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Yash, Krishanter and Vedant win a ticket to Global Chess League Finals!

by Himank Ghosh - 01/07/2023

From 15th of June 2023, an amazing series of tournaments started taking place across 5 different cities of India. In the eve of the Tech Mahindra Global Chess League 2023 being held in Dubai, Tech Mahindra decided to do a partnership with Phoenix Malls! Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Lucknow and Indore - these were the 5 different cities in which chess tournaments were held at their respective Phoenix Malls. Along with completely free entry and attractive prizes for the top 5 players in each of the events, the best part was: 3 of the winners will win a ticket to Dubai, getting the privilege of watching the Global Chess League Finals live! After the Blitz tournament and an online round-robin event, 3 players have won an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai for the Global Chess League Finals: Yash Bharadia, Krishnater Kushager, and Vedant Panesar. Read all about the events in the article below.

The race to Dubai for Global Chess League Finals!

There were a total of 5 tournaments held, and the first Blitz tournament kicked off at the Phoenix Marketcity Mall, where our beloved ChessBase India Chess Club sessions also take place every saturday. In each mall, 2 days of tournaments would take place! The idea was that the tournament would have no entry fee, there will be exciting prizes for the top 5 spots in each tournament, and the winners from each event will play a round-robin event on lichess! Finally, the top 3 finishers there will win an all-expenses paid trip to Dubai, getting to watch the Global Chess League Finals live from the venue!

This was the tweet which started it all!

Phoenix Marketcity, Mumbai, 15th and 16th June 2023

There was a huge turnout on Day 1, when the event was announced only a day prior to the first tournament! GM Abhijit Kunte was present at the Mall as one of the Chief Guests, who's also the manager of Balan Alaskan Knights in the Global Chess League.

Vedant Panesar, Day 1 Champion, 7.5/8 | Photo: Sagar Shah

Vedant Panesar is one of strongest players from Mumbai, and he won the Day 1 Blitz tournament! The time control was 3 minutes+2 seconds, and 8 rounds of blitz chess took place in a swiss format. Bhavesh Karnik and Mihir Shah finished 2nd and 3rd respectively, scoring 7/8 and 6/8 points.

Final standings after 8 rounds

Rk.Nº.Inic. NameFEDEloIPts. Exp1  desp2  Desp3  Desp4  after5 
FMPanesar, VedantIND23477,5364037,2507
Karnik, BhaveshIND1575734,53731,5007
Shah, MihirIND16406,5333627,7506
IMKrishnater, KushagerIND2306639,54329,5006
Rachit, H GurnaniIND1645639,542,529,5006

Full results

On Day 2, it was IM Krishnater Kushager who won the tournament with 7.5/8 points! Aniruddha Potawad finished 2nd with 6.5/8, and Ram Vishal Parab also scored 6.5/8 to finish 3rd on tiebreaks.

Krishnater Kushager, Day 2 Champion, 7.5/8 | Photo: Sagar Shah

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11IMKushager, KrishnaterIND23067,5384138,0007
23Potawad, AnirudhhaIND19426,54043,533,0006
311Ram, Vishal ParabIND15916,5363829,5006
45Nameet, ChavanIND1748640,544,530,5006
59Ketan, PatilIND1654639,542,529,0005

Full results

The busy tournament hall, with GM Abhijit Kunte spectating the event | Photo: Sagar Shah

For more photos from the event, click here.

Phoenix Palladium Mall, Ahmedabad - 16th and 17th June 2023

A total of 54 players took part in the Day 1 event! The Joint secretary of Gujarat State Chess Association, Ankit Dalal was the tournament director.

Day 1 Champion, Ujjwal Bansal (7/8) | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Ujjwal Bansal (1722) won the tournament with 7/8 points! Kartavya Anadkat finished 2nd with the same score due to lower tiebreaks, and Jval Saurin Patel stood 3rd scoring 6/8.

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17Ujjawal, BansalIND17227404337,00
21Anadkat, KartavyaIND213073942,535,50
35Jval, Saurin PatelIND174864043,528,00
48Makwana, DevamIND1599638,54026,50
54Shaikh, SohilIND17876364027,00

Full results

On the 2nd day, it was the tournament 2nd seed Kartavya Anadkat who clinched the winners trophy. Kartavya scored a fantastic 8/8 to secure first place, Vansh Adalja stood 2nd with 7/8, and Nilesh Gupta finished 3rd with 7/8.

Kartavya Anadkat (Center), surrounded by the other position holders and tournament officials. | Photo: Ankit Dalal

The tournament going on at full swing! | Photo: Ankit Dalal

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12Anadkat, KartavyaIND20338384040,00
214Adalja, Vanssh AIND146073639,533,50
348Gupta, NileshIND0735,538,532,50
45Jval, Saurin PatelIND17486454833,00
58Makwana, DevamIND159964042,527,00

Full results

Phoenix Marketcity Mall, Pune - 19th and 20th June 2023

FM Kashish Jain won Day 1 of the Tech Mahindra Global Chess League Blitz tournament at Phoenix Marketcity, Pune. Kashish Jain (2375) defeated Akshay Borgaonkar (1991) to finish first with 7/8 points. 

Kashish Jain (right) in action against Akshay Borgaonkar | Photo: Shrutika Raikar

Kashish lifting up his winners trophy in the centre of the frame! | Photo: Shrutika Raikar

Grandmasters Abhimanyu Puranik and Harshit Raja made the inaugural moves of the tournament! | Photo: Shrutika Raikar
Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11FMKashish, JainIND2375739,54337,00
25CMBorgaonkar, AkshayIND19917384134,50
311Shlok, SharnarthiIND17156,53939,529,25
415Aaryan, SinglaIND15646,53538,529,25
53Gaurav, BakliwalIND20856,533,53629,00

Full results

In the 2nd tournament, it was once again FM Kashish Jain who stood first, scoring 7/8 points. Shlok Sharnarthi tied on the first spot with Rahul, also scoring 7/8. Rahul Verma scored 7/8 to finish 3rd (Shlok had the better tiebreaks). Thus, the 2nd person to qualify for the online tournament was Shlok Sharnarthi!

