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Akhil and Siddhi win 33rd National Under-7 Open and Girls 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 13/06/2019

Sri Akhil Prasad of Andhra Pradesh and Siddhi Rao of Karnataka both scored 9.5/11 in their respective open and girls group to win 33rd National under-7 championship held in The Newtown School, Kolkata from 1st to 6th June 2019. They both won a shining beautiful huge trophy and ₹26000 cash each. Both Akhil and Siddhi are their respective state under-7 champion. Rishabh Kumar of Delhi and Apaar Saxena of Karnataka finished at 9.0/11 in open category. They were placed 2nd and 3rd as per their tie-break score. Sannah M of Tamil Nadu also finished at 9.5/11 but due to a lower tie-break score she had to settle for 2nd place. Sreekarthika Velmurugan also from Tamil Nadu scored 9.0/11 and finished 3rd. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka State Champions dominate

In National Under-7 it is always difficult to pick any favorites, because anyone has the capability of beating anyone more than in any other age category National Championships. For a safe bet, State Champions are in general considered favorites, if one must pick a favorite.

Siddhi Rao of Karnataka and Sri Akhil Prasad of Andhra Pradesh of Andhra Pradesh are the 33rd National Under-7 Champion in girls and open category respectively | Photo: Shahid Ahmed


Sri Akhil Prasad, playing in his last National under-7 as he was born in 2012, has won National School under-7 open and Andhra Pradesh State under-7 open earlier this year.

Winning two National under-7 championships in two months, that has to be some kind of record | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Akhil's unbeaten run of 9.5/11


Siddhi Rao of Karnataka, also appearing in her last National under-7 for the same reason as Akhil, became Karnataka State under-7 girls champion last month. She finished 4th in National School under-7 girls couple of months ago.

Both Siddhi Rao and Sannah M (the eventual runner-up) finished at 9.5/11, however Siddhi had defeated Sannah in round 6 which worked in her favor | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Despite losing the last round, Siddhi still became champion. That's a rare feat.

2nd in open - Rishabh Kumar of Delhi 9.0/11, received a beautiful trophy, ₹20000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

2nd in girls - Sannah M of Tamil Nadu 9.5/11, earned a beautiful trophy, ₹20000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

3rd in open - Apaar Saxena of Karnataka 9.0/11, won a glittering trophy, ₹13400 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

3rd in girls - Sreekarthika Velmurugan of Tamil Nadu 9.0/11, received a trophy, ₹13400 cash and a certificate | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Top 3 in open (L to R) - Rishabh Kumar - 3rd, Sri Akhil Prasad - 1st and Apaar Saxena - 2nd | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Top 3 girls (L to R) - Sreekarthika Velmurugan - 3rd, Siddhi Rao - 1st and Sannah M - 2nd | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Photo Gallery:

Tournament flex | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Players form a queue to submit their results | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A part of open section which is a converted indoor Rifle Shooting and Table Tennis arena | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The girls section which was converted from a Squash Arena | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Parents and players wait in line to get their accreditation card | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

The Inauguration Ceremony was performed with a lighting of the lamp | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Chief Arbiter IA Swapnil Bansod explains all rules and regulations to the parents | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Prize Distribution Ceremony photos:

4th in open - Swastik Suvam Patnaik of Odisha 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th - Viraj Rane of Maharashtra 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th - Pratiyush Kumar of Bihar 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th - Sreevaishnav Nair of Maharashtra 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - Rudradaman Mertia of Rajasthan 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th - Rishit Agrawal of Chattisgarh 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th - Sreehari S Mecheril of Kerala 8.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

All open prize winners | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

4th in girls - Aishwarya Sahoo of Odisha 9.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

5th - Diya Digamber Sawal of Goa 8.5/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th - Umauthra M of Tamil Nadu 8.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th - Macherla Akshaya Laxmi Reddy of Telangana 8.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th - Poorvi Nayak of Goa 8.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

9th - Anshika Dongre of Madhya Pradesh 8.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

10th - Mysha Perwez of Maharashtra 8.0/11 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

All girls prize winners | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

For more Prize Distribution Ceremony photos, click here.

