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Neelash Saha wins a double for the second consecutive year at LBHM Chess Festival 2024

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/06/2024

IM Neelash Saha, GM Diptayan Ghosh, IM Aronyak Ghosh and IM Ratnakaran K scored 8/9 each at 10th LBHM Rating Open 2024 part of Late Bharatbai Halkude Memorial LBHM Chess Festival 2024. Neelash won the tournament due to better tie-break score. The remaining three were placed second to fourth respectively. Neelash drew against both runners-up, Diptayan an Aronyak in ninth and seventh round respectively. The total prize fund of the entire festival was ₹3024234, for Classical Rating tournament it was ₹1299111. The top three prizes were ₹150000, ₹100111 and ₹50000 along with a trophy each respectively. Neelash also won the 13th LBHM Blitz Rating Open 2024. Both him and Aronyak scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 each. They secured top two places. IM Ratnakaran K scored 8/9 to secure third place. These are Neelash's fifth and sixth tournament triumph of the year, five of them were rated.

Classical and Blitz Rating Open triumph

IM Neelash Saha and GM Diptayan Ghosh were the coleaders 7.5/8 heading into the last round. They made a quick draw to secure the first two places. IM Aronyak Ghosh defeated FM Md. Imran to finish third 8/9 in 10th LBHM Rating Open 2024. In 13th LBHM Blitz Rating Open, Neelash and Aronyak were the only two players at a perfect 8/8. They were a full point ahead of the others. They drew their final round game to finish first and second. IM Ratnakaran K defeated Daksh Goyal to finish third 8/9. The total prize fund in the Blitz event was ₹100111. The top three prizes were ₹15000, ₹10111 and ₹5000 along with a trophy each. Aronyak won the Rapid Rating event. We will mention it and the Below 1800 Rating tournaments in detail in separate articles soon.

Champion - IM Neelash Saha 8/9 in Classical and 8.5/9 in Blitz

Last year, Neelash won 7th LBHM Rating Open and 9th LBHM Rapid Rating Open 2023. This time he won 10th LBHM Rating Open and 13th LBHM Blitz Rating Open. The score in both Classical events were 8/9, whereas in the faster format it was 8.5/9 in both Rapid Rating in 2023 and Blitz Rating in 2024.

"No matter where I'm playing, I always try to give my best" - IM Neelash wins a double at LBHM Chess Festival 2024 for the second consecutive year | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up in Classical - GM Diptayan Ghosh 8/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Second Runner-up in Classical and Runner-up in Blitz - 8/9 and 8.5/9

Second Runner-up in Blitz - IM Ratnakaran K 8/9

Neelash - Nitin, Round 8

Position after 16...Ng4??

IM Nitin S (2339) lost a pawn early in the King's Indian Defence opening when he played 8...Nd4 but could not follow through correctly. In the above position, 16...Ng4?? does not work on account of 17.Bxg7! Nxf2 18.Qh6 White is not bothered about his light-squared bishop on d3 as he has checkmate ideas on g7. IM Neelash Saha (2469) won the game in another dozen moves.

Classical: IM Neelash Saha scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win the tournament and gained 11.5 Elo rating points

IM Neelash Saha scored 8.5/9, became champion and increased his Elo rating by 20.4 points

A total of 698 players including 3 GMs and 4 IMs took part from various parts of the country, one from Canada and two from the USA. The five-day nine round Rating Open tournament was organized by Aryan Enterprises at Dhruv Global School in Pune, Maharashtra from 18th to 22nd May 2024. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

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Final standings in Classical