Kashish and Shlok shared the 1st place trophy, thus Shlok became the 2nd player from Pune to qualify for the Final round on lichess! | Photo: Shrutika Raikar

All the players are deep in thought | Photo: Shrutika Raikar

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11FMKashish, JainIND237573942,535,50
211Shlok, SharnarthiIND1715737,54134,50
37Rahul, VarmaIND1796733,535,529,50
417Nishant, Abhijeet JawalkarIND16106,537,54030,25
55CMBorgaonkar, AkshayIND19916,536,53930,50

Full results

Phoenix Pallasio Mall, Lucknow - 20th and 21st June 2023

The Day 1 Blitz tournament was won by Shreyas Singh (1526), scoring 7.5/8. Anchal Rastogi and Sanyam Srivastava stood 2nd and 3rd respectively, both scoring 7/8 points. IA AK Raizada was the chief arbiter of the tournament.

Day 1 Tournament winner Shreyas (centre) surrounded by all the other position holders and officials  | Photo: UP 32 Knights Club

A wonderful birds eye view of the tournament hall in Phoenix Palassio Mall | Photo: UP 32 Knights Club

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
116Shreyash, SinghIND15267,537,54139,75
25Anchal, RastogiIND17707374034,00
314Sanyam, SrivastavaIND1551735,53727,00
42Ajay, Santhosh ParvathareddyIND20436,53841,535,75
54Pawan, BathamIND19726,532,53525,25

Full results

On the 2nd day, Ajay Santosh Parvathareddy (2043) won the blitz tournament scoring 7/8 points. Sparsh Yadav and Rajesh Kumar Sharma scored 7/8 as well, but were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively according to tiebreaks.

Ajay Santosh Parvathareddy, Day 2 Champion, 7/8 | Photo: UP 32 Knights Club

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12Ajay, Santhosh ParvathareddyIND204373942,535,00
214Sparsh, YadavIND1597736,53930,50
313Rajesh, Kumar SharmaIND16397333634,50
415Ravi Shankar,IND1578731,53531,00
53Arif, AliIND20396,536,54029,50

Full results

Global_chess_league : The vibes 🎉, the feel 🔥 and the excitement🤩 | Phoenix Pallasio. #The_big_move | Video: UP 32 Knights Club

Phoenix Citadel Mall, Indore - 21st and 22nd June 2023

The Day 1 Blitz tournament was won by talented junior player Arun Kataria (1851) with 7/8 points. Aishwin Daniel and Ojasva Singh scored 6.5/8, and were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively according to the tiebreaks. The Head of Hindi ChessBase India, FI Niklesh Jain was the Chief Arbiter of the tournament.

Tournament winner - Arun Kataria, 7/8 | Photo: Chandrajeet Rajawat

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
15Arun, KatariaIND185183841,541,50
23Aishwin, DanielIND19796,5414534,00
31FMSingh, OjasvaIND21836,536,53829,00
46AFMChoubey, SaurabhIND1835640,54227,75
52Bharadia, YashIND2092639,543,529,50

Full results

On the 2nd day, it was Yash Bharadia who won the tournament with an impressive 8/8! Kamad Mishra and Ojaswa Singh were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively according to tiebreaks, scoring 6.5/8 each.

Day 2 tournament winner, Yash Bharadia 8/8 | Photo: Chandrajeet Rajawat

A shot of the tournament hall after the starting moments of the round | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgIPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
12Yash, BharadiaIND2092839,543,543,5008
218Kamad, MishraIND15416,5394129,7506
31FMOjasva, SinghIND21836,53841,530,7506
411Prakhar, BajajIND16936,537,54131,2506
53Aishwin, DanielIND19796424530,5006

Full results

The lichess Grand Finale

Now that 10 players were selected as winners from 5 different cities across India, it was time to pick the final 3 people who will make it to Dubai, and watch the Global Chess League Finals live from the venue. Now, due to visa limitations and travel issues, 4 players could not take part in the tournament. 6 of the champions fought it out in a Round-robin format in lichess, with camera surveillance and strict anti-cheating rules.

Yash Bharadia, Ajay Santosh, Krishnater Kushager, Vedant Panesar, Arun Kataria and Kashish Jain were the players taking part. | Phot: IA Vivek Sohani

After 5 rounds of play with a time control of 5 minutes + 3 second increment per move, it was Yash Bharadiya who emerged victorious with a score of 3.5/5 points! IM Krishnater Kushager and FM Kashish Jain also scored 3.5/5 points, and were placed 2nd and 3rd according to tiebreaks. So, these are the 3 players who have won a ticket to watch the Global Chess League Finals , which will take place today!

The final tournament standings. For more tournament information, click here.

Lichess Grand Finale games


Yash Bharadiya (right), Krishater Kushager (centre), and Vedant Panesar (left) are the players flying to Dubai, getting to see the nerve-wracking finals of Global Chess League live at Dubai!

A huge thanks must be given to IA Vivek Sohani for organizing this whole cycle of events!

After a dramatic final day at the qualifiers, The two teams which will be competing tomorrow for the finals are Triveni Continental Kings and upGrad Mumba Masters. Who are you rooting for? The finals kick off today from 7:15 PM IST. Tune in for the live broadcast on Jiocinema!

The ICON players of both teams, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with the beautiful trophy of Global Chess League. | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy


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