Blind National A 2018 R01: Tournament takes off thanks to public support!
2,93,153! Yes, that's the amount the chess community has contributed towards the National Premier Blind 2018. A total of 74 donors have come forward in just two days! When you have such a tremendous backing for the event, the morale of the players is bound to be on a high. As one of the participants said, "I feel more motivated this year because I know a lot of people will be seeing my games!" Thank you, dear contributors, for making this tournament possible. The first round began on 3rd of February 2018 and we saw some very interesting chess being played. Detailed report with analysis by IM Sagar Shah.
Marimuthu and Krishna Udupa shine on day one
After receiving some heart-warming support from the chess community all over India, the National Premier Blind 2018 began on the afternoon of the 3rd of February 2018. 14 of the best blind players in our country were pitted against each other. There were quite a few upsets in the first round itself. The fight is for the top five spots as they will be representing India at the International arena. This is the first time that we are witnessing three players below the age of twenty - Aryan Joshi (born in 2001), M. Marimuthu (2001), and Soundarya Pradhan (1999). This clearly shows that new young talents are entering blind chess with loads of ambition and fresh energy.
Some players use an individual board, make a move on it and call out, while some players use just one chess board like we do in sighted chess. Those who are partially sighted and don't need to constantly touch the pieces to know where they are, use only one board like you can see on the extreme right in the above picture (in the game between Subhendu and Kishan). While those who are completely blind need their individual chess set and call out their moves.
Kishan Gangolli is one of the best blind chess players that our country has produced. He has four national titles in his kitty, is the current Asian champion and also the individual gold and bronze medal winner at the Olympiad. He won his first round pretty quickly against Subhendu Kumar Patra.
Soundarya Pradhan is just 18 years old, but has already been a part of the Indian team many times. He is surely one of the best players we have right now in blind chess. However, he is currently torn between academics and chess. He is trying to prepare for his 12th grade examination, and somehow this showed in his play. He had excellent compensation for a pawn, but played not in the best manner and lost.
The opening went fine for Milind Samant. However, at a critical moment when he had to break the position he went for a bad plan and Prachurya was all over him. In a completely winning position Soundarya allowed Milind a perpetual, but the player from Pune missed it and it was the youngster who bagged the full point.
Trained by Raghunandan Gokhale, and backed by IIFLW, 16-year-old Aryan Joshi is the second seed of the tournament. He played a very interesting battle against Swapnil Shah in the first round. In a Colle Zukertort opening, it seemed as if Black had no real issues. But as the moves were made, it became clear that White (Aryan) had a strong attack and that Black had to play accurately to fend it off. Swapnil couldn't defend in the best manner and lost his queen towards the end.
If you too played like Marimuthu with ...Nxd4 then you have the right idea, but the wrong execution because ...Nxd4 is met with Qxd4! Hence, it is important to start with Nxe4 when the key point of the entire combination is that Nxc6 is met with ...Qxc3!
Results of round 1:
|1||1||1604||Patra Subhendu Kumar||0 - 1||Kishan Gangolli||1996||14|
|2||2||1698||Patil Shirish||0 - 1||Yudhajeet De||1678||13|
|3||3||1753||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||0 - 1||Krishna Udupa||1711||12|
|4||4||1749||Gaurav Gadodia||0 - 1||Marimuthu K||1613||11|
|5||5||1813||Aryan B Joshi||1 - 0||Swapanil Shah||1678||10|
|6||6||1744||Makwana Ashvin K||½ - ½||Deeptyajeet De||1607||9|
|7||7||1611||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||1 - 0||Samant Milind||1672||8|
Ranking crosstable after Round 1
|5||Aryan B Joshi||1813||IND||*||1||1,0||0,0||0,00||1,0|
|Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||1611||IND||*||1||1,0||0,0||0,00||1,0|
|7||Makwana Ashvin K||1744||IND||*||½||0,5||0,5||0,25||0,0|
|9||Patra Subhendu Kumar||1604||IND||0||*||0,0||0,0||0,00||0,0|
|Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||1753||IND||0||*||0,0||0,0||0,00||0,0|
Contribution from the chess community:
There were no backers or sponsors for the Blind National Premier 2018. We called upon the chess community to contribute towards the cost of the event. The total amount that was required was Rs. 5,12,000. And we are proud to say that in two days, chess players from all over India have contributed Rs. 2,93,153.
|5||10000||Ritu Mohit Bhandari|
|13||10800||Rekha Pinkesh Nahar|
|14||1000||Aditya Mukund Kulkarni|
|15||2100||V j gupta|
|21||1000||Giriappa T Amin|
|26||5000||Shubham Sanjiv Kumthekar|
|27||100||Harshal Pramod Patil|
|32||2000||S C AGARWAL|
|45||1000||Aruna Shiv shankar Singare|
|49||27000||Mullick Somnath Charitable trust|
|55||2500||Rahul Anil Bhagwat|
|57||500||Rohan Bharat Joshi|
|58||500||Yoges kumbhar and Deepak vaychal|
|61||2000||sankaran ponnada krishnaswamy|
|64||1001||CMA (Dr.) Ashish Thatte|
|65||5000||BHAKTI PRADIP KULKARNI|
|66||500||VIMAL RAJ M|
|73||1000||Bina Manoj Sanghvi|
|74||10000||Amruta and Sagar|
We are closer to the goal now, but still some distance to travel. Rs. 5,12,000 looks like a realistic possibility. If you feel like it, please contribute towards this noble cause.
You can also contribute directly to the bank of AICFB. Here are the bank details:
All India Chess Federation For The Blind
SB a/c: 415222082
Address: Ground floor, United India Building, Sir P. M. Road, Fort Branch, Mumbai – 400001.
If you do make a direct payment to the above-mentioned bank please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy (cc) to email@example.com the amount of contribution, your name, address and Permanent Account Number (PAN). These details are mandatory for tax purpose.
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Visit the tournament hall, today!
4th February 2018 is a double round day at the National Premier blind. The first round begins at 9 a.m. and the next one at 2.30 p.m. It will go on until 6.30 p.m. If you are in Mumbai, try and visit the event. You will get a feel for how these players play, the challenges they face and how much concentration it takes to play a game when you cannot see the pieces. Here's address on the google maps: