National School Championship 2016
The Nagpur Chess Academy on behalf of the All India Chess Federation organized the 5th National School Chess Championship 2016 at the Naivedhyam Eastoria in Nagpur. The three-day chess bonanza attracted around 720 chess playing schoolchildren to the Orange city. Vishy Anand was the chief guest at this mammoth event. And guess what were the prizes for the winners? - ChessBase DVDs!
All photos by Samruddha Mandaokar and Niklesh Jain
National School Championship 2016
The Nagpur Chess Academy on behalf of the All India Chess Federation organized the 5th National School Chess Championship 2016 at the Naivedhyam Eastoria in Nagpur from the 5th to the 7th of January. The tournament was a nine round Swiss league with the time-control of sixty minutes per player without increment. The three-day chess bonanza attracted around 720 chess playing schoolchildren to the Orange city. There were in all six age categories (U-7, U-9, U-11, U-13, U-15, U-17) for boys and six for girls making it 12 categories in all. And what were the two best things about the tournament?
The Final Ranking List:
|Under 7 - Final Category|
|1||Ilamparthi A R||1199||TN||TN-||8|
|U-7 Girls Category|
|3||WCM||Shefali A N||1111||KAR||KAR-SSPS||7|
|U-9 Girls Category|
|1||Savitha Shri B||1386||TN||TN-VVC||8½|
|U-9 Open Category|
|U-11 Girls Category|
|U-11 Open Category|
|1||CM||Gukesh D||2041||TN||TN VAC||8|
|2||Samant Aditya S||1705||MAH||MAH-||7½|
|U-13 Girls Category|
|1||WCM||Mrudul Dehankar||1731||MAH||NGP BHAV||7½|
|2||Jishitha D||1698||AP||AP MG||7|
|3||Rindhiya V||1374||TN||TN VMHS||7|
|U-13 Open Category|
|3||Akshit Kumar J||1684||AP||AP||7|
|U-15 Girls Category|
|1||Harshini A||1804||TN||Holy Angel's A I School Chennai||8|
|2||Pandey Srishti||1953||MAH||V T Convent Nagpur||7½|
|3||Shah Rutvi||1678||GUJ||Udgan School Ahmedabad||6½|
|U-15 Open Category|
|1||Shet Prajwal P||1949||KAR||7½|
|3||Jatin S N||1575||KAR||7|
|U-17 Girls Category|
|U-17 Open Category|
|2||Shah Bhaven Jay||1641||MAH||MAH-DAI||5½|
|3||CM||Sharang Sanjeev Kapoor||2053||GUJ||GUJ-ANAND||5|
|Best School In India|
|3||Syna International School||MP|
ChessBase DVDs as Prizes
The first prize winner in each of the twelve categories were given ChessBase DVDs by ChessBase India.
The Maharashtra Chess Association under the leadership of the Hon. General Secretary Mr. Dilip Pagay, himself a passionate player, is serious about chess development in the country and his state. The idea of giving ChessBase DVDs means that the organizers are serious about the development of these young talents. The following DVDs were given to each prize winner.
- ChessBase 13
- My Career by GM Viswanathan Anand Vol.1
- My Career by GM Viswanathan Anand Vol.2
- Modern Scotch by GM Parimarjan Negi
- Learn from the Classics by IM Sagar Shah
- Improve your chess with IM Tania Sachdev
As you can see the DVDs were smartly chosen. They include ChessBase 13 which is imperative for any professional chess player. The other five DVDs are all authored by Indian players - Vishy Anand Vol.1 & 2, Parimarjan Negi, Sagar Shah, Tania Sachdev.
The Tiger in Nagpur
Nagpur is not very far from the Tadoba Tiger Reserve and the Pench National Park, home to India’s national animal, the tiger. In this light, the organizers fittingly hosted the former world champion Vishy Anand, who graced the tournament with his presence.
In the press conference that followed, Vishy did not appear too entertained as the mainstream media, quite predictably, did not pose the Indian ace too many pertinent questions. Nevertheless, Anand did end up sharing his thoughts on important issues: the reason Indian talents appear to be moving forward slower than their foreign counterparts are, and his thoughts about cheating in chess, etc.
ChessBase India reporter Niklesh Jain was at the venue and was quick enough to pull out his mobile and record nearly 15 minutes of the Anand interview for you to enjoy: