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Jose Eduardo Martinez wins KCA 6th Seshamma Memorial Open Blitz 2020

by Shahid Ahmed - 04/06/2020

Kings' Chess Academy - Hyderabad presents 6th Seshamma Memorial Online Blitz Open took place on 30th May. What was so unique about the event? The tournament had no entry fee. GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara scored 9.0/10 to win the tournament. He won ₹10000 cash prize for his efforts. Three players finished at 8.5/10. GM Jakhongir Vakhidov, IM Terry Renato and GM D Gukesh finished with 8.5/10. They were placed second, third and fourth respectively according to their tie-break scores. Total 253 players participated including 11 GMs, 12 IMs and 4 WIMs from 13 countries across the world including India. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Peru dominates the podium positions

For the first time in ChessBase India Online Blitz history, no Indian players made a podium finish which only speaks how strong the competition has become. GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara of Peru scored 9.0/10 to win Kings' Chess Academy presents 6th Seshamma Memorial Online Blitz Open 2020. In a dramatic final round, Martinez defeated the eventual runner-up GM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan in the final round to win the tournament. Vakhidov had a lot of opportunities to make a draw and become the champion, however he did not know for sure if a draw will be enough to win the championship, thus he tried too hard and eventually lost. Eduardo's compatriot IM Renato Terry of Peru made his second consecutive podium finish by scoring 8.5/10 and finishing third on tie-breaks. GM Gukesh D was the third player who also finished with 8.5/10 and secured fourth position. Eduardo got richer by ₹10000, while Vakhidov won ₹5000 and Terry received ₹2500 cash prize.

Kings' Chess Academy Hyderabad organized the event

The tournament witnessed the total participation of 253 players from India, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Ireland, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Ukraine, USA and Uzbekistan including 11 GMs, 12 IMs and 4 WIMs from all over the world, organized by Kings' Chess Academy Hyderabad. The tournament had no entry fee.


GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara of Peru became champion | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Johncking had a lot of lives

In Round 2, Js3131 (GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara) did not have an easy pairing as he had to overcome the challenge of Johncking (IM Harshit Raja). The Queen-Bishop endgame lasted for 42 moves and after a roller coaster ride of 89 moves, eventually Js3131 managed to score a victory, but Jon Snow I mean Johncking did not go down without a fight.

Js3131 - Johncking, Round 2

Position after 55...Kb7

The game continued with 56.Kb4. What was the better continuation for white?

Position after 64...Kb8

Find out the simple tactics here for white. Of course both players were in incredible time scramble which caused white to make the premove of 65.Qc4 which cost him the game.

IM Harshit Raja scored two consecutive GM-norms before Covid-19 took over the world | Photo: Niki Riga

Skkeyan had Jose's number

The only loss Js3131 (GM Jose Eduuardo Martinez Alcantara) suffered in the entire tournament was against former National Sub-Junior (Under-15) Open Champion Skkeyan (FM Ajay Karthikeyan S). Despite Ajay having an early space advantage and being better for the most of the game, his opponent equalized in the Queen-Bishop vs. Queen-Knight endgame, until he made a blunder.

Skkeyan - Js3131, Round 3

Position after 57...Qf5

Can you find out why 57...Qf5 is a blunder and what he should have played instead?

FM Ajay Karthikeyan S is a strong player

Twist of Fate

As mentioned earlier, Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan) was ahead by a half point and he was unsure if a draw will be enough to win the tournament. After getting his draw offer turned down, Uzbektiger pushed for an advantage and then he declined Js3131's (GM Jose Eduardo Martinez of Peru) draw offer.

Uzbektiger95 - Js3131, Round 10

Position after 26...Qe7

Well when you get a position like this, you want to go for a win right? The game continued with 27.Bxe4 but there was a better continuation. Try to find it.

Jakhongir Vakhidov was extremely close to winning the tournament | Photo:

An interesting draw

In the sixth round, Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vakhidov) was up against Gk06 (GM Gukesh D). Despite getting a winning position in the endgame, Uzbektiger95 missed a few good opportunities and the game eventually ended up in a draw.

Uzbektiger95 - Gk06, Round 6

Position after 45...Kf6

It is evident that white is winning here, but what is the correct continuation for white here?

GM Gukesh scored 8.5/10 and finished fourth according to tie-breaks | Photo: Niki Riga

An emphatic victory

Uzbektiger95 (GM Jakhongir Vakhidov) scored an emphatic victory against TerryR (IM Terry Renato of Peru) in the penultimate round.

IM Terry Renato finished third with 8.5/10 | Photo: FIDE

A great win against Gukesh

Despite being in difficult position against Gk06 (GM D Gukesh), TerryR (IM Terry Renato) did not break down, instead of fought back and clinched a victory eventually.

Final Standings:

Main Prize winners (Top 20)

Rank Name Score Prize money
1 GM Jose Eduardo Martinez Alcantara 9 ₹10000
2 GM Jakhongir Vokhidov 8.5 ₹5000
3 IM Terry Renato 8.5 ₹2500
4 GM D Gukesh 8.5 ₹2000
5 GM Bilel Bellahcene 8 ₹1000
6 Aditya S Samant 8 ₹900
7 IM Rajesh VAV 7.5 ₹800
8 GM Laxman R R 7.5 ₹700
9 GM Dusan Popovic 7.5 ₹600
10 FM Ajay Karthikeyan 7.5 ₹500
11 IM Harshit Raja 7.5 ₹500
12 IM Neelash Saha 7.5 ₹500
13 IM Anuj Shrivatri 7.5 ₹500
14 Kaustuv Kundu 7.5 ₹500
15 GM Raunak Sadhwani 7.5 ₹500
16 IM Aleksei Kireev 7 ₹500
17 FM R Ashwath 7 ₹500
18 CM Rajarishi Keerthi 7 ₹500
19 GM Alan Pichot 7 ₹500
20 Rohit S 7 ₹500

Best Kings' Chess Academy student

1 Hari Charan Sai Kalluri 2.5 ₹500

Lucky prizes

30 Ojas Kulkarni 7 ₹500
40 WIM Trisha Kanyamarala 6.5 ₹500
50 CM Samrug Narayanan 6 ₹500
60 Arhan Chethan Anand 6 ₹500
70 Sahil Dhawan 6 ₹500
80 Shiv Shome 5.5 ₹500
90 Akhilesh Nagare 5.5 ₹500
100 Srithan Saypuri 5 ₹500
110 Nirnay Garg 5 ₹500


Feedback of the participants

Harsh Pandit

It was great!


Rajan Gonde

Good job team, keep it up


Arnav Maheshwari

The tournament was very well conducted and I did not have much difficulties as this was my first time playing a tournament in playchess.


Harish Subramaniam

It was a great tournament. We request you to hold more such events, especially with 5 min time controls.


Ameya Nigudkar

It was great!


Akshay Borgaonkar

Yes, I do have fun and like the ChessBase India tournaments, but it would be better if there would be a 1 or 2 second increment.


Aneesh Adiga

The tournament was very good. I enjoyed very much. One suggestion, can you make tournaments with categories like 1000-1300, 1300 to 1600 like this.


Sangharsh Soni

I really enjoyed sir, first time played online tournament in lappy 🤗


Sristhi Bhagwani

It was great!


Piyush Bothra

It was a good tournament. There should be some online tournaments based on rating too. When you are a low rated player the only pleasure you can get is playing against an IM or GM.


Sinthia Sarkar, former Commonwealth U-10 girls Silver medalist

I, Sinthia Sarkar, have enjoyed too much playing this tournament by chess base India. I would be highly grateful  if such tournament be held in future also.



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