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10 things that made the Super Juniors Cup 2020 special

by Sagar Shah - 18/12/2020

The Super Juniors Cup 2020 was held from the 6th to the 10th of December 2020. 32 of the most talented youngsters of Indian chess took part in it. The total prize disbursed at the end of the event was a massive Rs.567,224. GM Nihal Sarin won the tournament and went back home richer by Rs.135,494. This was one of the biggest events ever to be held online in Indian chess. IM Sagar Shah takes you through the 10 things that made the Super Juniors Cup 2020 special. It contains the description of all the ingredients that helped in making this tournament successful. 

For many years now Indian youngsters have been dubbed as the next big thing in the world of chess! Some of them are very popular, some not so well-known, yet very talented. ChessBase India has always tried to identify the talents at a young age and hence, a tournament of the top 32 youngsters in Indian chess (born on or after 2000) was a very exciting one, not just for the viewers but for us as well! Who would win and claim the spot of the most talented junior in blitz? The Super Juniors Cup was organized from the 6th-10th of December 2020. It was a knockout tournament with all the matches being played at a different time and broadcast LIVE on the ChessBase India YouTube channel. The tournament was a huge success with GM Nihal Sarin edging out GM Arjun Erigaisi in the finals. We bring you the 10 most special things about the Super Juniors Cup 2020.

1. 32 of the most talented players

When we wrote to 27 of the top rated boys and top five girls, all of them accepted our invitation to play the event! Only IM Leon Mendonca could not be a part of the tournament as he was in Budapest preparing for the Sunway Sitges tournament to get his final GM norm.

All the 32 top players of the Super Juniors Cup 2020 in one frame

Nihal Sarin, Praggnanandhaa, Aryan Chopra, Abhimanyu Puranik, Gukesh, Arjun Erigaisi, Raunak Sadhwani are some of the most talented Indian juniors. One of them might well go on to become the next World Champion from Indian chess. It was wonderful to have them all playing together.

Participants of the Super Juniors Cup 2020

No. NameFideIDFEDRtgClub/City
1GMNihal Sarin25092340IND2620nihalsarin2004
2GMPraggnanandhaa R25059530IND2608Praggnanandhaachess
3GMAryan Chopra5084423IND2585AryanChopra
4GMPuranik Abhimanyu5061245IND2584abhidabhi
5GMGukesh D46616543IND2563guki1124
6GMErigaisi Arjun35009192IND2559Inventing_Invention
7GMSadhwani Raunak35093487IND2545Raunaksadhwani2005
8GMHarsha Bharathakoti5078776IND2509Harsha_Bharathakoti
9GMIniyan P25002767IND2506superchess2002
10IMSaksham Rautela35046977IND2480Kcnock2004
11IMArjun Kalyan35018701IND2477Arjun2002
12GMPrithu Gupta46618546IND2472elrey2004
13IMRaja Harshit5089000IND2472Johnking
14IMRahul Srivatshav P25059653IND2457indianstar
15IMRaghunandan Kaumandur Srihari25004964IND2448kaumandur01
16IMMitrabha Guha5057000IND2445mitrabha
17IMRathanvel V S25002112IND2445dieselbot
18IMAditya Mittal35042025IND2438Thunderbolt1909
19IMBharath Subramaniyam H46634827IND2437BHARATH_SUBRAMANIYAM
20IMRaja Rithvik R35007394IND2408Infinity-Stones
21IMAronyak Ghosh25072846IND2436Aronyak1
22IMKoustav Chatterjee25073060IND2431BetterThanYou21
24IMSankalp Gupta5097010IND2429Sankalp_Gupta
25FMSrihari L R46617116IND2414srihari241105
26IMNeelash Saha5094160IND2413Neelash
27IMKrishnater Kushager25041142IND2410kushu_attack
28WGMVaishali R5091756IND2393vaishali2001
29WIMDivya Deshmukh35006916IND2305burning_phoenix
30WIMVantika Agrawal25050389IND2286chiyabuddha
31WIMSharma Isha35006665IND2276PHOENIXME
32WFMSavitha Shri B35061887IND2261savithashri


2. The unstoppable Nihal Sarin

Nihal Sarin was the top seed of the tournament and also one of the favourites, but there were so many other talented youngsters vying for the top spot. Nihal always makes you wonder - how does he manage to do this with such ease? Right from the first game Nihal kept complete control of the proceedings and managed to win the title by beating Arjun Erigaisi in the finals with a score of 4.5-1.5. If you are curious to know how Nihal was able to maintain control in many of the high pressure situations in different games, we recommend you checking out the interview below where IM Sagar Shah goes through all the important moments of the tournament with Nihal.

