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the official magazine of the All India Chess Federation

Volume : 13 Issue : 6 Price Rs. 25 January 2019

Asian Continental Chess Championship, National Senior Chess Championship, Jammu

Makati City, Philippines

WGM Padmini Rout GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr

Winner Champion

National Junior (Under-19) Open & Girls Bhopal GM Intl. Tournament,Bhopal

Championships, New Delhi

Karthik Venkataraman Sakshi Chitlange GM Tran Tuan Minh (Vietnam)

Open Champion Girls Champion Winner
AICF CHRONICLE January 2019 From the President
New Year Greetings to all our beloved
National Senior Chess Championship, Jammu
Room No. 70,
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, members of All India Chess Federation! It GM Aravindh Chithambaram emerges National Champion
Chennai - 600 003. is time we reminisce with pride some of the
Ph : 044-65144966 /Telefax : 044-25382121 notable achievements of our players in the by IA Dharmendra Kumar, Chief Arbiter
E-mail : indianchessfed@gmail.com International events in the year gone by.
National Senior Open Chess Championship The eleven day championship was inaugurat-
Publisher: Bharat Singh Chouhan
Editor : C.G.S. Narayanan R.Praggnanandhaa and D.Gukesh set the 2018 was held from 8th December 208 to ed by Chief Guest Mr. Bharat Singh Chauhan,
chess world ablaze by their path breaking performances becoming 18th December 2018 at Gurjar Desh Charita- Hony. Secretary , All India Chess Federation
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the second youngest Grandmaster of the World one after the
ble Trust, National Highway, Channi Himmat, . Abdul Qyoom , Chief Sports Officer , J&K
other. If Praggnanandhaa accomplished the achievement in twelve
years, ten months and thirteen days D.Gukesh did one better by Bye pass Road , Jammu , India. The total Sports Council and Ravi Singh ,Divisional
becoming GM in twelve years seven months and seventeen days. Number of players was 161 and the total Sports Officer were the Guest of Hounor on
Not to forget the other young achiever Grandmaster Nihal Sarin Number of titled players was 54 (GM:19 this occasion Mr Chauhan inaugurated the
National Senior Chess Championship, Jammu who is also hardly thirteen. Admittedly these three prodigies took
the cake for 2018.
,WGM:1 , IM:24 , FM:7, WFM:1 CM:2) Total championship by making ceremonial move on
Aravindh Chithambaram emerges National Champion
by IA Dharmendra Kumar, Chief Arbiter 1
Number of rated players was 157 and total the board with Mr. Qyoom . During his speech
National Junior (Under-19) Open & Girls
India went back to the winning ways bagging two golds in the number of Units was 33. States:25,other af- , he appreciated the arrangement made by All
World Cadet Championships in Santiago, Spain through D.Gukesh filiated units:8). Tournament was played on
Championships,New Delhi J&K Chess Association. This 13 round Nation-
and Savitha Sri of Tamilnadu in the Under-12 category. It was
Karthik Venkatarman and Sakshi Chitlange win titles heartening to know that India also bagged the silver medal for open Swiss system format and total No. of al Championship was inaugurated in presence
by IA Manjunatha Murthy, Chief Arbiter 7 the second best performing Federation. Not to lag behind, in the round was 13. Program used for the pairing of other prominent guests included Ashok
Bhopal GM International Tournament,Bhopal World Youth Chess Championships held at Halkidiki, Greece, was Swiss manager and operated by IA S Sharma , Director, Sports SMVDSB ,Atul
Divya Deshmukh of Maharashtra and Sanskriti Goyal of UP won
Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam Wins Bhopal GM Ganesh Babu. 90 mins each for the first 40 Kumar, President, All J&K Chess Association,
bronze medals in the Under-14 category. Soundarya Pradhan
by IA Swapnil Bansod,Chief Arbiter 12
won silver at the World Junior for visually challenged held at Solec moves followed by 30mins each with an incr Muneesh Thapar, Hony. Secretary , Punjab
3rdCPPA Open Rating Tournament 2018,Duliajan, Assam Zdroj, Poland. As usual India dominated the Asian youth Chess of 30secs from move no.1. Tournament hall State Chess Association Ashiq Ahmed Kolu,
Suvrajit Saha wins title Championship held in April 2018 with a prodigious output of 68 was good, with enough space for players , Hony.Secretary,All J&K Chess Association, A.
by IA Debashis Barua, Chief Arbiter 16 medals overall, in all the three formats and team event put together
which augurs well for the future of Indian chess.
spectators and visiting dignitaries . Single R. Wani , Baldeo Raj Taranveer Singh,Kuljeet
14th KCM FIDE Rated Tournament (Below1600),Coimbatore table provided for all the boards was very Jamawal , Farooq Ahmed,Mohd.Shafi, Khalid
Dharun Kumar wins 14th KCM FIDE Rated Yet another achievement that caught our attention is WGM comfortable and appreciated by players ,par- Amen, Rajkumar and Vikas Nanda.
by IA V.Vijayaraghavan, Chief Arbiter 18 Padmini Rout winning women title at the Asian Continental Chess ents and officials . All basic facilities were pro-
Championships in Philippines and GM Abhimanyu Phuranik from
Narenn Convention Intl. Open FIDE Rated Tmt,Hyderabad
Pune, turning out a sterling performance, to clinch a silver medal at vided by the Organizers in the playing venue Aravindh Chithambaram, twice runner-up,
Sayantan Das wins title the World Junior Chess in Turkey. India’s hold on Commonwealth i.e. water, coffee and tea for the players and broke the jinx and emerged as the National
by IA S Ganesh Babu, Chief Arbiter 20 Chess continued when GM P.Karthikeyan and IM Tania Sachdev officials, W.C., smoking area and analysis Chess Champion. Aravindh ended his unbeat-
won titles.
27th Telegraph Schools’ Chess,Kolkota area. Apart from Tea , coffee and water , they en campaign with 10 points in the thirteen
Mitrabha Guha is Telegraph School Champion
For the first time India will be hosting the World Youth (under 12,14 provided biscuits packets and juice to all the round contest after a nervous 35 move draw
by IA & FI S.Paul Arokia Raj, Chief Arbiter 22 & 16) Chess Championship in 2019, to be held at Mumbai. India players in every round. against C.R.G.Krishna.In fact a minimum
has also been given the honour of organizing the World Junior draw was what the Tamilnadu youngster
ONGC 47th TN State Women Chess Championships,Tiruvarur….
Championship 2019 to be held at Delhi. I am sure bringing such
Thamaraiselvi is Champion big events to India will encourage and serve as a catalyst for the
Chief Arbiter was IA Dharmendra Kumar and needed to ensure the top prize of 5 lakh.
by IA Bhuvanaa Sai L.R, Chief Arbiter 28 budding talents of the country. Deputy Chief Arbiters were IA Ganesh Babu S
1st TCPCA CG State Open FIDE Rated Tmt ,Chattisgarh Arbiters, FA Anil K Kotwal , FA Varun Kumar , Krishna finished runner-up after topping a
Dhananjay wins title FA Kirti Sharma ,FA Bindu Pathania, First 10 three-way tie at 9.5 points.Srijit Paul who
P.R.Venketrama Raja
by FA Girdhar Lal Deshmukh 30 boards were streamed live through monroi was a revelation,stunned Vaibhav Suri and
Selected games from National Senior Chess, Jammu Readers are invited to offer their feedback on the wireless device. However , it was managed finished third while comeback man M.R.Ven-
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 32 regular features in the AICF Chronicle and are to broadcast some 15 to 20 games daily by katesh came fourth after scoring 5.5 points in
Tactics from master games by S.Krishnan 42 also invited to send interesting articles, annotated feeding manually. Every game was played
games and chess anecdotes to the Editor at ‘www. the last six rounds.Suri, the eventual cham-
Test your endgame by C,.G.S.Narayanan 43
indianchessfed@gmail.com’ or ‘cgsnarayanan with Electronic clocks.(DGT 3000) and stand- pion’s nearest challenger,was looking to win
Masters of the past-95 44
@hotmail.com. ard chess boards were used for all the games with white pieces against Paul, to tie for the
AICF Calendar 48

first place but faltered over the last 10 of the years later Aravindh was a full fledged GM, ONGC 47th TN State Women Chess Championships,Tiruvarur
34 moves.The only way possible for the Delhi who has crossed the rating barrier of 2600
boy to clinch the title was by winning the last for the second time in his chess career now.
round subject to Krishna ending Aravindh’s Born in 1999, at the age of 19, Aravindh has
unbeaten run.But with Suri losing and finish- already achieved the title of National Cham-
ing sixth, there was no need for the tie break pion. His fighting approach to chess, along
rules to come into play. with over the board creativity makes him a
fierce competitor. If you analyze his games
Aravindh the shy boy who lets his moves in this National Championship and you will
over the board do the talking,appeared find that he was ready for a struggle in each
more relieved than happy after ensuring the and every game.
title.””This title means a lot to me.After all,
this is the only time the winner can say I am What is quite interesting is the way in which
the National Champion.After missing the title C.R.G.Krishna came from behind and scored
so narrowly the last two times when I was a massive 6.0/7 towards the end to finish
leading almost throughout the tournament I second. With 3.5/6, no one would have im-
really wanted to win this time” said the ONGC agined that CRG could fight for the top prizes.
employee. But he did and he beat some really strong
players like P. Konguvel, Praveen Thipsay,
“I wanted to play solidly in the last round Raahul VS and Stany GA on his road to the (L-R) Champion Thamarai Selvi P,Sri Muruganantham, PRO,ONGC, Sri D.V.Sundar, Vice president
of FIDE, Sri.J.Kanagaraj, founder of Anantham Anmeegam, Tiruvarur, Sri.R.K.Balagunasekaran,
but there were moments when I was a bit runner's up position. Secretary of TDCA and joint secretary of TNSCA.)
worried” admitted the fourth seed armed with
a seven win-six draw record in the competi- Srijit Paul is a 17-year-old youngster from
27th Telegraph Schools’ Chess Tournamnet , Kolkota
tion. Two late blunders from G A Stany saw West Bengal. His start to the tournament
Venkatesh win their otherwise even battle in was not so great as he drew against 1760
57 moves. As a result of this second straight opponent. But in the third round he beat In-
loss Stany finished tenth after being among dia's 56th GM Harsha Bharathakoti. This was
the leaders after 11 rounds. This was the first followed by a loss against GM Laxman and GM
time that the National title was won by play- Abhijeet Gupta. Until round 7 it seemed like a
ing just one event. In the past Indian chess normal tournament for Srijit. First he beat IM
has been having the National Challengers Swayams Mishra in round 9, this was followed
which is a qualification tournament to the by a win against GM Sundarajan Kidambi and
National Premier. Having just one Nationals then in the penultimate round agaisnt GM
meant that the prize money had improved. Anurag Mhamal. His last round opponent was
Aravindh became the highest paid national GM Vaibhav Suri who was fighting for the top
champion winning the cheque of Rs.5,00,000. spot. Srijit once again maintained his cool
and beat his opponent with black.Thus ended
Aravindh's talent has never been in question. a splendid tournament for the West Bengal
Right from the time he won the Chennai Open youngster. Third place, three lakh rupees, 75
in 2013, which was held in parallel with the Elo points and an IM norm.
Anand - Carlsen match, people have known
that there is something special in this boy. Players of the South Point School,Winner of the Best School award, being felicitated by Shri. P.K.
Sh. Naveen Kumar Choudhary, IAS, Principal
Bannerjee, the legendary Indian football Coach from Bengal
That was when he was just 13 years old. Five Secretary Finance was the chief on the occa-
14th KCM FIDE Rated Tournament (Below1600),Coimbatore sion who distributed the cash prizes of Rs.20 21 IM Gusain Himal RSPB 8.5
Lacs among the winners in presence of Mr. 22 GM Anurag Mhamal GOA 8
Talat Parvez Rohella, Excise commissioner, Sh 23 GM Thipsay Praveen M MAH 8
Naseem Choudhary , Secretary , J&K Sports 24 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy PSPB 8
Council , Sh G S Hira , financial adviser of 25 GM Karthikeyan Murali PSPB 8
26 IM Girinath P.D.S. RSPB 8
Chief Account Officer ,Northern Railway ,Sh
27 IM Nitin S. RSPB 8
Hamid Choudhary , Chairman , Gurjar Desh
28 Harshavardhan G B TN 8
Charitable Trust ,Sh Abdul Qyoom , Chief 29 IM Shyaamnikhil P RSPB 8
Sports Officer, J&K Sports Council and Sh 30 IM Swayams Mishra AI 8
Ravi Singh , Divisional Sports Officer , Jam- 31 GM Sundararajan Kidambi TN 8
mu. IA Dharmendra Kumar , Chief Arbiter of 32 IM Satyapragyan S AI 8
the Championship delivered the tournament 33 Prasannaa.S TN 8
report Mr. Atul Kumar , President of All J&K 34 IM Gokhale C AI 8
Chess Association presided over the function 35 Baivab Mishra ORI 8
while Mr. Ashiq Ahmed Kolu delivered the 36 FM Nitish Belurkar GOA 8
vote of thanks.Players achieved Norms on the 37 IM Deshmukh Anup LIC 8
conclusion of 13 rounds namely G.A.Stany 38 GM Laxman R.R. RSPB 7.5
Grand Master norm, Srijit Paul, Navalgund 39 Neelash Saha WB 7.5
40 IM Rathnakaran K. RSPB 7.5
Niranjan, Ritviz Parab, Harshvardhan IM
(L to R): KCM Office Bearers Mr. Ramakrishnan,Treasurer, KCM, Mr.Ganapathy, Joint Secretary, KCM, 41 Tiwari Arjun RSPB 7.5
Mr.Antony,Vice President, KCM, Mrs. Viday Ranganathan, Mr.Mohan Kumar,Joint Secretary, KCM, norms. Mr. Varun Kumar, Kirti Sharma, Anil
42 Sammed Jaykumar S MAH 7.5
Mr. Padmanaban, Joint Secretary, KCM Winner Dharun Kumar, Mr.Dhanasekaran, Vice President, Kotwal and Mrs. Bindu Pathania got Interna- 43 IM Karthikeyan P. RSPB 7.5
KCM, Mr.Ramalingam,Secretary KCM, Mr. Venkatachalapthy, Joint Secretary,KCM, Mrs.Rani and tional arbiters norms from this event. 44 Surendran N TN 7.5
Mr.V Vijayaraghavan, Chief Arbiter Final Ranking after 13 Rounds 45 FM Wagh Suyog MAH 7.5

