Indian women shine at the Asian Para Games 2018
It was a big moment for the blind and physically disabled chess that chess had finally made its way into the Asian Paragames. We have some of the best players representing our country in blind and physically disabled chess that is taking from in Jakarta, Indonesia. We have the World Champions in Physically disabled chess - Jenitha Anto and Shashikant Kutwal. We have the brilliant minds of Kishan Gangolli, Soundarya Pradhan and others in blind chess. However, at the end of the day the performance in the classical section was not up to the expectations. India won two team bronze medals thanks to the efforts of Jenitha Anto (Physically disabled), Megha Chakraborty (blind) and Mrinali Pande (blind). Jenitha also won an individual silver. Report with photos from Jakarta.
The Asian Para games are taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia from the 7th to the 13th of October 2018. It is for the first time that chess has been included as one of the sports in the Para Games. This is a big news for the blind and physically disabled chess in our country as now the medals they win will enhance India's overall medal tally across other sports as well. A good performance here will make the Government as well as other stake holders take notice of Indian blind and physically disabled chess.
The tournament is split into open and women section. There are three different formats in which the players will be locking horns with each other - Standard, Rapid and Blitz. India has three teams: B1 (100% blind), B2+B3 (Partially blind), P1 (physically disabled). In what was a big blow to our hopes, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan who was slated to play in the 100% blind section (B1) did not pass the test. This meant that he had to take part in the B2+B3 category. Aryan Joshi who was going to play in the B2+B3 category could not participate and had to watch all the action from side lines.
The Classical section began on the 7th of October 2018 and had seven rounds in each section. There were individual as well as Team medals at stake. The tournament was conducted as if it were an individual event but at the end of it, the scores of two best performing players from one country would be clubbed together and a team medal would be given to the highest scoring team. Of course, better individual performance would lead to a better team result. Indians had an excellent chance to come out victorious in the B2+B3 category because the top seed was Kishan Gangolli and also in P1 women's section as we had the five time World disabled Champion Jenitha Anto.
Jenitha scored 5.5/7 and finished second. Of course, she would have been upset that she couldn't win the gold, knowing the champion that she is. However, an individual silver is not a bad result. The other player from India Prema Kanishsri Raju finished with 2.0/7, but the cumulative score of Jenitha and Prema helped India to win the team bronze.
Final rankings in Physically disabled (P1) women's section
|1||4||Simanja Nasip Farta 2028||INA||1436||INA||6,0||0,0||24,5||27,0|
|2||1||WIM||Kanickai Irudayaraj Jennitha Ant 5148||IND||1972||IND||5,5||0,0||25,0||27,5|
|3||5||Manurung Roslinda Br 2032||INA||1302||INA||4,5||1,0||23,5||25,0|
|4||3||Tran Thi Bich Thuy 4841||VIE||1465||VIE||4,5||0,0||25,5||27,0|
|5||10||Nguyen Thi Kieu 4849||VIE||0||VIE||4,0||0,0||26,0||27,5|
|6||2||Doan Thu Huyen 4839||VIE||1581||VIE||4,0||0,0||24,5||26,0|
|7||6||Angot Cheryl 4952||PHI||1271||PHI||3,5||0,0||21,5||23,0|
|8||9||Yuni Yuni 2034||INA||1133||INA||3,0||1,0||25,5||27,0|
|9||7||Nacita Jean-Lee 4947||PHI||1197||PHI||3,0||0,0||15,5||17,0|
|10||8||Mangayayam Fe 4943||PHI||1180||PHI||2,0||1,0||19,0||20,5|
|11||11||Raju Prema Kanishsri 5091||IND||0||IND||2,0||0,0||20,0||21,5|
Final rankings in B2+B3 (Partially Blind) women's section
|1||3||Naghavi Mandi Atefeh 4554||IRI||1553||IRI||5,5||0,0||25,5||26,5|
|2||5||Zendehboudi Fariba 3438||IRI||1509||IRI||5,0||0,0||26,0||29,0|
|3||4||Barghoul Fatemeh 3436||IRI||1524||IRI||5,0||0,0||26,0||28,5|
|4||14||Nguyen Thi Minh Thu 4848||VIE||0||VIE||5,0||0,0||24,0||26,5|
|5||7||Mohamed Halil Nur Feiqha 3857||MAS||1324||MAS||4,5||0,0||25,0||27,5|
|6||15||Nguyen Thi My Linh 4842||VIE||0||VIE||4,0||0,0||24,5||27,0|
|7||12||Pande Mrunali Prakash 4939||IND||1149||IND||4,0||0,0||24,0||25,5|
|8||9||Chakroborty Megha 4938||IND||1192||IND||4,0||0,0||20,0||21,0|
|9||6||Nguyen Thi Hong Chau 4844||VIE||1398||VIE||3,5||0,0||23,0||24,0|
|10||1||Brahmana Aisah Wijayanti Putri 2043||INA||1593||INA||3,0||3,0||21,5||24,0|
|11||2||Khairunnisa Khairunnisa 2049||INA||1571||INA||3,0||0,0||22,0||23,0|
|12||8||Puspita Tita 2044||INA||1216||INA||3,0||0,0||21,5||23,0|
|13||11||Zakari Nur Izzati 3859||MAS||1159||MAS||3,0||0,0||19,0||20,0|
|14||13||Mohd Shoberi Seri Izdihar 3860||MAS||0||MAS||2,0||0,0||17,5||18,5|
|15||10||Gawar Tijan Punaram 6082||IND||1192||IND||1,5||0,0||19,5||21,0|
Performance of Indian men in blind and physically disabled section
India had a lot of hopes from Kishan Gangolli, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (both in B2+B3) and Shashikant Kutwal (P1). However all three of them under-performed. They will be looking to redeem themselves in the rapid section.
