagged the Cham- I must thank Dr. Himadri Roy and Mr. Atanu 39 Jha R N 5½ 82 Arpan Ghosh 4½
pionship crown along with Rs. 30,000/- and Lahiri , Secretary of Bengal Chess Association 40 Anubhab Gupta 5½ 83 Anurag Banerjee 4½
a beautiful champions trophy. Previously for given me the chance to work as a Chief 41 Aryan Bandyopadhyay 5 84 Krish Srivastava 4½
Suvrajit Saha outplayed top seed Kaustuv arbiter for this wonderful tournament. 42 Pattnayak Nilsu 5 85 Saumya Srivastava 4½
Kundu in round 6 in the end game. Friendly Final ranking 43 Ritwick Pal 5 86 Shresth Mahapatra 4½
encounters and hard fought battles ensured Rk Name Pts 44 Mukherjee S.K. 5 87 Avhilash Ghosh 4½
a thrilling end to the event. Suvrajit Saha 1 IM Suvrajit Saha 7½ 45 Bhoopnath 5 88 Gajendra Kumar 4½
bagged the championship with 7.5 point. 2 2 Arpan Das 7 46 Ayan Pal 5 89 Bakrewal Vinamra 4½
players tied for the pole position with seven 3 IM Mishra Neeraj-Kumar 7 47 Ankan Saha 5 90 Rohan Nag Chowdhury 4
points. With better tie break score, Arpan Das 4 Soumma Chakraborty 6½ 48 Raja Bose 5 91 Shyam Bihari Gupta 4
of WB emerged as 1st Runner up to pocket 5 Nath Rupankar 6½ 49 Prithwi Sinha 5 92 Samrat Nandi 4
6 Sandip Dey 6½


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Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament,Visakhapatnam 37 Aravind P V S 5 80 Prasada Rao Ponnapalli 4
38 Karthik N 5 81 Ravi Krishna G 4
Balasubramaniam of Tamilnadu wins 39 Shanmukha Teja P 5 82 Upadhyayula Vamsidhar 4
by FA G Venkata Kumar , Chief Arbiter 40 B Kishan 5 83 Saketh Kumar Reddy C 4
IM Ramnathan Balasubramanyam of Tamil- kanth, NA Ch.Ramesh Arbiter. 41 Prasanth K V 5 84 Avinash Vvus 4
nadu won the Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam FIDE Final standings: 42 Sri Bhargav Ram B 5 85 Srimannarayana K S S 4
Rating Open Chess Tournament held here Rk Name Pts 43 Chintada Lakshmi Gayathri 5 86 Avaneesh Gupta D C S 4
at Davinci International School, anakapalle, 1 IM R Balasubramaniam 7½ 44 Sumaneesh Alluru 5 87 Santosh Reddy T 4
Visakhapatnam from 15th to 18th Dec 2017. 2 Sri Sai Baswanth P 7 45 Srihari Devaram 5 88 Chaandhak P 4
He tied with Sri Sai Baswanth (TEL) and 3 Nandha Kumar K 7 46 Charishma Yadav Palla 5 89 Arjun Krishnan Suresh 4
Nandhakumar K (TN), both scoring 7 points 4 Kalyani B 6½ 47 Boopathi Sairaju V 5 90 Bhavya Sri Ponnaganti 4
each from 8 rounds. Due to tie break score 5 Mushini Ajay 6½ 48 Allumalla Lokeswara Rao 5 91 Kalki Mohan Boda 4
Sri Sai Baswanth and Nandhakumar K are 6 Vijaya Kumar A.V.S. 6½ 49 Ch Gopalakrishna Rao 5 92 Uma Maheswara Rao K 4
placed second and third. 7 Chaitanya Sairam Mogili 6½ 50 Laxman Rao M 5 93 Harsha Vardhan Gedhala 4
8 Bheri Yaswanth 6½ 51 Siva Durga Rao P 5 94 Praneet Sasanapuri 4
Winner got prize money of Rs. 25,000/- 9 Mahendra Teja Mekala 6 52 Setty Premchand 5 95 Yaswant D 4
where as Runner up arun received Rs. 10 AGM Mani Bharathy 6 53 Divya Teja P 5 96 Shyamala Joyce D 4
12,000/- and 3rd placed got Rs. 8,000/- 11 Niranjan Mocharla 6 54 Chaitanya Reddy B L 5 97 Ramanaji Dhulipati 4
Total Rs. 2 Lakh distributed among 62 prize 12 Cheela Naga Sampath 6 55 Martin Luther K. 5 98 Patnana Kishore Rajan 4
winners.The event attracted 188 participants 13 Sai Kiran Y 6 56 Sattiveti Venkatesh 5 99 Veji B Sivaji 4
from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, 14 Sai Divya M 6 57 M Venkata Ruthvik 5 100 Poojitha Battula 4
and Kerala. 15 Vidya Sagar J.B.M. 6 58 Appanna Pilla 5 101 Goutham Boni 4
16 Krishna Karthik N 6 59 Venkateshwara Rao Koyya 5 102 Yamuna M 4
The event is organized by Sri Gurukul Chess 17 Pidintla Saikumar 6 60 Babu Rao R. 4½ 103 AIM Karyasheel P 4
Academy under the auspices of Andhra 18 Vijay Kumar Agarwal 6 61 Akhil B V S 4½ 104 Gagan P 4
Pradesh State Chess Association. The event 19 Sanjay Bhargav B 6 62 Dekshitha M V D S 4½ 105 Tollala Prasad 4
was inaugurated on 15th morning by Sri 20 M Tulasi Ram Kumar 6 63 Veera Raju G 4½ 106 Anisetty Lokesh Kumar 4
Devaram Srihari, Secretary-AP State Chess 21 Adireddy Arjun 6 64 Adireddy Tarun 4½ 107 Surya Charith P 4
Association and Mr. Sundaryya Director of 22 Nikhil M 5½ 65 Rushyendra Chowdary K 4½ 108 Vishwanath Kannam 4
Davinci Inernational school, Ch.Ramesh Vice 23 Kalyan Kumar K 5½ 66 Syed Tarannum 4½ 109 Seedi Jairaj 4
President of APCA,Chief Arbiter GV Kumar 24 Goutham Yasodhar B 5½ 67 Sai Nikhil Y 4½ 110 Sohan Reddy V M 4
are also Present . 25 John Christopher 5½ 68 Rama Raju V L V 4½ 111 Sadi Ram Swarup Reddy 4
26 Narasimha Raveendra G 5½ 69 Samuel Kumar 4½ 112 Syamkarni Datta Uppalapati 4
In the valedictory function B.B NagendraRao(- 27 Ramana Babu B. 5½ 70 Trinadharao S 4½ 113 Pandram Sai 4
Judge),K.P Naidu(PP), Swami Naidu(SI),Sun- 28 Varahalu S. 5½ 71 Gnana Prasoon Patnaik B 4½ 114 Tirumaleswara Rao Atyam 3½
darayya and Ramanaji(school Administra- 29 P Srinivas Reddy 5½ 72 Praval Patel 4½ 115 Prasanth Kumar K V 3½
tion), Srihari APCA Secretary,GV Kumar Chief 30 Unnikrishnan M A 5½ 73 Kundrapu Kushwanth 4½ 116 Swathi A 3½
Arbiter,Ch.Ramesh APCA vice Prsident, and 31 Theju K V 5 74 Radha Krishna Devaki 4½ 117 Palla Mohit Yadav 3½
Organizers Mallikarjun,Jyoteesh,Veerab- 32 Adirathna Kumar S 5 75 Kodela Keerthi Kanth 4½ 118 Setumadhav Yellumahanthi 3½
hadra rao are distributed trophies and cash 33 Nagaraju J 5 76 Srinivash Gopal Reddy K 4½ 119 Gopal Rao P V 3½
awards to the winners.The chief arbiter was 34 Sai Raj Gopal K 5 77 K Sri Sai Shashank Raj 4 120 Butchi Raju S V R 3½
FA Venkata Kumar G of Rajamundry (Andhra 35 Venkateswara Rao T 5 78 Bhaskara Rao Balaga 4
Pradesh) and deputy Chief Arbiter FA V.Sri- 36 Seethamraju VSai Sathvi 5 79 Varshini M 4