27th Telegraph Schools’ Chess Tournamnet , Kolkota Rk. Name Inst Pts.
46 GM Roy Chowdhury S RSPB 7.5
47 Kumar Gaurav BIH 7.5
1 GM Aravindh C Vr. TN 10 48 Soham Kamotra J & K 7.5
2 IM Krishna C R G RSPB 9.5 49 Soham Datar MAH 7.5
3 Srijit Paul WB 9.5 50 IM Rahul Srivatshav P TEL 7
4 GM Venkatesh M.R. PSPB 9.5 51 IM Saravana Krishnan P. TN 7
5 GM Sengupta Deep PSPB 9 52 IM Sharma Dinesh K. LIC 7
6 GM Vaibhav Suri PSPB 9 53 Raahul V S TN 7
7 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V TN 9 54 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha KAR 7
8 IM Akash G TN 9 55 Nayak Rajesh ORI 7
9 GM Chanda Sandipan WB 9 56 Jaeel Atharva MAH 7
10 IM Stany G.A. AAI 8.5 57 IM Navin Kanna T.U. DASCB 7
11 GM Gupta Abhijeet PSPB 8.5 58 Gandhi Anish MAH 7
12 GM Bakre Tejas AI 8.5 59 Bhatt Jalpan GUJ 7
13 GM Deepan C J. RSPB 8.5 60 Saurabh Anand BIH 7
14 IM Vignesh N R TN 8.5 61 Dhananjay S CHH 7
15 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade RSPB 8.5 62 Mahindrakar Indrajeet MAH 7
16 GM Neelotpal Das PSPB 8.5 63 Deepak Katiyar RAJ 7
17 Ritviz Parab GOA 8.5 64 Gurpreet Singh Maras DASCB 7
18 FM Navalgund Niranjan KAR 8.5 65 Niraj Saripalli GOA 7
19 IM Rajesh V A V TN 8.5 66 FM Srihari L R TN 7
FM Mitrabha Guha, Telegraph School Champion receiving the trophy from Shri.Raju Mukherjee, 20 GM Karthik Venkataraman AP 8.5
former Bengal cricketer
67 Joshi Govind Ballabh AI 7 112 Pradeep Tiwari DASCB 5.5 National Junior (Under-19) Open & National Junior
68 IM Shetty Rahul AI 7 113 Toshali V AP 5.5 (Under-19) Girls Chess Championships-2018,New Delhi
114 Rathore Sonakshi RAJ 5.5
69 Singh Soram Rahul ASSM 7
115 Imocha Laishram PSPB 5.5
Karthik Venkatarman and Sakshi Chitlange win titles
70 Bhambure Shantanu MAH 6.5 by IA Manjunatha Murthy, Chief Arbiter
116 Santanu Borpatra G ASSM 5.5
71 Anilkumar O.T. KER 6.5 117 Mushini Ajay AP 5.5 National Junior Open & National Junior Girls by FM Wagh Suyog of Maharashtra. This loss
72 Sankalp Gupta MAH 6.5 118 WGM Kiran Manisha M LIC 5.5 Chess Championships-2018 was held at In- of Karthik gave opportunity to four more
73 Debarshi Mukherjee WB 6.5 119 Diwan Rajesh OFSPB 5.5 dira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, New Delhi from players to win the championship. But in the
74 FM Jubin Jimmy KER 6.5 120 Patil Harshal MAH 5.5 28th November 2018 to 6th December 2018. final round he comfortably won against IM
75 Chudasama Ankit GUJ 6.5 121 Sahayarajkumar S. OFSPB 5.5 Sri Manish Mohan IRS, Chief Commissioner, Raghunandan K S of Karnataka and scored
122 Mandloi Mukesh RAJ 5.5 inaugurated the championships in presence 9.0 points and clinched the title. For second
76 Mota Pankit MAH 6.5
123 Suthar Pradip MAH 5.5
77 Anadkat Kartavya GUJ 6.5 of Sri Sandeep Choudhary Chief Editor News position seven players fought and scored 8.5
78 IM Mohota Nisha PSPB 6.5 24, Sri Bharat Singh Chauhan secretary AICF, points, on better tie break Rakesh Kumar
Sri Dheeraj Singh Raghuvanshi president Jena of Odissa secured 2nd position.
79 WFM Bidhar Rutumbara ORI 6.5 Puzzle of the month
80 Sumit Grover J & K 6.5 by C.G.S.Narayanan Uttarkhand chess association, Sri Sanjay
81 FM Dushyant Sharma PUN 6.5 Chadha senior advocate supreme court,Sri In the corresponding girls section WIM
Colour the pieces! Uttam Prakash commissioner (EPF). Mr A K Aakanksha Hagawane of Maharashtra was all
82 Lokesh N. TN 6.5
83 CM Shahil Dey ASSM 6.5 Verma Secretary, Delhi Chess Association the way leading throughout and in the final
In the diagram given below colour the
84 Neelabh Jyoti B ASSM 6.5 welcomed the gathering round she lost to Meghana Ch of Kerala, this
pieces and also find the last moves of both
85 Aishwin Daniel MP 6.5 loss of Aakanksha made her to land in the 2nd
white and black.
86 Genish Prakash J TN 6.5 The tournament attracted 382 players from position and open the doors to WIM Chitlange
87 Ashutosh Kumar BIH 6.5 all over the country representing 26 states. Shakshi of Maharastra who played in the 2nd
88 G Rishabh C MAH 6.5
The nine day, eleven round event is a quali- board to clinch the title with 9 points.
89 Rishabh Nishad UP 6.5 Feenschach 1986
fier for the World & Asian Chess Champion-
90 Banerjee Ashutosh CHH 6
ships. The event carried a prize fund of Rs. Arbiter team worked very hard throughout the
91 Sarbojit Paul WB 6
2, 50,000/- and the winner of each section event to success the event Deputy Chie Arbi-
92 Tamang Thendup SIK 6
got Rs.25, 000/- among the top 20 prizes in ter IA Palaniappan P, IA Jitendra Choudhary,
93 Sher Singh RAJ 6
94 Santoshkashyap Hg KAR 6 each category. FA Chitaranjan Taorem, FA Shivakant Mishra,
95 Gurung Rahul SIK 6 FA Kaviraj Sawant, FA Stella Sharmila, FA
96 Saypuri Srithan TEL 6 55th Grand Master of India Karthik Venkat- Mrityunajay Singh SNA Puneet Jaiswal,Delhi
97 Gurung Rohit SIK 6 araman of Andhra Pradesh led the pack with Chess Association the star organiser of In-
98 Kishan Gangolli AICFB 6 an ELO of 2527 followed by IM Rakesh Kumar dia, organised beautifully and they provided
99 Uttam Prakash Sharma HAR 6 Jena of Odissa with an ELO of 2394. In the nice venue and hospitality.Thanks to Delhi
100 Sa Kannan TN 6 corresponding girls section former U 10 World Chess Association for organising this mega
101 Karthik Sai Ch TEL 6 Champion Priyanka Nutakki got the top billing and prestigious event without difficulty. The
102 Arpan Das (Jr) WB 6
Colour the pieces
with an ELO of 2293. Out of 234 participants prize distribution function was graced by Shri
103 Soni Krishan HAR 6 a) Diagram b) Move Rg6 to g7
in the open section 212 were internationally Bharath Singh Chauhan, Secretary, AICF and
104 Aryan B Joshi AICFB 6
rated inclusive of 1 Grand Master and 3 Inter- Mrs Vidushi Sharma, Secretary Himachal
105 Katiyar Prashant UP 6 After solving the diagram move the Rg6
national Master.Of the 148 participants in the Pradesh, Shri Dharmendra Kumar IA, New-
106 Arya Bhakta WB 6 to g7 and colour yet again.In both cas-
girls section, 119 were internationally rated ly elected Secretary Bihar, Shri AK Verma
107 Priyanka Kumari JHAR 6 es what are the last moves of black and
inclusive of 5 women international masters. secretary Delhi Chess Association welcomed
108 Negi Virender Singh AI 6 white.
109 Ajay Kumar Rai DASCB 6 In the open section GM Karthik Venkatara- the gathering. The guests distributed prizes

110 Kumar Sanu JHAR 6 man was leading the tournament for most of to winners.
(solution on p.48)
111 Sandhya G AP 6 the part, but was defeated in the 10th round


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Final ranking 44 Pattnayak Nilsu Ori 7 89 Souhardo Basak W B 6 134 Levanshu Khullar Chan 5½
Rk Name Sta Pts 45 Kumar Gaurav Bih 7 90 Hari Charan Sai K Tel 6 135 Harisurya Bharadwaj G A P 5
1 GM Karthik Venkataraman A P 9 46 Nitish Das Asm 7 91 Konatham Snehil A P 6 136 Anuj Bansal Pun 5
2 IM Rakesh Kumar Jena Odi 8½ 47 Tanmay Chopra Del 7 92 Mohit Kumar Soni Bih 6 137 Sadbhav Rautela Utta 5
3 FM Nitish Belurkar Goa 8½ 48 Esshan Wadhawan Del 7 93 Manish Kumar Odi 6 138 Bipin Raj S Tel 5
4 Sammed Jaykumar S Mah 8½ 49 Barath Kalyan M T N 6½ 94 Aman Sharma Del 6 139 Phatak Aanjaneya Mah 5
5 CM Aronyak Ghosh W B 8½ 50 Bhavesh Mahajan Pun 6½ 95 Dubey Sanchay U P 6 140 Bajaj Prakhar M P 5
6 FM Rajdeep Sarkar W B 8½ 51 Anustoop Biswas W B 6½ 96 Krishnan Ritvik Mah 6 141 Yuvraj Singh Pun 5
7 Pranav V T N 8½ 52 Utsab Chatterjee W B 6½ 97 Karthik Sai Ch Tel 5½ 142 Md Bashiq Imrose Tel 5
8 FM Wagh Suyog Mah 8½ 53 Manish Anto Cristiano T N 6½ 98 CM Bharath Subramaniyam T N 5½ 143 Daaevik Wadhawan Del 5
9 FM Anuj Shrivatri M P 8 54 Dhananjay S Chh 6½ 99 Naga Shashank D Tel 5½ 144 Dhruv Khosla Har 5
10 Saurabh Anand Bih 8 55 Saypuri Srithan Tel 6½ 100 Harshit Arya Har 5½ 145 CM Samarth J Rao Kar 5
11 Raahul V S T N 8 56 Sourath Biswas W B 6½ 101 Narasimha RaveendraG A P 5½ 146 Krishna Bajaj Har 5
12 FM Audi Ameya Goa 8 57 Sarbojit Paul W B 6½ 102 Sarath Chandra K Tel 5½ 147 Ayush Patel U P 5
13 IM Rahul Srivatshav P Tel 7½ 58 AFM Pawar Harshit Del 6½ 103 Dutta Sarthak U P 5½ 148 Bharath Venugopal T N 5
14 Aaryan Varshney Del 7½ 59 Rohit S T N 6½ 104 Adhithya S T N 5½ 149 Anurag Panigrahi Jha 5
15 Kaustuv Kundu W B 7½ 60 Sparsh Khandelwal Mah 6½ 105 Babel T Divyanshu Raj 5½ 150 Tamizhanban N T N 5
16 Panda Sambit Odi 7½ 61 Ritvik Gupta Del 6½ 106 Mahajan Ayush Mah 5½ 151 Utkarsh Bhatnagar U P 5
17 Ritviz Parab Goa 7½ 62 Aadit Bhatia Har 6½ 107 Dhruv Dak Raj 5½ 152 Shubham Singh Chh 5
18 Pranavananda V A P 7½ 63 Lawaniya Eshan U P 6½ 108 M Lionel Joseph T N 5½ 153 Utkarsh Agrawal M P 5
19 FM Rathanvel V S T N 7½ 64 FM Jeet Jain Guj 6½ 109 Devesh Anand Naik Goa 5½ 154 Nivin Ravichandran Ker 5
20 Neelash Saha W B 7½ 65 Sanjay D G T N 6½ 110 AGM Saurav Agarwal Del 5½ 155 Daksh Jain Del 5
21 IM Raghunandan K.S Kar 7½ 66 Chaitanya Sairam M A P 6½ 111 Bhoopnath Bih 5½ 156 Arshpreet Singh Har 5
22 Mahindrakar Indrajeet Mah 7½ 67 Aditya Bikram Paul W B 6½ 112 Hemanth Sankar ReddyD A P 5½ 157 Namish Sharma Del 5
23 Gaurav Rajesh Zagade Mah 7½ 68 Gurung Rahul Sikk 6½ 113 Aaditya Dhingra Har 5½ 158 Utkarsh Routh U P 5
24 Vatsal Singhania Jha 7½ 69 Godson Merlin E T N 6 114 Garv Rai Del 5½ 159 Shyam Sundar M T N 4½
25 Gurung Rohit Sikk 7½ 70 Jain Kashish Manoj Mah 6 115 Zala Akshar Guj 5½ 160 Mishra Sumit U P 4½
26 Srihari L Pon 7 71 Ayush Sharma M P 6 116 Joshi Tejas Mah 5½ 161 Nagasri Saikanth A P 4½
27 Subhayan Kundu W B 7 72 Polakhare Aryan Mah 6 117 Sai Atchyut B Tel 5½ 162 Abhishek Borthakur Asm 4½
28 Sharma Vivek Bih 7 73 Vishwa Bala Kumaran T N 6 118 Bharadia Yash Raj 5½ 163 Dharmik Banka A P 4½
29 AGM Rathneesh R T N 7 74 Rushil Gupta Del 6 119 Kishore V T N 5½ 164 AIM Sahib Singh Del 4½
30 Harshavardhan G B T N 7 75 Abhishek T M Ker 6 120 Akira S Reddy Tel 5½ 165 Sparsh Bisht Har 4½
31 Anadkat Kartavya Guj 7 76 A Sharadchandra Dalvi Mah 6 121 Shejal Sahil Sanjay Mah 5½ 166 AFM Hima Surya K Tel 4½
32 FM Pranav Anand Kar 7 77 Potawad Anirudhha Mah 6 122 Mrityunjay Kumar Bih 5½ 167 Ashvin Sharma Asm 4½
33 FM Harshal Shahi Del 7 78 Arjun Gupta Del 6 123 Morvekar Kedar Mah 5½ 168 AIM Srinidhi Kulkarni Kar 4½
34 Sibi Visal R T N 7 79 Sharan R S Tel 6 124 Karthik Sorikh Raj 5½ 169 Kabir Singh Ahuja Har 4½
35 FM Dushyant Sharma Pun 7 80 Sibi S Eistein Reddy Tel 6 125 Chandan Palash N Mah 5½ 170 Abhinav Chauhan Del 4½
36 Prajesh R T N 7 81 Sreekar J S S Tel 6 126 Rounak Pathak W B 5½ 171 Abhinav Dubey Asm 4½
37 Aradhya Garg Del 7 82 Aniruddh Chatterjee W B 6 127 Harshiel Sehgal Del 5½ 172 Harish Venugopal T N 4½
38 Ajay Karthikeyan T N 7 83 Chauhan Narayan U P 6 128 Amish Sood H P 5½ 173 Nirnay Garg Har 4½
39 Tarun V Kanth T N 7 84 Aditya P Melani Guj 6 129 Namitbir Singh Walia Pun 5½ 174 Ishant Kumar Jha 4½
40 Akshit Kumar J A P 7 85 Samal Aditya Ranjan Odi 6 130 Justin Joseph Ker 5½ 175 Shivam Gupta Jha 4½
41 Grahesh Y A P 7 86 Mayank Chakraborty Asm 6 131 Priyansh Sahu Chh 5½ 176 Vaibhav Gautam Del 4½
42 Rajarshi Dutta W B 7 87 Avinash Ramesh T N 6 132 Aravinthan Loganathan T N 5½ 177 Daksh Sood H P 4½
43 Arpan Das (Jr) W B 7 88 Vaibhav Jayant Raut Mah 6 133 Avinash Vvus A P 5½ 178 Vatsal Singla Del 4½


