Indian Chess Raises ₹103603 in the memory of Late Rafiq Khan
ChessBase India organized a blitz tournament in the memory of India's first Olympiad medal winner Rafiq Khan. The prize money of Rs.51,000 was instituted by Rafiq Khan's friends and admirers from Madhya Pradesh. The total amount that was collected by way of entry fee and donations was Rs.1,03,603. This entire amount will be given to Rafiq Khan's wife Zahida Khan. India's 54th GM Arjun Erigaisi (Indian-Lion) won the event and also Rs.12,400! Karthikeyan Murali and Abhimanyu Puranik were placed second and third according to their tie-break scores. Kaustuv Kundu and R Ashwath were the only two untitled players to have made it in the top 10 by securing seventh and ninth place respectively with a score of 6.0/9 each. Photo: Amruta Mokal
Indian-Lion Arjun Erigaisi wins Rafiq Khan Memorial Blitz
Rafiq Khan was a giant of Indian chess. In an era where no one believed that Indians could compete at a world stage and win medals, Rafiq Khan provided the country with its first individual Olympiad medal at the Malta Olympiad 1980. A silver medal on board three. He has been the former national champion and winner of many strong national and international events. In spite of such achievements, Rafiq Khan and his family could never really enjoy a life filled with comfort. He lived through poverty and most of his life was spent in trying to make ends meet. Rafiq Khan passed away on 18th of July 2019. He is survived by his wife and children. In order to show our gratitude towards his contribution to the sport and also to remember his legacy, ChessBase India organized an online tournament on 6th of October 2019. The prize fund of Rs.51,000 was setup by his friends and admirers from Madhya Pradesh.
The Blitz tournament
It was heartening to see that strong GMs like Karthikeyan Murali, Aravindh Chithambaram, Arjun Erigaisi, Abhimanyu Puranik, Vishnu Prasanna and R.R. Laxman decided to participate in this event. As many as six GMs and nine IMs participated in this online tournament.
GM Arjun Erigaisi is a regular at ChessBase Online Blitz tournaments. He is always generous about his contributions. This time also he contributed ₹5000. Early in this year he had won the Pulwama Martyrs ChessBase Online Blitz tournament.
Arjun's (Indian-Lion) best win was against Laxman in round 7:
Laxman - Arjun, round 7
Karthikeyan's (fighter64) best win was against the eventual second runner-up of the tournament Abhimanyu Puranik (Pabh) in round three.
Abhimanyu is also a regular at ChessBase Online Blitz tournaments. Last year two days before leaving for World Juniors (and winning the silver medal!), he participated in one of our online events. In the final round, Abhimanyu (Pabh) showcased his attacking skills against Vishnu Prasanna (fidodido).
Vishnu - Abhimanyu, round 9
Abhimanyu won the the game in another twelve moves
Main Prize winners
|1||GM Arjun Erigaisi||7.5||₹12400|
|2||GM Karthikeyan Murali||7||₹8000|
|3||GM Abhimanyu Puranik||7||₹6000|
|4||GM Laxman R R||7||₹5000|
|5||IM Raunak Sadhwani||7||₹4000|
|6||IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||6.5||₹3000|
|8||GM Vishnu Prasanna||6||₹2000|
|10||IM P Konguvel||6||₹1500|
Woman Prize winners
|1||WIM Priyanka Nutakki||5.5||₹1400|
Lucky Prize winners
|20||FM Siddharth Jagadeesh||5||₹800|
|50||Ankur Singh Thakur||3||₹800|
We had kept three more lucky prizes of Rs.800 each for places 60, 70 and 80. As there were less than 60 participants, this extra amount of Rs.2,400 will be given to the winner Arjun Erigaisi. So instead of Rs.10,000 Arjun wins Rs.12,400.
Donors who played the tournament
|Serial No.||Full name||Donation amount|
|1||GM Karthikeyan Murali||1000|
|2||GM Aravindh Chithambaram||1000|
|3||GM Abhimanyu Puranik||1000|
|4||GM Arjun Erigaisi||5000|
|5||GM Vishnu Prasanna V||4000|
|6||IM Raunak Sadhwani||0|
|7||IM CRG Krishna||1000|
|8||IM Ravi Teja S||500|
|9||GM Laxman R R||1500|
|10||IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh||1000|
|11||IM Bhakti Kulkarni||1000|
|12||IM Anuj Shrivatri||1000|
|13||WGM Vaishali R||1000|
|14||IM Konguvel P||10000|
|16||IM Neelash Saha||1000|
|17||FM Siddharth Jagadeesh||10000|
|18||IM Rathnakaran K||1000|
|20||WIM Priyanka Nutakki||500|
|27||Sarvesh Kumar A||500|
|37||Sibi Srinivasa Einstein Reddy||500|
|38||Peter Anand A||500|
|39||Pradhyumna Kumar Kothapalli||567|
|44||Ankur Singh Thakur||500|
|47||Sankaran P K||500|
|48||Abhishek D Chandra||500|
There is only one name we have kept anonymous upon the donor's humble request.
Donors who did not play the tournament
|Serial No.||Full name||Donation amount|
|3||Sethuraman S P||5000|
|4||IM Varugeese Koshy||3000|
|5||FM Akash Thakur||1000|
A total of ₹103,603 was raised by the Indian chess community. We thank each one of the players who contributed towards this noble cause. All of this money will be given to Rafiq Khan's wife Zahida Khan on behalf of the entire chess community for her husband's immense contribution towards our game.