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Karnavati Club Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament 2017 In a colourful Closing Cerimony on 19 Dec 17 Mirashi Shantanu 6
17 Mr.Jayesh Modi, President Karnavati Club, 18 Vikramaditya Mukhija 6
Deepan Chakravarthi wins title Ahmedabad along with Mr.Bhavesh Patel, 19 IM Shyaamnikhil P 6
by IA S Biju Raj, Chief Arbiter Secretary Gujarat State Chess Associa- 20 Sarthak Patel 6
tion, Mr.Mayur Patel, Vice President GSCA, 21 Sinha Santosh Kumar 6
Karnavati Club Open FIDE Rating Chess for quick draws in round-8 and 9 against IM Mr.Niriv, Committee member & Chess Coach, 22 Badavath Anand 6
Tournament 2017 was conducted by Gujarat Ravi Teja and IM Sangma Rahul and reached Mr. Ankit Dalal, Jt.Secretary GSCA, give away23 WIM Gokhale Anupama 6
State Chess Association under the aegis of the score of 7.5 out of a possible 9. the prized to the winners. 24 Himanshu S Chhabra 6
All India Chess Federation from 15th to 19th 25 Sumit Grover 6
December 2017 at the prestigious Karnavati Second seeded IM Ravi Teja also had a good The tournament was well organised by Gu- 26 Vrandesh Parekh 6
Club (air conditioned) Ahmedabad. start. He registered four consecutive wins and jarat State Chess Association with great 27 Raj D Vyas 6
settled down for draws with Mirashi Shantanu support from Sports Authority of Gujarat, 28 Makwana Ashvin K 6
The event attracted 159 Players from 15 and Masango Spencer of Zimbabwe in round Gandhinagar, The Gujarat State Co-operative 29 Masango Spencer 5½
States and 4 Special units from India and 5and 6 and won the round 7 against the local Bank Ltd, Ahmedabad & Karnavati Club.All 30 Maulik Raval 5½
two of the players came from Bangladesh and favourite Maulik Rawal. In the round 8 he the boards are provided chess clocks before 31 Saumil Nair 5½
Zimbabwe. The event was very strong in the offered a quick draw to GM Deepan Chak- the game started for all rounds. 32 Vigneshwaran S 5½
way of quality of players, includes 1 GM, 4 IM kravarthi and the same was accepted. In the 33 Dave Kantilal 5½
& 1 WIM. Total 138 FIDE rated players took final round in an exciting game he defeated 34 Sunny Bedi 5½
part, in that 16 players are above 2000 rating Jaykundaliya and also reached 7.5 out of a On round six Mr Shantanu Nagar (FIDE 35 Aditya P Melani 5½
points. A Total of 9 rounds were played in five possible 9. 45041504) made an appeal against the de- 36 Bhaskar N S 5½
days with a time control of 90 Minutes with cision taken by Section Arbiter and later by 37 Anusha N L V 5½
additional 30 Seconds increment was given For the third seed Rahul Sangma the journey Chief Arbiter regarding and illegal move.Ap- 38 Pathak Rudra S 5½
from move No.1.Jayesh Modi, Vice –President was not so smooth. In the round 2 he faced a peal Committee was assembled (GM Deepan 39 Aswin.P.G 5½
of Gujarat State Chess Association &Chair- shocking defeat against Saumil Nair of Guja- Chakkravarthi, Hemal Tanki, Dave Kanthilal) 40 AGM Bhogal Rupesh 5½
man, Karnavati Club inaugurated the event rat when he blundered in a plus position. But and took the decision in favour of Arbiter. 41 Dave Sneh 5½
by making the customary first move over the the IM kept his nerves calm and won next 6 Final ranking 42 Aman Sharma 5½
chess board in the presence of Mr.Bhavesh games and settled with draw in final round Rk Name Pts 43 Sanjeet Manohar 5½
Patel – Secretary, GSCA other GSCA office with Deepan and also reached 7.5. 1 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J 7½ 44 Chudasama Ankit 5½
bearers and Players, their Parents. 2 IM Sangma Rahul 7½ 45 Patel Palak 5½
When the equality was resolved by tie-breaks 3 IM Ravi Teja S. 7½ 46 Makwana Virendra Sinh 5½
All clocks sprung into action mode sharply at GM Deepan Chakkravarthi J become champi- 4 Balkishan A. 7 47 Bhagyashree Patil 5
10:00 AM. The entire tournament witnessed on, IM Rahul Sangam became first runner-up 5 IM Praveen Kumar C 7 48 Anirban Basu 5
lots of ups and downs and was filled with lot and IM Ravi became the second runner-up. 6 Thanki Hemal Karsanji 7 49 Chauhan Joy 5
of drama, thrill and suspense till the end. GM 7 Likhit Chilukuri 7 50 Joshi Mihir 5
Deepan Chakkravarthi J of RSPB stated as top WIM Gokhale Anupama of Maharashtra be- 8 Anadkat Kartavya 7 51 Sharma Harsh Yogesh 5
seed and dominated against his lesser rated came the best female player. Dave Kanthilal 9 Ram S. Krishnan 6½ 52 Kapil Dadhich 5
opponents till round six and registered 6 of Rajasthan became the best Veteran; Sinha 10 Trivedi Karan R 6½ 53 Charles J 5
consecutive victories but his seamless follow Santhosh Kumar became the best Gujarat 11 Jay Kundaliya 6½ 54 Totlani Varun 5
came to a pause when he tried to confuse IM player. Rating category Anadkat Kartavya 12 Aryan Abhijeet Shah 6½ 55 Upadhyay Prince 5
Praveen Kumar C of ICF with his opening in of Gujarat, Deepak Singh of Delhi, Raj D 13 Ahmed Feroz 6½
the round seven. The International Master Vyas of Gujarat, Kanjar Kirtan Ketanbhai of 14 Deepak Singh 6½
found loopholes in Deepan’s opening and Gujarat became winners in rating category 15 Bhatt Jalpan 6½
reached to an unclear position, after that both Bellow-2000,1600 and 1400 respectively. 16 AIM Mandloi Mukesh 6½
players signed a peace treaty. He also settled


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Nipani Grand Open Fide Rapid Rating Chess Tournaments , Nipani Viswanathan Anand is World Rapid Champion
Sameeer Kathamale wins title Viswanathan “Vishy” Anand, born on
by Bharat Chougule, Chief Arbiter 11.12.1969, the Indian chess grand-
master, a former five-time World Chess
The above tournament was organized suc- playing. Also free dormitory Lodging was Champion, has rounded off the year
2017 with a World title. He is now World
cessfully By Nipani Utkarsh Foundation,Nipa- provided to players. The prize distribution
Rapid Chess Champion 2017!
ni on 10th and 11th December 2017. Total function took place jointly at the hand of
number of entries were 239 from various Businessman & main sponsor of tournament Anand became India’s first grandmaster
State of India. Mr. Popatbhai Shah & Mrs.Malatibai Shah in in 1988. He held the FIDE World Chess
presence of Pravin Shah (president) & Direc- Championship from 2000 to 2002, thus
The opening ceremony of the tournament tors of Nipani Utkarsh Foundation, Nipani. becoming first Asian to do so. He be-
took place in the presence sponsors, co-spon- came the undisputed World Champion
sors and other dignitaries. Shri.Sunil Patil Final ranking in 2007 and defended his title against
ex.Vice-President(Nipani Nagarpalika) & Rank Name Vladimir Kramnik in 2008 against Topal-
Subodh Shah (Treasurer of Janata Shikshan Pts ov in 2010 and against Boris Gelfand in
Mandal) both inaugurated the tournament. 1 IM Kathmale Sameer 8 2012.In April 2006 Anand became the
Alongside him members Mr.Pravin Shah 2 Verma Rahul 8 fourth player in history to pass the 2800 Elo mark on the FIDE rating list, after Garry Kasparov,
(President of Utkarsh Foundation),Dayanand 3 Dixit Nikhil 8 Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov. He occupied the number one position for 21 months, the
6th longest on record.
Sajannavar,Babasaheb Magdum,Shivaji Bhi- 4 Gandhi Anish 8
lugade & Aravind Bedekar graced the occa- 5 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 7
Anand was also the first recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India’s
sion with their prominent presence. 6 Patel Mudassar 7
highest sporting honour. In 2007, he was awarded India’s second highest civilian award, the
7 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 7 Padma Vibhushan, making him the first sportsperson to receive the award.
The Tournament was smoothly conducted by 8 Kulkarni Vinayak 7
the team of arbiters Shri. Bharat Chougule( 9 Himanshu Chabda 7 In October 2003, the governing body of chess, FIDE, organised a rapid time control tournament
Chief Arbiter),Shri.Deepak Vaychal (Dy Chief 10 Rao J. Malleswara 7 in Cap d’Agde and billed it as the World Rapid Chess Championship. Anand won this event ahead
Arbiter),Karan Parit ,Datta Saravade & 11 Nikam Ravindra 7 of ten of the other top twelve players in the world, beating Kramnik in the final.
Smt. Jayashri Patil (Asst. Arbiter) and team 12 Ajith M.P. 7
of volunteers from organizers. All the play- 13 Mokashi Rohit 7 FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion 2017
ers including 113 rated players played with 14 Utkarsh Lomate 7 Anand won the 2017 World Rapid Chess Champi-
sporting spirit and in discipline. The event 15 Gajanan D 7 onship in Riyadh by defeating Vladimir Fedoseev
concluded without any protests and com- 16 Sonecha Raju 7 2-0 in the final tiebreak after he, Fedoseev and
plaints. 17 Devesh Anand Naik 7 Ian Nepomniachtchi tied for first with 10.5/15
18 Kurle Raju 6½ points. He won the tournament ahead of reigning
Top seeded IM Sameer Kathamale,Mahar- 19 Bhosale Shriraj 6½ Classical World Champion Magnus Carlsen and
ashtra secured 8 points out of 9 rounds & 20 M Hemant Kumar 6½ this was his first victory in a world championship
since losing the classical championship to Carlsen
became champion of the tournament. Rahul 21 Rohan Bharat Joshi 6½
in 2013.
Varma of Maharashtra secured 8 points & 22 Aditya Savalkar 6½
stood runner up in the tournament. List of 23 Abid Ali Mujawar 6½
AICF felicitates Anand
prize winners enclosed .A prize fund of rupees 24 Kazi Nazir 6½
The All India Chess Federation felicitated World Rapid Champion and World Blitz Bronze Medal-
one lakh distributed Rs. One lac cash prizes 25 Said Mahesh 6½
ist Viswanathan Anand with Rs. 5,00,000 cash prize at M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women,
amongst the winners). 26 Yogeesh Bhat 6 Chennai on 5th January 4.00 p.m. Apart from the cash award a memento, an exquisite
All the players were provided decent hall for 27 Dasari Dattatreya Rao 6 ornamental chess set, was also presented to Anand.on the occasion.
28 Anchal Rastogi 6
Cont.on p.27 23
Earlier speaking to IANS, Bharat Singh Chauhan, Secretary of the All India Chess Federation,AICF third positions respectively intact.
said, “He is the living legend of the Indian sport.”“We believe in Anand’s ability. I was tracking
Anand at the world rapid tournament from round one. After his win against World Champion The ninth round climax was only to identify the team emerging runner up. In the final round,
Magnus Carlsen, we were confident that Anand would win the title,” the Secretary had said. the Red team from India did what others could not do – beating Russia 2.5 – 1.5, the victories
Among the dignitaries who offered felicitations to Anand were D.V.Sundar, Vice President FIDE, registered by E Arjun and Mitrabha Guha. Irrespective of the loss, Russia won the champion-
Bharat Singh Chouhan,Secretary AICF, P.R.Venketrama Raja,President AICF,IM Manuel Aaron ship with 14 match points India Green conceded half a point to Kazakhstan to collect 13 match
and Smt.Dr.Lalitha Balakrishnan, Principal, MOP College for Women.Other dignitaries present points and finished runner up.
were J..C.D.Prabhakar,former PresidentAICF, R.M.Dongre, President, Asian Zone 3.7, and Kishor Iran showed no mercy to Belarus, decimating them to a 4 – 0 defeat, to win the bronze medal.
Bandekar,Treasurer AICF. B.Murugavel, Chairman Organizing Committee, welcomed the gath-
ering and Stephen Balasamy, Secretary TNSCA proposed vote of thanks. While Russia won the Gold and 1250 Euro, India Green took the Silver and 1000 Euro. Iran took
the Bronze with 800 Euro.
World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017, Ahmedabad….
Individual board Gold for IM Nihal Sarin and IM P Iniyan
India Green wins Silver medal
Nihal Sarin’s fantastic play on the third board earned him the
Russia wins title Gold Medal on the third board for Team India Green. P Iniyan
of the Green team scored 7.5 points from 8 games and took
the Gold on the Fourth Board.

Shri DV Sundar, Vice Prsident FIDE, Shri Bharat Singh, Hon.

Secretary, All India Chess Federation and Shri Ajay Patel were
the chief guests in the closing ceremony and distributed the
medals and trophies. But the real excitement was not so much
for the clash on the first board, as much for the clash of the tournament — India vs. Iran. The
two powerhouses when it comes to talented young chess players.

