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Akshayakalpa Karnataka State 2018: Four way lead with 6.0/6

by Sagar Shah - 17/04/2018

Six rounds have been completed at the Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Championships 2018. We have four leaders on 100% score - Thejkumar, Arvind Shastry, Girish Koushik and Yashas D. 14 players follow them on 5.5/6, which also includes the top seed Stany G.A, who drew his game against Likhit Chilukuri. The biggest prize money state tournament of the year organized by Akshayakalpais surely going to get exciting in the last four rounds. We have a report until round six with pictures, game analysis and more.

When the Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Championship 2018 started off we all knew that it was going to be a tight race to the finish between Thejkumar, Stany and Girish Koushik. When you have nearly 900 participants, every half point is crucial because you never know whether you may meet your key rivals or not. In that sense Thejkumar and Girish Koushik gained a huge boost as Stany was held to a draw by Likhit Chilukuri in the sixth round.

Showing some resourceful play from the white side of the Grand Prix Sicilian - Likhit Chilukuri | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Stany was definitely not thrilled to draw against a player rated 500 points below him, but he didn't really take all of his chances | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Thejkumar has had no real issues until now and beat A. Balkishan in round six and currently leads with 6.0/6. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

It's heartening to see Arvind Shastry, the secretary of UKCA, not only playing, but also playing really well. He is on 6.0/6. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Girish Koushik has not yet dropped any point and is on the top with a 100% score. He had a tough game against Manjunath J, but in the end Girish emerged victorious. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

M.G. Gahan, who is one of the favourites in this tournament, had to drop half a point against... | Photo: Amruta Mokal

...the current Karnataka State women's champion Isha Sharma. Gahan's reckless opening play was very nearly punished, but Isha let him off the hook. | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Thekumar with the special Karnataka edition of ChessBase India t-shirts! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Hinduja and her better half Priyadarshan Banjan have worked hard to make this tournament a success. Here, you can see Hinduja in the latest ChessBase India t-shirt! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Playing in front of the banner of his sponsor - Kishan Gangolli | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Standings after round 6

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11GMThejkumar M. S.2493Mys6,00,021,026,0
27Yashas D.2243Shi6,00,019,024,0
33IMGirish A. Koushik2401Mys6,00,018,523,5
9Arvind Shastry2175Blu6,00,018,523,5
518Santoshkashyap Hg1929Blu5,50,021,026,5
619WCMIsha Sharmaw1926Dka5,50,020,526,0
78Kulkarni Vinayak2179Blu5,50,020,525,5
85Gahan M G2281Dka5,50,020,025,5
94Sanjay N.23465,50,019,525,0
1022Sekhawat Hussen1915Blu5,50,019,524,5
1125Sudarshan Bhat18925,50,019,524,0
1215Likhit Chilukuri1988Dvg5,50,019,024,5
1327Sameer Ghotane1881Blu5,50,019,024,0
142IMStany G.A.24935,50,018,023,5
1539AIMShashank Bhat G SU161698Dka5,50,017,522,0
1612Augustin A2065Kod5,50,017,522,0
1717Kishan Gangolli1974Shi5,50,017,522,0
1856Rakshith SrinivasanU141597Blu5,50,016,521,0
1930Raju M.1799Blu5,50,016,521,0
2043Ramachandra Bhat16615,00,020,026,0

Round 7 on 2018/04/17 at 9:00 am

17Yashas D.224366GMThejkumar M. S.24931
29Arvind Shastry217566IMGirish A. Koushik24013
32IMStany G.A.2493Santoshkashyap Hg192918
44Sanjay N.2346Sudarshan Bhat189225
522Sekhawat Hussen1915Gahan M G22815
68Kulkarni Vinayak2179Sameer Ghotane188127
712Augustin A2065AIMShashank Bhat G SU16169839
819WCMIsha Sharma1926Likhit Chilukuri198815
930Raju M.1799Kishan Gangolli197417
1056Rakshith SrinivasanU1415975Ojas Kulkarni22526



What's special at the Akshayakalpa Karnataka State?

As a part of Akshayakalpa Talks, Shri GVV Shastri performed the Nisarg Yoga in front of the chess community. The octogenarian was so flexible, it left everyone stunned. A lot of young kids watched this, which was the entire idea of this show - to get the chess community closer to a healthy way of living life.

Tremendous flexibility | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Can you believe his age is 82 years?! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Akshayakalpa has found a unique way to keep the chess community present at the tournament entertained | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Kids have started loving the Akshayakalpa organic milk and the consumption of the free milk provided to the players is increasing everyday! | Photo: Amruta Mokal

GVV Shastri, the expert in nisarg yoga is very careful about the food he eats and about anything that goes into his body. He was of the opinion that milk is not a healthy thing to drink. However, after he was given the Akshayakalpa milk, he became staunch adherent of the organic milk. Before he did the yogic poses above, he drank just one glass of milk as his breakfast.

The man who is making a huge difference in the world of chess - Shashi Kumar, CEO of Akshayakalpa | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Watch live games of Karnataka State 2018

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