Interview with Nihal Sarin

Results of Round 1 (Format: 4 games of 3+1 and in case of a tie we go to an armageddon)

Results of the Round of 16 (Format: 4 games of 3+1 and in case of a tie we go to an armageddon)

Results of the Quarter Finals (Format: 2 games of 5+1, 4 games of 3+1 and in case of a tie we go to an armageddon)

In the Semi-Finals Arjun got the better of Raunak Sadhwani and Nihal Sarin managed to edge out Abhimanyu Puranik by a whisker. The time control in the semis was 2 games of 5+1 and four games of 3+1. The battle between Raunak and Abhimanyu ended in victory for the latter who finished third.

The top three finishers in the tournament. Fourth place went to GM Raunak Sadhwani

3. Prize money by the viewers

The inception of Super Juniors 2020 | Official Trailer

This was a tournament that happened because of the viewers! On the 57th episode of improving chess stream on ChessBase India, viewers contributed in a huge way via super chats. From that stream we raised Rs.5,23,345 with 492 individuals contributing. Because YouTube takes 30% of the revenue, the total amount that we received was Rs.3,66,342. Out of this ChessBase India had sponsored Rs.90,000 for Ilamparthi's training with Chuchelov in August. The remaining Rs.2,76,342 was to be utilized for this event. The shortfall of Rs. 23,658 (as the total prize fund we decided was Rs.3,00,000) was to be bridged by us (ChessBase India).

The major donors during the episode 57 of Improving Chess!

The above image may not be legible, but it just goes to show the enormous number of people who contributed towards the cause. You can find the names of all of the donors here.

Samay Raina and his Ambani OP members continue to power Indian chess and contributed Rs.2,00,000 towards the prize fund pushing it to Rs.5,00,000

Tania Sachdev also decided to contribute towards the event along with her subscribers. In a stream she raised Rs.60,000 via super chats. As YouTube takes 30% of the super chat amount, she contributed the remaining Rs.42,000. Out of this Rs. 20,000 was announced as the best female prize (won by Vantika Agrawal). Tania has also instituted two prizes of Rs.11,000 for two visually impaired girl chess players, which will be announced shortly 

ChessBase India also launched their memberships (mentioned in a separate point below) and the total amount raised was Rs.47224. Hence in all the total prize fund disbursed during the Super Juniors Cup was Rs.567,224. Below is the break up of the prizes.

RankNamePrize moneySpl. PrizesTotal
1GM Nihal Sarin12500010494135494
2GM Arjun Erigaisi75000918284182
3GM Abhimanyu Puranik40000787147871
4GM Raunak Sadhwani25000655931559
5GM Iniyan P15000524720247
6GM Aryan Chopra15000393518935
7IM Aronyak Ghosh15000762422624
8GM Praggnanandhaa R15000131216312
R2IM Rathanvel VS1000010000
R2FM Srihari L R10000250012500
R2GM Gukesh D1000010000
R2IM Raja Rithvik R1000010000
R2IM Aditya Mittal10000500015000
R2IM Harikrishnan Ra1000010000
R2IM Arjun Kalyan1000010000
R2IM Rahul Srivasthav P1000010000
R1WFM Savitha Shri B50005000
R1IM Mitrabha Guha50005000
R1GM Harsha Bharathakoti500025007500
R1GM Prithu Gupta50005000
R1WGM Vaishali R50005000
R1IM Raja Harshit50005000
R1WIM Divya Deshmukh50005000
R1WIM Isha Sharma50005000
R1IM Raghunandan K S50005000
R1IM Neelash Saha50005000
R1IM Saksham Rautela50005000
R1IM Krishnater Kushager50005000
R1IM Koustav Chatterjee50005000
R1IM Bharath Subramaniyam H50005000
R1WIM Vantika Agrawal50002000025000
R1IM Sankalp Gupta50005000


