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92 Indian Chess players raise Rs.1,01,973 for Pulwama terror attack Martyrs

by Shahid Ahmed - 25/02/2019

The Indian chess community came together and raised Rs.1,01,973 to be contributed towards the Bharat Ke Veer Corpus fund towards the family of Pulwama Attack Martyrs who were killed due to terrorist attack. This was the first time that India no.3 Vidit Gujrathi participated in a ChessBase India online blitz. His sole intention was to raise awareness and funds thanks to his presence. Apart from Vidit many other top Indian players contributed who included Adhiban, Soumya Swaminathan, GN Gopal, Eesha Karavade, Bhakti Kulkarni, Laxman RR among others. The highest contribution was made by GM Arjun Erigaisi of Rs.15,000 and he also won the Pulwama online blitz and a signed copy of Carlsen's DVD. A report by the tournament director and coordinator Shahid Ahmed.

When terror strikes our nation, our first reaction is panic. But at the same time we are usually confident that this attack is not going to affect us in person. That's because we know that the Indian armed forces are doing their job around the clock to keep the entire nation safe. For them laying down their life for the nation is the greatest honour that could ever be. Their family comes second to them, while the motherland and safety of its citizens is the priority. When 40 such selfless individuals were brutally killed in Pulwama on the 14th of February due to a terrorist attack, it was a moment of great grief for our country. We, at ChessBase India decided to pay homage to our martyrs by organizing an online tournament on 24th of February 2019 on PlayChess. There were no entry fees, nor any prizes. All the players gave their time and energy for the martyrs of Pulwama Attack.

India no.3 Vidit Gujrathi was the biggest name at the event. Vidit gave his precious time and fought in the event so that more people would participate and money could raised for the martyrs | Photo: Alina l'Ami

Arjun Erigaisi was the highest contributor of Rs.15,000 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Param Dane contributed Rs.11,111

GM Laxman came forward and contributed Rs.10,000 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Raghav Vaidya, a 10-year-old youngster, played all the way from London and contributed Rs.5,000 for this noble cause

92 players came forward and contributed money. Top titled players of Indian chess like IM Soumya Swaminathan, GM Gopal GN, WGM Bhakti Kulkarni, GM B. Adhiban, IM Eesha Karavade, all of them contributed Rs.5,000. In our opinion no amount is big or small. The fact that you came forward and contributed already is a wonderful gesture. Thanks to the efforts of 92 individuals, the chess community came together and contributed Rs.1,01,973 which we were able to donate to the "Bharat Ke Veer Corpus" Fund.

A total of Rs.101973 was contributed by ChessBase India on 26th of February 2019

Details of the contributors

Serial No.Full nameDonation amount
1GM Erigaisi Arjun15000
2Param Dane11111
3GM Laxman R R10000
4WGM Soumya Swaminathan5000
5GM Adhiban Baskaran5000
6GM G N Gopal5000
7IM Eesha Karavade5000
8WGM Bhakti Kulkarni5000
9Raghav Vaidya5000
10Rajesh Upadhyay2000
11Ankit Dalal2000
12Vikrant Malvankar2000
13Arnav Nehete1001
14GM Vidit Gujrathi1000
15IM Anwesh Upadhyaya1000
16Prince Kumar1000
17Aditya Mittal1000
18A.Anand Sivasankar1000
19Sourav Banerjee1000
22Girija Trehan1000
23Mayur Gondhalekhar1000
24Vivaan Verma1000
26Moksh Doshi750
27Mahi Doshi750
28Nitya Singhania600
29Satvik Kapoor522
30FM Kushager Krishnater501
31FM Arvinder Preet Singh500
32Jeet Shah500
33Arshiya Das500
34Avathanshu Bhat500
35MK Chandrasekhar500
36Neel Shintre500
37Garv Gaur500
38Swapnil Raj500
39Narayan Joshi500
40Mitul KH500
41Rahul Sharma500
42Siddhik Adanwale500
44Rahul Anil Bhagwat500
45Varnika Vashisht500
46Amit Soni370
47WIM Franco Valencia Angela250
48Niklesh Jain250
49Arjun Gupta201
50CM Shahil Dey200
51Om Manish Kadam200
54Sehajdeep Singh200
55Jani Kushal R200
56Varad Deo200
57Pratyush Mohapatra200
59Amit Rajeshirke200
60Saurabh Anand151
61Rahil Babaria111
62Shejal Sahil Sanjay101
63Mithil Anande101
64Pathak Rudra S101
65Rohit Kumar101
67Ganeshbabu Gnanagurusamy100
68KaviKondala Nagendra100
69FM CJ Arvind100
70FM Dushyant Sharma100
71Bhavesh Mahajan100
72Ameya Chavan100
73Sa Kannan100
74Sourath Biswas100
75Namitbir Singh Walia100
76Akshay Shegaonkar100
78Mukund H Agarwal100
79Abhimanyu Singh100
80Divya U100
81Chinamy Ashish Kulkarni100
82Manish Kumar100
83Vedant Panchal100
84Aanya Chawat100
85Suryansh Verma100
86Aaditya S P100
87Akshita Mittal100
88Ashish Kulkarni100
89Deepak Bamne100
91Prashant Joshi100
92Preksha Mahajan100


GM Erigaisi Arjun proves to be a lion in both on and off the board

The tournament started sharp at 8 p.m. on the 24th of February in the Vishy Anand arena in the ChessBase India room on Playchess. The favourite to win was surely Vidit Gujrathi (EvilGenius). However, he lost a critical game in round five against Arjun Erigaisi (Indian-Lion).

Vidit just played 27...Rxb2. How should White continue here?

Arjun moved his rook to b7 and then doubled his rooks on the seventh rank. Combined with the knight it became an overwhelming attack to defend against and within a few moves Vidit had to throw in the towel.

In the next round itself (6th round) GM Laxman R R shocked Arjun's dream run when the latter blundered a piece in an equal Rook, Knight endgame.

WGM Soumya Swaminathan faced India no.3 GM Vidit Gujrathi in round 2. Although she lost on time, she had a good opportunity which she did not take.

Soumya played 21.dxe5 here. What was the better continuation for White?

In the end we had two players on 8.0/9 - Arjun Erigaisi and Vidit Gujrathi. Arjun won the tournament and also gets the autographed DVD of Magnus Carlsen. Vidit finished second and Laxman was third.

Arjun Erigaisi wins the signed copy of Magnus Carlsen's DVD - the Master Class Vol.08

Final Standings:

You can know who these players are by checking their actual name against their Playchess ids in the article here

Shahid Ahmed was not just the tournament director but also kept a track of all the donations and made this event successful

We thank each and every player who contributed towards this initiative with money or time. We greatly appreciate your gesture.

Feedback by the players:

Nicely conducted tournament. Since it's a fund raising event entry fee could have been fixed as minimum rs.500 or atleast rs.300. Also more awareness can be given so that many players can take part.Thank you.

-A.Anand Sivasankar



-GM Laxman R R


A great job by all of you.

- Amit Rajeshirke


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