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CRG Krishna wins Delhi Open ChessBase India Blitz 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/01/2020

The third edition of ChessBase India Blitz open took place on 14th January 2020 during 18th Delhi Open 2020. IM C R G Krishna scored an unbeaten 8.0/9, finished a half point ahead of the competition to win Delhi Open ChessBase India Blitz tournament. Three players finished at 7.5/9. IM Neelash Saha and FM Aaryan Varshney were placed second and third according to their tie-break score. Total 163 players from five countries across the world participated, making it the biggest ChessBase India blitz event. ChessBase 15 was given as the first prize, Fritz 17 as second and Komodo 13 as the third prize. ChessBase Premium account and various books were also given as prizes. Photo: Angela FJ

CRG Krishna becomes unbeaten champion

Starting out as the fourth seed, IM C R G Krishna (2320) scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 and finished a half point ahead of the competition to win Delhi Open ChessBase India Blitz 2020. Three players finished at 7.5/9, IM Neelash Saha (2043) secured the runner-up position according to the tie-break score and FM Aaryan Varshney (2189) was placed third. The tournament was conducted on 14th January 2020 at the conclusion of round 8 of 18th Delhi Open 2020.

Champion C R G Krishna receives his first prize - ChessBase 15 | Photo: Angela FJ

CRG Krishna's unbeaten performance

Krishna's toughest game was against Kaustuv Kundu in the penultimate round | Photo: Angela FJ

C R G Krishna managed to turnaround a completely lost position and salvage a draw.

Check out the entire game | Video: ChessBase India Espanol
Krishna's win over Neelash proved to be quite decisive | Video: ChessBase India Espanol

Runner-up IM Neelash Saha received Fritz 17 | Photo: Angela FJ

Neelash's biggest win of the tournament was in fifth round against the top seed of the event GM Farrukh Amonatov (TJK, 2607).

Farrukh Amonatov vs Neelash Saha | Video: ChessBase India

Second Runner-up FM Aaryan Varshney received Komodo 13 as his prize | Photo: Angel FJ

Aaryan defeated FM Manish Anto Cristiano F (1932) in the final round to finish third with a score of 7.5/9

4th Manish Kumar 7.5/9 received ChessBase Premium Account 1-year | Photo: Angela FJ

14-year old Manish Kumar (1316) scored some good victories over strong players like Arjun Tiwari (2101) in round 7 and Raahul V S (2150) in round 8.

5th Ayush Sharma 7.0/9 | Photo: Angela FJ

Ayush Sharma (1947) of Madhya Pradesh secured his fifth position by defeating FM Pranesh M in the final round.

6th Garv Gaur 7.0/9 | Photo: Angela FJ

7th GM Farrukh Amonatov 7.0/9 | Photo: Angela FJ

Top seed GM Farrukh Amonatov wanted to win ChessBase 15 but the talented young players did not allow him to do that. He won ChessBase Premium Account 1-year subscription instead.

Amonatov's first big blow was in the fifth round when he lost to IM Neelash Saha. In the following round, he was completely winning but made a one-move checkmate blunder against 13-year old Aditya Bikram Paul.

8th Utkal Ranjan Sahoo 7.0/9 received Recognizing Your Opponent's Resources by Mark Dvoretsky | Photo: Angela FJ

9th Kaustuv Kundu 7.0/9 won Together with the Candidates by Alexey Kuzmin | Photo: Angela FJ

10th Sreekar J S S 7.0/9 got John Nunn's Chess Puzzle Book | Photo: Angela FJ

Best female prize winner - WGM Kiran Manisha Mohanty 6.0/9 selected Soviet Middlegame Technique | Photo: Angela FJ

11-15th: CM Dilshan (SRI) 7.0/9, Priansh Das, Ilamparthi A R 6.5/9, Manish Anto Cristiano F 6.5/9 and Aakash G 6.5/9 received ChessBase Premium Account 3-months each

All prize winners with AICF Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan, Organizing Secretary Ajeet Verma and Chief Arbiter Vipnesh Bharadwaj

Technology and chess literature has proven to be quite an essential medium for chess players of all spheres to make progress. The way the game is rapidly developing, it will be difficult to make any substantial progress in their own game without any proper preparation. Keeping these things in mind, we organize ChessBase India Blitz event at different occasion where we distribute world class softwares and essential quality chess books as prize for the betterment of all players.

The tournament hall | Photo: Niklesh Jain

The ChessBase India Blitz tournament took place from 3 p.m. on 14th January 2020 at the conclusion of 18th Delhi GM Open round 8. Entries were taken from 13th to 14th January 12 p.m. Total 163 players participated from five countries across the world, making this the biggest ChessBase India blitz open in history. This was also the first ChessBase India blitz event where games were broadcasted live.

Blitz games always attracted a crowd in each round | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Photo Gallery

Despite arriving two minutes late to his first round game, Amonatov consumed only a minute to win it and left audience awestruck | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Delhi's Avinash Sharma (1746) was absolutely delighted to beat GM Saptarshi Roy (2368) in round 3 | Photo: Angela FJ

The 'Indian Tal' IM Rathnakaran K was not seen in his full glory | Photo: Angel FJ

ChessBase India is indebted to the arbiters for their contribution in conducting the tournament - IA Vipnesh Bharadwaj, IA Anandh Kumar, Nitesh Srivastava and Swati | Photo: Angel FJ

Starting every round on time, tabulation of results and making pairings for the following round are very difficult tasks which were performed with ease | Photo: Angel FJ

Arbiters rushed to the table immediately after the conclusion of the game is quite a task | Photo: Angel FJ

ChessBase India Hindi author Nitesh Srivastava played the roles of organizer as well as arbiter too | Photo: Angela FJ

Niklesh Jain had the inception of organizing ChessBase India Blitz event since Bhopal Open 2018 | Photo: Angela FJ

Niklesh's better half Angela Franco took the task of taking beautiful photos in this event | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Video Gallery

Reti Masterclass by GM Farrukh Amonatov | Video: ChessBase India
The 'Indian Tal' IM Rathnakaran wrecks English Opening Two Knights | Video: ChessBase India

Translated some parts from Hindi article

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMKrishna C R GIND23208,00,050,054,547,257
IMNeelash SahaIND20437,50,049,053,041,507
FMAaryan VarshneyIND21897,50,047,552,042,256
Manish Kumar (2006)IND13167,50,047,551,040,007
Ayush SharmaIND19477,00,049,553,539,007
Garv GaurIND16737,00,049,051,538,506
GMAmonatov FarrukhTJK26077,00,048,553,040,007
Sahoo Utkal RanjanIND22067,00,047,050,536,756
Kaustuv KunduIND21207,00,047,049,537,006
Sreekar J S SIND17687,00,044,548,535,507
CMLiyanage Ranindu DilshanSRI17987,00,041,544,033,507
Priansh DasIND13117,00,038,041,029,506
Ilamparthi A RIND17916,50,049,052,033,756
FMManish Anto Cristiano FIND19326,50,048,052,035,756
Aakash GIND16566,50,044,546,028,506
AGMSa KannanIND20406,50,042,545,531,256
IMRathnakaran K.IND24006,50,042,545,030,756
Srikrishnan PIND18106,50,042,044,529,756
FMPranesh MIND16606,00,050,553,031,006
Raahul V SIND21506,00,047,551,030,506

Complete standings

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