ALL INDIA CHESS GRAND PRIX GKCA 1ST ALL INDIA RAPID FIDE RATED CHESS TOURNAMENT – 2019

ALL INDIA CHESS GRAND PRIX GKCA 1ST ALL INDIA RAPID FIDE RATED CHESS TOURNAMENT – 2019

IM B T Muralikrishnan of Southern Railways won the All India Chess Grandprix GKCA 1st All India Rapid FIDE Rated Chess Tournament – 2019 by scoring 7 points out of the possible 7 rounds. The tournament was held on 25th December 2019 on the Christmas Day at Senthamarai College of Arts and Science, VRS Garden, Vadapalanji, Madurai.

The Prize fund of Rs.1,25,000/- was split into 20 main prizes, 47 special prizes in various categories. The winner gets Rs. 15000/- and a trophy. The event attracted 260 players from 3 states, 5 special units and various districts of Tamil Nadu out of which 147 players were internationally rated. Eight titled players including 2 Grandmasters – Deepan Chakkravathy and R R Laxman both from ICF, 3 International Masters – Saravana Krishnan of KVB, B T Muralikrishnan of Southern Railway and A Ra Harikrishna of Tamil Nadu, 3 FIDE Masters – Maheswaran of Postal, L R Srihari and M Pranesh from Tamil Nadu.

2nd seeded GM Laxman held to a draw by 37th Seeded T J Rathish of Tamil Nadu in the third round. In the fourth round FM Maheswaran held to a draw by FM Srihari and IM Harikrishnan drew with Dhanasekaran Suresh. Bunch of upsets in the fifth round resulting six share lead. Six players, GM Deepan Chakkravarthy, IM Saravana Krishnan, IM B T Muralikrishnan, N Surendran, P Bala Kannamma, B S Aswin Kumar share the lead with 5 points. In the penultimate round, N Surendran of Viyugam Chess Academy won against the top seed GM Deepan Chakkravarthy of ICF creating the biggest upset of the tournament to join the lead with IM Saravana Krishnan and IM BT Muralikrishnan who won their games against Aswin Kumar and Balan Kannamma respectively. Final round the two IM’s were pitted against each other on the top board, IM Saravana Krishnan lost to IM BT Muralikrishnan defeated IM Saravana Krishnan to clinch the title with 7.0 points, where the other leader Surendran of Viyugam Chess Academy signed a peace treaty with IM A Ra Harikrishnan of Tamil Nadu and secured the second place with 6.5 points. SS Manigandan of Golden Knights Chess Academy had the better tie-break score out of the 10 players with 6 points and took the 3rd place.

Prizes were distributed by Mrs. Parvathy, Directorate of Sciences and Mr. Nallamani, Chief Administrative Officer, Senthamarai College. Other guests were on the dais are Mr.BT Sethuraman, Secretary, MDCA and Mr.P.Pragadesh, Secretary, Ananthi Chess Academy. IA S Ganesh Babu, Secretary, GKCA delivered the vote of thanks.

 

Top 20 Position

Prize Rank Player Name Prize Amount Rs. Rating Club Points BH. BH. SB
1 1 Murali Krishnan B T 15000 2273 S.Rly 7 35 32 35
2 2 Surendran N 12000 2015 TN 32½ 29½ 29.5
3 3 Manigandan S S 10000 2027 TN-M 6 35½ 31½ 28.5
4 4 Dusthageer Ibrahim M. 8000 2196 TN-M 6 34½ 30½ 28.5
5 5 Lokesh N. 6000 2182 TN 6 34 30 29.5
6 6 Harikrishnan.A.Ra 5000 2063 TN 6 33½ 29½ 28.25
7 7 Saravana Krishnan P. 4000 2311 KVB 6 33 31 26
8 8 BalaKannamma P 3000 1965 TN 6 33 30 26.5
9 10 Pranesh M 2500 1960 TN 6 32 29 27.5
10 11 Dinesh Rajan M 2000 1825 TN 6 30 27 22
11 13 Ganesh R 1500 2052 TN 32 29 21.25
12 14 Sa Kannan 1500 1891 TN 32 28½ 24.25
13 15 Maheswaran P. 1500 2320 Postal 29 26½ 22
14 17 Sathish Chandra G 1500 1651 TN 28½ 26 21.75
15 19 Suganthan S 1500 1640 TN 28 26 20.75
16 20 Ram S. Krishnan 1000 2208 BSNL 5 35½ 32½ 23.5
17 21 Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 1000 2500 TN 5 35 32½ 23.5
18 26 R.V. Adith 1000 1709 TN 5 30½ 27½ 20
19 32 Barath L 1000 1960 TN 5 28½ 27 19.5
20 33 Avinash Ramesh 1000 1650 TN 5 28½ 27 17.5

 

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