GM Aryan Chopra, the only grandmaster of the tournament, was facing IM. Amin Tabatabaei,
rated 2573, the highest rated player in the tournament. The Iranian was clearly holding a
great position and he eventually converted his chance to a win.Orimi Mahdi Gholami was
clearly better against IM P. Iniyan, rated 2452. Iniyan was very close to losing the game but
in the very end, under time pressure, the Iranian player committed a double blunder and
India Green- Kazhaksthan:final round Iniyan got a checkmating net around Orimi’s King. India had equalized!
India added one more feather to its cap by organising the World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017
organised by Gujarat State Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess Federation and FIDE IM Alireza Firouzja, rated 2526, is clearly one of the few ‘chosen ones’ in today’s chess world.
at Karnavati Club, Ahmedabad from 10th to 18th December 2017. This is clearly the biggest He is a super talent of his own right, and the greatest hope for Iran in its chess history. He
chess event of India for the year 2017. The prestigious and mega event attracted 30 teams from was facing the Indian super-talent IM Praggnanandhaa R.The game remained equal for a very
25 (including Uganda, which did not turn up at the last minute) countries from all continents – long time before Praggnanandhaa went under time pressure and began to lose the thread.
three from India, two from South Africa, two from Kenya, two from Nepal and other federations Eventually, the pressure was just too much for the Indian youngster and Firouzja won. Iran
fielding one team each. The nine round Swiss team event had 9 rounds, with a time control of had pulled ahead yet again.
90 minutes to each player, with an increment of 30 seconds per move.
Nihal was playing black against IM Aryan Gholami, rated 2479.Aryan had the white pieces
Over the years, this tournament has jumped leaps and bounds in quality, with one GM, 14 IMs, and played the London System and Nihal went to a setup he knew to be all right for Black.
4 WIMs, 29 FMs and 7 WFMs, providing ample opportunities for IM and WIM norm seekers. The It was equal position for a long time when towards the end, Aryan went for ambitious play.
strongest ever team in Youth chess Olympiad was fielded by India in the name of India Green Nihal grabbed his chance with both the hands and counterattacked with all his powers and a
which had an average rating of 2503. Russia were assured of the title at the end of the eighth dose of luck.Fortunately for India Green, Nihal was ahead by a tempo in his counter and Aryan
round with one round to spare, when they outsmarted Armenia 3 – 1 to continue the relentless was forced to resign.
march. India Green and Iran also had victories with identical results to keep their second and
24 25
Cont.from p.22
India’s second team, India Red, had FM Rajdeep Sarkar, rated 2406, on the top table. India Red 29 Devasthali Madhav 6 72 Sairaj Dilip Vernekar 5
was facing Israel. Rajdeep, unfortunately, lost to Israel’s top seed FMBronstein,rated2335.But 30 Patil Abhishek 6 73 Savalkar Mayuri 5
the rest of India Red team did well…S. Jayakumaar, rated 2254, beat FM Nisim Iliaguev, rated 31 Kulkarni Prakash 6 74 Sawant Siddhant 5
2294. FM Arjun Erigaisi, rated 2359, also defeated FM Dan Poleg, rated 2268. FM Mitrabha Guha, 32 Ritesh Dharmatti 6 75 Tilak Aditya 5
rated 2315, won a nice game against Alexander Zlatin, rated 2227. 33 Bachikar Girish 6 76 Muchandikar Shrikant 5
34 Samangadkar Rahul 6 77 Neha Vinayak Mulye 5
For Team Russia, after bulldozing through the previous five rounds, the defending champion
35 Bhosale Shruti 6 78 Kulkarni Anandrao 5
Iran was the final serious challenge. Except for the fourth board, second seed Iran was clearly
36 Shreyash, A Kulkarni 6 79 Bondale Shrirang 5
higher rated than third seed Russia. The sixth round was to decide if Russia coasts to the Gold
37 Walvekar Praveen 6 80 Magdum Anand 5
medal, or would Iran blow the competition open.India Green defeated the Reds 3.5-0.5.
38 Jamsandekar Sujal 6 81 Dhembre Dinesh 5
In round 7 it was another match of demolition for Russia.This time the victim was Team Turkey. 39 Hanagandi Mayur 6 82 Vaibhav Barahate 5
While the first board saw a quick draw between IM Sergei Lobanov and FM Deniz Ozen. On the 40 Sawardekar Pravin 6 83 Ambi Satyam 5
fourth board, too, there was a not so special draw. On the second and the third board, FM Artur 41 Joshi Sumeet 6 84 Rasal Santosh 5
Gaifullin and FM Timur Fukhritdinov came out victorious.The second table saw India Green beat 42 Pratik Sunil Shaha 6 85 Gaonkar Vedant 5
Belarus 3-1. 43 Chindake Harikrushan 6 86 Devashish Pore 5
44 Mulla Nihalahamad 6 87 Patil Vishwas 5
Aravindh Chithambaram wins Sunway Sitges 2017 45 Mane Kumar 6 88 Shajannavar Sanyukta 5
GM Aravindh Chithambaram yet again showed his supremacy by winning the Sunway Sitges In- 46 Abhay V Nadgouda 6 89 Vaidya Dhiraj 5
ternational chess Festival 2017 and received 47 Aryan Shamrao Raikar 6 90 Mahabal Vallabh 5
a trophy and a cash prize of 5000 euros. 48 Magdum Darshan 6 91 Krishna Murthy 5
The tournament was not an easy cake for 49 Mulay Girish 6 92 Bhuvansingh S J 5
Aravindh to slice. With the 26 GMs and 35 50 Patil Harshal U 6 93 Deshpande Manish 5
IMs it was a very strong event. For Aravindh 51 AIM Samarth J Rao 5½ 94 Deodhar Mudit 5
the year has ended on a high. He very nearly 52 Prabhu Trupti 5½ 95 Koparde Omkar Sanjay 5
won the National Premier, secured a bronze
53 Kavlekar Sanjay R. 5½ 96 Patil Pradip B. 5
at the World Junior and now clinched the
54 Malpani Jayesh 5½ 97 Jagushte Aryan 5
gold at this super strong open event. What's
more the boy will be 2600 on the published 55 Pednekar Ayush 5½ 98 Harane Rajesh 5
rating list on 1st of January! 56 Barde Om 5½ 99 Deshmukh Vikrant 5
57 Bachalkar Sadanand 5½ 100 Daniel Solomon Vs 5
It all hinged on the final round encounter 58 Apoorv Kamble 5½ 101 Patole Bharat 5
between Aravindh who had the white piec- 59 Joshi Sumit 5½ 102 Bartakke Ritesh 5
es and Zdenko Kozul. Last rounds have not 60 Pednekar Balkrishna 5½ 103 Borkar Shravani 5
been Aravindh's forte in the past. But the 61 Repal Santosh 5½ 104 Sabhahit Vighneshwar 5
youngster from Chennai is fast improving. 62 Patil Sarang 5½ 105 Chindak Yash 5
After his last round debacle against Debashis Das at the National Premier 2017, he came back 63 Naik B S 5½ 106 Patil D R 5
strongly to win against Xu Xinagyu and clinch the bronze. At the Sunway Chess Festival, this is 64 Kulkarni Ashok 5½ 107 Bhosale Aditya 5
how things looked at the start of the final round: 65 Shivashankar Bolajadar 5½ 108 Vaidya Sushant 5
66 Bhonsale Gayatri H 5½ 109 Kadam Adarsh 4½
There was a pack of hungry ten players on six points waiting to pounce on Aravindh and Kozul
67 Baligar Dr Vishwanath 5½ 110 Alatekar Aditya 4½
in case they made a draw. However, the Chennai lad was not going to have any of these compli-
cations. He played a fine game of chess, sacrificed a rook towards the end and checkmated the 68 Tankasale Pranav 5½ 111 Gogate Yash 4½
black king! With it, he was able to take the sole first spot at the Sunway Sitges Chess Festival 69 Patil Pranav Prafulla 5 112 Yogaraj Vivek Mahale 4½
2017. 70 Mudhale Prajwal 5 113 Lad Pratik 4½
71 Prajwal M Joshi 5 114 Jawale Chandrakant 4½

