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Jakhongir Vakhidov wins The Knighthood Online Blitz | A total of Rs.211226 raised

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/08/2020

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov won the strongest and the highest prize money Online Blitz event by ChessBase India on 1st August - The Knighthood Online Blitz Open. He won ₹40000 cash prize for his monumental efforts. Eight players finished at 8.0/10. The remaining podium places were taken by Russian GMs - Maksim Chigaev and Vladimir Fedoseev. Both of them made their debut in ChessBase India Online Blitz events. A total of 210 players including 39 GMs, 25 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs took part from 12 countries across the world. On the next day, India no.3 GM Vidit Gujrathi played a Simul against the Specially Abled and Age Group prize winners. A detailed report of this mega event.

Vakhidov wins the highest prize money Online Blitz event by ChessBase India

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan scored an unbeaten 9.0/10 to win The Knighthood Online Blitz Open held on 1st August 2020 on Playchess. He won ₹40000 (US$533) cash prize which is the highest ever for a ChessBase India Online Blitz Open. Eight players finished at 8.0/10. ChessBase India Blitz debutantes GM Maxim Chigaev and GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia secured the second and third positions respectively. They won ₹25000 and ₹15000 each. GM S L Narayanan was the highest finisher among Indians as he scored 8.0/10 and took home the fifth spot. IM Mitrabha Guha and IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh were the only non-GMs who finished in top 20 at 11th and 15th place respectively. The entire prize fund of the event was sponsored by Sujit Varghese and the entire entry fee received was donated to the ChessBase India Foundation for the betterment for Specially Abled (Blind, Physically Challenged, Mute and Deaf) players of India.

Chess lover Sujit Varghese sponsored the entire prize fund of The Knighthood Online Blitz Open

A total of 210 players including 39 GMs, 25 IMs, 2 WGMs and 6 WIMs from India, Azerbaijan, Chile, England, Georgia, Peru, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, USA and Uzbekistan took part in this 10-Round event.

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov played brilliantly in a strong field | Photo: gamesmaven.io

Uzbek tiger gets the better of Ukraine's Berndaskiy

In Round 5, Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vakhidov) of Uzbekistan defeated Vitaliy Bernadskiy of Ukraine

V-Bernadskiy - Uzbektiger95, Round 5

Position after 18...Ba6

Find out the best continuation for white after 18...Ba6. In a 3+0 Blitz game, it is quite easy to go wrong and white continued with the inaccurate 19.Be3 and Black seized the initiative with 19...Bxe2 and went on to win the game in another 20 moves. The right move is Bxg7 when the black king is weaker than White's. After Rxe2 Qxe2 Bxe2 White wins with Rh8+.

GM Vitaliy Bernadskiy scored 5.5/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Replay all games of Jakhongir Vakhidov

GM Maksim Chigaev scored 8.0/10 and finished second | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

A Clinical win by Chigaev

Russian GM Maksim Chigaev scored 8.0/10 on his ChessBase India Online Blitz debut and finished second according to the tie-breaks.In Round 8, he scored a clinical victory against GM Abadi (Elshan Moradiabadi) of USA.

Maksim Chigaev - GM Abadi, Round 8

Position after 21...Kg8

Black played 21...Kg8 after 21.Qd4+. Find out why it is a mistake and what black should have played instead.

GM Elshan Moradiabadi scored 7.0/10 and finished 16th

Replay all games of Maksim Chigaev

GM Vladimir Fedoseev scored 8.0/10 and finished third | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Fabulous Fedoseev

We all remember that Fedoseev tied for the first place with Anand in FIDE World Rapid 2017 which Anand went on to win in the tie-breakers. It was a great honour to have such a strong player fighting it out in the ChessBase India online events. GM Vladimir Fedoseev of Russia made his ChessBase India Online Blitz debut by scoring 8.0/10 and finishing third. He scored a miniature win in just 23 moves in Round 5 against GM Luka Paichadze of Georgia.

Fedoseev lost only two games in the tournament, first against Alanp (GM Alan Pichot) of Argentina in Round 7 and then in the penultimate round against Creator1198 (IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh). 14-year old FM Pranav Anand got very close to winning against Fedoseev, but he ran out of time. Although the final position was also an easy draw for him.

CREATOR1198 - FedoseevVladimir, Round 9

Position after 23.Bc2

Fedoseev blundered here with 23...Rxb2. Find out what black should have played instead.