8 9
179 Shanmukha Pulli Tel 4 224 Deven Singh Del 2½ 32 WCM Ananya Suresh Kar 6½ 77 Joeel Sanjana Mah 5½
180 Gokulraj K T N 4 225 Kunal Jain Har 2½ 33 WFM Dhyana Patel Guj 6½ 78 Niveditha Bai B A P 5½
181 Adarsh Tripathi Del 4 226 Shiekh Faisal Parveez JK 2½ 34 Shah Vishwa Mah 6½ 79 Sushma Reddy B Tel 5½
182 Aarush Gupta Del 4 227 Aryan Singh Utta 2½ 35 Benasir M T N 6½ 80 Ahmed Simran Asm 5½
183 Rasesh Rana Har 4 228 Majid Ahmad Bhat J K 2 36 Rathi Dhanashree Mah 6½ 81 Winee Thengal Asm 5½
184 Aarav Sinha Del 4 229 Uzair Ahmad Wani J K 1 37 Kavisha S Shah Guj 6½ 82 Ananya Anamika Odi 5
185 Garvit Kumar Kalra U P 4 230 Vel Vishwanathan G M T N 0 38 Laheri Nitya Guj 6½ 83 Ananya Bothra W B 5
186 Shantanu Yadav Har 4 231 Avigyan Ghosh Tri 0 39 Mandakani Mishra M P 6½ 84 Anushka Gupta W B 5
187 Pankaj Arora Pun 4 232 Atom Alex Man 0 40 Shrija K M T N 6½ 85 Poornima Gupta Del 5
188 Abeer Manchanda Del 4 233 Jayden Th. Nonglait Meg 0 41 Srimathi R T N 6½ 86 Nayanikaa Muralidharan T N 5
189 Gunin Malik Del 4 234 Karthik M Manchikanti Del 0 42 Garima Gaurav Bih 6½ 87 Asna Abdeen Ker 5
190 Nihal N Shetty Kar 4 43 Diya Chowdhury W B 6½ 88 Archi Agrawal Del 5
191 Aditya Metha Har 4 Final ranking 44 Harivardhini I T N 6½ 89 Shreya Arvind Rathi Mah 5
192 Agrawal Aaryan M P 4 Rk Name Sta Pts 45 WFM Bommini Mounika A A P 6½ 90 Azal Nasir Del 5
193 Anupam Dutta U P 4 1 WIM Chitlange Sakshi Mah 9 46 AIM Renganayaki V Kar 6½ 91 Lasya Mayukha N A P 5
194 Nikith Krishna P A P 4 2 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane Mah 8½ 47 Senthamizh Yazhini S T N 6 92 Rashmi Priya Bih 5
195 Fizan Ahil K P Ker 4 3 WIM Vantika Agrawal Del 8½ 48 Abirama Srinithi G T N 6 93 Adya Tomar Del 5
196 Raghav Sehgal Del 4 4 WFM Meghna C H Ker 8½ 49 Shivika Rohilla Del 6 94 Neeharika B A P 5
197 Aneesh Aparanji Kar 4 5 WCM Mrudul Dehankar Mah 8 50 Nanditha V Tel 6 95 Kalaiarasi D Pasubathi T N 5
198 Rahul Dhawan Del 4 6 WIM Priyanka Nutakki A P 8 51 Thakare Seeya Mah 6 96 Aanya Chawat Raj 5
199 Sushant Sharma H P 4 7 WFM Makhija Aashna Mah 8 52 Kavitha P L T N 6 97 Yuvika Sehgal Del 5
200 Datta Siva Teja R A P 4 8 Toshali V A P 8 53 Fathima Abdeen Ker 6 98 Bhavya Verma Bih 5
201 Vaishnav Mahajan Del 4 9 WCM Jyothsna L T N 7½ 54 Yash Jyoti Bir W B 6 99 Advika Singh Har 5
202 Chaitanya Malik U P 4 10 Bakshi Rutuja Mah 7½ 55 Niharika Ch A P 6 100 Juhi Bajaj Har 4½
203 Devanshu Vashisth U P 4 11 Priyanka K T N 7½ 56 Shweta Priyadarshini U P 6 101 Chakraborty Sucharita Jha 4½
204 Thaga Sheriff M T N 3½ 12 WFM Arpita Mukherjee W B 7½ 57 Ishvi Aggarwal Har 6 102 Riya Tewari U P 4½
205 Devashish Gupta U P 3½ 13 WFM Tanishka Kotia Har 7½ 58 Stuti Aishwary Del 6 103 Sharma Deepanshi Pun 4½
206 Mohith Kumar Vemuri A P 3½ 14 Ghosh Samriddhaa W B 7½ 59 Sanju Shree Murali T N 6 104 Shambhavi Srivastava U P 4½
207 Laksh Grover Del 3½ 15 Eesha Ajay Sarda Mah 7½ 60 Anishka Vikram Del 6 105 Kaur Mandeep Pun 4½
208 Satya Narang Har 3½ 16 Savitha Shri B T N 7½ 61 Anjitha Krishnakumar Ker 6 106 Kaushika Kumari Jha 4½
209 Srivardhan Reddy D A P 3½ 17 Adane Narayani Mah 7½ 62 Swara Lakshmi S Nair Kar 6 107 Ayushi Gupta U P 4½
210 Yash Kesharwani Chh 3½ 18 Pandey Srishti Mah 7 63 AIM Devanshi Rathi Del 5½ 108 Tejasvee Naresh Singh Raj 4½
211 Shrut Mandlay H P 3½ 19 WIM Chandreyee Hajra W B 7 64 Tina C T N 5½ 109 Aanya Agrawal Har 4½
212 Deota Snehil S Chh 3 20 WCM Jain Nityata M P 7 65 Mudaliar Nandini Guj 5½ 110 Manya Sharma Har 4½
213 Vaibhav Kamboj Del 3 21 WFM Potluri Supreetha A P 7 66 Mistry Tinaz Dinkoo Guj 5½ 111 Harshvi Matalia Jha 4½
214 Aditya Sriram Del 3 22 Divyabharathi Masanam T N 7 67 Kheerthi Ganta Tel 5½ 112 Soumya Servaia M P 4½
215 Divitt Arora Del 3 23 Rindhiya V T N 7 68 Anahita Verma Pun 5½ 113 Manaswini Maheshweram Tel 4½
216 Harshul Jindal Har 3 24 Sanskriti Goyal U P 7 69 Mahima Sherigar Kar 5½ 114 Riya Kumari U P 4½
217 Ajay S Parvathareddy U P 3 25 WFM Harshini A T N 7 70 Rajashree S Kar 5½ 115 Krishna Amitha B Tel 4½
218 Maanas Chopra Del 3 26 Abhirami Madabushi A P 7 71 Hemakshi Chauhan Har 5½ 116 Preksha Mahajan Pun 4½
219 Ansh Bhardwaj H P 3 27 Tejasvi M T N 7 72 Shrivastava Aditi M P 5½ 117 Jain Omi M P 4½
220 Sajal Guleria H P 3 28 Bhagyashree Patil Mah 7 73 Riddhika Kotia Har 5½ 118 Potluri Saye Srreezza Tel 4
221 Medhansh Singh Del 3 29 Arushi Kotwal JK 7 74 Khuanna Kapoor Del 5½ 119 Shah Akanksha Guj 4
222 Arshin Sikka Del 2½ 30 WCM Bristy Mukherjee W B 6½ 75 Shah Vrushti Guj 5½ 120 Priyamvada Munjal Har 4
223 Richan Chd 2½ 31 WFM Lakshmi C T N 6½ 76 Shruti Arvind Rathi Mah 5½ 121 Anchita Sharma Asm 4


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Bhopal GM International Chess Tournament,Bhopal 21 Sibi Visal R IND 7.5
The prizes were distributed at the hands of 22 Rathneesh R IND 7.5
Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam Wins Bhopal GM Shri. Rishi Kumar Shukla, IPS, Director Gen- 23 IM Sarwat Walaa EGY 7.5
by IA Swapnil Bansod,Chief Arbiter eral of Police, Madhya Pradesh. The other 24 GM Movsziszian Karen ARM 7
dignitaries present were Dr. S S Thousen, Di- 25 Nayak Rajesh IND 7
game Aleksej lost one more game to Vaibhav 26 GM Ziatdinov Raset USA 7
Bhopal GM International Chess Tournament, rector of sports & youth welfare department,
Raut under time pressure. At the end of 7th 27 Parthasarathy R IND 7
was held from 21st December to 28th De- Shri. Sunil Bansal, President Madhya Pradesh
28 Md.Abzid Rahman BAN 7
cember, 2018, at Hotel Kanta Shravan, Bho- round IM Nguyen Van Huy of Vietnam took Chess Association, Shri. Kapil Saxena, Sec- 29 Dinesh Kumar Jaganathan IND 7
pal. The event was organized by Madhya the sole lead with 6.5 points by beating the retary, Madhya Pradesh Chess Association, 30 Saranya Y IND 7
Pradesh Chess Association. The tournament Russian GM Andrey Deviatkin. and IA Swapnil Bansod Chief Arbiter. The 31 Hemanth Raam IND 7
attracted total 375 players. 320 players from tournament, organized by Madhya Pradesh 32 Pimpalkhare Vedant IND 7
13 National Federations.There were in all 320 In the last round in his game the Grand- Chess Association on behalf of All India Chess 33 Rathore S.K. IND 7
international fide rated players among the master Tran Tuan Minh of Vietnam earned Federation, concluded smoothly. 34 Harshad S IND 7
participants which included 7 GM, 1 WGM, his name. His performance was extremely 35 Sa Kannan IND 7
10 IM, 1 WIM and 4 FM from 22 states. brilliant. He defeated the Grandmaster Manik Chief Arbiter IA Swapnil Bansod headed the 36 IM Ameir Moheb EGY 7
Mikulas of Slovakia in the final round & finally team of Arbiters consisting of IA Anurag 37 Bakshi Rutuja IND 7
The tournament was inaugurated at the became the winner of the competition with Singh, Dy. Chief Arbiter, FA Yashpal Arora, 38 Dere Pushkar IND 7
9 points to his credit. In the match of King FA Sunil Soni, FA Alankar Bhivgade, FA Vikas 39 Sri Sai Baswanth P IND 6.5
hands of Dr. S S Thousen, Director of sports &
Indian Defense, Tran had maintained his lead 40 Abhay Bandewar IND 6.5
youth welfare department. Other dignitaries Sahu, FA Sandesh Nagarnaik, FA Kavita Patel,
playing with the white since the beginning 41 Nitin Shankar Madhu IND 6.5
present were Shri. Sunil Bansal, President FA Kaviraj Sawant, and FA Preeti Deshmukh
42 Vignesh N IND 6.5
Madhya Pradesh Chess Association; Shri. and in the 19th move of the game Tran got who ably assisted him. 43 IM Elgabry Mohsen EGY 6.5
Kapil Saxena, Secretary, Madhya Pradesh an extra point from his knight play in very
44 CM Subrota Biswas BAN 6.5
Chess Association and IA Swapnil Bansod, good style, which later became his basis of Final Ranking: 45 Shiva Pavan Teja Sharma IND 6.5
Chief Arbiter. The inaugural function was held victory. Tran was rewarded with a prize of 2 Rk. Name FED Pts. 46 Choubey Saurabh IND 6.5
at 1 P.M which was followed by a technical lakh rupees and shining trophy. IM Nguyen 1 GM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 9 47 Nepal Prakash NEP 6.5
meeting. The necessary technical matters Van Huy of Vietnam, IM Shyamnikhil P of 2 IM Nguyen Van Huy VIE 8 48 WGM Safranska Anda FRA 6.5
were decided in the meeting and also the Rlys, Raahul VS of TN, IM Vignesh NR of TN, 3 IM Shyaamnikhil P IND 8 49 Joshi Abhijeet IND 6.5
Utkal Ranjan Sahoo of Odisha, IM Tran Minh 4 Raahul V S IND 8 50 Himanshu Ranjan IND 6.5
appeal committee was formed in the same
Thang of Vietnam, IM Rathnakaran K of Rlys 5 IM Vignesh N R IND 8 51 Parikh Pratham IND 6.5
6 Sahoo Utkal Ranjan IND 8 52 Dhrupad Kashyap IND 6.5
and top seed GM Aleksandrov Aleksej of Be-
7 IM Tran Minh Thang VIE 8 53 FM Srinivasa Rao M. IND 6.5
After eight gruelling days of top notch chess larus scored 8 points each and tied for 2nd
8 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 8 54 Alan Diviya Raj IND 6.5
of Bhopal GM International 2018, which con- place but following tiebreak, they stood 2nd
9 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 8 55 Sreekar J S S IND 6.5
cluded at Hotel Kanta Shravan, witnessed to 9th respectively. 10 IM Khusenkhojaev Muhamad TJK 7.5 56 Jayachandra Srinivas V IND 6.5
many higher rated players biting the dust 11 GM Deviatkin Andrei RUS 7.5 57 CM Gopal K.N. IND 6.5
and emergence of some new talents. Among the participants from the state of 12 IM Nitin S. IND 7.5 58 Sanjay D G IND 6.5
Madhya Pradesh, the state's top player, Fide 13 GM Laxman R.R. IND 7.5 59 Manish Anto Cristiano F IND 6.5
GM Alexsandrov Aleksej of Belarus, the top Master Anuj Srivatri, drew with compatriot 14 FM Anuj Shrivatri IND 7.5 60 CM Thapa Krishna NEP 6.5
seed of the tournament, was crushed by Sri IM S Nitin and remained at the 13th place to 15 GM Manik Mikulas SVK 7.5 61 Savitha Shri B IND 6.5
Sai Baswath of AP in a Hungarian Defense get the best player of Madhya Pradesh award. 16 FM Purushothaman Thirumalai IND 7.5 62 Dahale Atul IND 6.5
game. Alexsej committed an error by playing State's Fide Master Anit Gajwa stopped 17 Pandey Srishti IND 7.5 63 Rushil Gupta IND 6.5
Grandmaster R. R. Laxman in the final round 18 Vaibhav Jayant Raut IND 7.5 64 Bharadia Yash IND 6.5
the queen on 15th move and Baswath took
and was the second best player of the state. 19 FM Gajwa Ankit IND 7.5 65 Sudarshan Bhat IND 6.5
immediate advantage of this error and won
20 Ayush Sharma IND 7.5 66 Aishwin Daniel IND 6.5
the game in 27 moves. In the 6th Round Woman Candidate Master Nityata Jain got
67 Polakhare Aryan IND 6.5
first place in the under-15 girls category.


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68 Kushwaha Neeraj R.S. IND 6.5 115 Barik Jagdish IND 5.5 162 Abhyuday Santhosh IND 5 208 Lakshyesh Mohan Gupta IND 5
69 Bipin Raj S IND 6.5 116 Rohit Ramanan T G IND 5.5 163 Sharma Varun IND 5 209 Salunke Pushkaraj IND 5
70 Arnav Kushwaha IND 6.5 117 Srikrishnan P IND 5.5 164 Samarth Raghuwanshi IND 5 210 Gupta R K IND 5
71 WIM Chandreyee Hajra IND 6 118 Sanchit Anand IND 5.5 165 Mayank Chakraborty IND 5 211 Asna Abdeen IND 5
72 Shreyash Shuvam Patnaik IND 6 119 Bhattacharya Arunava IND 5.5 166 Rathi Anay Anup IND 5 212 Vishwa Bala Kumaran M IND 5
73 Tarun V Kanth IND 6 120 Phatak Aanjaneya IND 5.5 167 Chilukuri Sai Varshith IND 5 213 Ganpat Singh Keer IND 5
74 WCM Jain Nityata IND 6 121 Singh Ojasva IND 5.5 168 Chirag Mudraje IND 5 214 Regmi Shikhar NEP 5
75 Vijay Shreeram P IND 6 122 Umang Kaisary IND 5.5 169 Subramanian R M IND 5 215 Mukesh Kumar Saxena IND 5
76 Ayush Jha IND 6 123 Bhogal Rupesh IND 5.5 170 Abhiram Pramod K IND 5 216 Parihar Rajeev Singh IND 4.5
77 Rakshith Srinivasan IND 6 124 Kohad Dipesh IND 5.5 171 Bhagyashree Patil IND 5 217 Falgun D Purohit IND 4.5
78 Mahindrakar Indrajeet IND 6 125 Kishor Shazzad BAN 5.5 172 Saketh Pedagandham IND 5 218 Tomar Nishant Singh IND 4.5
79 Vijay Anand M. IND 6 126 Atri Chattopadhyay IND 5.5 173 Panda Hrishikesh IND 5 219 A Sowmyanatha Reddy IND 4.5
80 Shah Moxit J IND 6 127 Dharani Srinivas K B IND 5.5 174 Dhruv Dak IND 5 220 Karthik Gopal G IND 4.5
81 Adireddy Tarun IND 6 128 Biswal Sagar IND 5.5 175 Konatham Snehil IND 5 221 Bhaskar N S IND 4.5
82 Kaushik G Iyer IND 6 129 Sarthak Rawat IND 5.5 176 Bhavyay Gupta IND 5 222 Gawai Siddhant IND 4.5
83 Gokulraj K IND 6 130 Nitin M Pai IND 5.5 177 Harshit Ranjan Sahu IND 5 223 Nagarkatte Vedant IND 4.5
84 Samal Aditya Ranjan IND 6 131 CM Chowdhury Sohel BAN 5.5 178 Midilesh Ms
IND 5 224 Kheerthi Ganta IND 4.5
85 Barath Kalyan M IND 6 132 Routray Priyanka IND 5.5 179 Gourav Nigam IND 5 225 Abhinav Dubey IND 4.5
86 Amal Roozi IND 6 133 Raghunandan Rohit IND 5.5 180 Kiyarra Sunil Khaturia IND 5 226 Nawin M S IND 4.5
87 Sriram B IND 6 134 Tiwari Shivansh IND 5.5 181 Yadav Bateshwar Singh IND 5 227 Viswak Sen M IND 4.5
88 Grahesh Y IND 6 135 Adireddy Arjun IND 5.5 182 Sarvade Mihiir IND 5 228 Varun Agrawal IND 4.5
89 Ritvik Gupta IND 6 136 Ananthapadmanabh D V IND 5.5 183 Sriansh Das IND 5 229 Renganayaki V IND 4.5
90 CM Lama Milan NEP 6 137 Ranjith R.K. IND 5.5 184 Fathima Abdeen IND 5 230 Shah Vishwa IND 4.5
91 Souhardo Basak IND 6 138 Ashwin Hariharan SGP 5.5 185 Prithvvi Singh IND 5 231 Anirudh M IND 4.5
92 Sathish Chandra G IND 6 139 Chetan Pratap Singh R IND 5.5 186 Ishvi Aggarwal IND 5 232 Prerak Darvekar IND 4.5
93 Dave Sneh IND 6 140 Kaur Palkin IND 5.5 187 Chandra Sekharan A P IND 5 233 Vinoth M IND 4.5
94 Das Susobhit IND 6 141 Raj Prakhar IND 5.5 188 Rudranarayan IND 5 234 Suryavanshi B Mohan IND 4.5
95 Krishnan Ritvik IND 6 142 Khamele Ojas IND 5.5 189 Bhagyashree G Patil IND 5 235 Divyaansh Tandon IND 4.5
96 Mhatre Rahat Rahul IND 6 143 Rithvik Raja M IND 5.5 190 Priyansh Sahu IND 5 236 Mahi Amit Doshi IND 4.5
97 Rindhiya V IND 6 144 Soundarya Kumar Pradhan IND 5.5 191 Suthershun A IND 5 237 Shreyas Seshadri Nallore IND 4.5
98 Deodhar Vrushali Umesh IND 6 145 Velpula Sarayu IND 5.5 192 Shahid Azmat IND 5 238 Soumya Das IND 4.5
99 Debata Sarthak IND 6 146 Gautam Kataria IND 5.5 193 Jaiveer Mahendru IND 5 239 Goutham D IND 4.5
100 Bhrigu Suryanarayan IND 6 147 Dalal Ashutosh IND 5.5 194 Koustuv Dash IND 5 240 Mukherjee Sanchit IND 4.5
101 Bhasima Prashan NEP 6 148 Sujay B M IND 5.5 195 Qureshi M A IND 5 241 Bajaj Prakhar IND 4.5
102 Iniyan Sivakumar IND 6 149 Md Bashiq Imrose IND 5.5 196 Nanditha V IND 5 242 Jitendra Kumar Jawahar IND 4.5
103 Leeladhar Kachroo IND 6 150 Hriday Dharmesh Sheth IND 5.5 197 Shah Ram Surat Prasad NEP 5 243 Suryapranjal Indrajeet S P IND 4.5
104 Bagwe Gaurang IND 6 151 Babel T Divyanshu IND 5.5 198 Aman Sharma IND 5 244 Agarwal Mukund H IND 4.5
105 Aditya Ramanathan IND 6 152 Sheikh Jahan IND 5.5 199 Pratyush Kumar IND 5 245 Abhishek D Chandra IND 4.5
106 Buxy Rajanikant IND 6 153 Arun Kataria IND 5.5 200 Shreyas Rajapurkar IND 5 246 Jain Chidesh IND 4.5
107 Shravan Swaminathan IND 6 154 Prachurya Kumar Pradhan IND 5.5 201 Dandekar Anuj IND 5 247 Tushar Damor IND 4.5
108 Gulhariya B K IND 6 155 Arora Honi IND 5.5 202 Ashvin Venkat G IND 5 248 Ketki Karsa IND 4.5
109 Roneet Das IND 6 156 Kapadi Yash IND 5 203 Nayem Haque BAN 5 249 Mohanty Abhigyan IND 4.5
110 Rajeev V M IND 6 157 Bhardwaj Vedant IND 5 204 Hend Pravin IND 5 250 Sudeep Tripathi IND 4.5
111 Ateeque Khan IND 6 158 Kant Swapnil IND 5 205 M Venkata Ruthvik IND 5 251 Dhungel Uttam NEP 4.5
112 Tejes Suresh Kumar IND 6 159 Anil Thungesh IND 5 206 Raghu Ram Reddy Seelam IND 5 252 Riddhika Kotia IND 4.5
113 Rathi Dhanashree IND 5.5 160 Shailesh Bise IND 5 207 Marsattiwar Yash IND 5
114 Jinan Jomon IND 5.5 161 Rahul Yadav IND 5 253 Devansh Panthi IND 4.5