1st Shree Narayana Guru Trophy National FIDE Rated Rapid Tournament,Udupi - Ammembala Industrialist, H B Siddharaju 32 Govardhana C 6.5
Bangalore, K Srinivas Poojary President Kala- 33 Poornesh C Mogaveera 6.5
IM Viani Antonio Dcunha clinches title bhimani Sangha Kapu, Babu J Poojary Secre- 34 Deepak Pai 6.5
by IA Vasanth BH , Chief Arbiter tary Udupi District Chess Association, Arvind 35 Pannaga Y S 6.5
Shastry Secretary United Karnataka Chess 36 Sathvik Kumar Bhat 6.5
Association, Leeladhar Shetty Kapu Social 37 Nandan N Prabhu 6.5
1st Shree Narayana Guru Trophy National Rs.2 lakhs. A total of 158trophies were given Worker, , Sudheer Beedu Udupi, Umanath- 38 Pranav M 6.5
Open FIDE Rated Rapid Chess Tournament- for the U-7, U-9, U-11, U-13 & U-15 (boys & Kapu Tournament coordinator, Rathnakar 39 Nachiketh Adiga 6
2017 jointly organized by Kalabhimani girls) sections. Cash prize and Trophy were Shetty Bhramavar 40 Ravi Prasad S N 6
Sangha ® Kaup and Vidyaniketan Group given to the Best Veteran (Above 60 years). 41 Sakshath U K 6
of Institutions, Kaup under the aegis of the Tournament was conducted in spacious area. Final Ranking: 42 Prashanth N 6
United Karnataka Chess Association and Breakfast, Coffee Tea with Biscuits and lunch Rk. Name Pts. 43 Deepthi Lakshmi K 6
Udupi District Chess Association on 9th and was provide for all the players and accompa- 1 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 8.5 44 Sheron Vishwas 6
10th December 2017 at Vidyaniketan Group nying persons on both days. 2 Gahan M G 8 45 Ajay Krishna D 6
of Institutions Kaup, NH 66,Udupi District, 3 Syed Anwar Shazuli 8 46 Swathi Bhat 6
Karnataka IM Viani Antonio Dcunha of Airport Authority 4 Augustin A 8 47 Suresh Ganapati Kattige 6
of India drew with Arvind Shastry on topboard 5 Arvind Shastry 7.5 48 Nihal N Shetty 6
The tournament was inaugurated by Mr in the final round and clinched title with eight 6 WCM Isha Sharma 7.5 49 Shirish Jayaprakash 6
Suresh Shetty Gurme, Industrilist by lighting and half points from nine rounds. The winner 7 Ram S. Krishnan 7.5 50 Vinutha M Devadiga 6
the lamp and moving a pawn in the chess took home a cash prize of Rs.30,000/- and a 8 AIM Abhijit Chutia 7.5 51 Sharath 6
board with WCM Isha Sharma, a prominent trophy. Gahan MG (KAR), Syed Anwar Sha- 9 Praveen Kamath 7.5 52 Vindya Sridhar 6
player of the region. MrUmanathKapu, Tour- zuli (ICF) and Augustin A (KAR) tied up for 10 Sharan Rao 7 53 ACM Iyer Arvind 6
nament Co-ordinator, MrV K Udyavar, CAO second place with 8 points each, but based 11 Andria L D`souza 7 54 Prajwal Pradeep Poojari 6
Vidyaniketan Group of Institution Kapu, MrK on their better tie-break scores secured they 12 Bhat Narayan K 7 55 Aashuthosh S Sharma 6
P Acharya, Chairman Vidyaniketan Group of were placed from second to fourth places. 13 Yashas D. 7 56 Vishruth Sham 6
Institution Kapu, MrArvind Shastry, Secre- The winners from 2nd place to 4th place took 14 Varma Shabdhik 7 57 Manish G Shriyan 6
tary UKCA , Dr. Rajgopal Shenoy, President home a cash prize of 20,000/-, 10,000/- and 15 Prashanth J Naik 7 58 Aditya Menon 6
Udupi District Chess Association, MrKishore 8,000/- /- along with a trophy. 16 Sudarshan Bhat 7 59 Narayan Lamani 6
Alva Executive Director Adani UPCL, Dr. 17 Shrishanth S Rao 7 60 Chinmay S Bhat 6
Kailash Poojary, ENT Specialist KMC Manipal, There were five cash prizes for each rating 18 Prajwal K M 7 61 WCM Shriyana S Mallya 6
MrSrinivas Poojary President Kalabhimani categories of 1600-1799, 1400-1599, 1200- 19 Rajesh K 7 62 ShriKrishna K S 6
Sangha Kapuwere present on the occasion. 1399, 1000-1199 and unrated categodry. 20 Devi Das Suresh Pai 7 63 Jagrut Anand Devadiga 6
Trophies for the first ten places were given 21 Hermon Dain Saldanha 7 64 Hariharan Subramony 6
318 players from different states namely for U-15, U-13, U-11, U-9, U-7 (boys & girls). 22 Chirag Mudraje 7 65 Khushi M Hombal 6
Karnataka, Goa, AndhraPradesh, Tamil Nadu, Accommodation were provided to the officials 23 Niranjan Rajeev 7 66 Suhenaa Suma Darshan 6
Kerala, Delhi Maharashtra took part in the and the IM's by the organisers. Food was 24 Manvith K 7 67 Sharath Kumar D T 6
tournament.IM Viani Antonio Dcunha (Airport made available at the venue with a food stall 25 Panchami Shenoy K 7 68 Prajwal P 6
Authorityof India 2334) was top-seed and with reduced rates. 26 Prasanth K V 6.5 69 Dinesh Rajachar 6
followed by Gahan MG (KAR-2310), Ram S 27 Athul Shetty 6.5 70 Yogeesh Bhat 6
Krishnan (TN-2284), Arvind Shastry (KAR- The prizes to the winners were given away by 28 AGM Harish Kumar 6.5 71 Anush B shetty 6
2250),Syed Anwar Shazuli (ICF – 2183) K P Acharya Chairman Vidyaniketan Group 29 Aravinda B R 6.5 72 Sathwik Prabhu 6
of Institution Kapu, Muttu Kumar Proprietor 30 Prabhakaran K 6.5 73 Dhruva P 6
The tournament carried a total cash fund of Sri Maruthi Bakers Bangalore, Harish Poojary 31 Siddhanth Prabhu M 6.5 74 Abhilash 6


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SPIC 1st All India FIDE Rated Chess Tournament(below1600),Thoothukudi 47 Krishna Kumar N 6 90 Mohammed Ibrahim 5
48 Rakshitha P 6 91 Sri Saran S 5
Bala Ganeshan wins SPIC FIDE rated 49 Sanjay Sreekandan 6 92 Nellaiappan V 5
by Dharmaraj P,Chief Arbiter 50 Ahalya A 6 93 Suresh Kumar Ashok 5
51 Rajesh L S 6 94 Naresh Krishna S 5
52 Kasi V 6 95 Nagarajan P 5
1st Spic All India Fide rated chess tourna- 9 Sathya Naarayanan S 7
53 Daakshin Arun 6 96 Karthi Ganes M 5
ment(below 1600) was organized by SPIC 10 Gopinath P 7
54 Manuel Inbam 6 97 Divin S V 5
Nagar multi Activity Club on behalf of TDCA 11 Vishnu Ram M 7
55 Karuppasamy C 5½ 98 Jai Priya K 5
at Silver Jubilee Hall, Thoothukudi from 02nd 12 Mithesh M 7
56 Alfien Jessurun 5½ 99 Chendor Varshan P A 5
Dec to 04th Dec 2017. About 267 players par- 13 Satheesh M 7
57 Prawin K 5½ 100 Adityan Kumar 5
ticipated in the tournament. The tournament 14 Sumesh Kabeer 7
58 Palanikumar V 5½ 101 Abishek Ashish Gnanadev 5
was conducted as a 9 rounds Swiss system. 15 Aravind Matthews A C T 6½
59 Achuthan K 5½ 102 Jayakrishna H 5
The top seeds of the below rated tourna- 16 Gowrichander U 6½
60 Sreenivasan N 5½ 103 Dawood.K 5
ment was M. Mithesh (1574) of Tamilnadu, 17 JaiKavin Senthilkumar 6½
61 Sundaralingam A 5½ 104 Pandian R S 5
R.K.Sabarish(1573) of Tamilnadu and S. 18 Rutherford S 6½
62 Meikkum Pugal A 5½ 105 Akash Sundar S 5
Sathyanarayanan (1570) of Tamilnadu. The 19 Radhakrishnan.K.S 6½
63 Ramesh V 5½ 106 Murugesa Pandian P 5
tournament had a grand Inauguration with 20 Koushik Muthesh P 6½
64 Arumugam V 5½ 107 Danish Roy Vinoth Kumar 5
the chief guest Mr. S. P. Sethuraman, Grand 21 Sabarish R K 6½
65 Siddhesvarajith P S 5½ 108 Karthikeyan Panchapakesan 5
Master. He also interacted with the players. 22 Guru Sabari Thirumalai 6½
66 Akshaya R.S. 5½ 109 Sivakumaran V 5
23 Arvind Rajamanohar 6½
67 Jacob Ragland A 5½ 110 Ilakiyan M Xavier Jeen 5
After several well fought games Bala Gane- 24 Sailesh R 6½
68 Subhransu Sekhar Dash 5½ 111 James Edison P 5
shan of Kerala won the tournament title with 25 Ram Kumar R 6
69 Ashok Jayaraman 5½ 112 Harini Shanmugavel 5
8 points out of 9 rounds with better tiebreak 26 Gowtham S G 6
70 Muthuraman Kesavamoorthy 5½ 113 Sriram K 5
than Senthil Kumar Natarajan of Tamilnadu. 27 Prasanth K V 6
71 Krishnasamy Palanivel 5 114 Binu Sebastian 4½
28 Dharshan Venkatachalam 6
72 Karthikeyan S 5 115 Livingston Solomon 4½
Mr. Parthiban, Associate Director, HWP Board, 29 Antony Simethy 6
73 Ramachandran Narayanan 5 116 Dhayanidhi R S 4½
was the Chief Guest for the Valedictory 30 Sai Kiran G V 6
74 Sikkandar Alikhan Abbas Ali 5 117 Sriman Prabhu M K 4½
Function presided by Mr. E. Balu, of Spic 31 Sakthi Subash A S 6
75 Magdalene Roy R 5 118 Senthil Kumar V 4½
Plant Head, Mr. N. R. Ravichandran of Spic, 32 Karthikeyan G 6
76 Hari Sankar V 5 119 Surya Sathiaguru 4½
GM-Projects, Mr. Nema of HWP GM, Mr. A. 33 Pragatheesh Muthukumaran 6
77 Harish G 5 120 Krishna Prasad N 4½
L. Subramanian of TDCA and many others 34 Vigneshwaran K 6
78 Dhivesh Athithya S 5 121 Nabeel M Abubackar 4½
participated in the function 35 Pragadesh P 6
79 Suresh C 5 122 Shashindhar Kumar R 4½
36 Sathish Kumar K 6
80 Darshan Sasthaa M 5 123 Veer Vikas Sethia 4½
Final ranking: 37 Rathish R 6
81 Moses Nishanth D 5 124 Nanthini M 4½
Rk Name Pts 38 Vengatesh Krishnan C 6
82 Renganayaki V 5 125 Sangeth Nivaas S 4½
1 Bala Ganeshan 8 39 Chinnadurai S. 6
83 Devin S V 5 126 Kanish Kumar R 4½
2 Senthil Kumar Natarajan 8 40 Prem Kumar Esakki Muthu 6
84 Moorthy T 5 127 Dhivakar M 4½
3 Prasath K R 7½ 41 Kaviyarasan T 6
85 Pon Perumal S 5 128 Raja Gopal P 4½
4 Bala Murugan G 7½ 42 Unnikrishnan Sasthamkunnel 6
86 Sivasri S 5 129 Alexander P 4½
5 Sham R 7 43 Anirudh V Ramesh Kumar 6
87 Gnana Sakthivel A 5 130 Harris M K 4½
6 Vinoth Kumar M 7 44 Gokulanathan S 6
88 Guruvignesh V 5 131 Saravana Kumar 4½
7 Neha Srinibash D 7 45 Harish Kumar N 6
89 Vedhanayaki K 5 132 Kaushik S 4½
8 Shanmugasundaram G. 7 46 Varunsatyaa Parthasarathy 6