Reigning 1st SAARC Champion IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh scored 7.0/10 to finish 15th. According to Nubair, playing in this blitz tournament felt like he was fighting it out in the World Blitz Championships because from round 3 to 10, he faced 8 strong grandmasters!| Photo: Niklesh Jain

Replay all games of Vladimir Fedoseev

Levan Pantsulaia (Kutiktau) from Georgia finished fourth. He played some excellent chess and was rewarded by a prize of Rs.10,000. | Photo: Amruta Mokal 

5th - GM Narayanan S L 8.0/10

Narayanan phenomenal once again

It is no secret that GM Narayanan S L has performed phenomenally in various online tournaments all across chess platforms. He finished as the highest placed Indian. In Round 4, he scored a 20-move miniature victory over GM Abadi (GM Elshan Moradiabadi) of USA.

Best Woman - WGM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya 6.0/10 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Fire_on_board (WGM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya) of Russia won against Bestluck (IM Bhakti Kulkarni) in Round 9.

Best Woman 2nd - WGM P V Nandhidhaa 6.0/10 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Pavala (WGM P V Nandhidhaa) defeated IM Viani A Dcunha in Round 8.

Best Woman 3rd - IM Bhakti Kulkarni 6.0/10 | Photo: Queen's Chess Academy

Bestluck (IM Bhakti Kulkarni) defeated Zokapenzioner (IM Zoran Velickovic ) of Slovenia in the final round.

Replay the entire tournament Live Stream

IM Sagar Shah commented on the entire event via YouTube live. Don't miss players and sponsors comments at the end of the tournament stream | Video: Sagar Shah

Simul with Vidit Gujrathi

Right since the day when the tournament was announced, one of India's finest grandmasters GM Vidit Gujrathi pledged his support to this event. He agreed to play a simul against the Specially Abled and Age Group prize winners on 2nd of August (next day of the tournament ending). It was a dream come true for many of the participants to fight it out against a world class player like Vidit. Not only that Vidit also invited these players on his stream after the encounters and interacted with them in person. Apart from the intense games where Vidit fought against some talented opponents and the clock, we managed to raise a good amount of money for the specially abled chess players.

Replay the Live Stream with IM Sagar Shah's commentary and Vidit's explanations to the simul participants | Video: Vidit Gujrathi

Complete details of the amount raised

NameAmount
ANSHUMAN DAS50000
CHAITANYA SINGH (USD 99.99)7500
KAIVALYA K S4000
SHAILAJA MOHAPATRA2500
ADITYA SOMANI2000
BHAVYA KUMAR1000
MONALISA CHOWDHURY1000
MRITYUNJAY JALAN1000
SUSHRUT SHRIPAD PURA1000
S GURUPRAKASH1000
MEENUKRISHNAN1000
YAMINI ARORA1000
KAMALKANT ARUN RAI1000
VARUN VENKATA1000
DEEPANKAR SINGH1000
SUSHAN RAMESH RAO1000
MRS VARSHA VASANT GA1000
AZHAGAPPAN SIVARAMA1000
CHAITANYA MEESALA1000
RIZWAN NAZIR NAIKWAD1000
NAVEEN KUMAR N1000
AKASH KEDAR CHIKHALK1000
VINAYAK KRISHNA SHET1000
PRUTHVI P1000
BINITKUMAR RAMANBHAI580
VIJAY DAGDU SURYAWAN501
MURALI PHANI KUMAR Y501
RAJESH BEJGAM (NZD 10)500
ANMOL AVINASH WELPUL500
PRAVEEN P500
RITESH RAJENDRA TIDK500
MR SHREYAS MUKUND PH500
ROHIT PANDEY500
AMAN N SHETTY500
ANKIT VINOD GANGWANI500
ANANT SINGHAL500
DEVANJOT SINGH SRA500
VINAY CHANDAK500
SWIKRITI SARAN SING200
RAHUL SONI200
YROHITH REDDY200
JAIVARDHAN SINGH CHA200
RAJEEV RANJAN200
ANOOP MADAMSETTY200
RISHABH MITTAL100
SAMEER ARORA100
APRAMEYA L100
SAURABH RAJPUT100
ANUNAD SINGH SO SHES100
MAHESH KISAN KSHIRSA100
MALI DINESH DAGADU100
DARSH SATYENDRASINH100
MR AKSHIT JOHRY100
KAUSTUBH JAGDISH BAD100
JANMEJAYA PANDA100
SUBHANKAR HALDER100
AKSHIT JOHRY100
MANMAY PARESHKUMAR B100
SAYAN PAL100
BHOGARAJU RAVI SHANK100
R SUNDEEP100
NITHISH K GNANI100
ALANKRIT CHOKHANI51
VAKITI KARUNAKAR RED50
RAKESH BHUNESHWAR SI40
BHAVYA KHURANA40
PRATIK VIJAY SHETTY20
95283
Donation95283
Entry Fee Collection55943
Anirban Dasgupta50000
Kusha Kapila10000
Total211226

 

*Please note all the amounts paid via google pay will be used in full for the cause, while those received via superchat will be deducted by 30% as those are the charges of YouTube platform.

