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IIFL Wealth 01: bringing juniors under the spotlight

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 29/01/2016

A strong prize fund, a fabulous venue and a dedicated set of officials always mean a great chess tournament, which is precisely what IIFL Wealth Mumbai International tournament is turning into! In both the Open and Junior events, the higher seeds did not face many difficulties in crushing their opponents; therefore, the tournament witnessed earth shatteringly normal results with not many upsets. We take this opportunity to bring you a richly illustrated report.

IIFL Wealth 01: bringing juniors under the spotlight

A relatively high prize fund of fifteen lakh rupees, an ambient venue in the form of Mout Litera School International, a dedicated team of organising and technical support officials supported by a decent set of arbiters -- the IIFL Wealth Mumbai International Tournament was off to a well-received start at Bandra in Mumbai.

 

The absolute top seeds did not face many difficulties in crushing their opponents; therefore, the tournament witnessed earth shatteringly normal results with not many upsets.

 IM Shardul Gagare (2497) successfully completed his first step towards the GM title by defeating Om Kharola (1803).

 GM Swapnil Dhopade (2488)

 IM G.A. Stany's (2421) opponent dragged the game for a wee bit while, but the result was no in questions.

 

IM S. Nitin (2400)

IM Himanshu Sharma (2385) 

 IM Ravi Teja (2385) had to work a bit to win his game

 IM Akshat Khamparia (2366)

 IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma (2358)

 Himal Gusain (2335)

 IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni (2297)

IM Sharad Tilak (2289) is playing in an Open after quite some time. He was held to a draw by...

...12-year-old Aan Sikka (1678)

Chennai boy Al Muthiah (2272)

The Audi brothers: In the front is Saiesh (1457) and Ameya (2061)

62-year-old Neelakantan Narayanan (1942) has been a brave warrior on the chessboard all his life. The former National A player has a flair for playing interesting chess.
For example, here is his decimation of former women's world champion GM Antoneta Stefenova that left her shell-shocked:

Stefanova-Neelakantan, Goodricke Tournament 1998

[Event "Goodricke Int Calcutta IND"]
[Site "03"]
[Date "1998.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Antoaneta Stefanova"]
[Black "Narayanan Neelakantan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D02"]
[PlyCount "38"]
[EventDate "1998.??.??"]
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 c5 3. dxc5 e6 4. e4 Bxc5 5. exd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Nc6 7. O-O Nf6 8.
Nd4 O-O 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Nxc6 Qd6 11. Nd4 Ng4 12. g3 Ne5 13. Be3 Bh3 14. Nc3
Bxf1 15. Nf5 Qf6 16. Bxc5 Qxf5 17. Bxf8 Bh3 18. f4 Bg4 19. Nxd5 Qe4 0-1

Yesterday, he got in this famous Levenfish attack trap to win Black's queen

Ankur Gokhale (1576) accounted for Sanjeev Kumar (2156)

 The food available at the school canteen was certainly an attractive addition to the quality of the tournament!

Pairings for Round 02:

Bo. No.   Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name Rtg No.
1 1 IM Gagare Shardul 2497 1   1   Shelke Sankarsha 2032 36
2 35 CM Gukesh D 2041 1   1 IM Swapnil S. Dhopade 2488 2
3 3 IM Stany G.A. 2421 1   1   Adhithya S 2018 38
4 37   Kothari Swapnil 2025 1   1 IM Nitin S. 2400 4
5 5 IM Himanshu Sharma 2385 1   1 WIM Parnali S Dharia 2002 40
6 39   Manush Shah 2003 1   1 IM Ravi Teja S. 2385 6
7 7 IM Akshat Khamparia 2366 1   1   Gavi Siddayya 1971 42
8 41   Ojas Kulkarni 2000 1   1 IM Sharma Dinesh K. 2358 8
9 9   Gusain Himal 2335 1   1   Harsh Mangesh Ghag 1964 43
10 11 IM Kulkarni Vikramaditya 2297 1   1   Arjun Adappa 1960 44

View the complete pairing for Round 02 here.

Complete results of Round 01.

Watch the games LIVE by clicking the above link.

IIFL Wealth Mumbai Junior Championship 2016

For the junior players aged below thirteen, the event was a fantastic opportunity to play 18 rated games in a space of nine days in an atmosphere unmatched in terms of infrastructure and quality. Again, there were no eye-popping results or games in the show, but one look at the tournament hall and you can say that the chess future of our country is safe.

The top-seed, 12-year-old Bangladesh's FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman (2278), was off to a winning start.

Raunak Sadhwani (2104) of Maharashtra had an easy day at work as well.

Another Maharashtra boy Sankalp Gupta (2068) recently defeated Italian GM David Alberto (2596) in Delhi.

Tamil Nadu's Gukesh D. (2041)

Another Maharashtrian talent Sankarsha Shelke (2032)

Mumbai's Aditya Mittal (1960) has been on a giant-killing spree this month. It would be interesting to see how he performs amongst his peers.

 

Among the many kids playing in both the Open and the Junior event are Dev Shah (1732) of Mumbai and...

...Luke Mendonca (1859) of Goa

...who, by the way, is as naughty as he is cute.

 

Speaking of cuteness, visit the tournament hall and you will just fall in love with these kids!

 

 You must respect their love for the game. These small kids are barely able to reach the other side of the chessboard and yet they think strategy and tactics.

Pairings for Round 02:

Bo. No.     Name FED Rtg Pts. Result Pts.   Name FED Rtg   No.
1 1   FM Mohammad Fahad Rahman BAN 2278 1   1   Vincent Alaina IND 1362   43
2 44     Adane Narayani IND 1355 1   1 CM Sadhwani Raunak IND 2104   2
3 3     Sankalp Gupta IND 2068 1   1   Gavade Atharv IND 1355   45
4 48     Bhuta Hriday IND 1315 1   1 CM Gukesh D IND 2041   4
5 5     Shelke Sankarsha IND 2032 1   1   Antony Jesumarian Leslie IND 1316   47
6 50     Kannan Pranav IND 1313 1   1 CM Aditya Mittal IND 1960   6
7 7     Alok Sinha IND 1894 1   1   Avathanshu Bhat IND 1313   49
8 53     Jain Ashwat IND 1287 1   1   Shuban Saha IND 1885   8
9 9   CM Mendonca Leon Luke IND 1859 1   1   Kriti Mayur Patel IND 1313   51
10 54     Vansh Agarwal IND 1286 1   1   Om Kharola IND 1803   10

View the complete pairing for Round 02 here.

Complete results of Round 01.

Watch the games LIVE by clicking the above link.

 

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