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Blind Premier 2018 R04: Kishan Gangolli gunning for his fifth straight title!

by Sagar Shah - 06/02/2018

These are the initial days of the National Premier Blind 2018. Just four rounds have been completed and we already have a sole leader - top seed Kishan Gangolli, who is on 4.0/4. You might think he is Bengali because of his surname, but the lad comes from Shimoga in Karnataka and is one of the most accomplished blind players that Indian chess has ever seen. We bring you some very interesting pictures and moments from the single round day. As the round ended in the morning, the players indulged in a blitz session as well! Blind players playing blitz is never easy, but we have found out that nothing is impossible for these 14 individuals! And yes, the total contribution for this event has reached Rs.429,053! Amazing indeed!

If there is one player out of the 14 who I think is extremely strong and competent to give even 2200+ visioned opponents a run for their money, it has to be Kishan Gangolli.

Kishan won his game against Diptyajeet De when in the middlegame, the Kolkata boy missed some tactics:

Aryan Joshi made a quick draw against Yudhajeet De. In the final position when the threefold repetition occurred Yudhajeet was clearly better, but he was satisfied with a draw.

Prachurya Kumar Pradhan is beating his opponents with minimal issues. In the fourth round he played an excellent game againstMari Muthu and emerged as the winner. This game should serve as a model one for all Bogo Indian aficionados.

Soundarya Kumar Pradhan lost his first game of the tournament, but since then has been in good form and won 3.0/4. He beat Shirish Patil in the fourth round

Father of Soundarya and Prachurya Rabi Ranjan Pradhan is taking care of the live broadcast by making the moves on the DGT boards

Subhendu Kumar Patra won the best game of the day prize after beating Gaurav Gadodia

Madhu Priyatam is doing an excellent job by scheduling shows on Radio Chess and taking care of the PR of the event

In the evening Amruta played a blitz event that was organized for fun. She played with a blindfold around her eyes. Just to give you an idea of the strength of the players - Amruta didn't win a single game. Although more than visualization her problem was putting the pieces in their appropriate holes on the braille board!

Niklesh Jain is ensuring that the tournament gets maximum eyeballs in the Hindi speaking audience

The food is free of cost for all players and is quite delicious

A lot like home made food!

One of the best ways to celebrate your fourth wedding anniversary!

You must just see the chief arbiter Manjunatha zooming around in time pressure telling the time that is left on the players' clock!

Ranking after round 4:

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
114Kishan GangolliIND1996KAR4,00,04,504,0
25Aryan B JoshiIND1813MAH3,50,04,503,0
37Prachurya Kumar PradhanIND1611ODI3,50,04,003,0
43Soundarya Kumar PradhanIND1753ODI3,00,04,003,0
56Makwana Ashvin KIND1744GUJ3,00,03,252,0
613Yudhajeet DeIND1678W B2,00,02,751,0
712Krishna UdupaIND1711KAR1,50,03,501,0
811Marimuthu KIND1613T N1,50,02,501,0
91Patra Subhendu KumarIND1604ODI1,50,01,251,0
8Samant MilindIND1672MAH1,50,01,251,0
119Deeptyajeet DeIND1607W B1,00,03,250,0
124Gaurav GadodiaIND1749MAH1,00,01,750,0
132Patil ShirishIND1698MAH0,50,00,750,0
10Swapanil ShahIND1678MAH0,50,00,750,0

Pairings of round 5:

131753Soundarya Kumar PradhanKishan Gangolli199614
241749Gaurav GadodiaPatil Shirish16982
351813Aryan B JoshiPatra Subhendu Kumar16041
461744Makwana Ashvin KYudhajeet De167813
571611Prachurya Kumar PradhanKrishna Udupa171112
681672Samant MilindMarimuthu K161311
791607Deeptyajeet DeSwapanil Shah167810

Contribution towards the expenses of the tournament

The contribution towards the blind national premier has been steadily increasing. And now we are very close to the finishing line. We set out with the goal of Rs.5,12,000 and have reached nearly Rs.4,30,000!

We thank you all for your support. It means a lot to the blind chess players of India. You have truly powered chess in our country.

