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Rahul Sangma wins in Jaipur

by Rishi Kaushik - 23/08/2018

The MNM – CPA “Jaipur Cup” Open FIDE Rated International Chess Tournament was jointly hosted by the Chess Parents Association and Shri Maheshwari Navyuvak Mandal in the beautiful air conditioned hall “Uthsav” from 9th to 11th August 2018. The six round Swiss format attracted more than 450 players and IM Rahul Sangma clinched the title with a perfect score of 6.0/6 points! We have an excellent instructive game annotated by the winner Rahul Sangma, which will help you understand the nuances of positional play in the English/Reti setup. AGM Rishi Kaushik send us a detailed report of the event.

The beautiful Jaipur Cup made up of the Indian Rosewood! | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

Shri Maheswari Navyuvak Mandal is a group of young generation of Maheshwari Samaj working to promote sports along with Chess Parents Association, Rajasthan (CPA). The group merged together to organize this 3-day event in a beautiful venue "Uthsav". 210 players out of the total 450 were rated and the top three seeds were IM Rahul Sangma of Railways, Surender Kumar Sharma of Delhi and local hero Arif Mohammed of Rajasthan. The prize money of the event was Rs.3 lakhs and additionally there were beautiful 47 trophies hand-made of Indian Rosewood manufactured by OJ Collections Jaipur. All 462 players and guests were also given mementos made up of Indian Rosewood. The Chief Arbiter of the event was IA Rathinam Anantharam.

Starting Rank

1IMSangma Rahul5398420155013615IND2290Rlys
2Surender Kumar Sharma9677920185000866IND2240S60DEL
3Arif Mohammed10123120185003202IND2176RAJ
4Prakash Ram8871720175014530IND2154PUN
5Santu Mondal4008120175025354IND2141DEL
6Vikas Sharma5868920145005990IND2102PUN
7Amit Kumar Dad9999120185008948IND2084RAJ
8Ahmad Junaid10109720185012821IND2060UP
9Girish Chandra Gupta5488520145031206IND1952DEL
10Rishabh Nishad48752201346648534IND1952UP

Going into the last round 7 players were sharing the lead together with 5.0/5 points but after the last round it was IM Rahul Sangma who emerged as the winner with better tie-break score than Sarbojit Paul of West Bengal who also scored 6.0/6 points to take the 1st runners up position and also shared the first prize money of Rs 51000/- (There was a rule that the cash prizes would be shared if more than one player was on same position in the final standings) Five players shared the prizes from 3rd to 5th places.


Here is the 4th round game of Rahul Sangma, annotated by him:

Rahul Sangma - Sanchit Anand

Black has just taken the bishop on c4. What would you do here as White?

Top three winners: Rahul Sangma (standing centre with trophy), Sarbojit Paul (standing right with trophy) and Santu Mandal (standing left with trophy) | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

Final Ranking after 6 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11IMSangma RahulIND2290Rlys6,00,023,526,526,506665,340,66106,6
215Sarbojit PaulIND1880WB6,00,022,526,527,006553,561,442028,8
35Santu MondalIND2141DEL5,50,022,024,521,75554,54,55-0,0520-1,0
43Arif MohammedIND2176RAJ5,50,021,524,522,25554,54,60-0,1020-2,0
24Yatin KumarIND1771DEL5,50,021,524,522,25554,53,121,382027,6
631Falgun D PurohitIND1695GUJ5,50,021,023,521,50554,52,462,042040,8
727Puneet ManchandaIND1735HAR5,50,019,021,019,50554,54,470,03200,6
86Vikas SharmaIND2102PUN5,00,023,025,517,505543,900,10202,0
943Raghuveer SinghS60IND1626RAJ5,00,023,025,019,505542,741,262025,2
104Prakash RamIND2154PUN5,00,022,524,519,005433,59-0,5920-11,8

Can you imagine the relief it gives a mother when her child amuses herself quietly for hours on end? - Klara Polgar | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

Every girl is posing for this super shot in perfect harmony but someone is busy calculating all the possibilities of white first move! | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

The beautiful hand-made trophies made of the Indian Rosewood! | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

Earlier Shri. Ashok Lahoti, Mayor of Jaipur City inaugurated the tournament in the presence of Shri. Satyanarayan Kabra, President Maheshwari Samaj Jaipur.

Mayor of Jaipur, Shri. Ashok Lahoti inaugurating the event by ringing the Ghanta! | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

Left to right: Sunil Bangad (Convener MNM Jaipur), Amit Gupta (Organising Secretary of the event) and Rishi Kaushik | Photo: Rishi Kaushik

Smt. Shipra Sharma, Director, Quantam Career Academy, Jaipur and Sh. Yogendra Durlabh Ji, Secretary Sankokba Durlabh Ji Trust were the chief guests along with Shri. Ajay Ajmera and Sri. Ashok Bhargava President and Secretary, All Rajputna Chess Association, respectively, Pushpendra Choudhary, President Chess Parents Association for the prize distribution function.

About the Author

AGM Rishi Kaushik is a chess enthusiast, a chess player with a rating of 2008 who loves to actively contribute in chess related activities. He is also a Geospatial Technology Consultant with Tata Consultancy Services.

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