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12th National Schools Chess Championship 2024 kicks off at Patna

by Himank Ghosh - 06/02/2024

The 12th National Schools Chess Championships kicked off today at Gyan Bhawan, Patna! A glorious inauguration ceremony marked the beginning of one of India's most prestigious and important tournaments. 2 rounds of classical chess was played at the National Schools Chess Championships today - among 12 different sections starting from Under-7 to the Under-17 age category. A total of 913 players are taking part in the event! Check out the complete report of Day 1 below, where we share information on the results, moments of the inauguration ceremony, and much more. Photos: Himank Ghosh, Aditya Sur Roy

The Biggest National Chess Championship Starts In Patna - 12th National Schools 2024

More than 900 players are fighting it out in a five-day battle of the minds at the 12th National Schools Open and Women Chess Championship 2024. Check out this video embedded below, where we give you a tour of the playing hall, the food served to the players and officials, and the official hotel.

The Biggest National Chess Championship Starts In Patna | 12th National Schools 2024 | Video: ChessBase India

The day started at Gyan Bhawan, Patna today with the opening ceremony marking the start of the event. Many notable dignitaries were present in the opening ceremony, including the 3rd Indian Grandmaster, experienced trainer and author, Pravin Thipsay! IA Dharmendra Kumar is the Tournament director, and IA Vasanth BH is playing the role of the chief arbiter. Check out a few photos captured from the ceremony below:

The Chief guests share a light moment with each other | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Little kid shakes hands with the chief guest as Dharmendra Kumar guides him on stage! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Pravin Thipsay makes the inaugural move of the tournament | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The Opening ceremony in action! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

The chief guests of the opening ceremony in the same frame with some fine young chess talents of Bihar! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Check out more photos from the opening ceremony in our dedicated Facebook album

The first and second round took place today. In the next 4 days, 7 more rounds will be played across 12 categories in a classical time format with a time control of 90 minutes + 30 second increment starting from move one. The top board in each of the sections ( e.g. Open Under-7 and Girls Under-7) has it's games broadcasted live via a DGT board!

Action broadcasted live on the top board of Open U-11 section! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

You can check the available games, individual results today, and pairings for tomorrow at the end of the article. Check out a few photos of the players and the environment at the hall during the 1st and 2nd rounds:

One of Bihar's top young talents, Md Reyan is one of the top seeds of the Under-13 category! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Grandmaster Thejkumar MS with his son Kaustubh, who's playing in the Under-7 age category! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Youngster Kiyana Parihar deep in thought while writing down her move! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The reigning National Under-9 Champion, Advik Amit Agarwal in action! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The huge playing hall at Gyan Bhawan, Patna fully packed with 900+ chess players and numerous officials | Photo: Himank Ghosh

You can check out all the players photos from Round 1 and 2 in our Facebook album.

One of the many attractions of the National Schools Chess Championships is the huge ChessBase India stall! Lots of players and parents visited the stall today, collecting their favourite products. Here are a few photos of the happy customers:

GothamChess fans are everywhere! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Proud dad with his two daughters, who have two bags full of books and ChessBase India goodies! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

Silman's endgame course was one of the highest-demanded books! | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The ChessBase India Chess sets was a very popular purchase! | Photo: Himank Ghosh

You can find more photos from the ChessBase India stall in our Facebook album.

Check out all the available Round 1-2 games


Rank after Round 2 of Under-17 Open category

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Daksh, GoyalU17IND1971Delhi2122,0002
CMShadhursshaan, RU17IND1951Tamil Nadu2122,0002
Niladri, BanerjeeU17IND1699West Bengal2122,0002
Adhiraj, MitraU17IND1666Jharkhand2122,0002
Gadhavi, VeerbhadrasinhU17IND1651Gujarat2122,0002
Shreyas, DasU17IND1556Delhi211,52,0002
AGMAdhithya, BU17IND1542Tamil Nadu2111,0002
Amrit, RaunakU17IND1472Bihar2111,0002
Soumyadeep, RahaU17IND1592West Bengal1,51,52,51,7501
AFMNeerav, VishalU17IND1400Bihar1,51,52,51,7501
AFMPavan, Karthikeya Varma GunturiU17IND1697Telangana1,51,520,7501
Raveesh, KoteU17IND1582Karnataka1,51,51,50,7501
Karra, Surya Kumara SridattaU17IND1344Andhra Pradesh1,51,51,50,7501
Gopalakrishnan, GU17IND1493Delhi1,511,51,7501
Nalinakhya, KashyapU17IND1653Assam1231,0001


Rank after Round 2 of Under-17 Girls category

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
WCMArshiya, DasF17wIND1592Tripura2122,0002
Kashthuri, Bhai RF17wIND1590A & NI2122,0002
Sindhusree, KF17wIND1530Tamil Nadu2122,0002
Rajanya, DattaF17wIND1513West Bengal2122,0002
Dishita, DeyF17wIND1238Jharkhand2111,0002
Radhika, SharmaF17wIND1297Haryana20,50,51,0002
Shweta, KumariF17wIND1198Bihar1,511,51,2501
WCMAnupam, M SreekumarF17wIND1627Kerala1,50,510,7501
Disha, U AF17wIND1377Karnataka1,50,510,7501
WCMBhillva, Nilaya Kondari Eswara KrishnaF17wIND1843Andhra Pradesh1231,0001
Rijak, KaurF17wIND1154Haryana122,51,0001
Vagisha, AnandF17wIND1051Bihar122,50,5001
Amulya, SF17wIND0Andhra Pradesh122,50,0001
Bhavya, HasijaF17wIND1223Uttar Pradesh1220,0001
Adiba, UllahF17wIND1213Bihar1220,0001


More categories: Under-7 - Open and Girls, Under-9 - Open and Girls, Under-11 - Open and Girls, Under-13 - Open and Girls, and Under-15 - Open and Girls.


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