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Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Championship 2023 returns with a 10 Lacs prize fund

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/05/2023

Akshayakalpa Organic once again presents the Karnataka State Open Chess Championship 2023 in a grand manner. India’s first certified organic dairy enterprise has sponsored many editions of Karnataka State Open championship and other state-level events. This is the second time since 2018, they are offering a first prize of ₹100000 + trophy and a total prize fund of ₹1000000. Total 152 prizes are up for grabs. A grandeur event undoubtedly attracts strong players. Karnataka's first and India's 50th GM Thej Kumar, GM-norm holder IM Viani Antonio Dcunha, Karnataka's first and only WIM Isha Sharma are the top titled players taking part. Round 1 starts tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. IST. All tournament info photos are from tournament circular.

The biggest State Open Championship of 2023

The brand Akshayakalpa Organic is synonymous with GM Nihal Sarin in the chess universe. Wherever, Nihal plays, he is seen donning Akshayakalpa Organic logo on his suit, shirt, carrying various merchandise like water bottle which has the logo and so on. One of the big reasons for Akshayakalpa Organic supporting chess in a big way is the Co-founder and CEO of Akshayakalpa, Shashi Kumar, himself is a chess lover. Tomorrow, you will get to see him in action. Yes he is taking part in the event. 

Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Championship will take place from 26th to 30th May 2023

Akshayakalpa Organic is the main sponsor of Karnataka State Open Chess Championship 2023 | Photo: Akshayakalpa Organic

Schedule and Entry fee

The tournament will take place from 26th to 30th May 2023. There are double rounds every day except on the last day, Tuesday 30th May 2023. Entry is free for GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, Veterans (Above 60 years), Visually impaired and Specially abled players.

Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Championship 2023 schedule


The total cash prize fund is ₹1000000. The top three prizes are ₹100000, ₹70000 and ₹55000 along with a trophy each. There are 60 main prizes, 30 rating category prizes including unrated, 50 age group prizes which includes cash and trophy in five different age categories. Apart from these, there are Special Prizes in Best Veteran, Best Women and Best player of Bengaluru Urban categories.

A total of 152 prizes are up for grabs

Rules and Regulations

Check out the complete rules and regulations

Rules and Regulations


Akshayakalpa Organic State Open Championship 2023 was launched Tuesday 23rd May in presence of Sowmya M U, President, Bengaluru Urban District Chess Association, T N Madhukar, Vice President Karnataka State Chess Association, FM Aravind Shastry, Secretary Karnataka State Chess Association, GM Pranav Anand, Karnataka's latest and youngest GM and World Under-16 Open 2022 champion and CEO and Co-founder of Akshayakalpa Organic, Shashi Kumar.

Confirmed titled players

Karnataka's first and India's 50th GM - Thej Kumar M S | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Karnataka State Under-19 2013 and 2014, and State Open 2017 champion and GM-norm holder - IM Viani Antonio Dcunha | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Karnataka's first and only WIM - Isha Sharma | Photo: Sagar Shah

Karnataka State Rapid 2012 and State Blitz 2018 champion - FM Yashas D

Karnataka State Rapid 2023 champion and double IM-norm holder - FM Sharan Rao | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Karnataka State and National Under-17 Open 2011 champion - FM Niranjan Navalgund | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Defending Karnataka State Open 2022 champion - Shet Prajwal P

Karnataka State Blitz 2023 champion - Apoorv Kamble | Photo: FI NA Sushruta Reddy

About Akshayakalpa

Akshayakalpa is not just another dairy brand; it is a movement that is redefining the way we approach food. Our mission is to bring back the goodness in food by working with small and marginal farmers to create truly organic and nutritious products. We are not just focused on profit but also on sustainability, fair trade, and social responsibility.


We work with 850 farmers in Karnataka who earn an average of Rs 1 Lakh a month. In Tamil Nadu, Akshayakalpa is working with 300 farmers around Pooriyambakkam village of Chengalpattu district extending its training and technical services. We are proud to have transformed livelihood-based agriculture into wealth creation opportunities for small and marginal farmers and make farming an aspirational vocation for future generations.


We are gatekeepers of purity – It’s how we take care of our cows – happy & healthy in loving homes ; It’s how we care for our soil – free from pesticides & synthetic fertilizers ; it’s how we care for our soil – free from pesticides & synthetic fertilizers. It’s how we protect the purity of milk – free from contamination, adulterants & preservatives.


Introducing the GOOD FOOD MOVEMENT: Empowering consumers to connect with the source of food. Over 10,000 participants have visited our Akshayakalpa farm near Bangalore, fostering understanding and asking vital questions. Join us on this transformative journey towards a healthier future. We cultivate transparency, sustainability, and responsibility. Together, let's shape a more ethical food system—one bite, one question, and one connection at a time. Join the GOOD FOOD MOVEMENT today and become an agent of change in food consumption.


Pick the pack, turn it around, read the label – look for ingredients from your kitchen in them!


Hero products apart from milk – Yoghurt , buttermilk, cheese, bread – these will be served at the venue ; other products include ghee, virgin coconut oil, honey etc


Sharing some unique aspects about each of these –

• All made from organic milk – have zero preservatives.

• Buttermilk so fresh – made with ingredients harvested at our farms – chilli, coriander and ginger, with a dash of Himalayan pink salt – appetising and hydrating.

• Yoghurt with a tinge of honey, and no sugar, a favourite among kids.

• Proteins are the building blocks of life – Akshayakalpa products made with organic milk, are a rich source of protein that is free from all nasties.

• Ak bread is made with whole wheat, with no man-made bad in it like emulsifiers/ preservatives/ maida.

• We send tender coconuts intact with their crown, to preserve its natural state without spraying any chemical over it’s cut crown, this is normally done to prevent browning by others.

These TCs are fresh from our farms located in Tiptur, sweet coconut belt of India.

• Ghee so pure that’s been tested for 286 odd parameters – and tastes like nostalgia. Bananas are wrapped in leaves and coir – two-pronged benefit – it is sustainable, and it acts as natural ripening chamber.


We also, have our recycling initiative “ Let’s give back the milk pack” – together with over 10k consumers actively, rinsing, drying, and returning their used packs in their delivery bag we recycled 10,000 Kg plus used plastic since a year of it’s launch.

Akshayakalpa Organic
If you ate today, thank a farmer! | Video: Akshayakalpa Organic
Recommendation is the best form of praise! | Video: Akshayakalpa Organic

Thanks to Manisha Sanil of Akshayakalpa Organic team for sharing all info about Akshayakalpa Organic.


We will bring you detailed coverage of the event as I will be present at the venue.

Players list

1IMViani, Antonio Dcunha7408202150273302417DK
2GMThejkumar, M. S.5952202150091542384Mysore
3FMYashas, D.050301962315
4WIMSharma, Isha14362021350066652275wDK
5FMSharan, Rao1443202150734642248DK
6FMNavalgund, Niranjan115636202250308542200Belgaum
7Shet, Prajwal P1132002021250151922096Mysore
8Sudhir, S.51354202150237502084Bengaluru Urban
9Sudarshan, Bhat38742021350708432020Bengaluru Urban
10Apoorv, Kamble368362021256830121981U15Bengaluru Urban
11Likhit, Chilukuri148262021350054561976Bengaluru Urban
12Augustin, A1472202150468311953Kodagu
13Parthasarathy, R1364202150732271938Bengaluru Urban
14Abhishek, Singh107969202150246761919Bengaluru Urban
15Sathvik, Adiga435012021257457001906U13Bengaluru Rural
16Nambiar, Vivek32112202150053291870Bengaluru Urban
17Santoshkashyap, Hg1268202150454101844Bengaluru Urban
18Balkishan, A.8041202150295201817Mysore
19Gavi, Siddayya1298202150328221764Bengaluru Urban
20Leelajai, Krishna N0251305361756
21Swara, Lakshmi S Nair346122021256292391693wBengaluru Urban
22Vivekananda, L967202150546641687Mysore
23Shree, Krishna Pranama923612021350485031654Bengaluru Urban
24Siddhanth, Poonja700612021251818231648U11Bengaluru Urban
25Bellayaru, Samarth0466624641644
26Dilip, Kumar Pedda96832021350761911641Bengaluru Urban
27Nitish, Bhat65502021466331621627Uttar Kannada
28Ajith, M.P.12587202150294731626Mysore
29Nisha, N. Patkar119101202250297751617wBengaluru Urban
30Rakesh, N108522021350979891611Mandya



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