Telangana and Maharashtra dominate National School 2019
National School championship takes place every year in six different age group categories. This time it took place in Raipur, Chattisgarh from 3rd-7th April 2019. Total 926 players participated from 23 different states and 2 union territories across the country. While Telangana won the maximum number of podium finishes (6) in the entire tournament, Maharashtra won the maximum number of categories - 2. The tournament was inaugurated by R P Dubey, Chancellor of Dr CV Raman University and the Chief Guest of Prize Distribution Ceremony was D V Sundar, Honorary Vice President of FIDE. Ayush Sharma of Madhya Pradesh was the highest rated player in the entire event having the rating of 2051. Photos: Vasanth B H
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The championship was inaugurated by Dr R P Dubey, Chancellor, Dr C V Raman University, Chattisgarh. Mr Mukesh Singhaniya, President, Chattisgarh Pradesh Chess Association, Mr Chandrashekhar Iyer, Secretary, Chattisgarh Pradesh Chess Association, Shri Vivek Singhal, President, Raipur District Chess Association, Mr Peri Chandrashekhar, Tournament Director, Mr PN Rao, Convener, CPCA were the other dignitaries on the dais.
6-year old Akhil Prasad, who is the current Andhra Pradesh under-7 state champion, made a perfect score of 9.0/9 to become National under-7 school champion in open category.
Starting out as the second seed, Aishwarya Sahoo of Odisha made her maiden mark at National School by winning the under-7 girls category. This is her first championship victory in her chess career.
Sawalakhe won the tournament in the penultimate round as he scored eight straight wins, resulting in a 1.5 point lead heading into the final round which means he became a champion with a round to spare as he took an unassailable lead. This was Sawalakhe's maiden triumph in National level. He secured third position in Nagpur district under-9 open days before starting for this tournament.
Reigning State under-9 girls champion, Arshiya Das of Tripura struck her maiden Gold at National School by scoring 8.5/9 with a performance rating of 1500.
Md Imran of Andhra Pradesh won a below 1500 rating tournament last year. Since then this is his first major triumph in National School. Winning a Gold in under-11 open category at the age of 9 years is certainly an amazing feat.
Yashita Rout is the current runner-up in Odisha State Women's. She scored 7.5/9, remained undefeated to win Gold in under-11 girls category.
Top seed in his category, Aaditya Dhingra of Haryana scored 8.0/9 to become a champion. He took a full point heading into the final round and needed just a draw in the last round to become champion. Just days after winning National under-13 open, he won Haryana State under-13 boys.
Despite suffering a loss in the penultimate round, Tanisha Boramanikar of Maharashtra did not let her spirits down. After winning Gold in National School under-13 girls, Tanisha went back to play Maharashtra State under-13 girls and finished at 2nd position.
Reigning Gujarat State under-17 and under-19 boys champion, Kartavya Anadkat delivered an unbeaten performance, scoring 7.0/9 to win under-15 open category.
Sathwika N of Andhra Pradesh scored 7.5/9 with a performance rating of 1637, increased her rating by 92 ELO points, remained unbeaten to clinch Gold in under-15 girls.
This is Yutesh P's first major triumph in a long time. After finishing 2nd in Tiruvallur district under-17 open just over a month, Tamil Nadu's Yutesh continued his momentum and delivered a champion's performance at National School under-17 open.
Diya Chowdhury of West Bengal is the current runner-up in State Junior. Despite starting out as the top seed, she went on to score 6.0/7 to become unbeaten champion in under-17 girls category.
Article edited by Shahid Ahmed