30 31
2nd All India Fide Rating Below 1500 Chess Tournament, Secunderabad 36 Vijayendrakumar D N 6½ 79 Thirupatha Chary Pusala 6
37 Kanthi Kiran Katarapu 6½ 80 Rakesh B 6
Aragonda Mohan of Telangana wins 38 Baleboina Bhanu Mahesh 6½ 81 Chopda Krrish 6
by FA S Subba Raju , Chief Arbiter 39 Golap Das 6½ 82 Praveen P S 6
40 Sreenandan Babu J 6½ 83 Sai Janani Pothula 6
Aragonda Mohan of Telangana won the 2nd Tejavath Naresh, NA Sampath Bollam, NA K 41 Akavaram Aashish Reddy 6½ 84 Aarfeen Himany 6
All India Fide Rating Below 1500 Chess Tour- Siva Prasad. 42 Avinash Vvus 6½ 85 Sravan Kumar Narasipuram 6
nament held here at Arya Vysya Abhudaya Final ranking 43 Phani Krishna C H 6½ 86 Karthikeya Sambhangi 6
Sangam, Secunderabad from 1st to 3rd Dec Rk Name Pts
44 Mohan Sapa 6½ 87 Kolhe Shruti 6
2017. He tied with Hemanth Sankar Reddy 1 Aragonda Mohan 8
45 Mir Maahir Ali 6½ 88 Shaurya Deep 6
(AP) ana K Gopichand (Telangana) , all scor- 2 Hemanth Sankar Reddy Du 8
46 Durga Prasad G 6½ 89 Kalishekar Ponnada 6
ing 8 points each from 9 rounds. Due to tie 3 Gopichand K 8
47 Marri Prakash 6½ 90 Pranay Reddy B 6
break score Hemanth and Gopichand are 4 Veera Phani Sai Teja K 7½
48 Vamsi Krishna A 6 91 Dhanush Reddy A 6
placed 2nd and 3rd . 5 Srikanth Myakala 7½
49 Shivakumar D M 6 92 Chetan Rao D 6
6 Ch. Narayana Rao 7½
50 Madhukant Bharti 6 93 Prathamesh Pilkhane S 6
Winner got prize money of Rs. 40,000/- 7 Bir Kumar 7½
51 Srinivas Bangarapu 6 94 Nagalakshmi R 5½
where as Runner up arun received Rs. 8 Satheesh Kumar G 7½
52 Sangappa S Kuntoji 6 95 Thakkar Aniket 5½
30,000/- and 3rd placed got Rs. 20,000/- 9 Nagasri Saikanth 7
53 Shankar Kopparthy 6 96 Dhumal Amit 5½
Total Rs. 3 Lakh distributed among 40 prize 10 Deshpande Omkar 7
54 Raghuvarun Reddy K 6 97 Sarath M 5½
winners.The event attracted 472 participants 11 Prateek Atluri 7
55 Aniket Mukherjee 6 98 Abdul Nabi 5½
from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, 12 Rushyendra Chowdary K 7
56 Ravindranath A 6 99 Pasula Pradeep Kumar 5½
Chattisgarh,Goa, Haryana,Jharkhand, Maha- 13 Anil M 7
57 Kagde Shushrut 6 100 Raghu Ram Reddy Seelam 5½
rashtra,Madhya Pradesh,Orissa, Tamilnadu, 14 Jayanth R 7
58 Rajinesh Chintala 6 101 Mallesh Beerla 5½
Kerala, Karnataka. 15 Ruhaan Mahindru 7
59 Avinash Kumar Yadav 6 102 Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni 5½
16 Prabhav Aggarwal 7
60 Goguloth Malsur 6 103 Manojan Ravi 5½
The event is Organized by South Mumbai 17 Mahendar B 7
61 Divya Teja P 6 104 Prudvi Raj Pasala 5½
Chess Academy under the auspices of Telan- 18 Suresh Bondalapati 7
62 Raja Sree Virinchi Vadali 6 105 Satyanarayana Raju D S 5½
gana State Chess Association. The event was 19 Sameer C 7
63 Sai Hrushikesh Simhdri 6 106 Karyasheel P 5½
inaugurated by Sri K S Prasad, Secretary-Tel- 20 Srihari Devaram 7
64 Madhu Sudhan Chary Kolloju 6 107 Sameer Kumar U 5½
angana State Chess Association. Sri Devaram 21 Suryanarayana Y N 7
65 Suhaas A 6 108 Yashodarshan Kalmanoor 5½
Srihari, Secretary-AP State Chess Association 22 Baligar Dr Vishwanath 7
66 Rishi Kumar Pandey 6 109 Mohan Rao Maddala 5½
and Mr. Surya of SMCA also present. 23 Md Bashiq Imrose 7
67 Pavan Kumar Posa 6 110 Sudhir Vanarase 5½
24 Praneeth R 7
68 Dharmik Banka 6 111 Thakur Chaitanya 5½
In the valedictory function Major K A Shiva 25 Sarvade Mihiir 7
69 Sudheer S B 6 112 Janaki Devi M 5½
Prasad, Vice President –TSCA, Sri K Siva 26 Purushotham Reddy C 7
70 Gawde Prathmesh 6 113 Singh Arun Kumar 5½
Prasad, Secretary-TSCA,Sri G Balaji, SMCA, 27 Sri Santhosh D 6½
71 Sankarshana Goli 6 114 Sanketh Reddi K R K K 5½
Malladi Srikanth Sarma, Organizer distributed 28 Srinivasarao Kadiyala 6½
72 Guttula Sai 6 115 Teja Peteti 5½
trophies and cash awards to the winners. 29 Upendra Punnana 6½
73 Newton Sathyavety 6 116 Varshith Nela 5½
30 Shejal Sahil Sanjay 6½
74 Sreeram Maheswar 6 117 Rahul Gupta H P 5½
The chief arbiter is FA S Subba Raju, of 31 Sagar Ch 6½
75 Gowtham Dharma K 6 118 Sai Prakash T 5½
Hyderabad, the deputy chief arbiter is FA G 32 Aman Kumar 6½
76 Sahu Deepak 6 119 Adithya Krishna Sai Ch 5½
V Kumar of Rajamundry (Andhra Pradesh) 33 Pranav Aggarwal 6½
77 Robinson M G 6 120 Ramachandran. V 5½
and deputies are IA J N Padmarao, FA Vi- 34 Umesh Konduru 6½
78 Raghuraman V 6
jaykumar Agarwal, NA G Navya Krisna, NA 35 Manoj E T 6½


32 33
Vardhaman Cup Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament, Hyderabad…. 31 Basant N 5½ 74 B Kishan 4
32 AGM Sa Kannan 5½ 75 Goutham Yasodhar B 4
B Sekar is Champion 33 AIM Pati Spandan 5½ 76 Rishi Kumar Pandey 4
by Promodraj Moree,Chief Arbiter 34 M Tulasi Ram Kumar 5½ 77 Seethamraju Venkata Sai 4
35 S Srinivas Eistein Reddy 5½ 78 Jagan Mohan Rao K 4
Chess Mine and Vardhaman College of Engi- S Prasad, Hon. Secretary, TSCA, Major
36 Md Ismail Khadar 5½ 79 Pasula Pradeep Kumar 4
neering organized the Vardhaman Cup Open Shivaprasad, Vice President, TSCA, Dr Sai
37 Divyan T 5½ 80 Rachita Sabbathi 4
Fide Rating Chess Tournament from 5th to 9th Satyanarayan Reddy, Principal Vardhaman
38 Nikhil M 5 81 Rathi Nitish 4
of December 2017. The college and Venue is Engineering college and Likhit Chuilukuri Co
39 AIM Mohammed Shamil A 5 82 Raghu Ram Reddy S 4
located on Shamshabad Road , Hyderabad. -Founder, ChessMine, they distributed the
40 Subhash Kumar M 5 83 Sriram Devulapalli 4
This is the 1st Rating Tournament conducted prizes to the winners.
41 Sameer Kumar Y 5 84 Trinadharao S 4
at Vardhaman college. The event attracted
42 Shiek Fayaz 5 85 ACM Mir Maahir Ali 4
128 players from all over India, including Final ranking
43 Jadi Kishan 5 86 Nikunj Buddhawar 4
major states like Andrapradesh, Maharastra, Rk Name Pts
44 Sannidhanam Anurag 5 87 Naga Laxmi Seelam 4
Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka, Orissa, Uttar 1 Sekar B 7½
45 Rohith Yadav B R 5 88 AFM Amit Braganza 3½
Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Pondichery, Bihar and 2 Lokesh N. 7
46 Sreekar J S S 5 89 AFM Advaita Sharma K 3½
one player from Zimbabwe. Top seed of the 3 FM Ramakrishna J. 7
47 Suhaib Ahmad 5 90 Bharathakoti Sneha 3½
event was Sekar B (2274) of Tamil Nadu. The 4 Masango Spencer 7
48 Nanditha V 5 91 AFM Sankarshana Goli 3½
Prize money of the tournament was 6 lakh, 5 Likhit Chilukuri 7
49 Hemanth Sankar Reddy 5 92 Munna Das Bairagi 3½
with 60000 for the 1st Prize. 6 Bharat Kumar Reddy P 6½
50 Bipin Raj S 5 93 Saipriya K 3½
7 Sibi Visal R 6½
51 Akira Sowmyanatha Reddy 5 94 Rajinikanth G 3½
The Inaguration took place on 5th December 8 Mushini Ajay 6½
52 Vidya Sagar J.B.M. 5 95 AIM Karyasheel P 3½
at 12 noon the dignitaries present on the 9 Balkishan A. 6½
53 Sambamurti P 5 96 Mohmad Ibrahim 3½
occasion were Dr Sai Sathyanaryana Reddy, 10 Selvabharathy T 6½
54 Sai Atchyut B 5 97 Tootia Purna Sai Kumar 3½
Principal of Vardhman Engineering College, 11 Singh S. Vikramjit 6½
55 Rama Mohan Rao N 5 98 Karunya Shesha Sai Y 3½
Mr K S Prasad, Hon. Secretary (Telangana 12 WCM Jyothsna L 6½
56 Harini Narahari 5 99 Srivatsa Ananth K 3½
State Chess Association), Likhit Chilukuri and 13 Senthil Maran K 6
57 Prerak Darvekar 5 100 Sreenandan Babu J 3½
Priyadarshan Banjan both co- Founders of 14 Krishna Karthik N 6
58 Rithvik Raja M 4½ 101 Avinash Kumar Yadav 3
ChessMine. 15 Duvvala Suresh 6
59 Saketh Kumar Reddy C 4½ 102 Ramakrishna Reddy M 3
16 Manigandan S S 6
60 Narasimha Raveendra G 4½ 103 Navya Krishna G 3
Sekar B of Tamil Nadu secured the first prize 17 Srinivasa Rao G.V. 6
61 Goguloth Malsur 4½ 104 Sai Sricharitha Varenya 3
by winning 6 games and drawing 3 games 18 Karthik Sai Ch 6
62 Md Bashiq Imrose 4½ 105 Durganath Chakravarthy 3
out of 9 rounds. Before the final round Sekar 19 Abhirami Madabushi 6
63 Unnikrishnan M A 4½ 106 Yaswant D 3
B was in lead with 7.5 points, he drew his 20 Aswin.P.G 6
64 AIM Kandi Ravi 4½ 107 Sri Krishna Praneeth K 3
game with Lokesh N of Tamil Nadu to secure 21 Sri Sai Baswanth P 6
65 Shwethang K 4½ 108 Dhana R Ch Johnson 2½
the 1st prize and secured prize money of Rs 22 Shanmukha Teja P 6
66 WCM Chinnam Vyshnavi 4½ 109 Prudvi Raj Pasala 2½
60000 with a glittering trophy. 23 Konatham Snehil 6
67 Subramanian T.V. 4½ 110 Harsha Vardhan Gedhala 2½
24 Samal Aditya Ranjan 5½
68 Priyanka Bhatt 4½ 111 Kodanda Ramam P 2½
The Prize distribution function took place at 25 Chilukuri Sai Varshith 5½
69 Ashmita Reddy N 4½ 112 Bhillva Nilaya K E K 2½
2.30pm on 9th December 2017. Dignitaries 26 Badrinath S. 5½
70 Gagan P 4½ 113 Bellala Krishna Vamsi 2½
present on the occasion were T Vijendar 27 Ruban Sanjay M 5½
71 Charles J 4 114 A Kovidh Kushal Reddy 2½
Reddy, Chairman, Mr T Upendar Reddy, 28 Subba Raju S. 5½
72 Sathishkumar L 4 115 Krishna Varkala 2½
Secretary, Mr E Prabhakar Reddy, Tresurer 29 Saypuri Srithan 5½
73 Aman Kumar 4 116 Mishra Anjali 2½
of Vardhaman Engineering College, Mr K 30 Sai Kiran Y 5½


