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National Schools 2017 kicks off in Nagpur

by Niklesh Jain - 06/01/2017

National schools 2017 is taking place in Nagpur from the 5th to the 7th of January 2016. 700 kids from all over the country have come here to fight for the medals and ChessBase prizes. After three rounds many players are on 3.0/3. But one particularly exciting match-up is Dhyana Patel against Mrudul Dehankar. Niklesh Jain, who is at the venue, sends us an illustrated report. 

The National schools consists of six age categories u-7, u-9, u-11, u-13, u-15, u-17 in both boys and girls, making it twelve tournaments in all. These tournaments will determine the selection for Asian and World schools 2017.

The Naivedyam is surely one of the best places in India to have the National Schools organized
The inauguration took place at the hands of the little ones from Maharashtra
The guests made the move 1.e4 to start the proceedings
National Schools would perhaps be the only tournament where the number of parents and accompanying persons could be somewhere near to the number of players!

Until now three rounds have been played at the event and all the players who performed well at World Schools 2016 in Sochi, are keeping up their form.

Dhyana Patel during World Schools 2016

World Schools under-11 champion Dhyana Patel from Gujarat has made a strong start to her campaign with 3.0/3. This time she is playing in the under-13 category. It will be interesting to see how well she performs in this higher age category. Tomorrow she plays against the top seed in under-13 Mrudul Dehankar with the white pieces.

Rishabh Shah is currently on 3.0/3 in the under-15 section and is leading with 5 other players 

Madhya Pradesh's Ayush Pattnaik lost his third round game and slipped down to 2.0/3.


Check out the pairing of round four 

 ChessBase India prizes

12 ChessBase India letters only for the gold medal winners!

As the players will fight in the three rounds tomorrow, IM Sagar Shah will give a ChessBase workshop. All the students and parents who are interested can attend. The idea is to have one for the parents and later in the day for the students as well. If you are in Nagpur, you can join in as well. 



Full report on the National Schools 2016

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