Video Gallery:

Highlights of Round 1 | Video: Shahid Ahmed


Sri Akhil Prasad and his coach talk about his performance and more | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Siddhi Rao talks about her best game, strongest opponent of the tournament and more | Video: Shahid Ahmed

Final Standings in open category

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Sri Akhil PrasadU07IND1080Andhra Pradesh9,50,073,077,064,759
Rishabh KumarU07IND1108Delhi9,00,074,579,062,008
Apaar SaxenaU07IND1152Karnataka9,00,073,577,562,009
Swastik Suvam PatnaikU07IND1038Orissa8,50,077,082,561,008
Rane VirajU07IND1079Maharashtra8,50,074,079,058,007
Pratiyush KumarU07IND0Bihar8,50,073,579,059,008
Nair SreevaishnavU07IND0Maharashtra8,50,071,575,056,258
Rudradaman MertiaU07IND0Rajasthan8,50,068,572,553,258
Rishit AgrawalU07IND0Chhattisgarh8,50,064,567,550,758
Sreehari S MecherilU07IND0Kerala8,00,075,580,056,257
Siddhant BhartiU07IND1063Maharashtra8,00,075,079,053,257
AFMYuvanesh AU07IND0Karnataka8,00,070,575,049,508
Burugupalli Jai Pranav Sri RamU07IND1098Andhra Pradesh8,00,064,569,046,257
Shravan AmbaruU07IND0Telangana8,00,061,065,045,257
Aditya TrehanU07IND0Uttar Pradesh8,00,060,565,047,257
Sairaj NarvenkarU07IND0Goa8,00,060,562,543,508
Kian Dishank ShahU07IND1083Gujarat7,50,076,581,551,757
Mayukh MajumderU07IND1008West Bengal7,50,070,073,044,757
Karthik VedanthU07IND1034Maharashtra7,50,069,072,043,007
Madhvendra Pratap SharmaU07IND1031Madhya Pradesh7,50,067,571,545,006

Complete Standings


Final Standings in girls section

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Siddhi RaoF07wIND0Karnataka9,51,079,083,571,009
Sannah MF07wIND0Tamil Nadu9,50,078,083,069,259
Sreekarthika VelmuruganF07wIND0Tamil Nadu9,00,072,577,558,509
Aishwarya SahooF07wIND1029Orissa9,00,069,071,555,009
Diya Digamber SawalF07wIND0Goa8,50,075,076,052,758
Umauthra MF07wIND0Tamil Nadu8,00,069,073,049,508
Macherla Akshaya Laxmi ReddyF07wIND0Telangana8,00,068,573,547,508
Nayak PoorviF07wIND0Goa8,00,067,570,047,508
Anshika DongreF07wIND0Madhya Pradesh8,00,065,069,546,508
Mysha PerwezF07wIND0Maharashtra8,00,058,561,545,508
Niharika ChakrabortyF07wIND0Jharkhand7,50,068,072,045,757
Pari Suresh ChavanU07wIND0Maharashtra7,50,066,569,542,007
Aadya TripathiF07wIND0Chhattisgarh7,50,061,065,041,257
Pardeshi ChaturthiF07wIND0Maharashtra7,00,078,083,048,007
Diya UmeshF07wIND0Karnataka7,00,071,575,544,507
Ishani DasF07wIND0Orissa7,00,069,572,539,756
Charudharshini RF07wIND0Tamil Nadu7,00,068,073,044,507
Swadha Sunil DatirF07wIND0Maharashtra7,00,066,570,542,507
Rammadugu Geethika SriF07wIND0Andhra Pradesh7,00,066,570,038,507
Hanya ShahF07wIND0Gujarat7,00,065,570,542,507

Complete Standings


The tournament was organized by Global Chess Foundation and Bengal Chess Association at The Newtown School from 1st to 6th June 2019. Total 313 participants including 197 in open and 116 in girls from 28 different states across the country participated in this event which made it the biggest National Championship in terms of total number of participants ever. Chief Arbiter IA Swapnil Bansod mentioned in his Arbiter's report that, for the first time ever, a National under-7 concluded without a zero complain from the players.

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