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Marimuthu wins National Schools Chp. for Visually Challenged

by Priyadarshan Banjan - 06/12/2016

The National Schools Championship for the Visually Challenged was held from 22 November to 26 November at Shirdi in Maharashtra. 67 players born after 2000 participated, including many girls, and four were rated among them. The tournament was won by Tamil Nadu's talented K. Marimuthu in a crushing manner while Mumbai lad Aryan Joshi was second. Report.

Marimuthu wins National Schools Chp. for Visually Challenged

15-year-old K. Marimuthu (1539) of Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu won the 1st National School Championship for the Visually Challenged. He scored a crushing 8.5/9.

Prof. Anantharam, the venerable arbiter from Sivakasi, informs us: 'Marimuthu hails from a poor family, studying X Std. He lives with his mother, who is working in a doctor's house. Until September 2015, he was studying in SHNV Hr. Sec. School, Sivakasi under my direct care and he had a rating of 1350. Then he was admitted to a Blind school hostel in Tirunelveli, about 100 KMs from Sivakasi. and Mr. Selva Manikandan, a popular coach in Tirunelveli took charge of him.'

Finishing second was another 15-year-old, Aryan Joshi (1598), of Dombivili in Mumbai who scored 8.0/9, losing only to Marimuthu.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo   Name FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 2   K Marimuthu IND 1539 ARGSS Tamilnadu 8,5 48,0 40,0 45,75
2 1   Joshi Aryan IND 1598 CPV Dombivali 8,0 52,5 44,0 47,50
3 3   SomenderKumar IND 1303 AVPKR New dehli 7,0 50,0 41,5 38,00
4 23   Guin Sunilchand IND 0 NAB Odisha 7,0 48,5 40,0 36,00
5 4   R Gopi IND 1100 ARGSS Tamilnadu 6,5 48,0 39,5 33,25
6 37   Kute Omkar IND 0 PR Lunkad Bhosari 6,5 45,5 37,5 28,75
7 15   Dahiya Ashish Kumar IND 0 AVPKR New dehli 6,5 43,5 35,5 29,25
8 19   Gaikwad Rutikesh IND 0 PR Lunkad Bhosari 6,5 43,0 36,0 33,25
9 14   Chaurashiya Adarsh IND 0 NAB Dehli 6,0 46,5 38,0 28,00
10 53   Prakash Ayush IND 0 NAB Dehli 6,0 46,0 39,0 30,50

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Marimuthu's credentials:

  1. Tamil Nadu State Champion for Visually challenged tournament for two consecutive years - 2015 and 2016
  2. Runner-up in South Zone tournament for Blind held at Ernakulam 2015
  3. The third player from Tamil Nadu, to qualify for National A (2016) after Muthuraman and Sai Krishna.
  4. Won the 1st Tamil Nadu premier League for Visually challenged - Madurai, October 2016
  5. National Schools champion for Visually challenged (under 15) - Shirdi, November 2016.

Marimuthu with his sighted friends from the Sivakasi Chess Club. To the extreme right is Marimuthu's younger brother K. Vigneshwaran.

The 15-year-old talent with Mr. Selva Manikandan, his coach.

Here, Marimuthu is seen with Prof. Anantharam, who used to coach him before.