The story of the third and the fourth round was obviously Shardul becoming a grandmaster, but what Shardul has done unknowingly is make a some two hundred more kids dream of becoming like him. They say go big or go home. He has inspired them to take the bull by the horns and go for it. ChessBase India brings you a GIANT pictorial report with videos and important games.
IIFL Wealth 03+04: More grandmasters!
The story of the third and the fourth round was obviouslyShardul becoming a grandmaster, but what Shardul has done unknowingly is make a some two hundred more kids dream of becoming like him. They say go big or go home.
He has inspired them to take the bull by the horns and go for it.
The Best Game of the Day prize #2 was won by Mumbai's Raahil Mullick for his exquisite kingside attack in the second round
Nevertheless, in the third round game, he was no match for...
...Raunak Sadhwani (2104), who also won his fourth round game to move to 4.0/4
Abhinessh S. (1713)
Vrandesh Parekh's (1605) face says it all, losing to...
...Bangladeshi talent Mohammad Fahad Rahman (2278)
Mohammad is a talent to watch out for and he was on a month-long India tour which he is ending with the IIFL Wealth Mumbai Junior tournament 2016
Sankalp Gupta (2068) was the casualty of the third round as he lost to...
...unheralded B. Sriram (1596), who won the Best Game of the day prize for Round 03!
Many kids were unclear about the rules...
and the arbiters had their hands full solving their doubts.
Aryan Polakhare (1661)
Sankarsha Shelke (2032)
For my country!
Aditya Mittal (1960)
Dhairya Ghelani (1615)
Adarsh Tripathi (1518)
The games in full flow
Eleven-year-old Mrudul Dehankar (1731) is another talent to keep your eyes on
Here, she poses with her proud father
Vihaan Kumar Sheth of Kenya (!)
Vihaan has come all the way from Kenya to play in this amazing tournament; nevertheless, things weren't so rosy before he arrived here -- Vihaan lacked a FIDE ID. One cannot play in any international tournament without this ID.
Getting this FIDE identification number is a matter of few minutes. But a new problem arose: the website of the Kenyan Federation was hacked! So no work was possible on an urgent notice.
However, the Kenyan Federation officials were very supportive and someone worked overnight to get a FIDE ID for this boy so he could catch his flight in time!
The game seems to have captured her attention
Lollipop during the game is an ideal way to take in sugar...
...and there were many who took this idea seriously!
The queen is larger than her little hands!
Some positions make your expressions go crazy
Some kids resorted to bulletproof attire in their bid to win the game...
...while some thought hard to get their moves right.
Although he lost to IM Stany in the fourth round, Likhit Chilukuri (1867) managed to trick veteran IM Sharad Tilak into a mate a game before. Likhit sets tactical traps. Many players fall into Likhit's traps. Be like Likhit.
Legendary IM Anup Deshmukh (2225) celebrated his birthday during the third round. We have a special birthday interview coming up!
Ketan Patil (1692) continued delivering notable performance by defeating IM Krishna Teja N. in the third round and holding Sekar B (2188) in the fourth.
Mumbai's IM Vikramaditya Kulkarni (2297) is having a torrid time; after losing to Bhavik in the third round, he lost to...
...WIM Parnali Dharia (2002)
The ever-solid Manush Shah (2002)
Senior Mumbai player Amardeep Bartakke (2084) has failed to find his grooving, and he lost to...
...Nikhil Magizhnan (1601), a young boy from Tamil Nadu
Speaking of young kids, ten-year-old Praggnanandhaa R (2174) is playing in the Open category
Press Officer of te tournament R. Vasudevan with Vinay Shetty, the director of the famous Bourn-Vita tournaments of Mumbai that turned many a talent into strong chessplayers. These days, Mr Shetty works for spreading awareness about Thallasaemia.
ChessBase India conducted a two-day workshop at the tournament that was attended by almost all the players with their parents and friends.
IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal worked tirelessly all day spreading awareness about the power of the software
The organisers have provided Analysis rooms for players to analyse their games.
The top seeds have been making good use of this room to enjoy some more chess!
Karan Bhagat, MD and CEO of IIFL Wealth, speaking before the start of the fourth round
GM Shardul Gagare being felicitated by Karan and Shilpa Bhagat
The grandmaster was given a standing ovation!
The proud doctor capturing his son's moment of glory
Shilpa Bhagat and Karan Bhagat talked about IIFL's role in chess and what they think about the sport
IM Vishal Sareen has been one of the driving forces behind this event
FI Praful Zaveri, the man behind the tournament, is seen planning with Ronak Sheth, VP Marketing of IIFL Wealth
Of course, the technical arbiting team (and we need not say who these two gems are) is the reason we are able to see the games live!