Well known stand-up comedian Anirban Dasgupta donated his entire winnings of Comedians on Board II (Rs.50,000) chess event held on Samay Raina's stream to this good cause.

Famous Instagram influencer Kusha Kapila also donated her Comedians on Board prize winnings of Rs.10,000 to the cause

It's simply phenomenal how kind hearted and famous personalities like Anirban and Kusha are supporting the game of chess! A big thanks to Samay Raina for being the person responsible for this.

Final Standings

Main Prize winners (Top 20)

Rank Name Score Prize money
1 GM Jakhongir Vokhidov 9 ₹40000
2 GM Maksim Chigaev 8 ₹25000
3 GM Vladimir Fedoseev 8 ₹15000
4 GM Levan Pantsulaia 8 ₹10000
5 GM S L Narayanan 8 ₹5000
6 GM Baadur Jobava 8 ₹2500
7 GM Cemil Can Ali Marandi 8 ₹2500
8 GM D Gukesh 8 ₹2500
9 GM Vugar Rasulov 8 ₹2500
10 GM Alan Pichot 7.5 ₹2500
11 IM Mitrabha Guha 7.5 ₹1000
12 GM Vidit Gujrathi 7.5 ₹1000
13 GM Visakh N R 7.5 ₹1000
14 GM Raunak Sadhwani 7.5 ₹1000
15 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 7 ₹1000
16 GM Elshan Moradiabadi 7 ₹1000
17 GM Nihal Sarin 7 ₹1000
18 GM Vishnu Prasanna 7 ₹1000
19 GM Arjun Erigaisi 7 ₹1000
20 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy 7 ₹1000

Best Women

1 WGM Aleksandra Maltsevskaya 6 ₹2500
2 WGM P V Nandhidhaa 6 ₹1500
3 IM Bhakti Kulkarni 6 ₹1000

Best Specially Abled

1 Syed Nadeem Hussaini (1188) 5 ₹1000
2 Marimuthu K (1588) 5 ₹1000
3 CM Samarth J Rao (1664) 4 ₹1000
4 Angappan (1239) 4 ₹1000
5 Kannan V (1395) 4 ₹1000

Rating category 1000-1300

1 Prabhanjan Badkas (1167) 5 ₹1000
2 Varun Nair (1130) 4.5 ₹800
3 Srinivasa Suri H (1257) 4 ₹700

Rating category 1301-1600

1 Pamarthi Audietya Aazadh (1404) 5.5 ₹1000
2 Vijayakumar Reddy Mallepalli (1481) 5.5 ₹800
3 Mahi Amit Doshi (1502) 5 ₹700

Rating category 1601-1900

1 Arpith S Bijoy (1613) 6.5 ₹1000
2 Karthikeyan Jeyaprakasam (1860) 6 ₹800
3 Rahul Raj (1666) 4.5 ₹700

Rating category 1901-2100

1 Ilamparthi A R (1989) 7 ₹1000
2 Aditya Bikram Paul (1964) 5.5 ₹800
3 Vikas R Sharma (1989) 5 ₹700

Best Unrated

1 Mysa Srujan Kumar 6 ₹1000
2 Ishwar Lal Patel 5 ₹800
3 Mayur Gondhalekar 5 ₹700

Under-12

1 Adireddy Arjun (1658) 5 ₹1000
2 Swayham P Das (1675) 5 ₹800
3 Soham Kumar (1612) 5 ₹700

Under-14

1 Pranav V (2348) 7 ₹1000
2 Prakhar Bajaj (1663) 6 ₹800
3 Setumadhav Yellumahanthi (1843) 5.5 ₹700

Under-16

1 Balasubramaniam H (2298) 6 ₹1000
2 Ayush Sharma (2072) 5.5 ₹800
3 Vishvajeet Singh (1572) 5 ₹700

Under-19

1 Alan Diviya Raj (2033) 6 ₹1000
2 Krithigga K (1885) 5 ₹800
3 Navodith V Bhat (1562) 4.5 ₹700

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