Contribution for National A Blind 2018 crosses Rs. 5,00,000!
We have reached our goal! We started with the aim of collecting Rs. 5,12,000 for the event on 2nd of February 2018 and you will be pleased to know that on 8th of February we have collected Rs. 5,12,053! It's a victory for the blind chess community! A huge "thank you" to all of you who helped by contributing and spreading the word! The tournament has reached a key point with just five rounds to go. With five spots at stake for the World Team Championship in Bulgaria later this year, things are getting tense. Kishan Gangolli seems to be on course to get his fifth national title! Can someone stop him?
111 donors from all over India ensure that Blind National A is fully sponsored!
We made an appeal to the chess community at large - Please contribute to the blind national premier 2018. They had no sponsors apart from HPCL which was sponsoring Rs.50,000. The total expenses of the event that needed to be covered were Rs.5,12,000. The response has been humungous and in the last five days, we have collected Rs. 5,12,053! It's a proud moment for the entire chess fraternity of India.
Breakdown of Contribution received:
|5||10000||Ritu Mohit Bhandari|
|13||10800||Rekha Pinkesh Nahar|
|14||1000||Aditya Mukund Kulkarni|
|15||2100||V j gupta|
|21||1000||Giriappa T Amin|
|26||5000||Shubham Sanjiv Kumthekar|
|27||100||Harshal Pramod Patil|
|32||2000||S C AGARWAL|
|45||1000||Aruna Shiv shankar Singare|
|49||27000||Mullick Somnath Charitable trust|
|55||2500||Rahul Anil Bhagwat|
|57||500||Rohan Bharat Joshi|
|58||500||Yoges kumbhar and Deepak vaychal|
|61||2000||sankaran ponnada krishnaswamy|
|64||1001||CMA (Dr.) Ashish Thatte|
|65||5000||BHAKTI PRADIP KULKARNI|
|66||500||VIMAL RAJ M|
|73||1000||Bina Manoj Sanghvi|
|75||500||Dinesh Prakash Gaikwad|
|80||1000||Amit Sanjay Raje|
|83||7500||Nikhil And Dipika Joshi|
|84||10000||Amruta and Sagar|
|95||45000||Not to be disclosed|
|97||1000||Dr. Himadri Roy|
|102||45000||Not to be disclosed|
|103||5000||Viyugam Chess Academy|
This support is extremely heartwarming for the entire blind chess community. Your contribution has boosted the morale of all the players here. "We are enjoying this tournament tremendously because we feel that the world is watching our moves!" That's the general mood of the players at the Andheri Sports Complex.
Kishan Gangolli maintains his lead
Kishan definitely seems like a man in control. After eight rounds he is on 7.0/8. He has drawn two games against Gaurav Gadodia and Soundarya Pradhan. But apart from this he has be untouched.
He played a very nice game against Swapnil Shah in the sixth round of the tournament which won him the game of the day award:
Kishan drew his sixth round game against Gaurav. The Mumbai based lawyer was better but as always came under time pressure and couldn't make the most of his situation. He accepted the draw.
In the eighth round with the white pieces Kishan once again played for the win and came out on the top against Marimuthu.
Ranking crosstable after round 8
|2||Aryan B Joshi||1813||IND||*||½||½||0||1||1||1||1||1||6,0||0,0||19,25||5,0|
|3||Makwana Ashvin K||1744||IND||*||½||1||½||1||½||½||1||½||5,5||0,0||19,75||3,0|
|4||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||1753||IND||½||½||½||*||1||1||0||1||½||5,0||0,0||21,75||3,0|
|6||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||1611||IND||½||*||0||½||0||1||1||1||½||4,5||0,5||13,50||3,0|
|7||Patra Subhendu Kumar||1604||IND||0||1||½||0||1||*||½||0||1||4,0||0,0||16,75||3,0|
Pairings of round 9
|1||5||1813||Aryan B Joshi||Kishan Gangolli||1996||14|
|2||6||1744||Makwana Ashvin K||Gaurav Gadodia||1749||4|
|3||7||1611||Prachurya Kumar Pradhan||Soundarya Kumar Pradhan||1753||3|
|4||8||1672||Samant Milind||Patil Shirish||1698||2|
|5||9||1607||Deeptyajeet De||Patra Subhendu Kumar||1604||1|
|6||10||1678||Swapanil Shah||Yudhajeet De||1678||13|
|7||11||1613||Marimuthu K||Krishna Udupa||1711||12|