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3rdCPPA Open Rating Chess Tournament 2018,Duliajan, Assam Final ranking 44 Jayanta Chutia 5½
Rk Name Pts 45 Nawab Mukril Zadeed 5½
Suvrajit Saha wins title 1 IM Suvrajit Saha 8 46 Avigyan Ghosh 5½
by IA Debashis Barua, Chief Arbiter 2 IM R.Balasubramaniam 8 47 Anuj Boro 5½
3 IM Palit Somak 7½ 48 Sanjib Chetia 5½
The 3rdCPPA Open Rating Chess Tournament niam drew and finished with 8 points. In 4 Mughaho Awomi 7½ 49 Abhrojyoty Nath 5½
2018 organized by Chess Players’ Parent’s better tie break, IM Suvrajit Saha emerged 5 Utpal Baruah 7½ 50 Parthiv Hazarika 5½
Association recognized by All Assam Chess the champion receiving trophy and cash 6 Singh Y. Dhanabir 7½ 51 Nabam Nikum 5½
Association and All India Chess Federation prize of Rs. 40,000/-. Second position was 7 Rintu Brahma 7½ 52 Arnabjyoti Gogoi 5½
from 15th to 20th December, 2018 at Bi- bagged by IM R.Balasubramaniam receiving 8 Manoj Barua 7½ 53 Dayaman Gogoi 5½
hutoli,Duliajan, Assam. a trophy and cash prize of Rs. 25,000/-. IM 9 Rakesh Chakravorty 7 54 Bornil Anubhab Neog 5½
10 Abhash Roimya Saikia 7 55 AFM Prasanna Tamuli 5
Somak Palit ended in the third position with
On 15th December, 2018 inauguration cer- 11 Cheniram Pegu 7 56 Mridumoloy Das 5
7.5 points after better tie. He received cash
emony was held at 3 pm where Mr. Asit Ba- 12 Projit Phukon 7 57 Anurag Medhi 5
prize of Rs. 20,000/- with a trophy.
13 Mukul Borah 7 58 Sukhavi Achumi 5
ruah, President Organizing Committee, pre-
14 Singh Chingkhei 6½ 59 Ballyr Sinha 5
sided over the function. Mr. Bedanta Prasad Organizers provided lunch and free accom-
15 Pran Govinda Parashar K 6½ 60 Bapuram Engti 5
Sarma, Resident Chief Executive Director,( modation to all players and parents.Refresh-
16 Sathyanarayanan S. 6½ 61 Yuwan Das 5
Oil India Ltd, Duliajan as Chief Guest), Mr ments were given to all players during the 17 Jitabrata Nath 6½ 62 Netradeep Das 5
Debasish Barua , International Arbiter, as game. 18 Winee Thengal 6½ 63 Saraswat Raj Rythm 5
Chief Arbiter of the tournament were present
19 Pratyush Kiran Borgohain 6½ 64 Rituraj Saikia 5
on the dais. After brief welcome address by Arbiter team headed by Mr. Debasish Barua, 20 Rituraj Tamuli 6½ 65 Jyotshnav Talukdar 5
Mr. AtikurZaman, working President, Chief IA, Chief Arbiter, Mr. M Arun Singh, FIDE 21 Jutiaditya Kakoti 6½ 66 Bhargav Gogoi 5
Guest officially announced the tournament Arbiter, Deputy Chief Arbiter, Mr. Dipak Pat- 22 Aarohan Saikia 6½ 67 Dishant Sharma 5
open by making a move on the chess board. giri, NA,Manik Dutta, NA, Mr. Golap Gogoi , 23 Dhrubajyoti Borpatra 6½ 68 Ranjan Changmai 5
Thereafter, first round started at 5 pm NA and Apurba Sonowal, NA conducted the 24 Sneha Halder 6½ 69 Birinchi Sonowal 5
championship successfully without single 25 Vivek Rajkumar 6 70 Srija Das 5
A total of 130 players from three different appeal or dispute. 26 Arun Som 6 71 Nandika Sahu 5
North Eastern states and Bengal, Rajasthan 27 Dhruv Phukan 6 72 Rajnish Verma 4½
and Tamilnadu, among which 83 FIDE rated The Chess Players’ Parent’s Association, 28 Anik Kumar Lahon 6 73 Anubhav Gogoi 4½
players participated in the Championship. Duliajan organizer of the tournament has so 29 Tanisha A R Som 6 74 Hritik Gogoi 4½
Time control was 90 minutes with 30 second many young dedicated personalities like Mr. 30 Abinash P Gogoi 6 75 Rishi Vishal Gogoi 4½
increment from move one. The tournament Dipanta Kumar Gogoi, Mr. Jayanta Gogoi, 31 Pulakesh Sahu 6 76 Abhishek Barua 4½
had 10 rounds with Swiss league system. MrWasim Salkia, Mr. Prabin Gogoi, under 32 Uday Bhaskar Sarmah 6 77 Aryam Sreyoj Gogoi 4½
Tournament hall was good, well illuminat- the leadership of Mr.Atikur Zaman,Working 33 Achitanga Kashyap 6 78 Jyotishmoy Das 4½
ed and ventilated. After tough fight in the President of CPPA, Duliajan and Mr. Ashit 34 Pradip Terang 6 79 Gaurav Nandan Nath 4½
ninth round, both the IMs, Suvrajit Saha Kr.Baruah, President CPPA,Duliajan.Prize Dis- 35 Parthaprotim Gogoi 6 80 Ayush Mahanta 4½
and R.Balasubramaniam were leading with tribution ceremony was held on 20th Decem- 36 Abhraneel Buragohain 6 81 Arunangshu Raj Dey 4½
7.5 points. ber, 2018 at 4 pm at the venue. Mr. Pranjit 37 Dutta Samaritan 6 82 Priyanuj Gogoi 4½
38 Subramanian T.V. 6 83 Kritarth Baruah 4½
Deka, ED(HR&A) Oil India, Duliajan was the
They were followed by three players with 7 39 Dutta Pehlaj 6 84 Arya Aryan Gogoi 4½
Chief Guest along with other distinguished
points. IM Somak Palit was next on the line 40 Tripartha Saikia 6 85 Mayukh Martin Konwar 4½
guest who attended the prize distribution
41 Sumangal Borgohain 5½ 86 Aman Borah 4½
with 6.5 points.In the tenth ceremony.
42 Devabarenya Gogoi 5½ 87 Abhishek Bordoloi 4½
43 Jadav Gogoi 5½ 88 Gyanam Gogoi 4½
round IM Subhrajeet and IM Balasubrama-


16 17
14th KCM FIDE Rated Chess Tournament (Below1600),Coimbatore 5 Thanga Manickam M 7½ 4 Sri Harinandan G 4
6 Shyaam M 7½ TN-CBE_U11
Dharun Kumar wins KCM FIDE Rated 7 Sarath Kumar Murugesan 7½
1 Tejaswi R 6
by IA V.Vijayaraghavan, Chief Arbiter 8 Deepak Raj R 7½
2 Sarvesh Aadityaa R 5
9 Jayaprakash M 7½
3 Tanushree V P 5
Under 13 boy Dharunkumar K, from Chen- Dharunkumar defeated Thanga Manickam M 10 Imran Hussain 7
nai, Tamil Nadu won the 14th KCM FIDE in the final round to win the 14th KCM FIDE 11 Priyan R S 7
Rated Chess Tournament (Below1600) held Rated Chess Tournament (Below 1600) with 12 Abi A 7 1 Arivarasu K P 6
at Krishna Kounder Kalyana Mandapam, Co- 13 Prawin K 7 2 Aadarsh Kumar M E 6
8.5 points.
imbatore. The 14th KCM FIDE Rated Chess 14 Sugunesh Babu 7 3 Ethan V Johnson 6
Tournament (Below1600) was organized by 15 Santhosh V R 7 TN-CBE_U15
Dharunkumar started the tournament with a
Kovai Chess Mates. The tournament was held draw against under 9 girl Jayashri of Coim- 16 Manoj B 7 1 Yogeshwaran S A 6½
from 28th Dec to 30th Dec 2018 comprising batore in round 1 and managed to score full 8 17 S. Jeevanandam 7 2 Muralishankar J T 6½
of 9 rounds in swiss format with a prize fund 18 Alagiri Sriram B 7 3 Midhru Jayan K 6
out of 8 in the rest of the rounds and was the
of Rs. 5,00,000/-. 19 Thirumurugan R 7 WOMEN
sole leader with 8.5 points out of 9 matches
20 Heera P 7
in the final ranking list. The 14th KCM FIDE Kavya. S 6
The tournament attracted totally 668 players 21 Magesh M 7
Rated Chess Tournament (Below1600) had S60
22 Vangala Prashanth 7
from 3 federations along with 15 states of In- five under 13 boys in the top 20 of the final
23 Raj Kamal S 7 Ravindran R 6
dia, which included 50+ players from Kerala ranking list and 3 players from under 15 24 Joju K V 7 Youngest
& Karnataka. Out of 668 Players 444 players along with 1 Under 09 & 11 kids. Similarly 25 Rajiv A 6½
where within the age group of 15. Under 13 Arul Prakash N Under 09 boy from Madurai Adhinan D 1
had 147 players, while under 09 & 11 had got first prize in the 1201-1400. In the U09
more than 115 players. Also the tournament 1001-1200 category Prajwal K M Under 13 Rk Name Pts
1 Pranav K P 6
had a close to 100 women players.There were boy from Karnataka won the first prize, fol- 1 Arul Prakash N 7½
2 Jack Samuel 6
89 cash prizes that included 30 main prizes, 2 Vinod S 7½
lowed by 2 under 09 boys from Karnataka 3 Anirudh Rajeev 5½
15 for 1000–1200 & 1201–1400, 10 for un- 3 Nagarajan P 7½
in the same category. 4 Aniruddh B 5½
rated players, for Coimbatore players 4 in 4 Arun R 7½
5 Vijay Adithya Muthu S 5
Under 9,11,13 & 15 category and 1 veteran, 5 Prabeesh K 7½
The tournament was inaugurated by A. U11
women & youngest kid. Other than this 15 Jayachandran, District Sports Officer along 1 Rajkumar S 6½
Trophies were distributed in Under 9,11,13 with M/s Ananthan Lakshmi, District inspec- 1 Prajwal K M 7½
2 Rakshitha P 6½
& 15 category. tors of physical education of sports on day 2 Chinmay Kowshik 7
3 Hari Hara Jagan S A 6
1 with a strategical d4 followed by d5. On 3 Mitul K H 6½
4 Sidharth Rajeev 6
Ten players were in the lead at the end of day 2, inauguration was done by Sankara- 4 Pavan Kumar Posa 6½
5 Gokul Vairamuthu 6
5th round with 5.0 points each. After the narayanan, Administrative office Deputy 5 Kavinkumar G 6½
sixth round four players Thanga Manickam, Collector.Few other dignitaries like S.AB- UNRATED
Sarath kumar , Rajiv and Sameer jointly 1 Kirpesh I 5½ 1 Sri Harish J 6½
DUL NAZER - Joint Secretary TNSCA visited
took the lead with 6.0 points each. Sarath 2 Dhivakaran M 5 2 Manikandan C 6½
during the tournament.The prize distribution
Kumar emerged as sole leader in the round 7 3 Barathan R 5 3 Raaghav Rajesh 6
function was done by the KCM team.
4 Rahul R T 5 4 Jayakrishna H 6
who beat the top seed in the previous round Main
5 Inakshi G 5 5 Femil Chelladurai 6
, while the match between the other two Rk Name Pts TN-CBE_U09 U15
leaders ended in draw. The overnight leader 1 Dharunkumar 8½
1 Kartheepan S 5½ 1 Sakthi Subash A S 6½
Sarath kumar lost to Thanga Manickam who 2 Bargava Narasimhan S 8
2 Vasanthi S 4½ 2 Praveen K B 6½
jointly lead with Deepak Raj and Dharun Ku- 3 Lakshmi Raja Perumal K 8
3 Jayashri M 4 3 Adit Ajad Yarra 6½
mar with 7.5 points at the end of 8th round. 4 Adithya Ramesh 7½


