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Happy Dussehra to all our readers!

by R. Anantharam - 12/10/2016

Vijayadashami is a popular Indian religious festival among the masses with many parts of the country witnessing grand celebrations. Kolkata is popular for its Durga Puja. But another city that leads the festivities is Mysore, the cleanest city in India. R.Anantharam, a regular contributor to ChessBase, was the chief arbiter at the Viktor Korchnoi Memorial Tournament that finished some days back. He sends us a report on the tournament, plus a brief tour of the famous Mysore Dasara!

Happy Dussehra to all our readers!


IM Ravi Hegde wins Viktor Korchnoi Memorial Rated Tournament at Mysore


A combination of chess and Dasara festivities was a feast for the participants of the Viktor Korchnoi Memorial FIDE-rated chess tournament, organised by Mysore Chess Centre at Paradise Hotel, Mysore. Though it had a relatively lower strength of 163 participants as it clashed with many tournaments and other unforeseen reasons, players enjoyed a healthy competition in a good environment and playing facilities.


IM Ravi Hegde of Karnataka and Maharashtra’s Rucha Pujari headed the seeding list as the top two players respectively. Ravi Hegde played true to his seeding to win the tournament without much ado, though he lost to Rucha Pujari in the process.

Ravi Hegde receiving the trophy from Mr. Vikram Das, GM of Dasaprakash Group of Hotels, Mysore

Seventh-seeded local lad L Vivekananda was beaten by unrated Vashishtha Ankesh of Rajasthan in the inaugural round. Two more rounds progressed without any upset and in the fourth round, World Amateur (under-1700) gold medallist and Karnataka state junior champion SN Jatin of Mysore got the better of third-seeded Balkishan of Karnataka.


After five rounds, IM Ravi Hegde emerged the sole leader, as the co-leaders Rucha Pujari and Jatin were held to draws by their respective opponents VPS Darshan of Mysore and Santosh Kashyap Hg of Karnataka.

WFM Rucha Pujari shocked IM Ravi Hegde to surge ahead. Organiser Nagendra M, a keen chess lover, and player is at the left.

In the clash between the two titans of the tournament, Ravi Hegde was cruising ahead; but Rucha Pujari defended well to reach a drawish position when Hegde blundered (Rucha was under time pressure then) to lose the game. This allowed Rucha to claim the pole position with 5.5 points after six rounds.

[Event "Viktor Korchnoi MT, Mysore"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.10.03"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Rucha Pujari"]
[Black "Ravi Hegde"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E64"]
[WhiteElo "2111"]
[BlackElo "2111"]
[PlyCount "93"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. g3 c5 5. d5 d6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. Bg2 Na6 8. O-O
Nc7 9. h3 b5 10. cxb5 Rb8 11. Qd3 a6 12. b6 Rxb6 13. e4 a5 14. Rd1 Ba6 15. Qc2
Nd7 16. Bd2 Rb8 17. Rab1 Ne5 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. f4 Bd4+ 20. Kh2 h5 21. Bf3 e6
22. Ne2 Bxe2 23. Bxe2 exd5 24. Bxa5 Bg7 25. Bxc7 Qxc7 26. Rxd5 h4 27. g4 Qe7
28. b3 Rb4 29. Bc4 Bd4 30. a3 Rb7 31. g5 Kg7 32. Qg2 f6 33. Rf1 Ra7 34. a4 Kh7
35. Qg4 fxg5 36. fxg5 Rf2+ 37. Rxf2 Bxf2 38. Kg2 Bg3 39. Rf5 Qe8 40. Rf6 Qe5
41. Re6 Qd4 42. Rf6 Re7 43. a5 Qd2+ 44. Be2 Qe3 45. a6 Kg7 46. Rxg6+ Kf7 47.
Qf5+ 1-0


Rucha was held to a draw by fourteen-year-old cool-headed Prasant N Nayagam of Tamil Nadu whereas Snehil Deota and Sushrutha Reddy of Karnataka, and Abhirami Madabushi of AP, scored wins in the seventh round to join Rucha in the lead.


Ravi Hegde and Abhirami maintained their winning trend in the eighth round to reach the final round as co-leaders. Ravi defeated Deota and Prasant pulled down Abhirami to a draw, helping Ravi to emerge a clear victor in the Viktor Korchnoi tournament.

