A grand finale at the National Schools 2017
The National Schools 2017 was a grand event with over 800 participants gathering in Nagpur. Maharashtra state performed admirably winning 15 medals out of the total tally of 36. Syna International from Katni was adjudged as the best school. Only one player was able to finish with a 100% score. He won a special ChessBase prize! All this and much more in our final report from the National Schools 2017.
Maharashtra wins maximum medals, Syna International is the best school.
It was an exciting end to the National Schools 2017. Maharashtra became the best state winning five gold medals, while Syna International from Katni, Madhya Pradesh was adjudged as the best school. The arrangements of the tournament were perfect as we mentioned in our previous report. The closing ceremony was a festive affair, and all the winners and participants went back home with a smile of their face.
If there was one thing that can definitely be improved at the National Schools, it would definitely be the time control. One hour to each player without any increment is not a great idea. It leads to finishes like the following:
In all there were 36 (12x3) medals at stake. Maharashtra won five gold, three silver and seven bronze medals. 15 medals in all, quite an impressive tally.
While the prize ceremony was in progress R. Anantharam and arbiter Anurag were busy trying to calculate the final details about which school would win the "best school prize." To conduct three rounds everyday and then calculate the results of 800 kids in one hour is no easy task. But with R. Anantharam's experience this was not all an issue.
The prize distribution ceremony
The prize giving ceremony took place in the presence of Chess in Schools Chairman of India Ravindra Dongre, IM Chandrashekhar Gokhale, Income Tax commissioner Sanjay Dhivare, IAS officer Bhagyashree Dhivare, Chetan Kulkarni and Vidharbha head Manoj Itkewar.
Under-7 Open - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
Under-7 Girls - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|1||50||Shriyana S Mallya||w||IND||0||KAR||8,0||0,0||8,0||51,0||54,5||47,50|
|2||2||Kamalini Haradhana Nimban K||w||IND||1015||PON||7,0||0,0||7,0||48,5||49,5||35,50||40||23,2|
Under-9 Girls Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|1||5||Anupam M Sreekumar||IND||1140||KER||8,5||0,0||8,0||48,5|
|2||2||Sruthi Naya B||IND||1194||TN||7,0||0,0||7,0||51,0|
|3||11||Aditi Yogesh Kayal||IND||1091||MAH||7,0||0,0||7,0||48,5|
Under-9 Open - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|3||6||Arhan Chethan Anand||IND||1307||KAR||7,5||0,0||7,0||45,0|
Under-11 Open - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
Under-11 Girls - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|3||28||Meenatchi Rajam V||IND||1095||7,0||0,0||7,0||46,5|
Under-13 Open - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|1||2||Mehta Naitik R||IND||1928||8,0||0,5||7,0||51,5|
|2||1||CM||Raja Rithvik R||IND||1991||8,0||0,5||7,0||51,0|
|3||14||Rohnit G Amin||IND||1510||7,0||0,0||7,0||48,5|
Under-13 Girls - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|3||2||Eesha Ajay Sarda||IND||1765||MAH||7,0||0,0||6,0||51,0|
Nagpur talent Mrudul Dehankar analyzes her victory over Dhyana Patel
Under-15 Open - Final Ranking after 9 Rounds
|2||8||Joy Pankaj Shah||IND||1847||7,5||0,5||6,0||49,0|
Under-15 Girls - Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Under-15 Open - Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
Under-17 Girls - Final Ranking after 7 Rounds
|2||5||Kavisha S Shah||IND||1570||5,0||0,0||4,0||25,0|
|3||3||Ananya Rishi Gupta||IND||1655||4,5||0,0||4,0||26,5|
Syna International from Katni was the best school at the event. They scored 24 points to edge out Velammal school from Chennai, who finished second with 23. Urmi School from Vadodra, Gujrat, finished third. The winning school is decided by adding the points of the top four performers from that school. For Syna it was Ayush Pattanaik (7.0), Aman Khanna (6.5), Prakhar Bajaj (5.5) and Siddhanth Shaw (5.0). The Sya International school was third last year, but this year went back with the Champion's trophy.
By organizing two National Schools in two consecutive years Dilip Pagay has proved that he is a very able organizer. When I congratulated him for this wonderful arrangement, he told me that he would like to play a tournament soon! Once a chess player, always a chess player!