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IM Dinesh Sharma wins the Ananda Thirtha Memorial Rapid

by CK Muralidharan - 19/07/2017

The Late Sri. Prof. S. K. Ananda Thirtha Memorial All India FIDE Rapid Rating Chess Tournament was held in the historic city of Mysuru, Karnataka on the 1st and the 2nd of July, 2017. It was a strong rapid event with three IMs and three FMs taking part. In the Open section, IM Dinesh Sharma from Uttar Pradesh won with half a point lead over nearest of his rivals. Karthik Venkatraman finished second and Ram.S. Krishnan third. A report sent to us by the organizer of the event C.K. Muralidharan.

IM Dinesh Sharma from Uttar Pradesh won the title prize in the Open section of the Late Sri. Prof. S. K. Ananda Thirtha Memorial All India FIDE Rapid Rating Chess Tournament, conducted by Mysore District Chess Association (MDCA) at the Hoysala Karnataka Sangha auditorium, Mysuru on 1st & 2nd July 2017. Scoring 8.0/9, he won with a clear point ahead of the rest of the field. In his final round game, Sharma beat K.Senthil Maran of Tamil Nadu on the top board to seal title prize.

N.Sudharshan, the President of Mysore District Chess Association lighting a lamp to inaugurate the event. Also present were S. A. Mohan Krishna, Chief Guest; Dr C. Krishna, Chief Patron, MDCA; Ramesh, Bharadwaj, President,
Hoysala Karnataka Sangha; K. R. Shivarame Gowda, Hon.Secretary, MDCA.
A quick glimpse of the opening day

IM Sharma received the winner’s trophy and cash prize from Dr.P.Krishniah, In-charge Director, Dept. of Physical Education, University of Mysore. Also in the picture (L to R): P.V.Bharadwaj, President, Hoysala Karnataka; Sangha, N.Sudharshan, President, MDCA; Kantha Raj Urs Managing Director, Urs Kars; and  N.Raju, National Chair, K-12, Delhi.
With this win, he took home a cash prize of Rs.20,000/- and a trophy. Four players FM Karthik Venkataraman (AP), Ram S Krishnan (TN), FM Dutta Joydeep (WB) and Saravana Krishnan P (TN) tied for the second place with 7.5 points each but were assigned second to fifth places based on their tiebreak score. They also took home cash prizes of 15,000/-, 10,000/-, 8,000/- and 6000/- along with a trophy. Trophies for the first five places were given for U-15, U-13, U-11, U-9 (boys & girls).

Final Standings in the Open Section:

Rk. SNo   Name Typ sex Gr FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 2 IM Sharma Dinesh K.       IND 2358 UP 8,0 53,0 48,0 49,50
2 9 FM Karthik Venkataraman       IND 2168 AP 7,5 51,5 47,5 43,50
3 4   Ram S. Krishnan       IND 2316 TN 7,5 51,5 46,5 43,25
4 6 FM Dutta Joydeep       IND 2259 WES 7,5 51,5 46,0 46,25
5 3   Saravana Krishnan P.       IND 2356 TN 7,5 50,5 45,0 45,75
6 5   Senthil Maran K       IND 2266 TN 7,0 50,5 45,5 39,50
7 20 AIM Tarun Kanyamarala U13     IND 1860 TEL 7,0 49,0 44,0 37,50
8 17   Athul Krishna S       IND 1893 KER 7,0 47,5 43,5 35,50
9 7   Lokesh N.       IND 2236 TN 7,0 46,5 42,5 36,75
10 42 AIM Trisha Kanyamarala F13 w   IND 1580 TEL 7,0 43,0 39,5 32,00
11 8 IM Hegde Ravi Gopal S55     IND 2193 KAR 7,0 42,5 38,0 36,50
12 12   Muthaiah Al       IND 2069 TN 6,5 52,0 47,0 38,00
13 13   Balkishan A.       IND 2031 KAR 6,5 51,0 45,5 38,00
14 11   Swaraj Palit       IND 2116 JHA 6,5 50,5 46,0 37,50
15 1 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu       IND 2417 ORI 6,5 49,5 44,5 37,25
16 16   Ajith M.P.       IND 1915 KAR 6,5 48,5 43,0 35,50
17 23   Yashaskara Jois K.R       IND 1750 KAR 6,5 45,0 40,5 32,75
18 71   Kanishk S K U15     IND 1329 TN 6,5 44,5 40,0 33,75
19 18   Ramachandra Bhat S55     IND 1878 KAR 6,5 44,5 40,0 33,25
20 25   Darshan V P S       IND 1738 KAR 6,5 44,0 39,5 32,75
Complete Standings
Winners of the Open Tournament with all the guests. Winners (L to R): Joydeep Dutta (WB-4th place), Ram S Krishnan (2nd place), FM Karthik Venkataraman (3rd place), IM Sharma Dinesh (UP-Winner), Saravana Krishnan P (5th place), Lokesh N (6th place), IM Ravi Gopal Hegde (8th place).

Category Prize winners

Winners all in the Below-2000 category
Rating Below 2000:  ,  1. AIM Tarun Kanyamarla 2. Athul Krishna S 3. M.P.Ajith.
Rating Below: 1800:    1.  AIM Trisha Kanyamarala 2.Yashas Kara Jois K R 3. Darshan V P S 
Rating Below 1600:    1. S K Kanishk 2. L. Seshadri 3. Thirumurugan R
Rating Below 1400:    1. Vijay Ravi 2. Vishnu Sundar 3. Selva Kumar
Rating Below 1250:    1. Abhay B Bhanadarkar 2. M. N. Eshanvi 3. Preetham H N
Best Female (Above 30 years):  Prasanna Swamy    
Best Veteran (Above 55 years):  K. Upendra    

Chess siblings Tarun and Trisha both won the category prizes at the event

About the author:

C.K.Muralidharan is a 55-year-old Free-lance Sports Journalist based in
Mysore. He has 20 years of experience in sports journalism. He contributes to the Hindu National daily and Daily Star of Mysore on all sports in Mysore for the last 15 years. He has been covering sports in Mysore on his website - www.mysoresport.com. He is the promoter of Mysore Professional Chess Academy. IM M.S.Thejkumar is the Vice-President of the Academy and supervises the coaching programme. He works with the Mysore District Chess Association in order to spread the game of chess through the chess in schools program.