Aravindh Chithambaram wins the National Senior Championship second time in a row
The National Senior Championship 2019 came to a successful completion today here in Majitar, Sikkim. Aravindh Chithambaram defended his title and won the event for the second time in a row with an impressive score of 9.5/11. Akash G and Ravi Teja S both finished a full point behind Aravindh with 8.5/11 each but on the basis of tie-breaks were declared second and third respectively. Attractive cash prizes and trophies were disbursed in a colourful closing ceremony which was graced by the presence of the renowned former Indian footballer and star Baichung Bhutia. We bring you an illustrated final report.
Aravindh Chithambaram defeated IM Shyaam Nikhil P in the eleventh and final round of National Senior Championship 2019 to finish a full point ahead of the rest of the field and emerge as the sole champion.The 20-year-old from Tamil Nadu, who is also the triple-crown champion of the nation, had won the previous edition of the tournament too that was held last year in Jammu. Thus, with this victory, he has successfully defended his title.
In the final round of the tournament Aravindh registered a crushing victory with the black pieces against IM Shyaam Nikhil P. Shyaam Nikhil, who started off as the sixteenth seed in the event, played some solid bit of chess, remaining unbeaten till the penultimate round and even beating the top-seed Abhijeet Gupta in round nine, to make his way to the top of the leaderboard. However, in the last round the 27-year-old International Master simply failed to hold his own against the very competent Aravindh and missed his footing in the opening itself.
Shyaam Nikhil P - Aravindh Chithambaram, Round 11
The second and third places in the event were secured by two International Masters who surprisingly outperformed many of their GM contenders. Akash G, who created a sensation earlier by beating players like Deep Sengupta, Sandipan Chanda, and Aravindh himself, lifted the runners up trophy. While the experienced Ravi Teja got the better of Grandmaster Sandipan Chanda today in the final round to clinch the third spot.
Sandipan Chanda - Ravi Teja, Round 11
Results of the final round
|1||17||IM||Shyaamnikhil P||2455||7½||0 - 1||8½||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||2605||2|
|2||29||GM||Himanshu Sharma||2392||7½||½ - ½||8||IM||Akash G||2431||21|
|3||9||GM||Visakh N R||2516||7½||½ - ½||7½||GM||Vaibhav Suri||2597||3|
|4||7||GM||Chanda Sandipan||2545||7½||0 - 1||7½||IM||Ravi Teja S.||2455||16|
|5||31||IM||Konguvel Ponnuswamy||2367||7½||½ - ½||7||IM||Das Arghyadip||2459||14|
|6||5||GM||Lalith Babu M R||2556||7||1 - 0||7||GM||Sriram Jha||2384||30|
|7||11||GM||Anurag Mhamal||2490||7||1 - 0||7||IM||Saravana Krishnan P.||2304||41|
|8||13||GM||Kunte Abhijit||2467||7||1 - 0||7||FM||Navalgund Niranjan||2231||52|
|9||19||GM||Laxman R.R.||2444||7||½ - ½||7||GM||Neelotpal Das||2430||22|
|10||1||GM||Gupta Abhijeet||2611||6½||1 - 0||6½||Harshavardhan G B||2344||33|
|1||2||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2605||Tamil Nadu||9,5||0,0||74,5||80,5|
|2||21||IM||Akash G||IND||2431||Tamil Nadu||8,5||0,0||76,0||82,5|
|3||16||IM||Ravi Teja S.||IND||2455||RSPB||8,5||0,0||69,0||74,5|
|6||5||GM||Lalith Babu M R||IND||2556||PSPB||8,0||0,0||72,5||77,5|
|7||9||GM||Visakh N R||IND||2516||Tamil Nadu||8,0||0,0||71,0||77,0|
Result of "Who will win the National Senior Championship 2019" contest!
Before the National Senior Championship began on the 10th of December 2019, we had announced a small contest for our readers! The task was to guess the champion's name and also his/her score. Well friends, after nine days of intense battle, it is Aravindh Chithambaram who has emerged as the winner with a score of 9.5/11. Many of our readers had guessed the name of Aravindh correctly but the only one who got both the name and score correct is Abhiraj Sinha! We congratulate Abhiraj for winning three months of ChessBase Premium account worth Rs.499/- from ChessBase India and request him to send his details to firstname.lastname@example.org to claim the prize.