In the end, Ravi Hegde defeated Snehil Deota to win the tournament with 8.0/9.
[Event "Victor Korchnoi Memorial Tmt at Mysore"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.10.05"]
[Round "9"]
[White "IM Ravi Hegde"]
[Black "Deota Snehil"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A07"]
[WhiteElo "2161"]
[BlackElo "2161"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2003.06.08"]
1. Nf3 d5 2. b3 Bg4 3. Bb2 Nd7 4. g3 c6 5. Bg2 Ngf6 6. O-O e6 7. h3 Bh5 8. d3
Bd6 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. e4 e5 11. Qe1 Re8 12. Nh4 Bg6 13. Qe2 Qc7 14. Rfe1 a5 15.
a4 Rad8 16. Rac1 Nc5 17. Nf5 Bxf5 18. exf5 g6 19. fxg6 fxg6 20. Nf3 Nfd7 21.
Qd2 Ne6 22. Re2 d4 23. Rce1 Ng7 24. c3 Nc5 25. cxd4 Nxb3 26. Qc2 Nxd4 27. Nxd4
exd4 28. Qc4+ Qf7 29. Rxe8+ Nxe8 30. Qxd4 Ng7 31. h4 Qc7 32. Bh3 Bb4 33. Be6+
Kh8 34. Bd7 Bf8 35. Re7 c5 36. Qxg7+ Bxg7 37. Bxg7+ {black resigns} 1-0


Abhirami drew with Prasant N Nayagam in the final round

Jatin SN of Mysore is the world champion in the below 1700 category championship 2016


Sushrutha Reddy was beaten by Abhirami

A section of the playing hall

Eight-year-old Arnav Muralidhar played well to earn appreciation

Mr. Nagendra Prasad, Director of Mysore Chess Centre organised the tournament satisfying the diversified group of participants, which is in general very difficult. Many siblings or parent/child combination played in the tournament and one worth mentioning is the Deota family, which had father and two sons in the tournament. Snehil Deota finished ninth in the tournament.

The three Deotas in the tournament - Santosh (father), Snehil (elder son) and Sriyansh (younger son)

Final Standings

Rk. SNo   Name Typ sex FED RtgI Club/City Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3  n w we w-we K rtg+/-
1 1 IM Hegde Ravi Gopal S55   IND 2161 KAR 8,0 0,0 53,0 57,0 8 7 6,92 0,08 10 0,8
2 12   Abhirami Madabushi F13 w IND 1682 AP 7,5 0,0 44,5 47,5 8 6,5 5,24 1,26 40 50,4
3 2 WFM Pujari Rucha   w IND 2111 MAH 7,0 0,0 52,5 57,0 8 6 6,53 -0,53 20 -10,6
4 6   Prasant N Nayagam     IND 1891 TN 7,0 0,0 51,0 55,0 8 6 5,58 0,42 40 16,8
5 3   Balkishan A.     IND 1975 KAR 7,0 0,0 49,5 54,5 8 6 6,87 -0,87 20 -17,4
6 14   Pavan C     IND 1680 KAR - M 7,0 0,0 48,0 52,5 8 6 5,92 0,08 40 3,2
7 13   Swapnil Raj     IND 1682 UP 7,0 0,0 45,5 49,0 8 6 5,88 0,12 20 2,4
8 7   Vivekananda L     IND 1780 KAR-M 7,0 0,0 44,5 48,5 6 5 4,73 0,27 20 5,4
9 16   Deota Snehil S     IND 1643 KAR 6,5 0,0 51,0 55,0 8 5,5 4,07 1,43 40 57,2
10 5   Santoshkashyap Hg     IND 1948 KAR 6,5 0,0 49,5 53,0 8 5,5 6,09 -0,59 20 -11,8

Complete Standings

Dasara Festival

[Editor's Note: Vijayadashami is a religious festival in India and may be called Dussehra, or Navami, as well. In South-India, the festival is usually spelt 'Dasara'.]


Dasara festival, celebrated with pomp and gaiety in the city of Mysore is popular all over the world. The salubrious climate and trees and parks on the flanks of the roads is reminiscent of Madrid in Spain. The majestic palaces and royal mansions, beautiful flora and fauna attract the tourists to throng to the city, situated about 140 KMs from Bangalore.


The Dasara festival is associated with many cultural events daily, food mela, sports activities, etc. A two-day chess tournament is also a part of the sports event.

The illuminated palace is the centre of attraction during the festival

A section of the inner view of the palace

Jumbosavari - an elephant ride

I worked as the chief arbiter in the event, and here I am standing with my dear wife.

St. Philomena's church Mysore

About the author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam first A grade arbiter from India has served as chief arbiter in three World Junior chess championships, World Schools and Chess Olympiad for physically challenged, besides many Asian and international events. He is a Councillor in the Arbiters’ Commission, FIDE and also the Chairman of Arbiters’ Commission of All India Chess Federation. He is also a member of Qualification Commission and Pairings Commission in FIDE.

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