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Raahul V S is the National Amateur Champion

by ChessBase India - 28/12/2016

Raahul V S became the National Amateur Champion after he defeated Ameya Audi in the last round. YVK Chakravarthy drew his game against Omkar Kadav and the two had to be content with the second and third spots respectively. Smaraki Mohanty was the National Women's Amateur Champion. The tournament ended quite a while ago, but we found it important to ensure that the National Champions make it our newspage.

The SBI Life National Amateur 2016 took place from the 5th to the 11th of November in Mumbai. We reported on this event at the end of the ninth round. At that point Raahul V S and Omkar Kadav were leading the tournament wihth 8.0/9.


2nd seeded V S Raahul of Tamil Nadu and Smaraki Mohanty of Odisha were crowned as 'Champions' of SBI Life 5th National Amateur Chess Championship 2016, which concluded here at Thakur College of Science & Commerce, Kandivali, Mumbai.

Raahul V S emerged as the National Amateur champion with 9.5/11

In an eventful last round, Raahul defeated top-seeded Ameya Audi of Goa to win the championship with a score of 9.5/11. Raahul was not required to share the trophy as the game between the overnight co-leaders, Chakravarthy and Omkar ended in a draw. YVK Chakravarthy secured 2nd position with a better tie-break while Omkar Kadav finished 3rd. Both scored 9.0/11. Meanwhile, the women's championship was won by Smaraki Mohanty of Odisha with a score of 7.5/11 ahead of Greesham Dhumal who secured 2nd place.

YVK Chakravarthy finished second with 9.0/11

Omkar Kadav has been improving rapidly and proved his mettle by finishing third

The highest rating gainer of the event Raahil Mullick - 212 Elo points! with the National Amateur women's champion Smaraki Mohanty

Raahul and Smaraki became richer by Rs.21,000/- and Rs.10,000/- and will also get opportunity to represent India in the forthcoming World Amateur Chess Championship at Italy in April 2017.

CM Aditya Mittal, who at one stage appeared to be running with title, had to be content with a fourth place with a score of 8.5/11, while 5-10 places were decided by tie-break as all of them were on 8.0/11.

In Photo (L to R): FI. Praful Zaveri, Shri. Pradeep Kumar, RSM of SBI Life, Chief Guest - Shri. Anand Pejawar (Executive Director, Marketing of SBI Life), V S Raahul of Tamil Nadu - (Champion- Open), Smaraki Mohanty, Odisha (Champion - Women), Shri. Santosh Chacko, Regional Director, SBI Life and the Chief Arbiter - IA I.G. Parmar

All prize winners in one frame

Complete results

Setting the standard for high level organization in the country is Praful Zaveri (right). We congratulate him on the completion of another highly successful event.



National Amateur set for a tense finish 

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