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Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron
Selected games fro National winning back the exchange as well as ....
Qxa4. 23.Ra1 a5 24.Rd2 Kh8 25.Kh1 Qe7
11.a3 [11.c5!=] 11...Nc6 12.c5 Ne4 13.Be3!?
[It was too early to decide where this bish-
Women Premier, Surat 2017 26.f4? [This allows white good counter-play op ought to be posted. Better seems to be
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron which is not availed of! Better was: 26.h3 13.Re1 ] 13...a6 14.Rc1 f5 15.Nxe4? Again
Soumya,Swaminathan (2320) - Kulkarni Rc8 27.Rad1 Qe8 28.Bb7 Rb8 29.Kh2=] 15 Re1= 15...dxe4 16.Ne5 [This leads to an
Bhakti (2311) [E04] 26...Bd6? isolated pawn on e5 for white and becomes
ultimately the root cause of her defeat. If
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.g3 dxc4 5.Bg2 16.Ne1 Bf6 17.Nc2 Qd7 18.Qd2 Rad8 and
a6 6.0–0 Be7 7.a4 Nc6 8.e3 [Andrew Mar- black has a slight advantage.] 16...Nxe5
tin 2345 vs G.Botterill, 5th Lloyds Bank Op, 17.dxe5 Rf8 18.f4? Diagram #
1981 went: 8.Be3 Rb8 9.Na3 Na5 10.Ne5
Nd5 11.Naxc4 Nxc4 12.Nxc4 Nxe3 13.fxe3 34...h3! 35.Bb7 [35.Bxh3?? Qe4+ 36.Kg1
0–0 14.e4 Qd7= ....35.1–0] 8...Na5! She Qxb1+ and black is winning!] 35...Nd3
is not going to part with her c4 pawn with- 36.Bd4 Ne1 37.Rbc1 [The best here was
out a struggle, making black worry. 9.Nbd2 37.Rxe1 Qxe1+ 38.Bg1 Qe6 39.Rc7 when
c5 10.dxc5 Qc7 11.b4 cxb3 12.Nxb3 Nxb3 white has a big advantage but no clear win
13.Qxb3 Bxc5= The position is approximately in sight.] 37...Qf1+ 38.Bg1 Qg2+!! [An
equal though black has an extra pawn but amazing finish to the game! After 38...Qg2+
lags in development. 14.Bb2 0–0 15.Rac1 39.Bxg2 hxg2#
Qe7 16.Rfd1 b6!? A bold decision throwing Diagram # [Black misses the best rejoinder:
open the long white diagonal and daring 26...e4! 27.Bxe4 Bg4 28.Bg2 Bxe3 29.Re1
white's Bg2 to find a refutation. 17.Ne5?! Bxd2 30.Rxe7 Bxc3 31.Bxc3 Rd8! 32.Bd4!
[This is what most of us would play, advance Kg8!³] 27.Rad1! Rc8? [This counter-attack
the knight to the centre of the board and leads to an immediate loss. Better was:
attack the rook at the same time. But white 27...Bb8 28.Ba3 Bg4 29.Rc1 Bd6 30.h3 With this move to bolster her e5 pawn,
misses: 17.Bxf6!! Qxf6 18.Nd2! Ra7 19.a5! Bh5 31.Qb3 Bf7 32.Qd1±] 28.Qxc8+! Bxc8 white misses her chance to equalise with
e5 20.Ne4 Qe6 21.Qxe6 Bxe6 22.Nxc5 bxc5 29.Rxd6 The threat of mate, wins anoth- 18.Bc4! Bxc4 19.Rxc4 Qxd1 20.Rxd1 Rad8
23.Rxc5 f6 24.Rd6± white has got back her er bishop for white. 29...h5 30.Rd8+ Kh7 21.Rxd8 Rxd8 22.e6 Re8 23.g4 g6 24.gxf5
pawn and has a vastly superior game thanks 31.Rxc8 exf4 32.exf4 Qe2 [Also, white's gxf5 25.Bf4 c6 26.Rc3=] 18...exf3 19.Bxf3
to her aggressively placed pieces controlling win is assured after: 32...Nd3 33.Bd4! Qd7 Qxd1 20.Rfxd1 c6 21.b4 Rad8 22.Rxd8 Rxd8
the board.] 17...Nd5! 18.Nc6? [Again, white 34.Rxd3 Qxc8 35.Bxb6! White's king is safe 23.Rd1 Kf7! Black uses every opportunity to
goes for the routine advance of her knight and his rook and two bishops should easily Diagram # A fairy tale finish!] 0–1 inch forward. The king plans to get to e6,
instead of the deep strategy of undermining prevail over the black queen.] 33.Rb1 h4! blockade white's e5 pawn and eventually eat
the base of the Bc5 with: 18.a5! Bb7 19.axb6 Black is losing but she makes the only move Bala Kannamma P (2058) Padmini,Rout it. 24.Kf2 Bb3 25.Rxd8 Bxd8 26.g4 Diagram
a5 20.e4 Nxb6 21.Qb5 Rfc8 22.Rxc5 Rxc5 that could fluster white and present her (2324) [C01] #
23.Qxb6 Qc7 24.Nd7²] 18...Qe8 19.Nb4= with chances of getting back into the game. [the weakness of the e5 pawn is so over-
It looks as though black is in grave danger 34.Bc3 Diagram # [Best was to nip the little 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 powering that if it is held, something else
but black is a fighter and makes a fight out terror in the bud with: 34.gxh4 Nd3 35.Bd4 Be7 6.h3 0–0 7.0–0 Re8 8.c4 Nc6N [8...c6 gives way as could be seen in the following
of this situation. 19...Nxb4 20.Bxa8 e5 With Nxf4 36.Rg1 Nxg2 37.Rxg2 Qd1+ 38.Bg1 was played in an European game in 2003 and variation: 26.Bd4 Ke6 27.g4 g6 28.Kg3 Bd5
a rook for a knight and pawn, white has a Qxa4 39.Rc7 Qe4 40.Bxb6 and white should quickly drawn in 11 moves.] 9.Nc3 Nb4! Ask- 29.gxf5+ gxf5 30.Be2 Bg5 (threat Bc1)
slight advantage. But now the black forces win.] ing the bishop whether he wants to defend 31.Bb2 Bd2 32.Bd3 a5! and white's queen-
spring to life and quickly call the tune. 21.Bg2 c4 with Be2 or hide the bishop on b1 in the side collapses.]
Be6 22.Qc3 f6 Now black threatens .. .Na7 hope of a future king-side attack. 10.Be2 Be6


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from Maharashtra. She had struggled
through the opening and early middle game
to reach this pawn-up middle-game. But
her king-side is weak with 'holes' on f3 and
h3. Watch how the former champion from
Bengal, Gomes (National Woman Champion
in 2011, 2012 and 2013!), wraps up the
game. The final sacrifice ....Qxh3+ has been
met before in tournament practice, the
most illustrious example being the classic
encounter, Averbakh vs Kotov in the 1953
26...Bh4+ 27.Kg2 g6 28.gxf5 gxf5 29.Bd4 Zurich Candidates Tournament. There Kotov
Ke6 30.Bc3 [30.Bb2 was better though black played ...Qxh3 and won after complicated, 23...Qxh3+!! After 24 Kxh3 Rh6+ 25 Kg2
is definitelhy on the back foot as the black but forced, moves. It is a classic and is Rh2# 0–1
bishops are more mobile as compared to classified as a 'King Hunt' and given as an 22...Rc7 Threat 23...Bxe4! 23.b3 axb3
white's and the black king is well posted, exercise in tactical calculations. If you have Kiran,Manisha Mohanty (2159) Soumya,Swa- 24.cxb3 Ra7= Having induced white to play
threatening the e5 pawn.] 30...Bg5! Threat not studied that so far, you must study it minathan (2320) [B67] b2-b3, the rook returns to the a-file. With
31...Bc1 winning a pawn. 31.Bb2 Bf4 The now! All classics teach us important aspects 25....Rga8 threatening a2 and the defence
pawn on e5 is lost. 32.Bh5 Bd5+ 33.Kf2 Bxe5 of chess. 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 of Rd1d2 being unavailable because of the
34.Bxe5 Kxe5 35.Ke3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0–0–0 Bd7 9.f4 black bishop on h6, white is hustled into
b5 10.Bxf6 gxf6 11.Kb1 Qb6 12.Nxc6 Bxc6 advancing his g-pawn to block out the Bh6,
13.f5 b4 14.Ne2 e5 15.Ng3 Qc5 16.Bd3 without much preparation. 25.g5 [Played
Ke7 In the blocked central position, the under the belief that attack is the best form
black king is quite safe. The strategy of of defence. However, better was 25.Qf3 Ra3
deliberately keeping the king uncastled (threat Qxc4!) 26.Qg2 Be3= with slightly
in the centre is also found in the game better chances for black.] 25...fxg5 26.f6+
quoted in the commentary to white's 20th Kd8 27.Rg1? [White pins the g5 pawn, but
move. 17.Nh5 Rg8 18.Qe2 Bh6 19.Rhe1 black gets it immediately unpinned. White
a5 20.h4N [Vujakovic 2375 vs Dahl, Porz would have better chances in the variation:
Op, 1986, went: 20.b3 a4 21.Bc4 axb3 27.Ng3 gxh4 28.Nf5 Bf8 29.Qh5? (29.Ng7
20...Nf3! 21.h3 [21.Nxf3?? exf3+ wins the
22.Bxb3 Ra3 23.g4 Bb5 24.Qf3 Bc4 25.h4 Bxg7 30.fxg7 Rxg7 31.Rc1 Qb6 32.Qf3 Ke8
Diagram # 35...Be4! 36.h4 [There is no queen.] 21...Nge5 22.Nc2 Ra6! 23.Bc3?
Bxb3 26.cxb3 Rxa2! 27.Qd3 (27.Kxa2? 33.Qf6 Rg6 34.Qxh4 h6 blacks two extra
counter left for white. If 36.Be8 (to attack b7 Diagram # [White has no inkling of the
from the rear) 36...f4+! 37.Ke2 Bg6 38.Bd7 thunder stroke prepared against her. But Qc2+ mates.) 27...Rga8 28.Qc4 Ra1+ pawns would win the endgame.) 29...Qf2!
Bf5 39.Be8 Bxh3–+] 36...f4+ 37.Kf2 Kd4 she was anyway lost for if 23.Rh1 Nxd2 29.Kc2 R8a2+ 30.Kd3 Rxd1+ 31.Rxd1 30.Re2 Bxe4+ 31.Ka1 Qxf5–+] 27...Rg6!
38.Bg4 Kc3 [38...Kc3 39.Bc8 Kb3 40.Bxb7 24.Qxd2 Nd3 and f2 falls as both white Qe3#] 20...a4 21.Bc4 Ra7 [21...Rac8 was 28.hxg5 Bxg5 29.Rg3 Rd7µ Black plans to
Kxa3 41.Bxa6 Kxb4 to be followed by ...Kxc5 rooks are busy defending their pawns, for also good for black.] 22.g4 Diagram # take her king out of harms way to b8 and
winning.] 0–1 example, if. 25.Raf1 (25.Rhf1 Rh6 26.h4 then work on her pawn advantage. 30.Rf3
White probably believed that the threat
Rxh4! 27.gxh4 Qg4+ 28.Kh2 Rf3! mates.)
of g4-g5 would crush white. It does not. Kc8 31.Rfd3 Kb8 [The f6 pawn can wait!
Pandey Srishti (1885) Gomes,Mary Ann 25...Rxa2 wins.]
Better was 22 g3. Black does not relish the built-in uncer-
White is a 16-year old, inexperienced girl tainties of a pawn-up Queen ending which
results from 31...Bxf6 32.Rc1 Qb6 33.Bxf7