No. Amount Name
1 5000 Sachin Samant
2 2000 Rochelle D'souza
3 11000 Madhusudan Iyer
4 1000 Atul Dahale
5 10000 Ritu Mohit Bhandari
6 25000 Sainath Ramanathan
7 2000 Priti Mahendru
8 1000 Mamta wadhwa
9 5000 Shailesh Gadre
10 5000 Avathanshu Bhat
11 500 Rekha  Raghavan
12 1000 Vikas Sharma
13 10800 Rekha Pinkesh Nahar
14 1000 Aditya Mukund Kulkarni
15 2100 V j gupta
16 500 Nishchint Sharma
17 1500 Jeet shah
18 5000 Swapnil Kothari
19 11000 Sanjoy Shome
20 1000 Sudhahar
21 1000 Giriappa T Amin
22 2000 Vanita Noronha
23 500 Rajesh gupta
24 1000 Tamojit Chakraborty
25 200 Devansh Singh
26 5000 Shubham Sanjiv Kumthekar
27 100 Harshal Pramod Patil
28 10000 Sushir Lohia
29 2000 PAVAN BNB
30 2000 Nitish Mittal
31 5000 Sudip Singh
32 2000 S C AGARWAL
33 1000 Deepak chavan
34 1500 sanjeev Tambe
35 2000 Laishram Imocha
36 1000 Niranjan Prasad
37 2000 Niranjan Prasad
38 500 Eshan Tilwani
39 10000 Vedaprakash PC
40 5000 Vivek Gupta
41 2000 Prathamesh Mokal
42 1000 Chaitanya Kulkarni
43 251 Aditya Vimal
44 1000 Mitul KH
45 1000 Aruna Shiv shankar Singare
46 2000 Sneha Ghatpande
47 2500 Abdesh Jha
48 10000 Anand Kashelkar
49 27000 Mullick Somnath Charitable trust
50 1001 Ramkrishna Kashelkar
51 2000 Aravind
52 2000 PR Krishna
53 1000 Aniruddha Deshpande
54 3000 Sundararajan Kidambi
55 2500 Rahul Anil Bhagwat
56 5000 Himanshu Kumar
57 500 Rohan Bharat Joshi
58 500 Yoges kumbhar and Deepak vaychal
59 5000 Romit
60 700 Vishal Sodani
61 2000 sankaran ponnada krishnaswamy
62 1000 Durgaprasad Mahapatra
63 1500 Priyanka Ved
64 1001 CMA (Dr.) Ashish Thatte
66 500 VIMAL RAJ M
67 1000 Pankaj arora
68 2000 Vikrant Malvankar
69 1000 Satyajit Basak
70 2000 Sureshkumar .T.J
71 30000 Karthik Rangarajan
72 10000 Jayaram Swaminathan
73 1000 Bina Manoj Sanghvi
74 500 Suhas Murthy
75 500 Dinesh Prakash Gaikwad
76 5000 Tania Sachdev
77 2000 Kunal kochar
78 5000 Padmini Rout
79 5000 Seema Thukral
80 1000 Amit Sanjay Raje
81 2500 Roktim Bandyopadhyay
82 1000 Vedant panesar
83 7500 Nikhil And Dipika Joshi
84 10000 Amruta and Sagar
85 3000 Vasudevan RR
86 5000 Karthikeyan Sankaran
87 19400 Ramesh Balasubramanium
88 5000 Anjali patil
89 5000 Vandana Bhansali
90 1000 Abhinav Shetty
91 500 Sunita Prasad
92 10000 Ashutosh Datar
93 1000 Vidit
94 11000 Manoj Dengla
95 45000 Not to be disclosed
  429053 TOTAL

If you have still not made the contribution, please do not hesitate. The money is being used for a good cause!


You can also contribute directly to the bank of AICFB. Here are the bank details:

All India Chess Federation For The Blind

Indian Bank

SB a/c: 415222082


Address:  Ground floor, United India Building, Sir P. M. Road, Fort Branch, Mumbai – 400001.


If you do make a direct payment to the above-mentioned bank please send a mail to with a copy (cc) to chessbaseindia@gmail.comwith the amount of contribution, your name, address and Permanent Account Number (PAN). These details are mandatory for tax purpose.

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