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Narenn Convention Intl. Open FIDE Rated Tournament,Hyderabad 7 IM Rajesh V A V 5 52 Aswin.P.G 4
8 IM Krishna C R G 6 53 Mithil Anande P 6
Sayantan Das wins title 9 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 6 54 Laddha Shubh Jayesh 5
by IA S Ganesh Babu, Chief Arbiter 10 Lokesh N. 7 55 Anilkumar O.T. 5
11 Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri 6 56 AIM Mohammed Shamil A 4
his game against Sammed Jayakumar 12 Singh S. Vikramjit 5 57 Aravinth Shanmugam S 5
IM Sayantan Das of West Bengal won the
Shete, while the other leaders ended up 13 Pimpalkhare Vedant 6 58 Sai Kiran Y 3
Narenn Convention International Open
their games with a draw. IM Sayantan 14 IM Gusain Himal 5 59 Rakshith Srinivasan 6
FIDE Rated Chess Tournament organized by
15 FM Matta Vinay Kumar 5 60 Afreed T Khan 6
Master’s Chess Academy. The 5 day event maintained his lead by defeating IM C R
16 Akshit Kumar J 6 61 Tuhin Dutta 6
was held from 17th to 21st November at G Krishna in the seventh round and to a
17 FM Ramu K. 6 62 Thaga Sheriff M 4
Narenn Covention, Hyderabad. draw in the eighth round to Bharat Kumar
18 Surendran N 5 63 CM Gopal K.N. 4
Reddy, who was in the second spot with two
19 Senthil Maran K 4 64 Joel Paul G 6
The Prize fund of Rs.8,00,000 was split other players IM Chakravarthi Reddy and
20 Chourasiya Hemant 5 65 M Tulasi Ram Kumar 6
into 35 Main Prizes with Rs.1,00,001 and a FM Ramakrishna. 21 Aniruddh Chatterjee 6 66 Badavath Anand 4
Trophy as the first prize , 46 Special Cash 22 Srujan Keerthan Solletti 6 67 Joshi Tejas 5
Prizes in various rating categories & 106 In the final round IM Sayantan Das signed 23 Manigandan S S 6 68 Shinde Rujul 5
Trophies for age categories. Event attracted a peace treaty with IM Chakravarthi reddy 24 Praveen Prasad P. 5 69 Charles J 6
380 players from 16 states and 4 countries and Ramakrishna tied for the first place 25 Nair Sanjeev 5 70 Nanditha V 5
out of which 279 players were internation- with Sayantan Das by winning his final 26 Gopinadh M 5 71 Chakravarthi S.V.C. 4
ally rated players. round against Bharat Kumar Reddy. Caissa 27 Kishore Kumar Jaganathan 6 72 Narasimha Raveendra G 4
smiled on Sayantan Das and blessed him 28 Sai Raj Gopal K 5 73 Rao K. Damodar 5
Six International Masters including the Top with better Buchholz tie-break score to win 29 Subramanian V 5 74 Kothari Pranit 5
seed C R G Krishna of Railways, 3 FIDE Mas- the title. 30 Nikhil M 4 75 Someswara Battu W 5
ters, 1 Women FIDE Master and 2 Candidate 31 Satyanarayana P. 6 76 Ganesh R 5
Masters participated in the event. Prizes were distributed by Mr.K S Prasad , 32 Ranjith R.K. 6 77 Devi Das Suresh Pai 4
General Secretary, Telangana State Chess 33 Aravind P V S 6 78 Neeraj Anirudh K 5
Top players were sailed smoothly till the Association, Mr.Suresh Babu, Organizing 34 Vinay R Jumani 5 79 Rithvik Raja M 5
second round, In the third round IM Himal Secretary delivered the vote of thanks.I 35 Patil Pratik 4 80 Rahul Krishna Viswanathan 5
Gusain of Railways held to a draw by 61st thank all the Players, Parents & the co-ar- 36 Vigneshwaran N. 6 81 Benasir M 4
seeded Harshit Ranjan Sahu. 8th seeded biters for their kind co-operation to run 37 Hari Charan Sai Kalluri 4 82 Mushini Ajay 5
this event successfully. I Thank All India 38 Phatak Aanjaneya 5 83 Dhanvij Ansh 5
Praveen Prasad lost to Vikash Nishad. Elev-
Chess Federation, Telangana State Chess 39 Harisurya Bharadwaj G 5 84 Suhaas A 4
en players were on full points at the end of
Association and Master’s Chess Academy 40 Kant Swapnil 5 85 Subba Raju S. 5
fourth round.
for appointing me as a chief arbiter for this 41 Vishwanath Prasad 5 86 Anirudh Rathna Arvind 5
event. 42 Shejal Sahil Sanjay 5 87 Shaik Sumer Arsh 5
IM Chakkravarthi Reddy slipped in the race
43 Karthik Sai Ch 5 88 Khilin Satra 5
by losing the game against K Ramu of Tel- 44 K Ashleesh 4 89 Laddha Yash Jayesh 5
angana in the 5th round. Five players IM C Final ranking
45 Sarath Chandra K 4 90 Kumar A. 4
R G Krishna, IM V A V Rajesh, IM Sayantan Rk Name Pts
46 Vikash Nishad 6 91 Viswak Sen M 5
das , Sammed jayakumar Shete and FM K 1 IM Das Sayantan 7
47 WFM Potluri Supreetha 4 92 Akshit Jha 4
Ramu jointly lead the tournament at the 2 FM Ramakrishna J. 7
48 Velpula Sarayu 5 93 Abhiram Pramod K 5
end of fifth round. 3 IM Chakravarthi Reddy M 7
49 Hemanth Sankar Reddy D 5 94 Vivek Ramanathan V 5
4 CM Prraneeth Vuppala 7
50 Dinesh Kumar Jaganathan 6 95 Divya Teja P 4
5 Parthasarathy R 7
IM Sayantan Das took the lead by winning 51 Ganesh D.V. 5 96 Rushyendra Chowdary K 5
6 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 7


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27th Telegraph Schools’ Chess,Kolkota Asian Continental Chess Championship, Makati City, Philippines

Mitrabha Guha is Telegraph School Champion Padmini clinches Asian Continental Women’s Championship title
by IA & FI S.Paul Arokia Raj, Chief Arbiter
IM Padmini Rout played out a quick
Many a chess tournament starts with a big bang and vanishes after some years. But draw against WGM Jue Wang of China
imagine a tournament which is being organized exclusively for the school children for in the ninth and final round to clinch
27 years successively and successfully. The event to this credit is the The Telegraph the women’s title in the Asian Conti-
Schools’ Chess Tournament sponsored by ‘The Telegraph’ and organized by the Alekh- nental Chess Championship in Makati
ine Chess Club, Kolkota every year during the month of December. The 27th edition of City, Philippines on 18th of December
this traditional event in the Indian chess calendar was organized at Gorky Sadan from 2018.
December 14 to 19,2018.
Padmini was tied at 7 points at the end
As many as 428 players representing 4 national federations (Bangladesh, Nepal , Phil- of nine rounds with Singapore’s WGM
ippines and India) thronged the Tournament hall for the six days event. The age group Qianyun Gong, who defeated WFM
of the participants varied from 5 to 16 years. The quality of the game and the playing Turmunkh Munkhzul of Mongolia in
strength in all the nine rounds matched a national championship and was never a stand- the final round with black but emerged
ard of school level. In all the nine round the players fought tooth and nail to ensure a victorious on the basis of better tie break score. With the win, the 24-year-old has qualified
top rank for themselves and also for their school as a team. FM Mithrabha Guha (South for the Women’s World Chess Championships scheduled for 2020.
Point School) who remained unbeaten outwitted Parley Sahoo in the final round in a
prolonged battle punctuated with a masterly end game to garner 8.5 points and stood In the open section, GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly just needed a draw in the final round to
clear first. He carried home Rs.21000/- apart from The Telegraph trophy. The runner up clinch the title. However, the 35-year-old from Kolkata lost to Vietnam’s GM Quang Liem
was Koustav Chatterjee (Garden High School) with 8 points and this made him richer Le in a 66 moves. The victory also ensured that Liem Le bagged the crown on better tie
by Rs.16000/-.In a three way tie for the third place FM Rajdeep Sarkar (Bhaban’s Gan- break score in a three way tie for the top spot which saw GM Yi Wei of China and GM Mamin
gubaux School) finished on the top for third place with 7.5 points. Tabatabaei of Iran finished with 6.5 points from a possible nine.Ganguly, however, with his
excellent performance bagged a spot in the World Cup 2020. GM Vidit Santhosh Gujrathi
In the prestigious battle for the Best School award the South Point school emerged as won the bronze medal at the Asian Continental Blitz Championship.
the overall champion with a tally of 28.5 points The first runner up was Aditya Academy
(Senior Secondary) with 27.5points and the second runner up was Vivekananda Mis- World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad,Konya Turkey
sion Scool with 26.5 points. The best game prize for the Parimal Mukharjee Trophy was
won by the champion of the tournament Mithrabha Guha for his game against Rajdeep India bags silver
Sarkar in the eighth round.
Team India takes the Silver Medal in
On the afternoon of 14th December the youngest participant of the tournament five 2018 World Youth Under-16 Chess
year old Aaynas Burman made the inaugural move ‘d4’ and flagged off the event. On Olympiad which concluded today in
the last day on 19th December in a glittering ceremony Shri. Raju Mukherjee, a famous Konya, Turkey.In the final round, In-
cricketer from Bengal and Shri. P.K. Bannerjee, a pioneer Coach in Foot ball felicitated dia was paired against Iran. After the
the winners. top three boards had ended in draws,
Final ranking: WIM Divya Deshmukh scored a crucial
Rank Name FED School Pts victory over WFM Asadi Motahare to
1 Mitrabha Guha IND South Point High School 8½ secure Silver for India.Top-seed Uz-
2 Koustav Chatterjee IND Garden High School 8 bekistan won Gold while China settled
3 Rajdeep Sarkar IND Bhaban's Gangabux K. V. M., Salt Lake. 7½ for Bronze.
GM Narayan Srinath (Coach) GM P.Iniyan,WFM Divya Deshmukh,
4 Sanket Chakravarty IND Vivekananda Mission School 7½ GM Erigaisi Arjun, Sankalp Gupta and Koustav Chatterjee
Cont.on p.26 23
India managed to defeat Azerbaijan 2.5-1.5 in the penultimate round. Koustav won as ex- AICF Central Committee Meeting 22.12.2018
pected, as he positionally outplayed his opponent. His opponent couldn’t handle the pressure
after some point and collapsed completely. Koustav kept things stable on the fourth board
and scored crucial wins on more than one occasion. The team couldn’t have won Silver
without his crucial contribution. Arjun won from a harmless, equal position as his opponent
let fear rule his senses. In an innocuous position arising from the French Defense exchange
variation, he kept burning up his time for simple moves. After a couple of hours, he was
under pressure on both time and the clock. Arjun didn’t really need a second invitation.

Sankalp got into a bad position from a harmless Queen’s Indian Defense. He played in the
‘typical Indian style’ described by the Italian grandmaster David Albert in one of his inter-
views. He strategically bankrupt his position early, but kept putting up tenacious resistance.
His opponent misplayed the position and it became neutral. Looking at his team going down
2-0, the pressure got to Sankalp’s opponent and he went berserk. Sankalp had chances to
win in various ways, but emotion got the better of him and he decided to repeat the position
to ensure India’s victory. The AICF Central Council Meeting was held on 22nd of December 2018 at the Hyatt Re-
gency in Chennai. This is the meeting where all the important decisions and changes with
Iniyan’s opponent equalized from the opening and got a comfortable middlegame. The right regards to the administration in Indian chess are taken. The AICF Central Council came up
thing to do would’ve been to liquidate, but India’s position wasn’t all that clear on the other with some crucial decisions like a grant of Rs.50,000 each to 12 states to organize FIDE
boards. Iniyan tried to overpress and his position became worse gradually. By the time India rating tournaments, A grant of Rs.50,000 each to 12 states under the project Smart Girl
had 2.5 points, he had too little on the clock and on the position to be able to save the game. to boost women's chess in our country. There were further decisions made with regards to
If Arjun did the bulk of the early scoring at the top, like Virat Kohli does for India, it was rating category tournaments in India, the boarding money of official players for national
Divya who finished like Dhoni, taking the game till the end and setting up a smashing finish. championships, Chess in Schools Project and much more. The below article are the points
The final round heavyweight battle between Arjun Erigaisi and Firouzja Alireza came to a sent to us by AICF after the meeting ended.
premature end as Firouzja equalized easily from the opening and offered a draw. Arjun
did his job and won silver medal for board 1 with a rating performance of 2678. The central council meeting of AICF was held on 22 December 2018 at Hyatt Regency,
Chennai. The council made the following important decisions:
Iniyan gradually tried to take over in a King’s Indian Defense game, and a complicat-
ed middlegame ensued. However, it got liquidated and petered out into a draw. Iniyan 1. AICF will extend a grant of Rs. 50000/- each totalling Rs.6,00,000/- to the following
probably played for the longest and worked hardest in this tournament for India, and states Puducherry, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu &
his efforts were pivotal for the team’s success, even if the persoanl result didn’t always Kashmir, Chandigarh,Andaman & Nicobar, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh
work in his favour. to conduct FIDE Rated chess tournaments with minimum 100 players and maximum entry
fee of Rs. 250/-.
Sankalp was really motivated to win from the start and went ahead on full steam.
However, his opponent defended resolutely and didn’t give him any inch. The po- 2. AICF will extend a grant of Rs. 50000/- each totalling Rs.6,00,000/- to the following
sition became strategically worse, but Sankalp always ensured that he had more states Puducherry, Rajasthan, Haryana, Punjab, Jharkhand, Assam, Sikkim, Nagaland, Uttar
time. Meanwhile, as Divya won on the 4th board and put India ahead, it all boiled Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Chhattisgarh and Telangana to conduct FIDE Rated Chess tourna-
down to this game. Sankalp showed better nerves than his opponent and swindled ments exclusively for girl players with minimum 50 players and maximum entry fee of Rs.
a draw. He played his heart out for the team and deservedly got a bronze medal on 250/- under project ‘SMART GIRL’, the new initiative of AICF for girl players.
board 3. Although he required a win in the last two rounds to complete the live rating
formalities for his IM title, he always put the team’s interest ahead of his personal interest 3. The boarding money of official players for national championship will be increased to Rs.
and spared no effort. 1500/- from Rs. 1000.

4. Remuneration of Chief Arbiter/Deputy Chief Arbiters/Arbiters for national championships

24 25
Cont.from p.22
has been increased. It is also decided to have two Deputy Chief Arbiters for National Un- 5 Soham Dey IND Aditya Academy (Senior Secondary) 7½
der-7, Under-9, Rapid & Blitz. 6 Ayan Pal IND Don Bosco Park Circus 7
7 Rupam Mukherjee IND Uttarpara Amarendra Vidyapith 7
5. Remuneration of Coaches and Trainers has been increased. 8 Mohanty Soyamsree IND Delhi Public School Rourkela 7
9 Praloy Sahoo IND Santragachi Kedarnath Institution 7
6. Below category events can only be below 1600. You cannot have tournaments like below 10 Ghosh Samriddhaa IND Shri Shikshayatan School 7
1400 or below 1500. It can be below 1600 or anything above that. 11 Pratyay Chowdhury IND The Park Institution 7
12 Sambarta Banerjee IND Aditya Academy (Senior Secondary) 7
7. For all national championships, the hall temperature not to exceed 30 degree Celsius. 13 Bhattacharyya Soham IND La Martiniere For Boys 7
14 Debargha Basu IND Hare School 7
8. To reduce the expenditure of parents as well as organisers, the number of days for Na- 15 Debarghya Samanta IND Calcutta Boy's School 7
tional Under-7 championships has been reduced to 6 days. 16 Rounak Pathak IND South Point High School 7
17 Mohammad Shafiqul Islam BAN St. Gregorys High School 7
9. For better preparation of players and organisers, the entries for national championships 18 Arijit Mukherjee IND Madarat Popular Academy 7
will be closed 15 days before the event. 19 Arijit Ghosh IND Delhi Public School, Joka 7
20 Sagnik Saha IND B D M International 7
10. AICF will extend a grant of Rs. 5,00,000/- to conduct of 3 days Chess in School Seminar 21 Anushka Gupta IND Vivekananda Mission School 7
for Coaches/Officials. 22 Arunika Ghosh IND Sri Krishna Mission School, Agartala 7
23 Shuvam Roy IND Sonarpur Shiksha Sadan 6½
C.G.S.Narayanan wins prizes in Poland 24 Sudipa Haldar IND Shri Shikshayatan School 6½
25 Anish Rooj IND E.G.E.I 6½

