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Shaastra Rapids: Chess amidst flora and fauna of a Tech. School!

by R. Anantharam - 06 January 2017

The city of Chennai was devastated for a second consecutive December when a cyclone hit the coast. But this did not stop the Shaastra Rapids, part of the IIT Madras college festival, from going ahead. The number of players participating did get affected but the quality of the tournament did not. Two grandmasters, six international masters and several fide masters vied for the Rs. Two lakhs prize money. Let Prof. Anantharam tell you who laughed his way to the bank. Tip: it was not the monkey.

Shaastra Rapids: Chess amidst flora and fauna of a Tech. School!

When the Vardha cyclone devastated Chennai in the third week of December, it not only wrecked Chennai but also hit the 1st Shaastra FIDE Rated Rapid Tournament, which was a part of the Shaastra college festival, organized by IIT, Madras. Two grandmasters, six international masters, and several fide masters vied for the Rs. Two lakhs prize money.

 

In the rapid tournaments, the classical ratings and titles often go for a toss. Would any of these titled players defy the trend and emerge victorious?

Saravana Krishnan receives the winner's trophy

Untitled P. Saravana Krishnan of Karur Vysya Bank made a mockery of the titled players, by winning the tournament with an amazing all win record. To add to it, the runner-up Akash Pc Iyer, a former Under 18 Commonwealth Champion, is also an untitled player.

Akash Pc Iyer (left) had eight wins and two draws to finish runner-up. He defeated former national blitz champion Ram S Krishnan (right) in the eighth round and GM Vishnu Prasanna in the ninth round.

Youngsters had little respect for ratings or titles as many of them defeated or drew against much higher rated opponents. IM Praveen Kumar of ICF had to be content with a draw against S Alagappan of Tamil Nadu, rated 820 points below him, in the second round. Similarly, S. Jayakumaar of Chennai drew with IM S Nitin of Railways, who had 700 rating points more. Upcoming youngster K. Senthil Maran, also of Chennai, split the point with GM MR Venkatesh in the fifth round.

GM MR Venkatesh (right) and S. Jayakumaar (left) secured third and fourth positions

GM Vishnu Prasanna and Saravana Krishnan led the table jointly with 6 points each at the end of the sixth round, wherein Saravana quelled the challenge of IM TU Navin Kanna. Once he started the demolition work, Saravana Krishnan maintained the tempo outwitting GM Vishnu Prasanna and GM MR Venkatesh in the seventh and eighth rounds respectively. He finished the tournament in style by conquering the top seed IM Srinath Narayanan in the final round.

Saravana Krishnan defeated GM Vishnu Prasanna in Round 07...

...beat Venkatesh in Round 08, and...

...beat the top seed IM Srinath N. (right).

IM S Nitin could muster only fifth place

IM TU Navin Kanna playing against Senthil Maran

Veteran IM R Balasubramanian against Varshini

Another veteran IM P. Mithrakanth

The tournament was held in a big centrally air-conditioned auditorium, sufficient to hold 600 to 700 players. A total cash prize of two lakhs rupees was offered, the winner getting Rs.30,000/-.

Every participant also won a ChessBase Account Premium Membership for three months with some amazing features.

A view of the centrally air conditioned playing hall

IIT Madras is one of the most prestigious institutions for higher education and research in India. It is situated in a forest like atmosphere made up of a variety of flora and fauna—deers, monkeys and other animals and birds.

Deers crossing the roads in IIT Madras is a common sight

A monkey in IIT wants to become an IITian

A self-explanatory standee in IIT-Madras

ChessBase India workshop by Nitin Pai—one of the key organizers behind the tournament.

Final Ranking

Rank

 

Name

 

IRtg

Club

Pts

1

 

Saravana Krishnan P.

 

2293

KVB

9

2

 

Akash Pc Iyer

 

2147

TN

8

3

GM

Venkatesh M.R.

 

2420

PSPB

4

 

Jayakumaar S

 

1770

TN

5

IM

Nitin S.

 

2477

S Rly

6

GM

Vishnu Prasanna. V

 

2435

TN

7

7

 

Ram S. Krishnan

 

2321

TN

7

8

 

Lokesh N.

 

2218

TN

7

9

WIM

Michelle Catherina P

F

1993

TN

7

10

IM

Narayanan Srinath

 

2540

TN

7

11

 

Ajay Karthikeyan

 

1643

TN

7

12

IM

Praveen Kumar C

 

2316

ICF

7

13

 

Senthil Maran K

 

2272

TN

14

FM

Vinoth Kumar M.

 

2138

TN

15

 

Nandha Kumar K

 

1609

TN

16

 

Yogit S

 

1930

TN

17

 

Rohith Krishna S

 

1790

TN

18

IM

Ramnathan Balasubramaniam

 

2213

TN

19

 

Abhijith M

 

2033

KER

20

 

Ashwini U

F

1943

TN

21

 

Hemanth Raam

 

1998

TN

22

 

Aarthi G

F

1780

TN

23

 

Subramanian V

 

1823

TN

24

AGM

Vignesh N

 

1442

TN

25

 

Subhash Chandrama Naidu

 

0

AP

26

 

Manigandan S S

 

2070

TN

27

IM

Mithrakanth Poorna Sharma

 

2252

TN

28

IM

Navin Kanna T.U.

 

2335

TN

6


 

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Prof. R. Anantharam is a councilor for Arbiters’ Commission, FIDE and the chairman of the Arbiters’ Commission, AICF. He is one of the best arbiters in the country.



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