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MPL 31st National Under-18 Chess Championships 2022 preview

by R Anantharam - 09/04/2022

180 players are expected to take part in MPL 31st National Under-18 Open and Girls Chess Championship 2022. India's 73rd GM Bharath Subramaniyam H will be the top seed in the Open section, WFM Jyothsna L will be among Girls. The tournament will have a total prize fund ₹900,000. Each group has a prize fund of ₹450,000, the first prize being ₹90000 in each section. It will be organized by Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology, Pollachi & Coimbatore District Chess Association from 18th to 23rd April 2022. Check out the tournament preview written by IA R Anantharam. Photo: Amruta Mokal

National Under 18 Chess Championships invite you to Pollachi, Coimbatore

Coimbatore district in Tamil Nadu is popular for two things – one, the industrial and textile city of Coimbatore and the other is chess, because of the former president of All India Chess Federation and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association – Dr. N Mahalingam. It is to be noted that the five times world champion became a grandmaster by achieving his final GM norm at the Sakthi Sugars GM tournament at the age of 18 in 1987. The tournament was organized by Dr. N Mahalingam at Coimbatore.

India's latest GM Bharath Subramaniyam H is the star attraction of the tournament | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Dr. Mahalingam is a good chess player, who had matched his skills with several grandmasters. Here, he plays a game with five times world champion Vishy Anand

Dr. N Mahalingam receives an award from the then President of India Dr. Abdul Kalam

To celebrate the centenary birthday of Dr. N Mahalingam, the college named after him – Dr. N Mahalingam College of Engineering & Technology. The college and Coimbatore District Chess Association decided to jointly organize the MPL National Under 18 Chess Championships at the college campus from 18th to 23rd April 2022. The chairman of the college is none other than Dr.M Manickam, the current president of TNSCA and the illustrious son of the illustrious father Dr. Mahalingam.

Dr. M Manickam, president of TNSCA and son of Dr. Mahalingam

The National Under-18 championships is bound to attract the creamy layer of many Grandmasters and International Masters in this age category from different parts of the country. More than 300 players are expected to participate in the eleven round six days tournament. The main attraction of the event is the participation of the GM Bharath Subramaniyam H rated above 2500, in addition to IM Manish Anto Cristiano and IM Avinash Ramesh from Tamil Nadu.


The huge indoor auditorium in the college is being renovated for this purpose and several air conditioners are to be set up in the hall.

An aerial view of the Dr N Mahalingam CET

The indoor stadium is at the back left near the big circular hostel building.

Renovation work is almost completed at the indoor stadium, the venue of the championships

The top twenty games of the championships are to telecast live on popular websites, so that millions of viewers can enjoy the games of the championships.


The college is taking care about the transport of the participants from Coimbatore to Pollachi – be from the airport or train. The only thing the participants have to do is to inform the organisers about the details of their arrival.


Pollachi has hosted several national championships at the college campus and popular players like former Asian Women champion IM S Vijayalakshmi, former under 18 world champion Aarthie Ramaswamy have won the national titles here.

IM S Vijayalakshmi, the former Asian women champion won the national under 14 title here

Former under 18 world champion won the national under 12 championship in Pollachi - WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy with her husband GM R B Ramesh

Special mention has to be made about the contribution to chess by the 80-year-old (one of the oldest chess associations in India) Coimbatore District Chess Association. N Jayapal, the president of CDCA is immensely involved in the growth of the association, under the patronage of Dr. M Manickam.

N Jayapal, the president of CDCA fetches many sponsors for the growth chess in Coimbatore

K Dhanasekar is the organising secretary of the national championship. He is the coach of the under 9 national champion G Aakash and several state champions

Coimbatore has produced several international masters like former commonwealth champion P Mithrakanth and IM V Saravanan. The latest sensations are the WIM K Priyanka and the GM-elect Rathanvel V S.

Rathanvel V S stunned the former World Bliz champion Liem Le Quang of Vietnam in Abu Dhabi

WIM Priyanka K from Coimbatore | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

The team under the guidance of Dr. C Ramasamy, the secretary of the college has made excellent arrangements for the participants and their parents to have a free comfortable stay with cots, beds, pillows and also good dining.

