Nihal visits Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship
The second day of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship proved enthralling for more than one reason. The biggest sensation of the day was undoubtedly Nihal Sarin visiting the tournament venue. The 15-year-old Indian prodigy interacted with selected youngsters and also had an exclusive autograph/photograph session with parents and fans. The rounds too had fair share of ups and downs. Top seed and WIM Isha Sharma had to toil hard for more than three hours to clinch victory against her 8-year-old opponent Chinmay Kowshik; while in the same round the second seeded Prachura P Padakannaya was shocked by 1397 rated Prasiddhi Bhat. Our author, Hinduja Reddy, sends an illustrated report from Bengaluru.
Thirteen-year-old Prasiddhi stuns Prachura!
Thirteen-year-old Prasiddhi Bhat caused a major upset by defeating second-seed Prachura P.P in the 3rd round of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship, organized by Innovators Chess Academy at Silicon Academy of Secondary Education in Bengaluru on Thursday.
Chinmay Kowshik tests top seed Isha Sharma
Nihal Sarin Plays Chess with Bengaluru Kids!
India’s Number 1 ranked Junior and World no. 201 Grand Master Nihal Sarin played chess and did interactive Q&A session with Bengaluru kids at the venue. Talking to the media, Nihal Sarin said that he was pleased to interact and play with the budding chess talents of Karnataka. The young Grandmaster was speaking on the sidelines of the Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship being held in Bengaluru.
On a personal note, the 15-year-old prodigy said he is eager to take his chess to the next level and is looking forward to perform at his best in the upcoming FIDE Grand Swiss, scheduled to take place from October 10 to 21 this year in the Isle of Man.
During the event, Nihal spoke about Akshayakalpa Organic Milk, "It’s heartening to know that Akshayakalpa is promoting chess in a big way in Karnataka. I’m very happy and proud to be part of this event", he said.
The 15-year-old prodigy tweeted the following after the event:
Seven-year old Yuvanesh studies in Christ School, Bengaluru. He has represented Karnataka in various National-level chess championships. Hear him talk about his love for the game.
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Apaar Saxena is 7yrs old. When not juggling with his academics and school assignments in Oakridge International School, he spends time learning chess under Sameer Ghotane & Gahan Mg of Chess SaGa.
Results of round two
|1||1||WCM||Sharma Isha||2182||1||1 - 0||1||Abhinav Banerjee||1153||144|
|2||143||Avyaya Kumara Bhat||1155||1||0 - 1||1||Prachura P.P.||2130||2|
|3||145||Anoushka Bhatt||1152||1||0 - 1||1||Nambiar Vivek||2030||4|
|4||147||Advait Ratnakar Vibhute||1149||1||0 - 1||1||Parthasarathy R||1984||5|
|5||152||Ojaswi M R||1138||1||0 - 1||1||Varma Shabdhik||1947||6|
|6||7||Santoshkashyap Hg||1931||1||1 - 0||1||AFM||Guna Sushanth Kondisetti||1134||154|
|7||153||Sripathi Ramaswamy||1135||1||0 - 1||1||Likhit Chilukuri||1926||8|
|8||9||Rakshith Srinivasan||1899||1||1 - 0||1||Aarya Satish Chikodi||1132||155|
|9||10||Sharan Rao||1894||1||1 - 0||1||Basavana Gowda P T||1129||158|
|10||13||Manasa K.||1830||1||1 - 0||1||AFM||Yuvanesh A||1126||160|
Results of round three
|1||72||Chinmay Kowshik||1402||2||0 - 1||2||WCM||Sharma Isha||2182||1|
|2||2||Prachura P.P.||2130||2||0 - 1||2||Prasiddhi Bhat||1397||74|
|3||4||Nambiar Vivek||2030||2||1 - 0||2||Krishna Ragavendran V||1363||80|
|4||5||Parthasarathy R||1984||2||1 - 0||2||Harshini A||1345||82|
|5||6||Varma Shabdhik||1947||2||1 - 0||2||WCM||Shriyana S Mallya||1333||84|
|6||73||Medhansh Rathi||1399||2||0 - 1||2||Santoshkashyap Hg||1931||7|
|7||8||Likhit Chilukuri||1926||2||1 - 0||2||Gagan B R||1332||86|
|8||75||Monosij Roy||1392||2||0 - 1||2||Rakshith Srinivasan||1899||9|
|9||77||Tanmay Srinath||1368||2||0 - 1||2||Sharan Rao||1894||10|
|10||79||Aaazad G Acharya||1364||2||0 - 1||2||Manasa K.||1830||13|
Standings after round three
|41||Devi Das Suresh Pai||1615||3,0||0,0||3,5||5,5|
|42||Thirunarayanan Sampath Kumar||1610||3,0||0,0||3,5||5,5|
|50||Muralidhara G K||1528||3,0||0,0||3,5||5,5|
|17||AIM||Kaushik G Iyer||U16||1788||3,0||0,0||3,0||5,0|
|31||Sanjay Sindhia Mh||1682||3,0||0,0||3,0||5,0|
|33||Anand Vittal T R||1672||3,0||0,0||3,0||5,0|
|37||Aravinda B R||1622||3,0||0,0||3,0||5,0|
|45||Hariharan S Pillai||1568||3,0||0,0||3,0||5,0|
|62||Abhishek I Ganiger||1448||3,0||0,0||3,0||5,0|
About the author
Hinduja Reddy is a 24-year-old Chess Entrepreneur who lives in Bengaluru. She is a former National Women's B bronze medalist, chess writer, coach and co-founder of ChessMine events.