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Mitrabha Guha dominates 16th Maheshwaranand Saraswati Memorial Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/11/2020

IM Mitrabha Guha won his second tournament organized by Buddhibal Kreeda Trust within six months when he remained undefeated by scoring 8.5/9 to win 16th Maheshwaranand Saraswati Memorial Online Blitz Open. He received a shining trophy and ₹15000 cash for his efforts. FM Pranav Anand and GM Jakhongir Vakhidov finished with 7.5/9. They were placed second and third respectively according to their tie-break scores. They won ₹10000 and ₹7000 cash respectively. For the first time in Playchess, we made it mandatory for all players to be on video call throughout the event, screen sharing and pairings being displayed on chess-results.

Mitrabha's second championship of BKT in six months

IM Mitrabha Guha scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and finished a full point ahead of the competition to win the 16th Maheshwaranand Saraswati Memorial Online Blitz Open. IM-elect FM Pranav Anand and GM Jakhongir Vakhidov both finished at 7.5/9 each. They were placed second and third respectively according to their tie-breaks. Among the women, both WGM Nandhidhaa P V and Samriddhaa Ghosh scored 5.5/9 each respectively. They were placed first and second in the Best Women category. Shriya Revankar secured the third place with 5.0/9 in the same.

Champion Mitrabha Guha is delighted to receive the trophy

Total 116 players including 8 GMs, 14 IMs, a WGM and a WIM participated from Algeria, Azerbaijan, Canada, England, France, India, USA and Uzbekistan.

Mitrabha beats Narayanan

IM Mitrabha Guha's best win of the event was against GM Narayanan in Round 5.

Narayanan - Mitrabha, Round 6

Position after 15...Nd5

15...Nd5 gives white an opportunity to gain advantage. How?

Mitrabha scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and finished a full point ahead of the competition

Speaking about receiving trophy Mitrabha said, "Normally I receive trophies on the podium. However this is the first time the trophy has been delivered home. I was delighted to receive the glittering trophy. I wish to thank BKT."

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Pranav's breakthrough

IM-elect FM Pranav Anand scored a fine victory over IM Aditya Mittal in the fourth round.

Pranav - Aditya, Round 4

Position after 28...Kg8

White already has an advantage. How can white capitalize further after 28...Kg8 ?

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Runner-up FM Pranav Anand 7.5/9

Vakhidov's domination in English

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov scored a fine victory over GM Shardul Gagare in Round 9.

Vakhidov - Shardul, Round 9

Position after 14...Ng4

Find out why 14...Ng4 is a mistake.

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3rd GM Jakhongir Vakhidov 7.5/9 | Photo:

4th GM Narayanan S L 7.0/9 | Photo: Niki Riga

5th IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.0/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

6th IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 7.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th GM Vugar Asadli 7.0/9

8th FM Ajay Karthikeyan 7.0/9

9th GM Vugar Rasulov 6.5/9 | Photo: Azeri news

10th GM M Amin Tabatabaei 6.5/9 | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Best Woman 1st WGM Nandhidhaa P V 5.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Best Woman 2nd Samriddhaa Ghosh 5.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
IMMitrabha GuhaIND2445Babysnake8,50,049,553,550,258
FMPranav AnandIND2381lightsaber7,50,049,553,542,756
GMVakhidov JakhongirUZB2533Uzbektiger957,50,046,049,540,507
GMNarayanan S LIND2618Narayanansl7,00,049,554,540,507
IMAronyak GhoshIND2436STRANGE7,00,049,053,039,006
IMDhulipalla Bala Chandra PrasadIND2441Samudragupta7,00,048,050,535,507
GMAsadli VugarAZE2572VugarAsadli7,00,045,549,536,507
FMAjay KarthikeyanIND2315skkeyan7,00,042,544,531,507
GMRasulov VugarAZE2478Vuqar6,50,050,555,037,005
GMTabatabaei M.AminIRI2629Amin tabatabaei6,50,048,553,535,756
GMGagare ShardulIND2514IndianKing976,50,048,053,037,005
Kaustuv KunduIND2301Kaustuv Kundu6,50,045,548,532,756
FMSrihari L RIND2414lsr6,50,044,048,533,256
IMMohammad Nubairshah ShaikhIND2445CREATOR 11986,50,040,544,530,506
IMRaja Rithvik RIND2408MasteredUI6,00,051,555,533,006

Complete standings

Main Prize winners (Top 15)

Rank Name Points Prize
1 IM Mitrabha Guha 8.5/9 15000
2 FM Pranav Anand 7.5/9 10000
3 GM Jakhongir Vakhidov 7.5/9 7000
4 GM Narayanan S L 7.0/9 5000
5 IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.0/9 3000
6 IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad 7.0/9 2000
7 GM Vugar Asadli 7.0/9 1000
8 FM Ajay Karthikeyan 7.0/9 1000
9 GM Vugar Rasulov 6.5/9 1000
10 GM M Amin Tabatabaei 6.5/9 1000
11 GM Shardul Gagare 6.5/9 800
12 Kaustuv Kundu 6.5/9 800
13 FM Srihari L R 6.5/9 800
14 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh 6.5/9 800
15 IM Raja Rithvik R 6.0/9 800

Best Women

1 WGM Nandhidhaa P V 5.5/9 1000
2 Samriddhaa Ghosh 5.5/9 600
3 Shriya R Revankar 5.0/9 400

Rating Category: 1301-1500

1 Mandar Bakshi (1438) 5.0/9 1000
2 Vihaan Dawda (1369) 5.0/9 600
3 Aravind Matthews A C T (1479) 5.0/9 400

Rating Category: 1101-1300

1 Suryansh Verma (1199) 5.5/9 1000
2 Agnim Dutta (1135) 5.0/9 600
3 Anirudh R (1226) 5.0/9 400

Rating Category: 1000-1100

1 Armaan Haider (1027) 4.5/9 1000
2 Archit Saigal (1093) 4.0/9 600
3 Aneesh Krishna S (1032) 4.0/9 400

Best Unrated

1 Abhijeet Ghodgaonkar 5.0/9 1000
2 P Benny Joseph 4.5/9 600
3 Pon Subash Raj R 4.5/9 400

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Feedback of the Participants

WGM Nandhidhaa P V, Asian Nations Cup Online 2020 Gold medalist

I enjoyed a lot, Thank you.


IM Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad

5+2 is a nice time control, as flagging is absent. The anti-cheating measures are well appreciated. The arbiters were active in detecting the cheaters. I hope these anti-cheating measures(Video,Screen share etc.) will be implemented in the future tourneys too. Thank you Chessbase India and Sponsors for organizing these events.


Ashok J V

Yes I had a great time in the tournament and I enjoyed.


Abhijeet Ghodgaonkar

The competition was well organised, considering video and screen feed of 120 players had to be taken. I am personally proud to have won the best Unrated prize. It was a fun experience to play on play chess server. I hope to attend more of these games.


Suryansh Verma

Great experience playing with IM and other strong players. Hope such events will be scheduled time to time Thanks Team Chessbase India.




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