Dr. C. Ramaswamy, the secretary of the college

Arutchelvar Dr. N Mahalingam

Dr. N Mahalingam, a doyen of chess and a great chess philanthropist

Arutchelvar Dr. N Mahalingam was the Founder Chairman of Sakthi Group, 6,000 crore industrial conglomerate operating in sugar, automobiles, finance, power and logistics. As a polymath, he excelled in industry, entrepreneurship, culture, Gandhian politics, sports, religion, spirituality, philosophy, journalism etc. He received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India in 2007 for his contributions to the nation in the field of Trade and Industry.


Dr. Mahalingam’s contribution to chess in India and in particular Tamil Nadu is immense. As the president of All India Chess Federation and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, he championed the growth and development of chess in the county and the state. Arutchelvar Dr. N. Mahalingam was a chess philanthropist beyond comparison.


His compassion to chess players in distress was phenomenal. He instituted incentives to players who achieved international and grand master titles which inspired the chess players to higher efforts. He was instrumental in the central government recognising chess as a major sports eligible for grants.


The enigmatic and simple Gandhian way of life merged into the light on October 2, 2014, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Throughout his life Dr. N M carried the twin torches of Gandhian values and Vallalar’s way of life, a pathway to lead a life of consciousness.


Pollachi is a small town on the foot hills of the Western ghat, with a population about two lakhs. It is second largest town in the Coimbatore district and 40 KMs away from Coimbatore, which is well-connected to the rest of India through air, train and bus.

The picturesque road to the Top Slip, Pollachi. The route contains about 40 hair pin bends

The tea estate in the hills near Pollachi

The Anamalai tiger reserve in Valaparai is situated about 65 km from Pollachi.

A water falls in Valparai

Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering & Technology and Coimbatore District Chess Association have great pleasure in inviting you to the nationals and have sporting competition, fun and pleasure.

Players list Open

1IMBharath Subramaniyam H6960202146634827IND2503NTN
2Avinash Ramesh18542202145018340IND2369STN
3FMAyush Sharma92401202145010943IND2311SMP
4FMHarshad S3409202146616551IND2272STN
5FMAyushh Ravikumar7205202135039482IND2165STN
6CMSoham Kamotra48590201346647490IND2159NJ&k
7IMManish Anto Cristiano F2250202125095927IND2129NTN
8Ilamparthi A R17982202145015775IND2122STN
9Rakshith Srinivasan10159202146653660IND2011NKar
10Dinesh Kumar Jaganathan13447202146683526IND1937NTN
11Mahendra Teja Mekala33382202125653237IND1847NAP
12Jani Kushal R36516202125679988IND1818NGuj
13Chidvilash Sai Surapaneni43851202125748530IND1815NTel
14Md Bashiq Imrose33713202125654489IND1794STel
15Arul Anandh S P K35880202145086931IND1763STN
16Rushyendra Chowdary Kantipudi38230202125694979IND1725SAP
17Nawin M S39806202125709712IND1722NTN
18Jai Sankar Subramanian52729202125931970IND1718NTN
19Hari Ganesh T60639202125995901IND1700STN
20John Veny Akkarakaran11556202146665773IND1687SKer

Complete list

Players list Girls

1WFMJyothsna L5245202135013220IND2017NTN
2WFMBhagyashree Patil5707520125053256IND1931SMah
3Rindhiya V728202125040529IND1880STN
4Divyabharathi Masanam88242202145018421IND1863NTN
5Sasvatha A57089201445010862IND1707STN
6Keerti Shree Reddy27670202145094640IND1706NTN
7Sachi Jain9846320125974050IND1691SDel
8Ishvi Aggarwal41763202125728890IND1681NHar
9WCMChinnam Vyshnavi6766202135061690IND1673NAP
10Femil Chelladurai99830202135094580IND1664STN
11Anupam M Sreekumar6018420145033501IND1653NKer
12Kanishka S42226202125731564IND1631NTN
13Vijayasubhasri S12259320245075182IND1628NTN
14Meenatchi Rajam V17268202146639756IND1530NTN
15Khairmode Dhanashree45272202125762184IND1511NMah
16Swara Lakshmi S Nair34612202125629239IND1490SKar
17Vakcheri Mohitha21258202145041873IND1479SAP
18Varshita Jain76709201625681907IND1459SMP
19Sindhusree K3584202146616411IND1458STN
20Trisha B88446202125701843IND1457STN

Complete list

About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Titles Commission in All India Chess Federation, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.

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