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14-year-old Aakash G clinches 74th Tamil Nadu State Open Rating 2024 convincingly

by R Anantharam - 12/06/2024

Top seed of the tournament, Aakash G scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 74th Tamil Nadu State Open Rating 2024. He finished a half point ahead of the rest. Nine players scored 7.5/9 each. Out of them, Vignesh B and Sivan S Roshan secured second and third place according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹200000. The top three prizes were ₹50000 + trophy, ₹30000 and ₹20000 each. The five-day rating tournament was organized by Coimbatore District Chess Association at Hindusthan College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu from 27th to 31st May 2024. This is Aakash's second consecutive Tamil Nadu State tournament triumph within a fortnight. Before this, Aakash won the Tamil Nadu State Under-15 Open 2024. Photos: IA R Anantharam

Aakash wins two Tamil Nadu State titles in two weeks

CM Aakash G of Coimbatore, a former under-9 national champion had two successive state championships under his belt in a space of one week, when he won the Tamil Nadu State Open championship at Hindusthan College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore. He was the outright winner scoring eight points, pipping nine other player by half a point. He won the sub junior title earlier at Pudukottai.

Dr. M Manickam, President, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association & Ms. T R K Sarasuwathi, Managing Trustee, HICAS handed over the trophy to 14-year-old G Aakash, won the Tamil Nadu State Open Championship

G Aakash received a laptop, in addition to the regular cash prize. Among the nine players who vied for the top ranks.

G Aakash the champion was gifted a laptop

The seventh round win over former Tamil Nadu state junior champion P Maheswaran of Sivakasi was the turning point for Aakash to win the title.

On the way to the title, Aakash had two draws, one against R Anirudh in the fourth round and another against the second ranked B Vignesh. Vignesh of Chengaplattu had a superior tiebreak to be declared runner-up.

Round 7: FM P Maheshwaran - CM Aakash G: 0-1

The tie between the top two seeds and finishers ended in a draw. B Vignesh is also the runner-up

A good game by Vignesh against the state under-17 runner-up, S Gokul Krishna of Tirupur.

Round 5: S Gokul Krishna - Vignesh B: 0-1

While the top two seeds played true to their seeding, no other top ten seeded player was placed within the first six ranks. 37th seeded 16-year-old Sivan S Roshan was the surprise winner of the second runner-up position, scoring six wins and three draws. Draws against third and fourth seeded MV Lakshmi Narayanan of Kodaikanal and Ram S Krishnan of BSNL helped Sivan S Roshan to clinch the third place.

Sivan S Roshan (left) helped himself to the third place by extracting half a point from the third seeded M V Lakshmi Narayanan who was pushed to the seventh place

The fourth place went to 14-year-old Saisarvesh S of Chennai. Saisarvesh got the better of former under-12 state champion P Vignesh Kannan to achieve fourth place.

Final round victory over P Vignesh Kannan fetched the fourth place to Saisarvesh (right)

Recently crowned Tamil Nadu state under-17 champion V S Nandish of Coimbatore had a win over V Tarun of Salem, enabling him to propel to the fifth place.

Nandish (left) subdued Tarun to get fifth place

Though Haridev lost to KG Hiren in the seventh round, he managed to pull two wins in-a-row to secure sixth place.

Round 7: Hiren K G - Haridev S: 1-0

Under 17 National Schools champion R Shadhursshaan (right) defeated K Prawin to obtain eighth place

Rutherford (right) defeated the veteran and Vishy Anand’s contemporary CM Ebenezer Joseph to win ninth place

Jack Samuel spoiled the chances of fourth seeded Ram S Krishnan by splitting the point in the final round. Jack finished tenth and former national rapid champion Ram could muster only the 19th place.

Jack Samuel (left) spoiled the chances of Ram S Krishnan by splitting the point in the final round

Ms. Sarasuwathi gives away a memento to Andrews, the youngest FIDE rated player in India

The 74th open state championship is thus far the best one, attracting more than 500 players. The Secretary, FT FA K Dhanasekar, guided by the state chess association, Vice-President - IA V Vijayaraghavan and the district team did a good groundwork to make the tournament a successful one.

Dhanasekar, Secretary of CDCA, FIDE Instructor, FIDE arbiter, besides a good player promotes chess in a big manner

IA Vijayaraghavan is a guiding force for the growth of Coimbatore District Chess Association

The venue Hindusthan College of Arts & Science is a regular supporter of chess, organising many state championships, rating tournaments and inter university tournaments. It admits chess players to the college, providing free admission, boarding and lodging.

Hindusthan College of Arts & Science

A total of 502 players participated from various districts of Tamil Nadu in this five-day nine round State Rating Open tournament. It was organized by Coimbatore District Chess Association at Hindusthan College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu from 27th to 31st May 2024. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypGrRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11CMAakash, GU1725832CBE20242241Coimbatore852,557,550,7507
22AGMVignesh, B9624CGL20242220Chengalpattu7,554,55947,5006
337Sivan, S Roshan23673CHE20241798Chennai7,552,55544,2506
432Saisarvesh, SU172336TLR20241813Tiruvallur7,5525645,0006
517Nandish, V SU173898CBE20241899Coimbatore7,551,556,545,5006
612Haridev, SU173718CHE20241931Chennai7,550,554,544,0007
73CMLakshmi, Narayanan M V26406DGL20242137Dindigul7,55054,543,7506
88CMShadhursshaan, RU179230VNR20241967Virudhunagar7,5475141,5006
929AGMRutherford, S1322KKI20241825Kanyakumari7,54749,539,2507
1067Jack, SamuelU174349DGL20241694Dindigul7,546,550,541,5006
119Dinesh, Rajan M6865SIV20241967Sivagangai752,55741,5007
1216Vijay, Shreeram P2888CHE20241901Chennai75256,542,0005
1323Nandha, Kumar K26404CBE20241860Coimbatore7525641,7506
146FMMaheswaran, P.9269VNR20241996Virudhunagar751,55642,0006
155Hiren, K G2739CHE20242013Chennai751,55641,7506
1633Tarun, V26301SLM20241807Salem7515540,0007
1719Nigash, GU174416ERO20241890Erode750,55541,0006
1821Gokul, Krishna SU177618TPR20241881Tiruppur75054,539,5007
194Ram, S. Krishnan5537CHE20242029Chennai749,554,541,5005
2054Kanishkaraj, VU1724553CHE20241725Chennai7495238,2506
2172Nafila, AU176375NIL20241688Nilgiris7464834,5007
2268Aswin, DU178887TRY20241693Tiruchirapalli7454935,5007
23115AGMKannan, R.4818CBE20241605Coimbatore74346,535,5007
2418Yashwant, BU175556MDU20241895Madurai6,55155,536,7506
2520CMEbenezer, Joseph3739CHE20241882Chennai6,5505335,0006

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About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Titles Commission in All India Chess Federation, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.

 

The report was edited by Shahid Ahmed


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