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5th Edition Open Blitz at Bangalore

by Shripad KV - 18/06/2017

Bangalore witnessed one of the strong Blitz Chess tournament in recent days when two Ekalavya Awardee (Yashas D and Sriram Sarja both from Shimoga), Strong Players from Karnataka, Millionaire Edition in Las Vegas 2015 U2200 Winner (Prachura P P) and 11 times State Champion took part in 5th Edition of OPEN BLITZ Chess tournament organized by Universal Chess Academy (R) along with Rainbow Club Kidz Library, Malleswaram, Bangalore. The tournament was held at Shri. R. Gundu Rao Sports Complex, Sirur Park Playground, Sheshadripuram, Bangalore on 28th May 2017.

Ekalavya Award recipient of 2014 Yashas Devappa of Shimoga and then RVCE alumni wins the title with 7 points of 8 rounds in a strong field of 61 players who contested for a total prize fund of INR 22750/-. Gahan MG who was a winner of last two editions of Blitz also scored 7 points out of 8 rounds but it was due to Direct Encounter he took away the runner-up prize.

The tournament was very well organised in a spacious venue in the heart of Bangalore and it took around 2 and half hours to complete 8 rounds along with 10 minutes of break time to relax for the players. It was a perfect Sunday morning to finish the tournament and head towards the Mantri Mall located right opposite to the venue.

Playing cards of top two placings:

More pictures are posted below.

Ekalavya Award recipient of 2014 Yashas D receiving title trophy from N Sanjay of Income Tax also former State Champion, and Ramachandra Bhat of Sirsi. (Left to Right – Sushrutha Reddy of Innovators Chess Academy, Mahendran T former President of Karnataka State Chess Association, and K Upendra)

RVCE Alumni - Gahan MG of Cisco Systems receiving Runner-up prize from dignitaries.

Above Prachura PP of Bangalore (Winner of Millionaire Chess in Las Vegas 2015) seen in action with Black Pieces. His opponent with the white pieces is Nitin Pai, who is an author for ChessBase India.

Final Round Pairings

Prize money chart

Shri R Gundu Rao Sports Complex was the venue of the event

Mantri Square at Malleswaram, Bangalore


About the author 

Shripad KV is a FIDE rated chess player from Hubli, North Karnataka. He successfully runs Hubli Chess Academy (R) since 2001 and has been​ very instrumental in conducting more than 100 Chess tournament in his home district. Apart from that he has conducted many orientation camps across North Karnataka in rural areas to bring awareness about the game. In 2015 he is awarded FIDE Arbiter title, he has also authored a Chess book which is recognised by Department of Library in Karnataka.

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