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Annirudhha Potawad conquers 2nd ChessBase India Club Tournament 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/11/2022

Annirudhha Potawad scored 7/7 to become the winner of 2nd ChessBase India Club Tournament 2022. He finished a full point ahead of the competition. Jeet Shah and Nitin M Pai scored 6/7 each. They were placed second and third respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹10000. The top three prizes were ₹5000, ₹3000 and ₹2000 along with a trophy each. Fourth to eighth won 1-month ChessBase Premium Account subscription and a 10% discount coupon which can be used on ChessBase India shop. There were no entry fees. Only criteria to play the tournaments is - one must attend all previous Saturday sessions of that particular month. Photo: Sagar Shah

Annirudhhaa's fifth victory of the year

The fourth Saturday of each month, ChessBase India organizes a chess tournament as part of the ChessBase India Club at Phoenix Market City in Mumbai, Maharashtra. There are no entry fees. The only condition to take part in the tournament is - one must attend all previous sessions of that particular month. That's it. There are no other conditions. If you are still wondering why this is done - to promote and spread chess, encourage new members to take the game and bring back those who had to leave the sport for any possible reason.

Champion - Annirudhha Potawad 7/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah
How to meet the Bg5 pin in the e4-e5 openings | Amardeep Bartakke vs Annirudhha Potawad | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up - Jeet Shah 6/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

Second Runner-up - Nitin M Pai 6/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

4th Vishal Gaikwad 5/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

5th Amardeep Bartakke 5/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

6th Yogesh Vishwakarma 5/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

7th Gurkirat Singh Anand 5.7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

8th Suresh Nemlekar 5/7 | Photo: Sagar Shah

The prizes were distributed by the Chief Arbiter Mayur More and Yaseen Sheikh, ChessBase India's Administrative Officer.

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Supriya Bhat - The Tournament Director worked really hard to ensure that players have a smooth experience during the event.

Amardeep Bartakke has been one of the top players of Mumbai for many years now. His peak rating was close to 2300. It was a great chance for players of the chess club to match their wits against such an experienced opponent.

The very important final round clash between Amardeep and Annirudhha ended in a win for the youngster who took home the winner's trophy and Rs.5000 for his scintillating performance.

Annirudhha is a big talent and has great potential. Inadequate finances has stopped him from achieving his ambitions. In the past he has been supported by the HelpChess Foundation with the Pursue your chess scholarship.

Another talented youngster of Mumbai Jeet Shah, who has been steadily progressing over the years. Jeet's rating now is 1823.

Nitin Pai (left) has written some wonderful articles in the past for ChessBase India. He is also an ex-IITian and currently works in Mumbai. He is up against a fine trainer of Mumbai Sanjay Bhat.

They travelled all the way from Colombia to Mumbai and visited the chess club

It's always nice to see people from different nationalities being part of this initiative

Vishal Gaikwad (right) runs the Vishy chess academy and is fighting it out against Jeet Shah

Absolute focus! | Photo: Sagar Shah

Technical Support Expert, Avathanshu Bhat assisting the arbiter with the clock | Photo: Sagar Shah

When is the next one? The fourth Saturday of December, which is 24th - Christmas eve. We would like to thank the Phoenix Marketcity who have sponsored the event for their kind support. The Chess Club has been going on since the last 36 weeks now for every Saturday and very soon we will hit one year!

An overview of the tournament and the closing ceremony

A total of 58 players took part from various parts of the country. The one-day seven-round Swiss league Blitz Open tournament took place at Phoenix Market City in Mumbai, Maharashtra on 26th December 2022. The time control of the tournament was 5 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12Potawad AnnirudhhaIND186173032,532,50
23Shah JeetIND1823630,533,526,50
35Pai Nitin MIND1579629,532,525,50
46Gaikwad VishalIND15685283118,00
51Bartakke AmardeepIND19765283018,00
658Vishwakarma YogeshIND0527,527,516,50
717Anand Gurkirat SinghIND05272919,00
813Nemlekar SureshIND1222524,52718,00
99Gupta Mayur AIND1315524,52717,50
107Boricha YohanIND150352426,516,50


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