3-4 th place 10th WCCT 2016=17 to a critical position A in the solution except
Mikhail Gromov & for a small difference -Ed
Oleg Pervakov (Russia) Thematic try:1.c8Q? Rxc8 [1...Qxd3
2.Qc1+ Qd1 3.Nf3+ Ke2 4.Qc4+ Qd3
5.Qa2+ Kd1 6.Qa1+; 1...Qa2+ 2.Kh1
Rxh7+ 3.Nh3] 2.Nf3+ Ke2 3.Rd2+ Ke3
4.Nd5+ Ke4 5.Rd4+ Kf5 6.Rxf4+ Kg6
7.Ne7+ Kxh7 8.Rh4+ Qh6 9.Ng5+ Kh8
10.Nf7+ Kh7 11.Rxh6+ gxh6 12.Nxc8 a5
13.Nb6 a4 14.Nxa4 Kg8 draw
1.Nf3+ Ke2 2.Rd2+ Ke3 3.Nd5+ Ke4 4.Ne7
Ke3 5.c8Q [5.Nf5+ Ke4 6.N5h4 Ke3 7.Rd8
Qa2+ 8.Kh3 Qe6+]5...Rxc8 6.h8Q Rxh8
Win [6...Qf1+ 7.Kxf1 Rxh8 8.Kg2]7.Nd5+ Ke4
Very rarely we come across an endgame 8.Rd4+ Kf5 9.Rxf4+ Kg6 10.Ne7+ Kh7
study with a problematic finish! Here is one 11.Rh4+ Qh6 12.Ng5#Excellent tries and
from the recent World Chess Compositions the main variation ends with a mate.Sol-
Tournament for your pleasure. The theme id logical study from the Russian duo.The
D.V.Sundar, Vice President FIDE, presents C.G.S.Narayanan, FIDE mater for chess com-
required was the foresight theme.In a win black rook has to move to h8 in order to
positions and Editor, AICF Chronicle trophies which the latter won in Polish chess problem
or draw study there is atleast one logical complete the nice pin model mate with self
tourney for his chess compositions
try. In this a critical position B occurs that block on h8
(story on page 40)
is very similar
ONGC 47th TN State Women Chess Championships,Tiruvarur…. 32 Annapurni S 5½ 83 Subhasree K S 4
33 Harsha Y 5½ 84 Kapila R 3½
Thamaraiselvi is Champion 34 Bhuvaneshwari.R 5 85 Varshini A 3½
35 M Padma Pratibha 5 86 Dharini R 3½
by IA Bhuvanaa Sai L.R, Chief Arbiter 36 Swapna C N 5 87 Anandha Priya S 3½
ONGC 47th TN State Women Chess Champion- had a better tie break and was declared as 37 Sandhya S 5 88 Stevlin S Stalin 3½
ship was jointly organized by Tiruvarur District the champion of ONGC 47th TN Women state 38 Soundariya Lakshmi G 5 89 Anushga S 3½
39 Vijayasubhasri S 5 90 Ruhika S 3½
Chess Association and ONGC Karaikkal here at Chess Championship. Jyothsna L of Cudda-
40 Harsha R 5 91 Sruthi Laya S 3½
Thirumathi Rasammal Thirumana Arangam, lore was the runner-up of this championship.
41 Ahalya A 5 92 Preethi Selvarasu 3½
Tiruvarur from 2nd January to 6th January Balakannamma, Saranya J,Saranya Y and 42 Tina C 5 93 Madhu Varsha M 3
2019. This championship was a nine round Genita Gladys A finished in 3rd to 6th places re- 43 Ruvenaa Priscecaa H 5 94 Roshni S 3
swiss tournament attracted 118 players from spectively with 7 points each. Shri D.V.Sunda- 44 Monisha S 5 95 Stevia V E 3
19 districts. It was inaugurated by Rtn PDG r,Vice President FIDE as Chief Guest distributed 45 Kanishkaa C 5 96 Divya R 3
N.Govindaraj, district governor 2009-2010 Ro- the prizes.ONGC 47th TN State Women Chess 46 Malleswari P 5 97 Roshitha R 3
tary district 2980 on 2nd January at 9.30 am. Championship concluded in a grand manner. 47 Swati M 5 98 Lokita S 3
48 Kaviarasi Kannan 5 99 Sakana S 3
Seeded players sailed smoothly up to 3 rounds. Final ranking 49 Gopika Veeraselvam 5 100 Yazhini MR 3
At the end of the 4th round WFM Saranya J of Rk Name Pts 50 Sasvatha A 5 101 Srinika S 3
Chennai drew with Harivardhini I of Thiruval- 1 Thamaraiselvi P 7½ 51 Dakshitha Anand 5 102 Shivani S 3
2 WCM Jyothsna L 7½ 52 Kanishka S 5 103 Neha T 2½
lur in 40 moves. Top seeded WCM Jythosna
3 Bala Kannamma P 7 53 Vaishnavi Y 5 104 Harini M 2½
L of Cuddalore, Bharkavi S of Kanyakumari,
4 WFM Saranya J 7 54 Thilakavathi B 4½ 105 Divyadharshini A M 2½
Saranya Y of Thiruvallur, Chennai Players 55 Anunithi S S 4½ 106 Bharathi K 2½
5 Saranya Y 7
Balakannamma P and Rindhiya V shared the 56 Harini Sukumar 4½ 107 Anna Poorani J P 2½
6 Genita Gladys A 7
lead with full points. 57 Nishanthini U 4½ 108 Vedhika V 2½
7 Rindhiya V 6½
8 Divyabharathi Masanam 6½ 58 Deepika P 4½ 109 Shiva Mahima S.N 2½
Y.Saranya (Thiruvallur), P.Balakannamma 9 Senthamizh Yazhini S 6½ 59 Kalaiarasi D Pasubathi 4½ 110 Sahanaa S M 2
(Chennai) and L.Jyothsna (Cuddlaore) played 10 Harshini B 6½ 60 Elan Thendral A S 4½ 111 Monisha A M 2
with 5 points each in 6th round. On the top 11 Swarnamala B 6½ 61 Lakshanaa R 4½ 112 Joy Elvina E 2
table Saranya lost to Balakannama and on the Tejaswi R 6½ 62 Lakshana Subramanian 4½ 113 Maheswari S 2
2nd table I.Harivardhini(Thiruvallur) split the 13 Harivardhini I 6 63 Yamini R 4½ 114 Aathin priya J 1½
point with L.Jyothsna. At the end of this round 14 Meenatchi Rajam V 6 64 Akshaya Vaibhavi M 4½ 115 Nitharsana N 1½
15 Kavitha P L 6 65 Sarumathi S 4½ 116 Dharshini S ½
Balakannama P of Chennai was the sole leader
16 Rebecca Jesumarian 6 66 Sahana Sk 4½ 117 Rakshitha P 0
with a perfect score. Jyothsna snatched a point
17 Dakshinya T R S 6 67 Divya Lakshmi R 4 118 Divya Sri K M 0
from Balakannamma in the next round and 68 Dharani M 4 Category prizes
18 Bharkavi S 6
took the sole lead with 6.5points. Y.Saranya of 69 Shaarikha B 4 Youngest player
19 Kamali B 6
Thiruvallur, Chennai sisters Bala and Thamarai 70 Arathana L 4 Srinika S 3
20 Trisha B 6 Best veteran
followed the leader with 6 points each. 21 Kirtana S P 6 71 Saradha M 4
Malleswar 5
22 Mohana R 5½ 72 Keerthana Moorthy 4 Beast Under-9
In the penultimate round the younger sister 23 Tarunika P 5½ 73 Pooja Prabhakaran 4 Lakshana Subramanian 4½
Thamarai Selvi played with white pieces and 24 Benasir M 5½ 74 Indira Priyadharshini Subbu 4 Best Under-11
shocked her elder sister in 31 moves. The 75 Harshini S 4 Kanishkaa C 5
25 Dharani Sree R 5½ Best Under-13
game between Jyothsna L and Saranya Y 26 Yashavishree N 5½ 76 Rakshatha S A 4
Yashavishree N 5½
ended in a draw. Jyothsna and Thamaraiselvi 27 Tejaswini G 5½ 77 Rakshana C N 4 Best Under-15
28 Femil Chelladurai 5½ 78 Subhiksha Keerthi A V 4 Rebecca Jesumarian 6
were the leaders with 7 points each. In the
29 Sanju Shree Murali 5½ 79 Nivedhitha T R S 4 Best Turuvarur players
clash between the 1st and 8th seed Jyothsna 1. Kamali B 6
30 Jaya Suriyah Ayyappan 5½ 80 Swetha J 4
drew with Thamaraiselvi and tied for the title 81 Vasumathi K 4 2. Vasumathi K 4
31 Akshaya Rajaraman 5½ 3. Divya R 3
with 7.5 points each. Thamaraiselvi of Chennai 82 Thanishka T S 4 4. Divyadharshini A M 2½


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1st TCPCA CG State Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament 2018,Chattisgarh 31 Srivastava Aarushi 5 76 Mohta Shorya 4
32 Vatsal Agrawal 5 77 Sahu Maheshwar 4
Dhananjay wins title 33 Rohit Kumar Sahu 5 78 Banchhor Bhavya 4
by FA Girdhar Lal Deshmukh,Chief Arbiter 34 Tiwari Gaurav 5 79 Shrivastava Ankitesh 4
35 Ghosh Aniruddha 5 80 Agrawal Aruni 4
36 Ghosh Arnab 5 81 Chopda Aksh 4
1st TCPCA CG State Open FIDE Rated Chess and accompanying persons of all out station
37 Sharma Abhay 5 82 Markande Saurabh 4
Tournament was jointly organized by TCP- players. I would like to thank Chhattisgarh
38 Raju Kumar Sahu 5 83 Dhruwanshi Shaniya 4
CA(Twin City Parents Chess Association) and Pradesh Chess Association for appointing me
39 Rohit Rajjak 5 84 Dewangan Rocky 4
NDCA, Associated with Chhattisgarh Pradesh as the Chief Arbiter of this tournament and
40 Tushar Joshi 5 85 Aditya Goel 4
Chess Association, and under the aegis of All also Navodit Durg District Chess Association
41 Kothari Namit 5 86 Kanwar Madurupendra 4
India Chess Federation at Kurmi Bhavan, Bhilai, for unparallelled support.
42 Sabraj Singh Bhatia 5 87 Uttam Mishra 3½
Dist- Durg,Chhattisgarh. The event was spread 43 Singhal Rhythm 5 88 Pada Ghosh Bhakti 3½
over four days; daily two rounds (total eight Final ranking 44 Varun Agrawal 4½ 89 Chopda Anurag 3½
rounds) with a time frame of 90 minutes and Rk Name Pts 45 Doultani Vinesh 4½ 90 Sandhya Kurre 3½
30 seconds increment with move one. Digital 1 S Dhananjay 8 46 Shankar Sharma Shiv 4½ 91 Agrawal Saumya 3½
chess clocks were provided in all the boards 2 Ashutosh Banerjee 7 47 Mohta Aujsya 4½ 92 Sahu Deepmala 3½
during championship. 3 Kumar Sao Ashish 6½ 48 Kumar Agrawal Kishor 4½ 93 Kesharwani Yash 3½
4 Rahul Sharma 6½ 49 Dhairya Himanshu 4½ 94 Patel Basant 3½
The event attracted a total number of 148 5 Singh Vishvajeet 6½ 50 Rai Ansh 4½ 95 Chouhan Sourabh 3½
players (including 22 female players) from 12 6 Thadhani Manish 6½ 51 Sahu Akanshu 4½ 96 Singh Arora Gurman 3½
districts of Chhattisgarh. The average rating 7 Idu Sheikh 6 52 Meshram Aditya 4½ 97 Sahu Dharini 3½
of the tournament was 1117. Total 60 players 8 Anshul Uppal 6 53 Mishra Anshul 4½ 98 Aditya Agrawal 3½
9 Jha Sushant 6
were rated out of 148 participants. The total 54 Singh Samar 4½ 99 Agrawal Arpit 3
10 Deepak Sahu 6
prize fund of the event was Rs. 50,000/- along 55 Choudhari Aryan 4½ 100 Vishwakarma Chandan 3
11 Kumar Pathak Ravish 6 56 Sandeep Lalwani 4½ 101 Vishwakarma Pravin 3
with trophies and participation certificates to
12 Kashyap Jatin 6 57 Sahu Pileshwar 4½ 102 Kesharwani Jesh 3
all players.
13 Vansh Agrawal 6 58 Rahul Chakradhari 4½ 103 Kumar Bariha Kishan 3
14 Pal Mahendra 6 59 Nahta Divyansh 4½ 104 Saini Ishaan 3
In opening ceremony on 27th Dec 2018 at
15 Gond Indeewar 5½ 60 Thakur Rathindra 4 105 Yash Kureel 3
09:00 am. Mr. Kailash Malhotra,DGM,Bhilai 16 Aditya Krishna Kotikalapudi 5½
Steel Plant was the chief Guest, and Mr. 61 Nair Aryan 4 106 Saboo Rahul 3
17 Sahu Rohit 5½ 62 Vimal Shrivastava 4 107 Mathur Mehak 3
Parvinder Singh,President(OA) was the special 18 Rochlani Ravi 5½
guest of the function.S. Dhananjay has won 63 Chawre Sumedh 4 108 Thakur Pankaj 3
19 Tripathi Tanishka 5½ 64 Vidish Agrawal 4 109 Chandrakar Parth 3
the championship with scoring 8 points. The 20 E T Manoj 5½ 65 Gurvinder Singh Arora 4 110 Singh Arora Livjot 3
Chief Guest of the closing ceremony was Shri 21 Patel Anubhav 5½ 66 Girish Sahu 4 111 Sanika More 3
Pratap Madhyani (President NDCA), Shri B 22 Garg Rohan 5½ 67 Ramlal Sawaiya 4 112 Gupta Shivam 3
Chandrashekhar Iyer, Secretary CPCA 23 Kumar Kashyap Vijay 5½ 68 Khatwa Mishthy 4 113 Chhagan Lal Sahu 3
24 Sanskar Kashyap 5½ 69 Yadav Prachi 4 114 Tanay Singhal 3
The event was very well organized in good 25 Anil Kanholkar Yashsva 5½ 70 Ahamed Khan Shafique 4 115 Subhi Agrawal 3
facilated hall provided by Organizer. A very 26 P L Sastry 5 71 Adityaraj Pal 4 116 Shivam Mishra 3
good team of arbiters and official worked 27 Singh Shubham 5 72 Satish Das Manikpuri 4 117 Khatwa Vanedh 3
very well and the event concluded without 28 Kumar Neeraj 5 73 V Gautam Rao 4 118 Chakravarty Ainesh 3
any protest. The organizers has provided free 29 Singh Sushanjeet 5 74 Kanishka Sharma 4 119 Ferrao Bharti 3
accommodation to players at Kurmi Bhawan 30 Mahadev Rao 5 75 Mishra Vikash 4 120 Yadav Utkarsh 3


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Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron
Selected games from National game unfolds we get the impression that
Karthikeyan, though playing white, is ill at
25.Nf2³]20...Rg4! 21.Be3 gxf5 22.h3!?
[It is surprising that white makes such a
senior Chess Champonship, Jammu ease and unhappy. His defeat in this game mistake. As a rule, one should not move the
2019 almost seems to be pre-destined!] pawns in his own castled position as it would
Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron 1.e4 [1.g4]1...c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 g6 4.d4 lead to weaknesses that the opponent would
cxd4 5.Nxd4 Bg7 6.Nb3 Nf6 7.Be2 0–0 exploit. Apart from this, his worry and prior-
Swapnil,S. Dhopade (2490)
8.0–0 d6 9.Bg5 Be6 10.Rb1?! [This ap- ity should be to get his pieces into the game
Karthikeyan,Murali (2591) [E73]
pears to be a very strange move, as though with moves like Rbd1 and Ndf3.]22...Rg6
white is afraid of the Dragon bishop in this 23.Qd1 [Now 23.Nf3 is too late because of
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Be2
variation of the Accelerated Dragon. But it 23...f4! threatening both ....fxe3 as well as
0–0 6.Bg5 Na6 7.Qd2 Qe8 8.h4 e5 9.d5
has been played before by Ljubojevic against ....Qxh3.]23...Nf6 24.Qf3 [He cannot defend
Nc5 10.Qe3 h5 11.b4?! [A novelty that
Kamsky in 1994! 10.Qd2=]10...Rc8 11.Re1 d5 with 24.c4 b5! 25.b3 e5 26.dxe6 fxe6
fails to hurt black.]11...Na4 12.Nb5 Qd7
[[#]][Black's attack gallops after: 20.Qxc5 [A second rook move so early in the game 27.Nf3 Ne4–+ Black's forces are in full flow.
[A difficult move to make. It blocks his Bc8,
Qb8! 21.Qe3 Qd6! 22.Rb1 Rc2 23.Nf3 Rfc8 suggests that white is not comfortable with But now the white queen is occupying his
but hopes it is only temporary. If 12....Qd8
24.0–0 R8c3 25.Bd3 Rxa2 and white's pinned the way the opening is proceeding. 11.Qd2 knight's natural square - f3. And the knight
or 12....Qe7 his Nf6 gets pinned.]13.Qb3 c6
bishop is a cause for great concern.] could lead to some kind of a 'normal' game.] has to go to a less effective square.]24...
[This gives slightly better chances for black.
20...Be7! 21.Nf3 Bxc5! [A very fine move 11...a6 12.Bf1 Re8 13.Nd5 Bxd5 14.exd5 e5! 25.dxe6 fxe6 26.Rbd1 [Threat now is
If 13...Nb6? 14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.c5 c6 16.Nc3
that threatens the winning ....Bxf2+!]22.Qb3 Ne5 15.c3= [White is concerned over the 27. Nc4, but....]26...b5!–+ [Good strategy
dxc5 17.bxc5 Nxd5 18.exd5 e4 19.0–0–0
eventual unmasking of the Bg7 and attempts involves prevention of good moves by the
Qf5 20.f3±]14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Qxa4 cxb5
to neutralise it in advance.]15...Qd7 16.f4 opponent. Here, Nbc4 is stopped.]27.Nb3
16.Qxb5 [Better was: 16.cxb5 Qe7 17.Qd1
Nc4 17.Bxc4 Rxc4 [[#] Qc7 28.Nd4 Ne4! [This knight has a winning
Bxh4 18.Bxh5 Qg5 19.Kf1 Bxf2 20.Kxf2 f5³
outpost in the centre of the board.]29.Ne2
21.Qc1 fxe4+ 22.Bf3 Qf6³]16...Qc7=
Be5 [This is the sort of move that sends
terrors into the opponent's heart, especially
if he is in time trouble. Is he going to play
...d5 and then ....Bh2+ with nasty discovered
attacks or is he going to double or triple along
the semi-open g-file?!]30.Nf4 [[#]][White
is going downhill, no matter what. If 30.Bd4
Re7 31.Bxe5 dxe5 32.Kh2 Reg7 33.Rg1 Kh8
22.0–0 Bxf2+! 23.Rxf2 (23.Kh2 Qd6 24.Qb3 34.Qd3 Rg8 35.Qe3 Ng5–+]
Rxc1 25.Rxc1 Qf6!! 26.Kh1 Qf4 27.Qb2 f5!)
23...Qd6! and the Rc1 is skewered!]22...
Bb4+! [The Rc1 is captured with check.] 0–1 Black's position is preferable as his rook on
(diag)17.c5 [This is almost forced as normal
the f-file is active and white's Bishop is doing
development can lead to a difficult game for
Karthikeyan,Murali (2591) hardly anything. The only plus for white is
white: 17.Nf3 Bd7 18.Qa5 Qxa5 19.bxa5 Rfc8
Aravindh,Chithambaram Vr (2584) his pressure along the e-file.]18.Nd2 Ra4!
20.Rb1 Rab8 21.Nd2 Bd8! 22.Nb3 f5 with
[Both Karthikeyan Murali and Vr Aravindh 19.Qb3 Nh5 20.f5? [Not 20.Rxe7? The black
a good game for black.]17...Bd7 18.Qc4
Chithambaram were born in 1999 and both queen is really not overloaded as this move
Rac8! [Thanks to his superior development
belong to Tamil Nadu. While Karthikeyan seems to indicate. If 20...Rxe7 21.Bxe7 Qxe7!
black's attack smoothly flows! Black is in
was twice National Champion in 2015 and 22.Qxa4 Qe3+ 23.Kh1 Qxd2–+; However, a
trouble as his king-side is yet to be devel-
2016, this is Aravindh's first success in the better alternative was: 20.g3 b5 21.Re4 h6
oped.]19.Rc1 dxc5 20.bxc5
senior National Chess Championship. As the 22.Bh4 Rxe4 23.Nxe4 Bf6 24.Bxf6 exf6!