Rk.SNo NameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
13
IMNeelash SahaIND2469RSPB854,559,551,507987,120,88108,8
21
GMGhosh DiptayanIND2560RSPB853,557,549,807988,18-0,1810-1,8
32
IMAronyak GhoshIND2528RSPB851,55648,807988,31-0,3110-3,1
46
IMRatnakaran K.IND2258SRLYS850,5554708987,460,54105,4
54
IMNitin S.IND2339TN7,554,559470797,57,130,37103,7
619
Bhoir Paras DilipU15LBHMIND1965MH7,55357,5460797,56,171,334053,2
78
Dere PushkarIND2206MH7,552,557,5460797,57,040,46209,2
814
Bhosale ShrirajLBHMIND2032MH7,548,55342,80797,56,930,572011,4
9100
Avirat ChauhanU11IND1761MH-Pune7,54750,539,50797,54,283,2240128,8
1023
Gawai SiddhantIND1935MH752,557,542,306976,160,844033,6
1140
Agnivo ChakrabortyIND1874WB751,555,541,806974,872,134085,2
129
FMMd ImranU15IND2171AP750,554,539,806976,920,08201,6
1311
Sharnarthi VireshU15LBHMIND2078MH-Pune75054,54107977,07-0,0740-2,8
1412
FMDutta JoydeepIND2061WB749,55340,505977,48-0,4820-9,6
1546
Sherla PrathameshU13LBHMIND1858MH-Pune74953,54005975,281,724068,8
1610
Koustuv DashIND2135OR74953,539,506977,88-0,8840-35,2
1743
Gyana Sai Santhosh MIND1870AP749533906975,511,494059,6
1825
Bhuvan Krishna PrasanthU13IND1930KA748,553,54006976,210,794031,6
1920
Jihan Tejas ShahU15IND1953GJ748,55341,306976,920,08403,2
2013
Badrinath S.IND2033PY748,552,540,507977,72-0,7220-14,4
2122
Harshit Ranjan SahuIND1947OR748533907976,360,644025,6
227
GMRoy Chowdhury SaptarshiLBHMIND2237RSPB74852,54006978,57-1,5710-15,7
2333
Khairmode DhanashreewLBHMIND1892MH-Pune7485238,806976,090,914036,4
2448
CMNimay AgrawalU13LBHMIND1854HR746,550,538,505975,941,064042,4
2555
Arnav Mahesh KoliU15IND1842MH74548,53607976,370,634025,2

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A total of 706 players including 4 GMs and 6 IMs took part from various parts of the country, one from Canada and three from the USA. The one-day nine round Blitz Rating Open tournament was organized by Aryan Enterprises at Dhruv Global School in Pune, Maharashtra on 22nd May 2024. The time control of the event was 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings in Blitz

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
14
IMNeelash SahaIND2351RSPB8,555,560,556,30898,57,790,712014,2
22
IMAronyak GhoshIND2420RSPB8,554,55954,80898,57,590,91109,1
35
IMRatnakaran K.IND2339SRLYS855,56051,508987,680,32103,2
414
FMJain Kashish ManojIND2200MH852554708987,070,932018,6
51
GMGhosh DiptayanIND2553RSPB85054,548,507988,72-0,7210-7,2
628
Nagare AkhileshIND1968MH84953,54807876,270,732014,6
716
Lad Mandar PradipIND2140GA84548,543,508988,34-0,3440-13,6
815
IMAbhishek KelkarIND2144MH7,55357,545,30797,57,350,15203
97
FMWagh SuyogIND2330MH7,5525744,50797,57,350,15203
1010
IMRitviz ParabIND2277GA7,551,555,545,30797,58,75-1,2520-25
1129
Dere PushkarIND1965MH7,5515543,50797,56,431,072021,4
1230
Phatak AanjaneyaIND1963MH7,548,552,543,80797,57,66-0,1620-3,2
1340
FMBagwe GaurangIND1908MH7,547,551,541,50797,57,290,21408,4
1437
Gawai SiddhantIND1917MH7,546,550410697,55,312,194087,6
1512
FMMd ImranU15IND2273AP7,544,54841,30797,58,81-1,3140-52,4
163
GMLaxman R.R.IND2362ICF752574207978,55-1,5510-15,5
1713
GMKarthikeyan P.IND2241TN7525741,507978,05-1,0510-10,5
1845
Sharnarthi ShlokU15IND1894MH75255,539,507974,462,5440101,6
1972
Sherla PrathameshU13IND1821MH751,555,54007974,262,7440109,6
2020
Daksh GoyalIND2054DL750,55540,306977,34-0,3440-13,6
2159
Lakshmi Charan Naidu GU15IND1850AP750544106975,841,164046,4
2285
Aditya SavalkarIND1795MH749,55438,507975,681,322026,4
23124
Pandey ArpitIND1724MH749,553,538,507973,523,482069,6
24162
Neelabhro BandyopadhyayU15IND1680WB749,55338,306863,352,6540106
2536
Srijon SahaU15IND1920WB7495439,306976,320,684027,2

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