|1||Kishan Gangolli Kishan Gangolli 4898||2018||IND||1||½||½||0||1||0||1||4,0||6||B2 B3 Men|
|7||Pradhan Soundarya Kumar 5000||1881||IND||0||0||1||½||1||0||0||2,5||12||B2 B3 Men|
|9||Makwana Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai 4915||1784||IND||0||1||0||1||1||1||0||4,0||8||B2 B3 Men|
|5||IM||Kutwal Shashikant Appaso 5084||2151||IND||1||1||0||½||0||1||0||3,5||7||P1 Men|
|8||Arigala Naveenkumar 5123||2035||IND||0||0||1||1||0||0||1||3,0||9||P1 Men|
|9||FM||Kuchibhotla Venkata Krishna Kart 5145||1999||IND||0||1||1||½||0||1||½||4,0||6||P1 Men|
Final rankings in Classical B1 (100% blind) section
Prachurya Pradhan finished sixth and the team had no chance of a medal here.
Final rankings in Classical B2, B3 (partially blind) section
Kishan Gangolli could manage only the sixth place and Ashwin Makwana was eighth. India missed out on individual as well as team medal because Iran, Philippines and Indonesia finished ahead of them.
|1||2||Karimi Omid 3430||IRI||2007||IRI||5,5||0,0||25,0||28,5|
|2||3||Menandro Redor 4934||PHI||1967||PHI||5,0||0,0||27,0||31,0|
|3||6||Subaste Arman 4936||PHI||1893||PHI||4,5||0,0||25,0||26,0|
|4||4||Satrio Gayuh 2067||INA||1953||INA||4,5||0,0||21,5||21,5|
|5||10||Hartono Adji 2070||INA||1753||INA||4,5||0,0||21,0||21,0|
|6||1||Kishan Gangolli Kishan Gangolli 4898||IND||2018||IND||4,0||0,0||25,5||28,0|
|7||14||Maklushov Serik 2140||KAZ||0||KAZ||4,0||0,0||25,5||28,0|
|8||9||Makwana Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai 4915||IND||1784||IND||4,0||0,0||25,5||25,5|
|9||8||Bagheri Majid 4576||IRI||1839||IRI||3,5||1,0||23,5||24,5|
|10||11||Peligro Israel 4935||PHI||1527||PHI||3,5||0,0||23,0||23,0|
|11||5||Ghoorchibeygi Alireza 3429||IRI||1909||IRI||2,5||0,0||21,0||21,0|
|12||7||Pradhan Soundarya Kumar 5000||IND||1881||IND||2,5||0,0||20,5||20,5|
|13||13||Cassim Tuan Mohammed Rushdi 5119||SRI||1031||SRI||1,0||0,0||22,0||22,0|
|14||12||Haryanto M 2076||INA||1451||INA||0,0||0,0||21,5||22,5|
Final rankings in physically disabled Open (P1) section:
Shashikant Kutwal is the only IM in the section and he finished seventh which was not a great result. He and Krishna Venkata could not get India a medal.
|1||1||FM||Severino Sander 4930||PHI||2363||PHI||5,5||0,0||23,5||26,0|
|2||4||FM||Firdaus Maksum 2055||INA||2193||INA||5,0||1,0||26,0||29,5|
|3||3||Rom Jasper Belarmino 4933||PHI||2202||PHI||5,0||0,0||23,0||23,5|
|4||7||Lopez Henry Roger 4932||PHI||2101||PHI||4,5||0,0||20,0||20,5|
|5||2||FM||Soltanov Serik 2137||KAZ||2266||KAZ||4,0||0,0||25,5||28,0|
|6||9||FM||Kuchibhotla Venkata Krishna Kart 5145||IND||1999||IND||4,0||0,0||24,0||24,5|
|7||5||IM||Kutwal Shashikant Appaso 5084||IND||2151||IND||3,5||0,0||24,0||26,5|
|8||6||Sinaga Suhardi 2063||INA||2131||INA||3,5||0,0||23,0||23,5|
|9||8||Arigala Naveenkumar 5123||IND||2035||IND||3,0||1,0||19,5||20,0|
|10||10||Sutikno Sutikno 2059||INA||1700||INA||3,0||0,0||22,0||22,5|
|11||11||Lopes Julio Sarmento 1149||TLS||0||TLS||1,0||0,0||21,0||23,5|
The rapid section will begin from the 11th of October and team India would be inspired to get back more medals for the country. The stakes are high and a lot of expectations lie on their shoulders, but if all of them show their A-game, the chances of Indians winning medals is very bright. Let's wish them the best!