38 39
Rxf7 34.Rxd6 Rc7 35.Nxf6 Bxe4+! 36.Nxe4 Diagram # 15.Nxe5!! A brilliant winning bxc4?? Re1+ 32.Rxe1 Qxf4–+] 31...Ne3
Rxc1+ 37.Kxc1 Rxd6 38.Nxd6+ Qxd6] sacrifice. 15...dxe5 16.d6 Bxd6!? [This goes 32.c3 [If 32.Qg3 Qf6 33.f4 Re4 34.c3 g6µ]
32.Qe1? according to White's scheme of things. Better 32...Nd5 33.Qh4 Diagram #
was 16...Qc6 17.dxe7 Ng6 18.Nd5! Rac8±
when black is just hanging on while white is
very likely to win.] 17.Bxd6? [The interro-
gation mark is to indicate that white miss-
es the killing move: 17.Nb5! Qc6 18.Nxd6
Red8 19.Bxf7+ Kh8 20.Rxe5+-] 17...Qc6
18.Bxe5± [So white has an extra pawn and
(Position after 43.Rh6?) an advantage, but not a win which she could
have had! Note here that if 18.Bb5?? Qxc3µ]
Swati Ghate (2277) 18...Rad8 19.Qc1 N8d7 20.Bd4 a6 21.Rxe8+
Meenakshi S (2165) [C41] Rxe8 22.Qd2 [Better was: 22.Qb2 ] 22...Ne5
Swati Ghate was the 2006 National Women's 23.Bxe5?! Rxe5 24.Ne2 Diagram #
Champion, a title that Meenakshi has never 33...Qf6 [Black elects to enter the calm of the
Diagram # [White should not let go of her f6
won. But Meenakshi is one of India's most endings rather than hair-raising chess with:
pawn without any reason. Best was to play
creative chess players as this game demon- 33...Nxc3 34.Qg4 Qf8 35.Nf5 Ne2 36.Nxh6+
32.Qf3! Bh6 33.Ng3 Kc7 34.Qf5µ] 32...Bxf6
strates. This game features two piece sacri- Kh7 37.f4 Re6 38.Rg2 Nxf4 39.Qxf4 Rxh6µ]
33.Nxf6 [33.Rf3 Bd8 34.Ng3 (34.Bxf7? allows
fices. The first, on move 15 by White, should 34.Qxf6 Nxf6 35.b4 Nd5 36.Rc1 Re3! White
the black rook to occupy his second rank with
have won the game, but didn't. And the now loses a pawn by force. 37.c4 Nxb4
deadly effect: 34...Rxf7! 35.Rxf7 Rg2!) 34...
second, on move 24 by black, which should 38.Rb1 Nc6! 39.Nxc6 bxc6 40.Rb6 Rxf3!
Bh4! 35.Bd5 Bb5 36.Rc1 Qd4 37.Rd1 Qb6–+]
not have won, but won. Such is competitive 41.Kg2 41...Rf5! Black plays the ending very
33...Rxf6 34.Bd5 Bb5–+ 35.Rg3 Rg6 36.Rc1
chess with the clocks eternally ticking away well. If now 42 Rxc6 Rxa5 winning for black.
Qd4 37.Rd1 Qb6 38.Rxg6 [Exchange of piec-
the seconds! 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 42.Rxa6 Rc5! 43.Rb6 Rxc4 44.a6 Kh7 In this
es should be avoided by white as black has
Nbd7 5.Bc4 Be7 6.0–0 0–0 7.Re1 c6 8.a4 h6 situation, it is necessary for black to keep her
two extra pawns and every exchange takes
9.h3 Re8 10.a5 Qc7 11.b3 Nf8 12.Ba3N [Kon- king off her first rank to prevent white from
black closer to victory. However after 38.Rf3
stantin Aseev 2560 vs M. Bezold 2345, Neu 24...Bxh3!? Black tries to wrest the initiative giving a check and promoting her a-pawn
Rg2 39.Rg3 Rxg3 40.Qxg3 Rc7 41.Bxf7
Isenburg Rapid Op, 1992 went: 12.d5 Ng6 out of white with this imaginative sacrifice, at the right time. 45.Rb7 f6 [45...Ra4! won
Qc6–+ black has multiple threats - Qc2+. ....
13.Be3 Bd7 14.Nd2 Nf4 15.Bxf4 exf4 16.a6 which however, has a hole in it! 25.gxh3 Ne4 comfortably.] 46.Rc7 c5 47.Kg3 Ra4 48.a7 c4
Qxe4+, etc.] 38...hxg6 39.Kb2 Qc5 40.Qd2
.... 37.1–0] 12...Be6 13.d5 cxd5 14.exd5 Bf5 26.Qf4? [This is pure defence, keeping her 49.h4 h5 50.Rxc4?! [She should have tried in
Rc7 41.Rh1 f5 Black is two pawns up on
queen close to her castled position. Better vain for a miracle with: 50.Kf4 c3+ 51.Ke3 c2
the king-side and she plays on that side to
was the aggressive defence with 26.Qd8+! 52.Kd2 Ra2 53.Kc1 Kg6–+] 50...Rxa7 51.Rc6
set herself on the road to victory. 42.Rh8+
Re8 (26...Kh7? 27.Bxf7!) 27.Qd3 Ng5 28.Nd4 Ra3+ 52.Kg2 Ra5 53.Kg3 Rf5 54.Rc7 Kh6
Rc8! 43.Rxc8+ [If 43.Rh6? Diagram # 43...
Qf6 29.Rd1 and black has little to show for 55.Rf7 Rb5 56.Kh3 Rb3+ 57.Kg2 Rb6 58.Rf8
Bd3!! a gem of a move! 44.Qxd3 (or 44.Rxg6
her knight sacrifice.] 26...Ng5! 27.Kh2 [27. g5 59.Rh8+ Kg6 60.Rg8+ Kf5 0–1
Qd4+! mates) 44...Qc1#] 43...Kxc8 44.a4
Qxe5? Nf3+ wins the queen.; stronger was
bxa3+ 45.Ka2 Bc6 46.Be6+ Bd7 47.Bf7 fxe4!
27.Nd4 Nxh3+ 28.Kh2 Nxf4 29.Nxc6 bxc6
48.Bxg6 e3! 49.Qd3
30.Bxa6±] 27...Nf3+ 28.Kh1 Nd2+ 29.f3?
Qc1! [After 49...Qc1 50.Qa6+ Kd8 51.Qa8+
[Upset by the turn of events, white allows her
Ke7 wins.] 0–1
position to go to pieces. Better was: 29.Kh2
Nxc4 30.Nd4 Qe4 31.Qxe4 Rxe4 32.Nf5
Ne5=] 29...Nxc4 30.Nd4 Qd6!³ 31.Rg1 [31.


40 41
Tactics from master games
by S.Krishnan Test your endgame
by C.G.S.Narayanan

Birnov 1947 Liburkin 1949

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

Dr.Alois Wotawa 1948 Birnov 1955

3 4
Black to play and win Black to play and win 3. 4.
Nesterescu 1952 Gerbstman1945

5. 6.
5 6
Black to play and win White to play and win White to play and win in all the six endings above
(Solution on page 47 )
(solutions on p.47)

42 43
Masters of the past-84 Isaac Kashdan
Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam FIDE Rating Open Tournament,Visakhapatnam
Isaac Kashdan (1905-1985) was an American chess grandmaster and chess
writer. He was twice U.S. Open champion (1938, 1947). He played five times
for the United States in chess Olympiads, winning a total of nine medals,
and his Olympiad record is the all-time best among American players. At
New York City 1931, Kashdan took second place with 8.5/11, behind José
Raúl Capablanca.
Kashdan was often called 'der Kleine Capablanca' (German for "The little
Capablanca") in Europe because of his ability to extract victories from seem-
ingly even positions. Alexander Alekhine named him one of the most likely
players to succeed him as World Champion. Kashdan could not, however,
engage seriously in a chess career for financial reasons; his peak chess
years coincided with the Great Depression. He resorted to earning a living as an insurance agent
and administrator in order to support his family.
Kashdan was U.S. Open Champion in 1938 (jointly with Al Horowitz) at Boston, and in 1947 at
Corpus Christi. Kashdan also tied 2nd-4th places in the U.S. Open at Baltimore 1948 with 9/12,
half a point behind Weaver Adams. (L to R) Sundarayya(Director of Davinci School);Ramanaji(Co-Director of Davinci School);B.B Nagendra
The American team traveled to Moscow in 1946 for a rematch against the Soviet team, and Rao (Judge);Devaram Sri Hari(Secretary of APCA); R. Balasubramanyam (1st Place)
Kashdan partially avenged his result against Kotov from the previous year, winning 1.5-0.5.
In a Master event organized by the Manhattan Chess Club in 1948, Kashdan scored 5.5/7 to Riverside 1st International FIDE Rated Open, Kotagiri
place 2nd behind George Kramer. But in the 1948 New York International, Kashdan made just
4/9 for a tied 7-8th place, with Fine winning.In the U.S. Open Chess Championship, Fort Worth
1951, Kashdan scored 8/11, with Larry Evans winning. At Hollywood 1952, Kashdan scored 4/9
for 7th place, with Svetozar Gligorić winning. Kashdan's final competitive event was the 1955
match in Moscow against the USSR, where he scored 1.5/4 against Mark Taimanov.
Kashdan was awarded the Grandmaster title in 1954, and the International Arbiter title in 1960.
Kashdan captained the American Olympiad team for Leipzig 1960 to a silver medal finish. Brady
praised Kashdan's contribution: "Possibly the most valuable member was a non-player, Isaac
Kashdan. As team captain, he brought to our players an incomparable knowledge not only of
the complications of international team chess, but also of the zest and confidence of the Thirties
that had seen him front and center in an unbroken succession of American victories."
In 1933, Kashdan, in partnership with Horowitz, founded Chess Review, a magazine that was
purchased by the United States Chess Federation in 1969. He edited the tournament book for
the 1966 Piatigorsky Cuptournament.Kashdan was the longtime editor of the Los Angeles Times
chess column, from 1955 until 1982, when he suffered a disabling stroke.
In his role as an arbiter he directed many chess tournaments, including the two Piatigorsky
Cuptournaments of 1963 (at Los Angeles) and 1966 (at Santa Monica). Kashdan also helped
to organize the series of Lone Pine tournaments in the 1970s, which were sponsored by Louis
(LtoR) Govindan, Sports Coordinator, Jaya Haridas, Vice Principal, Winner IM Balasubramaniam of TN,
Statham. Kashdan was later involved in administration in the United States Chess Federation,
Dr Suresh Belliraj, Governor, Governing Council, Riverside Public School, Kavin Kumar Kandasamy, MD,
serving as a vice-president. Mangalam Educational Trust, Francis Xavier, Principal, Riverside Public School
Vardhaman Cup Open Fide Rating Chess Tournament, Hyderabad Solutions to ‘Tactics from master 35.gxh3 Qg1+ [35...Qg1+ 36.Kf4 Qxf2+
games’on page 42 37.Kg5 Qxf5+ 38.Kh6 Qxe6+ Wins] 0–1

1. Martinovici,Ilie (2338) 6.Yoon,Jacob D (2045)

Lochte,S (1850) [B42]
Toma,Al (2192) [E80] London Classic Open 2017 London ENG
Alba Iulia ROU Alba Iulia ROU (7.9), (4.102), 04.12.2017
24.11.2017 White to play. 16.Ne6! fxe6 [16...Qe7
White To play. 21.Qh6! Ne6 [21...Bxf6 17.Nxg7+ Kf8 18.Bxc5 Qxc5 19.Qd8+ Kxg7
22.Nxf6+ Kh8 23.Qxh7#; 21...Bxh6 20.f6+ Kg6 21.Qxh8+-; 16...Qd7 17.Nxc5+-
22.Ne7#] 22.Bxg7 [22.Bxg7 Nxg7 23.Nf6+ ] 17.Bh5+ [17.Bh5+ Ke7 (17...g6 18.fxg6
Kh8 24.Qxh7#] 1–0 hxg6 19.Bxg6+ Ke7 20.Bg5#) 18.Bg5+
2. Skatchkov,Valery (2284) Goganov,A Kf8 19.fxe6+ Kg8 20.Qf3! Idea 21 e7 wins
(2579) [E11] 20...Nc6 (20...h6 21.e7 Qc6 22.Qf7+ Kh7
13th Ugra Governor's Cup Khanty-Mansiysk 23.Qf5+ Kg8 (23...g6 24.Qf7#) 24.Bf7#)
RUS (9.9), 25.11.2017 21.e7 Wins] 1–0
White to play 19.Bxc6! Rd8 [19...bxc6
Solutions to ‘Test your endgame’ on
20.Nxc6+-; 19...Bd7 20.Bxb7+-] 20.Bg2 Rh5
21.Nb5 Ne8 22.Nxd6! Nxd6 23.Bxd6 Rxd6 page 43
24.Rxd6 Qxd6 25.c5+- 1–0 1.Birnov
KS Prasad, Secretary TSCA, Ms Rupal Chilukuri, 2nd runner up Ramakrishna J, Champion Shekar B, Mr 3. Batyte,D (2220) Maksimovic,Bojan 1.Rg7+ Kb6 2.a8N+ Ka6 3.Nc7+ Ka5 4.Rg1
Vijendar Chairman, Upendar Reddy, Secretary, runner up Lokesh N , Major Shivaprasad , Vice president (2311) [A22] Bg5 5.Rxg5+ d5+ 6.Rxd5+ Ka4 7.Nb5 c1Q+
TSCA, and Satyanarayana Reddy Principal of Vardhaman College. 31st Belgrade Trophy Belgrade SRB (6.18), 8.Nc3+ Ka3 9.Ra5+ Kb2 10.Ra2#
29.11.2017 2.Liburkin
2nd All India Fide Rating Below 1500 Tournament, Secunderabad Black to play. 24...Rf8! 25.Qxf8 [25.Qd3+ 1.b8Q Bh4+ 2.Kd2 Bg5+ 3.Kc3 Bf6+ 4.Kb4
Bf5 26.Qe2 (26.Qf3 Be4) 26...Be4+; 25.Qe2 Be7+ 5.Ka5 Bd8+ 6.Kb5 Bd7+ 7.Kc4 Be6+
Bxd5+–+] 25...Bxd5+ 26.Rf3 Qc8! [26...Qc8 8.Kd3 Bf5+ 9.Ke2 Bg4+ 10.Kf1 Bh3+ 11.Kg1
27.Qxc8 Bxf3#] 0–1 wins
4. Kamody,M (2254) 3.Wotawa
Bagi,M (2456) [A15] 1.Rd8+ Ke5 2.Rh1 Rb2+ 3.Kc5 Rb1 4.Rf1
TCh-SVK 2017–18 Slovakia SVK (6.3), Ke6 5.Re8+ Kd7 6.Rfe1 wins
Black to play. 20...Bg2+! 21.Bxg2 [21.Rxg2 4.Birnov
Nxg2 22.Kxg2 Qxh2+ 23.Kf1 Bg3 24.Qe3 1.Rc4 Ne5 2.Rc5 Nd7 3.Rd5 Nf6 4.Rd6 Ne8
Qh1+ 25.Qg1 Rxf3+ 26.exf3 Qxf3+ Wins] 5.Re6 Ng7 6.Re7 Nf5 7.Re5 Bc2 8.Kb2 Nd4
21...Nd3! [21...Nd3 22.h3 (22.Qxd3 Qxh2#; 9.Kc3 wins
22.Bh3 Qe4+ 23.Bg2 Nf2#) 22...Nf2#] 0–1 5.Nasterescu
5. Grela,K (2293) 1.Rc1 Rh8 2.Kg7 Re8 3.Kf7 Rh8 4.Bd4 Rd8
Sieciechowicz,M (2387) [C01] 5.Ra1+ Kb8 6.Be5+ Kc8 7.Rc1+ Kd7 8.Rc7#
33rd Voivoda Cup 2017 Legnica POL (1.3), 6.Gerbstman
07.12.2017 1.Nf3 Kh6 2.Bg8 Ne7+ 3.Ke6 Nxg8 4.Kf7 Kh7
(L -R ) K S Prasad,Secretary-TSCA; Dandu Hemanth Shankar Reddy(2nd Prize); Major K A Shiva Prasad, Vice-Pres- Black to play 33...Rh1+! 34.Kg3 Rh3+! 5.Ng5+ Kh8 6.f3 Nh6+ 7.Kxg6 Ng8 8.Nf7#
ident,TSCA; Aragonda Mohan (Winner); Malladi Srikanth Sarma (Organizer); K Gopichand (3rd Place)
AICF Calendar January 2018 IWASA 44th National Women Premier Chess Championship, Surat
Title Date Place
10th Chennai Open Grandmaster Tournament 18 Jan - 25 Jan Arumbakkam, Chennai
Captain All WB Rated Amateur below 2000 22 Jan - 25 Jan Kolkata
3rd Karur FIDE Rating chess tmt below 1600 26 Jan - 28 Jan Karur ,TN
Sri Gurukul FIDE Rating Tmt 26 Jan - 28 Jan Visakhapatnam, AP
Ganesan Memorial FIDE Rated Open 26 Jan - 29 Jan Nagercoil
Suraj FIDE Rating Open Chess tournament 26 Jan - 30 Jan Sangli,MH
Karippaparambil KC Sebastain mem 1500 26 Jan - 28 Jan Kottayam
WGM Bakthi Kulkarni playing
Shri Ram School FIDE Rating open 26 Jan - 29 Jan Villupuram,TN Samriddhi Ghosh
26th The Telegraph schools' FIDE rated 27 Jan - 01 Feb Kolkata
2nd Nithm all India Open FIDE Rating Tmt 28 Jan - 01 Feb Hyderabad, Telangana
National Schools 2018 28 Jan - 01 Feb Bhubaneshwar,Orissa
18th North East Chess Championship 29 Jan - 03 Feb Shillong
1st Ankit Sakshi Memorial Open FIDE Rating 29 Jan - 02 Feb Jaipur
Dombivali Kalyan All India FIDE Rating 30 Jan - 04 Feb Kalyan West
4th Teekay FIDE Chess Tournament 31 Jan - 03 Feb Thoothukudi
3rd Nithm All India below 1400 FIDE Rating 02 Feb - 04 Feb Hyderabad, Telangana
AICFB National "A" for Visually Challenged 03 Feb - 11 Feb Mumbai
National Team 2018 07 Feb - 14 Feb Bhubaneshwar,Orissa
10th BRDCA FIDE Rating Rapid 10 Feb - 11 Feb Bangalore WGM Padmini Rout playing
Open FIDE rating for Visually Challenged 13 Feb - 16 Feb Andheri West, Mumbai Sakshi Chitlange
Shri Dakshinamurthy Rating below 1500 23 Feb - 25 Feb Tindivanam,TN
4th Kanyakumari FIDE Rated below 1500 23 Feb - 25 Feb Nagercoil
KCA 16th Open FIDE Rating 29 Mar - 01 Apr Kottayam
2nd Holi Cup Lakecity open FIDE Rating 29 Mar - 01 Apr Udaipur,RJ
3rd Don Bosco FIDE Rated 07 Apr - 10 Apr Irinjalakuda,KL
Karnataka State Rated Open Championship 14 Apr - 18 Apr Koramangala
1st ARMS Open Rapid FIDE Rating 21 Apr - 22 Apr Thane
TN State Open Chess Championship 2018 26 Apr - 30 Apr Dharmapuri
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