4. Amazing plethora of commentators

When you are watching a tournament LIVE online, you are very much looking forward to good commentators. IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal were the hosts and were there throughout the duration of the event. Ilamparthi, the 11-year-old talent of Indian chess was present for almost 80% of the event. We had three of the best female players of India joining in - D. Harika, Tania Sachdev and Soumya Swaminathan. Youngsters Leon Mendonca, Aditya Mittal and Raunak Sadhwani also joined in. Surya Ganguly was impeccable with his commentary and it was amazing to have insights by GM Srinath Narayanan as well. Three of the top four in the tournament are players who are currently working with GM Srinath. GMs Karthikeyan Murali joined as a debutant commentator and it was wonderful to have Beast (Adhiban) sharing his thoughts from time to time. One of Nihal's initial trainers and a famous commentator Dmitri Komarov also joined in on the last day for a few minutes! The Wolfpack commentary during the finals was exhilarating as over 18,000 people joined in to watch Nihal and Arjun fight with comments by Anish Giri, Teimour Radjabov and Vidit Gujrathi. We also had the legends Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand who joined in for the Raunak Sadhwani vs Arjun Erigaisi semi-finals. To have the 14th World Champion and a World Championship finalist comment on their games, is a huge boost to these youngsters!

5. Launch of ChessBase India Memberships

It's been almost a year since we thought about launching the ChessBase India memberships now. Our YouTube channel is one of the most active ones in the world of chess and a lot of people follow the content. Starting the YouTube Memberships would have been a sustainable source of income for the organization. However, the aim of ChessBase India has always been "Powering Chess in India". With so many people regularly asking us as to how they could support Indian chess, we decided to make available all the amount earned via memberships to Indian chess players. We started off with all the money raised via memberships from 6-10th December (the duration of the tournament) to be distributed in weighted average method to the top 8 players of the event. The details of all the people who have contributed are given below. We want to maintain the highest level of transparency so that you know that the amount you have donated has been used for the upliftment of Indian chess and Indian chess players.


Members of ChessBase India YouTube channel from 6th to 10th of December 2020 

Member NameLevel Of MembershipAmountAfter 30% deduction
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The total amount raised is Rs.47224. This is divided in the top 8 players in a weighted average method and this is what each player will receive:

1. Nihal Sarin - Rs.10494

2. Arjun Erigaisi - Rs.9182

3. Abhimanyu Puranik - Rs.7871

4. Raunak Sadhwani - Rs.6559

5. P. Iniyan - Rs.5247

6. Aryan Chopra - Rs.3935

7. Aronyak Ghosh - Rs.2624

8. R. Praggnanandhaa - 1312

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6. Special prizes

Apart from the main prizes, the tournament also had a few special prizes. We are noting them down below:

Vantika Agrawal gets Rs.20,000 for the best female player of the event. She put GM Aryan Chopra under a lot of pressure in her match and lost it by a very thin margin of 1.5-2.5. This prize was sponsored by IM Tania Sachdev and her YouTube subscribers

The award for the most entertaining match goes to FM Srihari and GM Harsha Bharathakoti. From lagging internet to premove blunders, this match had just about everything that kept the viewers on the edge of their seats. Eventually Srihari created a huge upset by beating Harsha with a score of 2.5-1.5. The award goes to both of them - Rs.2500 each. This match can be seen here.

Definitely one of the biggest finds of the tournament. Aronyak Ghosh won his first round by beating GM Prithu Gupta and GM D. Gukesh. The boy and his family have faced many tough situations in the past and it quite amazing that they have kept the chess journey going. Aronyak wins Rs.5000 in addition to his prize money of Rs.17624. He takes home a total of Rs.22624 from the tournament (Rs.15,000 prize money, Rs.5000 for the fighter of the event prize, Rs.2624 YouTube memberships for finishing in top 8)

Aditya Mittal wins the best game prize of the event for his scintillating third game victory against R. Praggnanandhaa. What made the game special was not just the quality of moves, but the fact that Aditya was trailing 2-0 down in the match and in a must-win situation played a brilliant game of chess! You can watch the entire game here or you can check the video highlights here. Alternatively, you can replay it below.

7. Exhibition Matches

On the final day, we had two exhibition matches to bring a different flavour to the livestream. One of the matches that was planned was Samay Raina + Ilamparthi vs Vaibhav Sethia + Anuradha Beniwal in a hand and brain encounter. Samay and Vaibhav, two of India's finest stand-up comedians, were part of the Improving Chess series. Ilamparthi was present when the prize money of the event was raised during episode 57. And Anuradha Beniwal has been doing some fantastic work in empowering young girls across India with the help of chess!

Anuradha Beniwal empowering young girls through chess!
The hand and brain game was a laughter riot and very exciting!

