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Aditya Samant wins Young Masters Rapid with a 100% score

by Shahid Ahmed - 06/09/2019

13-year old Aditya Samant scored 8.0/8 by winning all his games and finished 1.5 points ahead of the runner-up to win Young Masters Open Rapid in Pune on 1st September organized parents of Pune chess players. IM-norm holder Aditya beat WIM Aakanksha Hagawane, the eventual runner-up, in the penultimate round to take a full point heading into the final round. Top seed Gaurav Bakliwal also scored 6.5/8 to finish third. Here is a pictorial report of the tournament. Photo: Ganga Pant

Aditya's awesome performance in a one-day rapid

Aditya Samant receives his champion's trophy and ₹3500 cash | Photo: Ganga Pant

Don't be fooled by Aditya's rapid rating, his standard rating is 2334 and he made his maiden IM-norm earlier this year

2nd WIM Aakanksha Hagawane scored 6.5/8 | Photo: Ganga Pant

WIM Aakanksha Hagawane had won Silver in Blitz and Bronze in Rapid at Asian Juniors couple of months ago. This one day rapid tournament provided her the perfect practice she needed as she scored a perfect 7.0/7 to clinch Gold in West Asian Youth and Junior under-20 girls.

Top seed Gaurav Bakliwal also scored 6.5/8 but due to a lower tie-break score he was placed 3rd | Photo: Ganga Pant

The virtual final between Aditya and Aakanksha | Photo: Ganga Pant

Aditya in action against Dhanashree in the final round | Photo: Ganga Pant

The tournament hall | Photo: Ganga Pant

All prize winners | Photo: Ganga Pant

The organizers - parents of various Pune chess players | Photo: Ganga Pant

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Organizer Ganga Pant's note

Chess Parents at Pune have been organizing practice tournaments over the last couple of months and finally graduated to organize a bigger scale tournament on 1st September 2019 - Young Masters Rapid Tournament at Mangalwadi, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune. FA Dipti Shidore served as chief arbiter for the event that got a very good response with as many as 61 FIDE rated players out of 82 participating players. Pune’s very own WIM Akanksha Hagawane playing the tournament as third seed, there was a very strong field out there and tournament had some very keen and observant moments of quality chess being played out.


The event organizer Ganga Pant along with other co-organizers (also chess parents) Deepika Negi, Ashwini Dandawate and Nitin Undale said that the event was aimed at creating more local spaces for the young talent so that they save on travel times and get to practice more within the home turf. The event generated a lot of interest and participants gave rave reviews of the tournament, which had a prize fund of ₹12000, apart from trophies and medals for under age categories and also offered a chess book as first prize for the age category winners - something that was very well received.


While chess parents feel encouraged to conduct more such events in the future, they do feel that more people need to come forward and create more and more local spaces in order to give a platform to young talent all across the region. Stay tuned to ChessBase India calendar for more such tournaments from Pune Chess Parents in future.


Final Standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
118Samant Aditya SIND15088,00,038,541,0
23WIMAakanksha HagawanewIND18226,50,039,042,5
31Bakliwal GauravIND22196,50,038,542,5
45Rohan Bharat JoshiIND17476,50,037,540,5
522Phatak AanjaneyaIND13886,00,039,542,5
633Khairmode DhanashreewIND12456,00,035,537,0
79Tamhankar SiddhantIND16476,00,034,537,5
87Gaurav Rajesh ZagadeIND16755,50,038,542,5
921Shejal Sahil SanjayIND14115,50,038,540,5
1034Dawda VihaanIND12415,50,037,040,5
1114Aryan Abhijeet ShahIND15535,50,037,040,0
1224Dhumal AmitIND13675,50,034,536,0
1320Negi AugustiyaIND14475,50,032,034,5
1435Sarode OmIND12375,50,031,535,0
1513Chavan NameetIND15825,50,031,034,0

Complete standings