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Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad wins 1st Leelavathi Memorial Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 17/07/2020

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad scored an unprecedented 9.0/9 and took a sole lead heading into the final round. He drew his last round game to clinch the championship with a score of 9.5/10. Reigning National Sub-Junior champion IM Raja Rithvik R also played brilliantly, scored sole 8.5/10 to secure second position. GM Diptayan Ghosh was placed third among five other players who finished at 8.0/10, due to his better tie-break score. Y V K Chakravarthy organized this event in memory of his late mother Leelavathi. The tournament had a total prize fund of Rs.30000. There was no entry fee for this event and total 236 players took part from twelve countries across the world including India. Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Bala Chandra dominates the field

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad played fantastic as he took a 9/9 lead requiring just a draw in the final round to clinch the championship. He finished at 9.5/10, a full point ahead of the runner-up. Reigning National Sub-Junior champion IM Raja Rithvik R also delivered a stellar performance as he finished at the first runner-up place with 8.5/10. Five players finished at 8.0/10, they are - GM Diptayan Ghosh, GM Laxman R R, IM Aronyak Ghosh, GM Vugar Rasulov of Azerbaijan and GM Shardul Gagare. Diptayan secured the second runner-up position due to a better tie-break score.

Y V K Chakravarthy organized 1st Leelavathi Memorial in memory of his late mother

Total 236 players including 13 GMs, 15 IMs and 3 WIMs from India, Azerbaijan, Chile, Ireland, Montenegro, Nigeria, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Sri Lanka, USA and Uzbekistan took part in this 10-Round event.

IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad delivered a fantastic performance | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

A Positional Masterpiece

Samudragupta (IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad) scored a fantastic win over IM Terry Renato of Peru with a fantastic display of positional play

Samudragupta - Terryr, Round 8

Position after 24...Rae8

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IM Terry Renato finished 8th with 7.5/10

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Uzbektiger95 gets reprogrammed by MasteredUI

MasteredUI (IM Raja Rithvik R) played brilliantly to beat Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vakhidov) of Uzbekistan. Despite the fact that Vakhidov is a very strong player, it did not stop the reigning National Sub-Junior champion Rithvik to sacrifice his queen.

Uzbektiger95 - MasteredUI, Round 6

Position after 21.Bc4

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IM Rithvik Raja R scored 8.5/10 and finished second | Photo: Rupali Mullick

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Diptayan wins the race

GM Diptayan Ghosh scored his best win over RACEKING (GM Harsha Bharathakoti) in Round 8. In Round 5, Diptayan got a wonderful opportunity to beat the eventual champion of the tournament, Samudragupta (IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad) but much to his chagrin, he missed it.

Diptayan - RACEKING, Round 8

Position after 17...Qe5

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GM Diptayan Ghosh scored 8.0/10 to finish third

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Final Standings

Main Prize winners (Top 20)

Rank Name Score Prize money
1 IM Bala Chandra Prasad Dhulipalla 9.5 ₹10000
2 IM Raja Rithvik R 8.5 ₹5000
3 GM Diptayan Ghosh 8 ₹3000
4 GM Laxman R R 8 ₹2000
5 IM Aronyak Ghosh 8 ₹1000
6 GM Vugar Rasulov 8 ₹900
7 GM Shardul Gagare 8 ₹800
8 IM Terry Renato 7.5 ₹700
9 IM Pranesh M 7.5 ₹600
10 Kaustuv Kundu 7.5 ₹500
11 GM Dusan Popovic 7.5 ₹500
12 FM Aaryan Varshney 7.5 ₹500
13 GM Harsha Bharathakoti 7 ₹500
14 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 7 ₹500
15 GM D Gukesh 7 ₹500
16 IM S Nitin 7 ₹500
17 R Ashwath 7 ₹500
18 Dinesh Rajan M 7 ₹500
19 IM Bharath Subramaniyam H 7 ₹500
20 FM Nikhil Dixit 7 ₹500

Best KCA Student

1 CM Karthik Sai CH 5 ₹500


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