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Sailesh R clinches 1st Maharashtra Chess Festival Below 2000 Rating Tournament 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/06/2023

Sailesh R (TN) scored an unbeaten 8/9 to win 1st Maharashtra Chess Festival Below 2000 Rating Tournament 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the field. Four players - Sriram Adarsh Uppala (TEL), Nikhil M (AP), Umashankar A (PUD) and Arnav Mahesh Koli (MAH) scored 7.5/9 each. They were placed second to fifth respectively according to tie-breaks. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. The top three prizes were ₹110000, ₹95000 and ₹85000 along with a trophy each respectively. This is Sailesh's fifth tournament triumph of the year, first open rating tournament victory of his career. The only other rating tournament he won was a Below 1600 event on 1st January 2020. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Four kids among top ten

Sailesh R had a sole lead 7.5/8 heading into the final round. He drew his game against 13-year-old Sriram Adarsh Uppala, the only person who could overtake him, to become a clear champion. Sriram Adarsh was placed second. Three more players ended up having the same score as him 7.5/9. Third seeded Nikhil M secured third place according to tie-breaks. The Asian Youth Under-10 Open 2022 triple Gold medalist, Madhvendra Pratap Sharma (MP) scored 7/9 to finish eighth.

Champion - Sailesh R 8/9

Runner-up - Sriram Adarsh Uppala 7.5/9
"I got introduced to chess from a ludo box and suddenly fell in love with it" - Sriram Adarsh Uppala | Video: ChessBase India

Second Runner-up - Nikhil M 7.5/9
My best game of the tournament went for almost 150 moves - Nikhil M | Video: ChessBase India

Top 3 (L to R): 2nd Sriram Adarsh Uppala 7.5/9, 1st Sailesh R 8/9 and 3rd Nikhil M 7.5/9

Sailesh R scored an unbeaten 8/9 and increased his Elo rating by 132.8 points

4th Umashankar A 7.5/9

5th Arnav Mahesh Koli 7.5/9

6th Viresh Sharnarthi 7/9

7th Om Nagnath Lamkane 7/9

8th Madhvendra Pratap Sharma 7/9

9th Sudarshan Malga 7/9

10th Bishal Basak 7/9

The beautiful trophies for the prize winners

The tournament hall at Naivedhyam Northstar in Nagpur, Maharashtra

1st Maharashtra Chess Festival Below 2000 rating tournament was part of Maharashtra Chess Festival 2023

For more photos, please click here.

 

A total of 274 players took part from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and USA in this four-day nine-round Swiss league Rating tournament which was organized by Maharashtra Chess Association at Naivedhyam Northstar in Nagpur, Maharashtra from 1st to 4th June 2023. The time control for the tournament was 60 minutes + 30 seconds increment.

Final standings

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
136
Sailesh, RIND1697TN84852,546,0007
228
Sriram, Adarsh UppalaU13IND1743TEL7,552,55747,0007
33
Nikhil, MIND1888AP7,5485243,5007
42
Umashankar, AIND1891PON7,544,54941,0007
558
Arnav, Mahesh KoliU13IND1628MAH7,544,54840,5007
617
Sharnarthi, VireshU13IND1781MAH7495440,2506
712
Om, Nagnath LamkaneIND1840MAH747,552,539,5006
820
Madhvendra, Pratap SharmaU11IND1766MP7475038,0005
94
Sudarshan, MalgaIND1881MP746,55137,2506
1016
Basak, BishalIND1788WB746,550,537,5006
119
Chandan, MandalIND1858DEL6,5535738,2506
1238
Sham, RIND1686TN6,549,55436,5005
137
Mithun, Anand VIND1871TN6,54953,537,2505
1437
Mrityunjay, KumarIND1690BIH6,54751,534,0006
1511
Jai, Sankar SubramanianIND1847TN6,545,55034,2505
1613
Patil, PriyanshuIND1831MAH-V6,545,549,535,0005
1765
Samal, AnsumanIND1609ODI6,545,549,532,7506
1883
Soni, SangharshIND1567MP6,545,54932,7506
1929
Bhoir, Paras DilipU15IND1727MAH6,5454933,0005
2064
Sai, Mahati AwIND1609TEL6,544,548,531,7506

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