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30...Rg3 31.Qh5 Qf7 [Incredibly, black of- 27...Kf7 [This appears to be an extravagant [[#]For his rook, black has a knight and
fers exchange of queens in an advantageoud [Better 10...Be6 11.d4 b6=]11.Qc2 Be6 move, but big danger awaits the natural 27... pawn and an active phalanx of pawns in
middle-game. 31...Qc6! would have brought 12.Rac1 [The c5 pawn becomes the focus Nd7 28.Rc6! Nc5 29.Bxc5 Bxc5 30.Bxe6+ the centre.]17.b4!? [The grandmaster
white into extreme agony.]32.Qxf7+ Kxf7 of white's attack.]12...Rac8 13.Qb1 Rfd8 Kh8 31.Rc8 Qe7 32.Rxe8+ Qxe8 33.Qe5!+– takes a chance to steer the game into
33.Nh5 Rg6 34.Bf4 [[#] 14.h3 Qa5 15.Bc3 Nb4 [Black wants to at- Black is losing his d-pawn. But that is a small wild complications because, if 17.Rb1 a5
tack. Wiser was: 15...Qa3 16.d4 b6=]16.a4 concern because his queen is confined to the and white does not have many options for
Qb6 17.d4 Nc6 [Better was: 17...c4 18.Bd2 back rank to protect mate.]28.Qc2 g6 [28... active play.]
Nd3 19.Bxd3 cxd3 20.Qxd3 f6 21.Rxc8 Rxc8 Kg8 29.Qc7! Qxc7 (29...Qd7 30.Qe5! with
22.Rc1=]18.Qb2 cxd4?!± [[#]] 31.Rc7 to follow.) 30.Rxc7 e5 31.Bxb6+–]29. 17...Nxb4= [Not 17...Qxb4?! 18.Rb1 Qxc4
Qc7+ Be7 30.Qf4+! [After 30.Qf4+! Bf6 19.Rxb7 Rc8 20.Qc1!±]18.Rb1 Nxa2?!
31.Rc7+ wins.] [Black can keep his advantage with: 18...
1–0 Rb8 19.a3 Na2 20.Rxb7 Rxb7 21.Bxb7 Nc3
22.Qb3 Ne6]19.Rxb7 Nc3 20.Qa1 Ne6
Gupta,Abhijeet (2597) 21.Rxa7 Rd8?!
Rajesh,V A V (2402) [E60]
[It was best to exchange off a pair of
1.Nf3 [1.g4]1...Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.b3 Bg7 4.Bb2 rooks. After 21...Rxa7 22.Qxa7 d3 23.Qb6
At last white has got his pieces working. But it 0–0 5.Bg2 c5 6.c4 Nc6 7.0–0 d6 8.d4 Bg4 Nc5 24.Bd5 e4= and black's chances
is too late stem the black attack.]34...Reg8! 9.Nbd2 Qc8 10.Re1 Ne8 [Takhirov-Abbasov, are good.]22.Qa5= Nc5 23.Bd5 Nxd5
35.Re2 Ke7 36.Bxe5 dxe5 37.g4 Rg5 U14 Aze Ch. Baku, varied and had an enter- 24.cxd5 [[#]]
38.Rxe4 Rxh5 [Even stronger was: 38... [This lets white's dark square bishop come taining finish: 10...Nd7 11.h3 Bxf3 12.Nxf3 f5
fxe4! 39.Kh2 Rf8 40.Kg2 e3 41.Rf1 Rd8!– to life. It was best to keep it dormant by: 13.Qd2 Rb8 14.Ng5 Nxd4 15.e3! h6 16.exd4
+]39.Rxe5 Rxh3 40.Kg2 Rh4 41.Rde1 18...c4 19.Nd2 cxb3 20.Nxb3 Qc7 ]19. hxg5 17.Bd5+ Kh7 18.Qxg5 Bf6 19.Rxe7+
[White is now defenceless.]41...Rgxg4+ Nxd4 Bf8 20.Nxe6!± fxe6 21.Bg4 [White's Bxe7 20.Qxe7+ Kh8 1–0]11.Nf1? [If this
42.Kf2 Rf4+ 43.Kg2 Rhg4+ 44.Kh3 Re4! bishop pair rake the centre, gaining a good is not a blunder, then it is a hightly dubious
[The simplest way to win is to exchange off advantage.]21...Re8 22.a5! Qd8 23.b4! continuation!] 11...Bxf3! 12.exf3 cxd4 [As
all rooks.] 0–1 b5? [Better was: 23...a6 24.Rfd1 Qg5 25.b5 d4 is pinned against the bishop, black should
axb5 26.Qxb5 Qe7 27.Qb1± White plans pause and bolster his position with: 12...Qc7!
Aravindh,Chithambaram Vr (2584) e3–e4 bringing black's centre under severe 13.Ne3 Bxd4 14.Nd5 Qd8! 15.Qd2 e6 16.Nc3
Vaibhav,Suri (2589) [A13] stress.]24.axb6 axb6 25.b5!+– [Driving Ng7]13.f4 e5 14.fxe5 dxe5 [If 14...Bxe5?!
1.Nf3 [1.g4]1...d5 2.e3 Nf6 3.c4 e6 4.Nc3 the knight back to its hometown!]25...Nb8 15.Bxc6! Qxc6 16.Bxd4 f6 17.f4!] 15.Ba3
Be7 5.b3 0–0 6.Bb2 c5 7.cxd5 Nxd5 8.Nxd5 26.Bd4! [White threatens 27 Rxc8 Qxc8 Bxb6 Nc7! 16.Bxf8 Qxf8
exd5 9.Be2 Nc6 10.0–0 Qb6? [[#]] 28]26...Rxc1 27.Rxc1 [[#]]
24...Bf6 [If 24...Rxd5?? 25.Ra8 and black
is lost.]25.Nd2± Nd3 [Though black has
covered the d8 square with Bf6, he still
cannot capture the d5 pawn: 25...Rxd5
26.Ne4 Kg7 27.Qa2!! Rd7 (or 27...Qd8
28.Nxc5 Rxc5 29.Qxf7+) 28.Nxc5 Rxa7
2 9 . Qx a7 +– ] 26.Rb1+– Be7 27.Rbb7
Bb4 28.Qb5! [White is in total control
now.]28...Qh6 29.Qxd3 Qxd2 30.Qf3!
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[[#]]11...g5!? [A bold and aggressive the best time for black to blow whte's castled
defence of h6, but risky! An interesting position, sky high.]27...Bxg4! 28.Rxf8+
alternative was: 11...Qf6 12.dxe5 Nxe5 Kxf8!µ [Black correctly anticipates that
13.Nxe5 dxe5 14.Bxh6 Nf4 15.Bxf4 exf4 white will be forced to play Bxf4 at one
16.Bc4 Qg5 17.Kh1 Qh4=]12.Bf1 [12.Be2 stage and therefore keeps his dark square
Nf4 13.Rad1 Qa5 14.dxe5 Nxe2+ 15.Qxe2 bishop ready to occupy e5.] 29.Bxf4 [If
dxe5 16.Nd2±]12...Qf6 13.Rad1 Nf4 29.Nxg4 Qg3+ 30.Kf1 Qxf3+ 31.Qf2 Qh1+
14.Nh2 [Better was the active 14.Bxf4 32.Qg1 Qh3+ 33.Kf2 Nxe4#!; or, if 29.fxg4
exf4 15.b4 Re8 16.Rb1]14...Qg6 15.d5 Nxe4 30.Qd1 Qg3+ mates.]29...exf4 [29...
c5 16.b4 b6 17.bxc5 bxc5 18.Rb1 Nf6 Bxf3]30.fxg4 Nxg4 [threat 31....Bd4+]31.
[It must be unnerving white that black Nxg4 Qxg4+ 32.Kf1 [If 32.Qg2 Bd4+ 33.Kf1
is gathering all of his forces against his Qh5! 34.Bd7 Rxd7 35.Nxd7+ Ke7 36.c3 f3!
31.Rg7+! Kf8 32.Rxh7 1–0 castled position, especially, that there wins.]32...Bd4 33.Qg2 Qh5! [Threat 34.... For his double, isolated pawns on the c-file,
is very little he could do about it.]19. f3! winning.]34.Bd7 See diagram)White is black has got open files and diagonals which
Karthik,Venkataraman (2527) f3 h5 20.g4 [General principles of the threatening 35. Bg4 blocking black's attack. lead to the initiative.]11.Bg2 Be6 12.Rb1
Rathnakaran,K (2366) [B06] middle-game state that one should not Therefore ....]34...Rxd7! [After 34...Rxd7! [If 12.b3 0–0 13.Bb2 Rab8 14.Nxd5 cxd5
[Rathnakaran is one of the strong masters move the pawns in ones castled position. 35.Nxd7+ Ke7 36.c3 f3!–+] 0–1 15.Bxg7 Kxg7 16.Rc1 Rfc8 17.Rc5 Rb6
of our country who has failed to become a And here, it is very much applicable. 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.Rxd5 Ra6= Black gets
grandmaster. He has seen scores of contem- Better was to start some counter-play on back his sacrificed pawn with equality.]12...
porary younger players become masters and the queen-side with 20.Nb5] 20...hxg4 Rb8 13.Nxd5 [White is losing patience.
grandmasters while he has remained only a 21.hxg4 Ne8 [He is protecting his d6 Better was: 13.b3 Nb4 14.Bb2 (14.a3?!
strong master. But undoubtedly he has the pawn in advance as white has only that Nc2+ 15.Kd1 Nd4³) 14...0–0 15.0–0=]13...
strength and talent to beat any grandmaster object for attack. 21...Rd8=]22.Bb5 a6 cxd5 14.b3 c5 15.Bb2 Bxb2 16.Rxb2
any day as this game demonstrates!] 23.Bc6 Ra7 24.Rb8 Nf6 25.a5 [Better Kd7! [There is no need for black to castle.
1.e4 [1.Nf3]1...g6 2.d4 d6 3.Nf3 Bg7 was: 25.Nf1 Nh3+ 26.Kg2 Qh6 27.Reb1 He is safe in the centre shepherding his
4.Be3 c6 5.Nc3 Nd7 6.a4 e5 7.h3 Ngf6 Nf4+ 28.Kg1=]25...Qh6 26.Na4 [The idea pawns]17.0–0? [[#]
8.Bd3 0–0 9.0–0 Nh5!N 10.Re1 [Better is to invade black's queen-side, but it is too
was: 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Qd2 Qe7 12.Rfd1 Re8 slow.] 26...Qh4 27.Nb6
13.Bf1]10...h6 11.Qd2
(Position after 34.Bd7)
Raahul,V S (2381)
Stany,G.A (2509) [A16]
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nf3 g6
5.h4 [White plans h4–h5 as there is no
knight on f6.]5...h5 6.Qa4+ Nc6N [A new
and challenging move in this position]7.Ne5
Qd6 8.Nxc6 Qxc6 9.Qxc6+ bxc6 10.g3 Bg7
White is following the general principles
“The game gives us a satisfaction that Life without considering the situation on the
denies us. And for the Chess player, the board. With the queens and several piec-
[[#] With white's knight and bishop at b6 and success which crowns his work, the great es exchanged off the king is not suscepti-
dispeller of sorrows, is named ‘combination’.”
c6, out of the theatre of operations, this is ble to attack. He should play 17.. .d3 and
― Emanuel Lasker


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then Kd2.]17...Rhc8 18.d4 c4 19.Rc1 a5 [11...d4! 12.Nf3 dxe3 13.Qe2 Nd5 14.0–0 ly seeks counter play by sacrirficing his [Praveen Thipsay who belatedly became
20.Rbc2 Rb4 21.Kf1 [Now the king has to Bb7=]12.Nf3 h6 13.Bf2 [[#]] queen for rook and bishop. Black's obvious a Grandmaster in 1997 has won the Na-
walk back to the centre and queen-side where defence of h6 fails: 20...Rh8 21.Bxf5! exf5 tional Championship seven times, the
the action is going to take place.]21...Kd6 22.Rd6+ Kc7 23.Rxd8 Raxd8 24.a4+–; last time being in 1994. His opponent
22.Ke1 cxb3!! 23.Rxc8 Bxc8 24.axb3 [24. However, black's best defence seems in today's game N.R.Vignesh, is an IM
Rxc8?? bxa2! 25.Rc1 Rb1 wins.] 24...Bb7 to be: 20...Qa5 21.Bxe7 Nxe7 22.Rxh6 and a Grandmaster aspirant with a high
25.e3 [If 25.Rc5 a4! 26.bxa4 Rxd4! 27.Ra5 Rh8 23.Rxh8 Rxh8 24.a3± With an extra rating. He was born in 1998, four years
Bc6 and black will be two pawns up.]25... pawn and a solid position, white has ex- after Thipsay's last National Championship
Rxb3 26.Ra1! [Black's a5 pawn cannot be cellent winning chances.]21.Bxd8 Rfxd8 victory. In the game, Vignesh, sacrifices
saved, but he has worked out a clever way 22.0–0–0+– Nge7 23.Nd2 Kc7 24.Qh5! his knight midboard on the 14th move to
to win the game.]26...Ba6 27.Rxa5 Rb1+ [In chess, never gloat on your achieve- seize the advantage. Thipsay keeps his
28.Kd2 Bc4 29.e4 Rb2+ 30.Kc3 [White ments of having won a pawn or a rook. calm and awaits his chance which comes
is desperate as his game is beyond sav- Go for more! A contented mind may have on move 28. In the resultant rook and
ing.]30...Rxf2 31.exd5 (See diagram)31... the seeds of disaster lurking somewhere. minor piece endgame, Thipsay's vast
Be2 [Stronger was: 31...Ra2! 32.Rc5 Rxg2 13...Kf7? [For no apparent reason the black Like Alekhine, enjoy winning a won game endgame experience simply outplays his
33.Kxc4 Rc2+ 34.Kb5 Ra2 35.Kb4 Ra1 king fears an attack and flees to the other in style!]24...Rh8 25.Rg1 Bc8 26.Rg7 Bd7 younger opponent.]
36.Kc4 Ra4+ 37.Kc3 f5!]32.Bh1 Rf1 side of the board. I have witnessed such 27.Qh4 Rae8 28.Bd1! [Methodical and 1.e4 [1.Nf3] 1...c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4
33.Kd2 [if 33.Be4 f5 34.Kd2 fxe4 35.Kxe2 king journeys played with Indian Chess rules logical play!]28...Rhg8 29.Qxh6! Rxg7 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nf3 h6
Rf3! 36.Ra6+ Kxd5 37.Rxg6 Kxd4–+] by old timers like Shiv Charan Das Devgun 30.Qxg7 [Black's rook and knight are in 8.a4 Qc7 [Black probably did not know
of Delhi. Here, 13...a5 for 14...Ba6 was a defensive huddle. and are no match that his veteran Grandmaster opponent
best.]14.Qe2 c4? [This hands over control of for the queen in this position.]30...Rg8 has played hundreds of games in this
the central d4 square to white. Again, 14.... 31.Qf7 Rg1 32.N variation even before he, Vignesh, was
a5 was best.]15.Bc2 b5 16.Rg1 [Probably, f3 Rh1 [[#]] born! Thipsay was born in 1959, Vignesh
this is the attack that black feared and made in 1998!]9.Nd2 Be6 10.Nf1 Nbd7 11.Ne3
him transplant his king from the king-side Rc8 12.0–0 g6 13.Ng4!? Bg7 14.Be3?
to the centre!]16...Ke8 17.g4 g6 18.gxf5 [[#]]
gxf5 19.Bh4! Kd7 20.Rg6! [[#]]

