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16-year-old Keval Nirgun wins Late Babukaka Shirgaokar Open at Sangli

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/06/2019

16-year-old Keval Nirgun of Pune, surprised everyone by winning 52nd Late Babukaka Shirgaokar Open at Sangli on 23rd May 2019. The tournament was organized by Nutan Buddhibal Mandal, one of the oldest organizers in India and it took place at Sangli, Maharashtra from 18th to 23rd May 2019. Total 220 players participated from various states across the country. Top seed of the tournament was Anish Gandhi and IM Ramnath Balasubramaniam was the only International Master in the tournament. Total Prize fund ₹200000 was distributed among 66 different prizes. Photo: FA Vivek Sohani

Nirgun delivers his career best at Sangli

Keval Nirgun's first open tournament victory was 1.5 years ago at the end of 2017, however in Sangli he bettered his performance with an unbeaten run, starting with 8.0/8 and drawing the last two rounds to clinch the trophy.

16-year old Keval Nirgun receives his Champion's Trophy, Late Dr V N Desai Rolling Silver Trophy and ₹40000 cash | Photo: Vivek Sohani

Despite starting as the 7th seed Keval delivered a stellar performance, became champion and increased his ELO Rating by 92 points

Top seed Anish Gandhi (left) scored 8.5/10 to finish 2nd and won ₹25000 cash and trophy, Akhilesh Nagare (right) remained undefeated, scored 8.0/10 and due to a better tie-break score secured 3rd position. He won ₹15000 cash and a trophy | Photo: Vivek Sohani

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
Nirgun KevalU16IND1896MAH9,00,064,069,561,7584092,0
Gandhi AnishIND2198MAH8,50,062,067,555,00820-11,4
Nagare AkhileshIND1919MAH8,00,062,567,552,756201,0
Phatak AanjaneyaU18IND1734MAH8,00,061,065,049,50840100,4
IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamIND2193TN8,00,060,565,551,25710-9,2
Bhosale ShrirajU16IND1833MAH7,50,063,067,548,2564046,4
Rao J. MalleswaraIND1977AP7,50,061,566,547,75720-19,6
Gopal RathodIND1846MAH7,50,061,566,547,507202,0
Mishra SanjeevIND1649MAH7,50,057,061,543,7562014,2
Shreyas GhadiU14IND1680MAH7,50,055,560,544,00740-18,0
Raghav Srivathsav VIND2060TEL7,50,053,557,543,0072011,6
Hitesh S. JariyaIND1850MP7,00,067,572,547,5062018,4
AGMKiran PanditraoIND2009CUSTOMS & CGST7,00,061,065,542,50720-36,8
Boramanikar Tanisha SU14wIND1694MAH7,00,060,064,542,256409,6
Bhagwat HerambU18IND1722MAH7,00,059,564,542,75640-0,4
Bharsakale RahulIND1644MAH7,00,058,063,042,25640-11,2
Rawal ShaileshIND1735GUJ7,00,058,063,041,75520-11,6
Shriya R RevankarU16wIND1598MAH7,00,054,559,038,75640-31,6
Pise PrashantIND1163MAH7,00,054,558,037,7562077,6
Apte DhaivatU16IND1482MAH7,00,054,058,038,2564026,4
Hend PravinIND1618MAH7,00,053,557,037,75520-14,4
Shah VishwawIND1612MAH7,00,052,557,038,00620-27,6
Dhoot VinitU16IND1637MAH7,00,051,555,036,00740-45,6
Mohitha VU12wIND1355AP7,00,048,051,034,7554029,2
Mahajan AyushU14IND1566MAH6,50,060,565,037,7564016,8

Complete Standings


The tournament witnessed 35 female participation out of 220 players from 9 different states across the country in this six-day, 10-round tournament organized by one of the oldest organizers of the country, Nutan Buddhibal Mandal.

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