The tournament was organized by ChessBase India Foundation. Today the foundation has been doing consistent work in order to promote the game. A couple of years when we began there were a couple of individuals who believed in us and started the first two ChessBase India scholarships - MKG Scholarship by Jagadeesh Balakrishnan and Pursue your chess scholarship by Ashwin Subramanian.

The two firm supporters in the initial days of ChessBase India Foundation. The game between both Ashwin and Jagadish can be replayed here.

8. Team effort

The entire event was a team effort by several individuals in the ChessBase India team.

Shahid Ahmed (top left) made sure that each and every player was contacted before the event and all the technical requirements with regards to anti-cheating and broadcast were taken care off. He also did daily detailed reports on ChessBase India newspage and coordinated with all the players to be on time for each of the encounters. Avathanshu Bhat (top right) is just 15 years old but is already a prolific writer. He contacted all the players and wrote a 200 word bio about them along with a unique nickname! Abhyudaya Ram (bottom left) was the creative designer for the event and prepared all the posters and thumbnails which made the event professional and interesting. Vivek Sohan (bottom right) was the chief arbiter of the event and ensured that all the rules were adhered to with regards to pairing as well as anti-cheating measures. A word of special mention to Prakhar P. who is a video editor and edited some of the videos of the Super Junior Cup which were loved by one and all.

How can we forget the efforts of Niklesh Jain who covered this event with great gusto and energy on the ChessBase India Hindi channel 

9. Feedback from the players

The players enjoyed the tournament and the following is the feedback that we received from a few of them:


Thank you so much for conducting such an event and inviting us. It was a great tournament and good experience. Looking forward to more such tournaments in future. - P. Iniyan


You will be in the history for taking Indian Chess to the next level. Great work. Congratulations - Harishankkar Subramaniyam (father of Bharath Subramaniyam)


Thank you so much for organising Super Juniors Cup. It was a very thrilling tournament with sensational matches. Enjoyed every bit of it and looking forward to more such events! - Sankalp Gupta


Thanks a lot for this great initiative. It was an amazing experience with lots of interesting games. Enjoyed a lot and looking forward to more such events. - Arjun Kalyan


Was indeed a great tournament. This experience will surely help while playing in pressure situations! Thanks so much - Harshit Raja


Thank you so much Mr. & Mrs. Chessbase India for such a great event. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to play those intense Battles which will be very helpful to us in OTB as well as in Online chess.  A wonderful initiative👏 looking forward for more. - Raunak Sadhwani


Thank you for this awesome initiative, I had a lot of fun and learnt a lot too. Waiting for more such events. - Abhimanyu Puranik


Thank you for the wonderful initiative. It was really fun and a great experience! Looking forward to more such events. - Arjun Erigaisi


Thank you Sagar and Amruta and Congratulations to you and your team for great work! - Divya Deshmukh


Fantastic tournament.. Chessbase India is doing a fabulous job in Unearthing talent and giving opportunities to players... We look forward to more such tournaments. Special mention should be made about the way you, Sagar, make each one of them important... From Ilamparithi to Kramnik... It is a joy to watch... Keep it going. - Srihari LR


Dear Sagar and Amruta, It was a great experience indeed! Shall look forward to more of such events. Keep up the good work towards promoting chess. - Aryan Chopra


Thank you for the great initiative for indian chess! Enjoyed a lot. - Nihal Sarin


Fantastic tournament! Thank you for organizing such a great event. Looking forward for more! - Rithvik Raja


Thanks a lot Sagar sir and Amruta ma'am for this lovely tournament...enjoyed playing it. - Vantika Agrawal


Thank you for the tournament! Was a nice experience - Raghunandan KS

10. Janta OP

None of this would have been possible without the support you have offered us, dear Janta. Thank you so much for supporting us in every possible way from sponsoring the event, to watching it LIVE for several hours. The total no. of views for the event has been over 1 million in the five days:

Days Views
1 227173
2 188557
3 162121
4 173321
5 328541

Definitely Janta OP! :)

Important Links:

Day 1 Report

Day 2 Report

Day 3 Report

Day 4 Report

Day 5 Report

Day 1 YouTube commentary

Day 2 YouTube commentary

Day 3 YouTube commentary

Day 4 YouTube commentary

Day 5 YouTube commentary

Super Juniors 2020 YouTube playlist

Commentary on Hindi ChessBase India

Announcement of Super Juniors 2020

Bio of all 32 players

Prize money enhanced


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