(Position after 31.exd5)

33...Bf3!–+ 34.Ra6+ Kxd5 35.Ra5+

Kxd4 36.Bxf3 Rxf3 37.Ra7 e5! 38.Ke2 e4
39.Ra4+ Ke5 40.Ra5+ Ke6! [After 40...
Ke6! 41.Ra4 Kf5 42.Ra5+ (42.Rb4 Rxg3)
42...Kg4] 0–1 33.Qg7!! [White is threatening 34. Qg2
trapping the rook. Black can do nthing
Swayams,Mishra (2452) about it.] [Though this move completes his devel-
Srihari,L R (2316) [D02] 33...b4 34.Qg2 b3 35.a3 Rxd1+ 36.Kxd1 opment it lets the younger man make a
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 Bd6 4.Bg3 Ne7 20...Nxg6 [Under severe pressure and Be8 37.Qg5 1–0 brilliant stroke in the centre and seize
5.e3 c5 6.c3 Nbc6 7.Nbd2 b6N 8.Bd3 f5 his king's questionable ill-fated flight to Thipsay,Praveen M (GM) (2400) the inititative. Better was: 14.Bf3 h5
9.Ne5 Bxe5 10.dxe5 0–0 11.f4= Bb7?! safety cut in the middle, Black desperate- Vignesh,N R (IM) (2455) [B92] 15.Nxf6+ Nxf6²]14...Nxe4!! 15.Nxe4


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Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron Annotated by IM Manuel Aaron
d5 16.f4?! [The veteran comes up with [After this error, white is on the winning C.G.S.Narayanan C.G.S.Narayanan
his own recipe for this crisis! If 16.Nc3 trail. The black rook and knight become in- 4th prize, Polski Swiazek zachowy2017 5th pr,Polski Swiazek Szachowy 2017
d4³; Or 16.Nd2 h5!; or 16.Ng3 h5 17.Nxe5 terdependent and the bishops needle them
Nxe5]16...dxe4 17.fxe5 Rd8µ 18.Qd6 for advantage. 33...Rce6= would have been
Qxd6 19.exd6 Bxg4 20.Bxg4 Ne5 21.Be2 passive, but equal.]34.Bb5! Rcc7 35.a6!±
Rxd6 22.a5! Rc6 [22...f5 is the best aggres- Nd6 36.Be2 [On the board exists a very
sive continuation here.]23.c3 0–0 24.Ra4 odd combination of material equivalent!
[24.Rad1 was just as strong as the text but it White has two bishops and pawn for black's
occupies the open d-file with his rook for ab- rook and knight.]36...Nf5 37.a7?! [This
solute control.]24...f5 25.Rb4 Rf7 26.Rd1 wins alright, but much, much stronger was:
Bf8 27.Rd8 [Despite white's best efforts he 37.Bb6! Rcd7 38.Bg4! Kg6 39.a7 and black
has not been able to recover his lost pawn. will collapse.]37...Nxd4 38.Rh8+! Kxh8
At the Senior National level players, that 39.a8Q+ Kg7 40.cxd4 Rc1+± 41.Kf2 Rc2
too titled players, play carefully and avoid [Now white wins the ending with a few de- Mate in two moves
mistakes. Will the younger man crack un- lightful moves.] 42.Qa3! Rb7 43.b3 e3+ Set1.Ka6 2.Bxc4 (A)1.axb4 2.Bxb7 (B) Mate in three moves
der the experience of his famous opponent [43...g4 was more stubborn, but white will Key 1.Qe4! (2.Qxc4) Set:1....Sb6 any 2. Rxc4+Bxc4 3. Qd4
who is three times older than him? The surely find ways to overcome it with his 1….Ka6 2.Bxb7(B)1….axb4 2.Bxc4 (A) Solution: 1. Qb7! threat 2. Qb7xd5+
answer comes in the next move!]27...Kh7? material superiority.]44.Ke1 Rbc7 45.Bc4! Reciprocal change of mates 2. ... Sc7xd5 3. Rxe6
28.Rxf8! [The grandmaster is sharp and [With his rooks disconnected and the bishop 2. ... Sb6xd5 3. Rxc4
latches on to the error of the younger man come to life, black hss no hopes.45...Rxg2 1... Bxe3 2. Rxc4+ Sxc4 3. d3
with this stroke!]28...Rxf8 29.Rxb7+= 46.Qa8! Rxc4 47.bxc4 Rxh2 48.c5 g4 C.G.S.Narayanan 2. ... Bd4 3. Rxd4
Rf7 30.Rb8! [Keeping a pair of rooks on 49.Qc8 Rh1+ 50.Ke2 Rh2+ 51.Kd3 Rd2+ 4th prize,Polski Swiazek zachowy2017 1.... Bh2 2. Rxe6+Sxe6 3. Qh7
the board is good for white as black is now 52.Ke4 52...Rf2 [If 52...e2 53.Qxg4+ Kh8 2. ... Be5 3. Rxe5
under pressure and the shock of losing 54.Qc8+ White's plan is to give a check Rudenko Paradox in two variations
a sound pawn. The game is in the bal- from any square on the e-file and then
ance!]30...f4 31.Bd4 Re7 32.Ra8 [With move his king to f5 so that his queen pre-
the black pieces becoming quiet, white vents the e-pawn from queening on e1.) 54...
starts probing for more material gain to Kg7 55.Qd7+ Kf8 56.Qd6+ Kg8 57.Qe6+! Unlike other games in which lucre is the
win the game.]32...g5 33.Bxa6 [White is Kh7 58.Kf5!]53.Kf5! [If 53.....e2 54. Qd7+ end and aim, chess recommends itself
now comfortable in the knowledge that he Kd8 55. Kg6 and mate next move.] 1–0 to the wise by the fact that its mimic
cannot lose this game which was a distinct battles are fought for no prize but hon-
possibility earlier.]33...Nc4? [[#]] or. It is eminently and emphatically the
Narayanan wins honours in philosopher’s game.”
Polish Tourney – Paul Morphy
C.G.S.Narayanan, FIDE master for chess Mate in three moves
compositions and Editor AICF Chronicle, has “The beauty of chess is it can be what-
1.Se6? Rc2!1.Sa4? Be7!
bagged three prizes in the Problem Tourney ever you want it to be. It transcends
Key 1.Sd7! (2.Rc5+ dxc5 3.Qxc5)
language, age, race, religion, politics,
of the Polish Chess magazine ‘Polski Swi- 2.Rxd6+? cxd6! 2.Qc4?
gender, and socioeconomic background.
azek szachowy’.He won the 4th prize for 1…Be7 2.Rxd6+ Kxd6/cxd6/Bxd6
Whatever your circumstances, anyone
his two-mover and 4th and 5th prizes for 3.Qc5/Sb6/Sf6 can enjoy a good fight to the death over
his three-movers. The problems are given 1…Rc2 2.Qc5+ dxc5/Rxc5 the chess board.”
below with solutions. 3.Re5/Bg2 -Simon Williams
Keller Paradox in two variations


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

Gorgiev T 1929 Gorgiev T 1929

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

Duras O 1933 Bondarenko 1947

3 4
White to play and win Black to play and win 3. 4.

Neidze V 1969 Pogosiants E 1970

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


42 43
Masters of the past-95 Dragoljub Velimirović
3rdCPPA Open Rating Chess Tournament 2018,Duliajan, Assam
Dragoljub Velimirović (1942–2014) was a Serbian (formerly Yugoslav)
chess grandmaster, born in Valjevo. He was introduced to chess at the
age of seven by his mother Jovanka Velimirović (1910–1972), who was
one of Yugoslavia's leading women chess players before World War II. He
lived in Belgrade from 1960.

FIDE awarded him the International Master title in 1972 and Grandmaster
title in 1973. He won the Yugoslav Chess Championshipthree times, in
Vrnjacka Banja 1970 (with Milan Vukić), in Novi Sad 1975 (outright) and
in Nikšić/Belgrade 1997 (also outright).

Velimirović was selected for the Yugoslav national team many times, one of the earliest occa-
sions being for the USSR vs Yugoslavia match at Ohrid 1972, during which he notably defeated
Rafael Vaganian in the first round. At the European Team Championship between 1970 and
1977 he excelled, winning a number of silver and bronze medals, both for individual and team
performances. At the Chess Olympiad in Nice 1974, he took two silver medals (one team, one
individual). A further silver medal followed from his participation at the World Team champi-
onship in Lucerne 1989.

In World Championship cycles, he was the winner of Zonal tournaments in Praia da Rocha 1978
and Budva 1981. He participated at three Interzonal tournaments in Rio de Janeiro 1979, Mos- (L-R) Mr. A.Zaman,Working President,CPPA IM Subrajit Saha receiving Champion Trophy
cow 1982 and in Szirák 1987, but was never able to qualify for the Candidates phase. from Mr. Pranjit Deka Chief guest

Velimirović was noted for his attacking style of play and possessed a great gift for visualizing
sacrificial possibilities. Whilst spectacular chess made him popular with onlookers, each game
required a great effort and this may have handicapped his quest for international tournament
success. His early tournament results included Skopje 1971 (2nd=, behind Lev Polugaevsky,
equal with Albin Planinc), Vrnjacka Banja 1973 (1st), Novi Sad 1976 (2nd, behind Jan Smejkal,
ahead of Vlastimil Hort and Svetozar Gligorić). He sustained the effort into the 1980s and early
90s, adding further successes at Zemun 1980 (1st=, with Milan Vukić), Titograd (40th anniv
Liberation of the city) 1984 (1st=, with Viktor Korchnoi, and ahead of Mikhail Tal), Vršac 1985
(1st), Vršac 1987 (1st=, with Jaan Ehlvest), Metz Open 1988 (1st), and Niksic 1994 (1st).

In the theory of chess openings there is a sharp and popular variation of the Sicilian Defence
called the Velimirović Attack, which is identified by the sequence of moves: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6
3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Be3 Be7 8.Qe2 ... intending 9.0-0-0. It is like the
Yugoslav Attack, but not quite as powerful or risky because Black's bishop isn't on the long

Velimirović died on May 22, 2014, at the age of 73 in Belgrade after a prolonged illness. He was
survived by his wife Mirjana Velimirović and his daughter Ana Velimirovic-Zorica. There was a
commemoration ceremony in Velimirović's honour on May 26, 2014 at 11:00 at the Serbian Players in action in Duliajan
Chess Federation.
Solutions to ‘Tactics from master White to play. 20.Bd5! Threatening 21.Qd4
1st TCPCA CG State Open FIDE Rated Tournament 2018,Chattisgarh 20...Nd7 [20...Kf8 21.Qf3!] 21.Rac1 Qb8
games’on page 42
By S.Krishnan 22.Rxc8 Qxc8 23.Qf3 Rf8 24.Bc4! b5 25.Rxd7
[25.Rxd7 Qxd7 (25...bxc4 26.Rxe7+-)
1. Smirnov,Arte (2405) Postnikov,Ro- 26.Qc3 Wins] 1–0
man (2158) [D02]
St Petersburg RUS St Petersburg RUS (2.44), 6.Bogdanovich,S (2523) Pavlov,S2
28.10.2018 (2480) [E10]
White to play. 33.Nxe6+!Rxe6 [33...Rxe6 ch-UKR Rapid 2018 Omelnyk UKR (9.1),
34.Rxe8+ Rxe8 35.Qxe8#] 1–0 05.11.2018
White to play. 24.Ne4! Qf5 [24...f5 25.Nf6+
2.Khanin,S (2510) - Tahay,Alexis (2312) gxf6 26.Rg3+ Kf7 (26...Kh7 27.Qh4#)
[B90] 27.Qh6 Wins; 24...Qh6 25.Qxh6 gxh6
Chigorin Memorial 2018 St Petersburg RUS 26.Nf6++-; 24...Qg6 25.Rg3 Wins] 25.Nf6+!
(6.21), 01.11.2018 gxf6 26.Rg3+ Qg6 27.exf6 1–0
White to play 14.Nc7+! [14.Nc7+ Qxc7
15.Bxf7+ Kxf7 16.Qd5+ Ke8 17.Qe6+ wins] Solutions to ‘Test your endgame’ on
1–0 page 43
Champion S.Dhananjay receiving Trophy.Others in the photo (L-R) Mr. Mukesh Khatwa,Mr. Rajendra
Agrawal,Mr. B Chandrashekhar Iyer,Mr. Pratap Madhyani,Mr. Manoj Verma,Mr.Sumeet Bothra,Mr. Ashish 3.Sasikiran,Krishnan (2673) An- 1.Gorgiev T 1929
Agrawal,Mr. Dhananjay Singh) 1.Ne4+ Ke5 2.Ng5 Bf7+ 3.Nxf7+ Kf6 4.Nd8
dreikin,Dmitry (2719) [A04]
Sunway Sitges Open tie break Rapid2018 Rb5+ 5.Kh6 Rxa5 6.Rf8+ Ke5 7.Nc6+ wins
Narenn Convention Intl. Open FIDE Rated Tournament,Hyderabad
Sitges (13), 23.12.2018
White to play. 19.Bxd5! exd5 [19...Rc8 2.Gorgiev T 1929
20.0–0 exd5 21.Nf5 Qf8 22.Nd6++-; 19... 1.Bf6+ Kh7 2.Rg7+ Kh6 3.Rf7 Kg6 4.Rf8 Nc6
Rb8 20.0–0 0–0 (20...exd5 21.Nf5 Qf8 5.Bxd8 Kg7 6.Re8 Kf7 7.Rh8 Kg7 8.Bf6+ Kxf6
22.Nd6+ Kd8 23.fxg5+-; 20...Qf8 21.Bc6+- 9.Rh6+ wins
) 21.Bb3+-] 20.Nf5 Qf8 21.Nd6+ Kd8
22.Qf3! Kc7 23.Qxd5 [23.0–0–0!?] 23...Rb8 3.Duras.O
24.dxc5+- White won in 46 moves 1–0 1.Rg6 Rf8 2.Re6 Ba5 3.Re7 Bd8 4.Re8 Rh8
5.Rg8 Rxg8 6.fxg8B wins
4. Batsiashvili,N (2465) - Zhai Mo (2352)
[A06] 4.Bondarenko 1947
WCh Women 2018 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS 1.a7 Kb7 2.Kd1 Ka8 3.Kc1 Kb7 4.Kb1 Ka8
(2.2), 07.11.2018 5.Ka1 Kb7 6.Qb1+ wins
Black to play 21...Bxc4 22.Rxc4 [22.bxc4
Qxg3] 22...Qxg3 23.hxg3 Bxe3+ 24.Qxe3 5.Neidze V 1969
Nxe3 25.Rxc5 Rbc8 26.Rxa5 Rfd8–+ 0–1 1.Bf7+ Kf8 2.Kg2 Re1 3.Kxh2 Rh1+ 4.Kg3
Rh3+ 5.Kg4 Rh7 6.Bf6 Rxf7 7.Ra8#
5.Speelman,J (2508) - Stork,Oliver
(2197) [A14] 6.Pogosiants E 1970
Sayantan Das receiving the trophy from Mr.K S Prasad,General Secretary, Telangana State
Chess Association.FM J.Ramakrishna,Runner-up is on the extreme left 4NCL Div 1a 2018–19 Daventry ENG (1.3), 1.Nf7+ Kg6 2.h8N+ Kh5 3.Rxa2 Ra4 4.Ng6
10.11.2018 Rh4+ 5.Kg3 Rg4+ 6.Kf3 Rxg6 7.Rh2#


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National Team 2019 07 Feb - 11 Feb Kolkata
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