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S Mari Arul clinches 20th International Chess Puzzle Solving Contest 2024

by V Ravichandran - 06/02/2024

When it comes to competitions and championships related to chess, tournaments are the first thing that comes to mind. However, the multifarious nature of chess has another type of competition - puzzle solving. On Sunday 21st January 2024, Aladi Aruna Foundation organized Aladi Aruna Memorial 20th International Chess Solving Contest 2024. The event saw the participation of various strong players. FM S Mari Arul won the Advanced category scoring 21 points. S Raghuraman scored 20 points to secure second place. Seetharaman Kalyan was placed third scoring 17 points. Naveen K S won the Intermediate category scoring 31 points. Jason Jebezilin is the winner of Junior category - under-13. He scored 18 points. Photos: CM FT IA V Ravichandran

20th edition of a unique event

FIDE Master and former Indian youth Under-25 champion S Mari Arul of Southern Railways took the first place in the World Chess Federation of Composition's 20th International Chess Solving contest 2024 which concluded recently at Aladi Aruna Public School, Chennai. The contest was organised by Aladi Aruna Foundation under the aegis FIDE in association with Mount Chess Academy & Magnus Chess Academy on 21st January 2024.

Champion and Runner-up - S Mari Arul and S Raghuraman

The second place was taken by another renowned solver S Raghuraman of Chesslang Group while the third spot went to veteran solver Seetharaman Kalyan.

Second Runner-up - Seetharaman Kalyan

20th International Chess Puzzle Solving Contest 2024 banner

January 4th of every year is celebrated as the International Day of Chess Composition and in that month contests related to Chess Problem Solving, Problem Composition and other activities are held throughout the world.

Winner - S Mari Arul solving a puzzle

On 21st January, there were solving contest for Advanced, Intermediate solvers as well as for newcomers to the world of chess problem solving. Event was inaugurated with an introductory lecture on Chess Problem Solving and Composition by renowned International Master of Chess Composition, CGS Narayanan.

Coordinator IM CGS Narayanan in action

The intermediate and the junior category were won by K S Naveen and Jason Jebezilin respectively.

Winner in Junior category - Jason Jebezilin

Solvers in action

The problem solving contests had total of 56 participants across all categories filling up the venue hall and carried a total prize amount of ₹10000 and ₹5000 worth of cups for ten prize winners in the junior category.

Organizer and winner's team

The Chief Guests of the Valedictory function were Women Grand Master Savitha Shri B and Dr. V Balaji, Founder and Correspondent, Aladi Aruna Foundation jointly distributed the prizes to the winners in the presence of Mr. CGS Narayanan, International Master for Chess Composition, Event Coordinators V Ravichandran, FIDE Trainer and Candidate Master and R Muthukumar, International Arbiter.

Prize winners list

20th International Solving Contest 2023 organised by Aladi Aruna Foundation

Advanced Category

Rank Names Points Scored
1 FM S Mari Arul 21
2 Raghuraman S 20
3 Seetharaman Kalyan 17
4 Velmurugan Nallusamy 16
5 Sailesh R 16
6 Roshan Antony C 13
7 Barath L 11
8 Rajendiran Rahu 11

Intermediate Category

Rank Names Points Scored
1 Naveen K S 31
2 Logesh Kumar R 17
3 Divyalakshmi R 12
4 Shanmathi Sree 12
5 Raghav S B 11
6 Naveenkumar K 7.5
7 Vivek Ramanathan 6
8 Yaadesh S 5

Junior Category - Under-13

Rank Names Points scored
1 Jason Jebezilin 18
2 Manish S A 15
3 Shritej S 10
4 Sanjiv Sudhan A D 7
5 Anandharaman N K 6
6 Krishanth S 6
7 Ananya R 6
8 Ashir Zoe Fernando 5

V Ravichandran

Fide Trainer and Candidate Master

Local Controller for Chennai-India

International Solving Contest 2024

About the Author

V Ravichandran is an International Rated Chess player, FIDE Trainer, Candidate Master and International Arbiter. He is also a Research & Development Committee Member, All India Chess Federation. He has officiated as an Arbiter in the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022, officiated as Indian team chess coach at Commonwealth Chess Championship in Sri Lanka 2022. Furthermore, he is a founder member of Mount Chess Academy, Chennai which organised many Nationals and International rated chess tournaments.