National Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship-2019 was organized by Jalandhar Chess Association under the aegis of Punjab State Chess Association & All India Chess Federation. It was held from 25 to 27 May at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.
More than 100 players from across 23 states competed for the coveted titles. Participants included 7 Grand Masters; 3 Woman Grand Masters; 11 International Master; 1 Woman International Master; 6 FIDE Masters. In both Rapid and Blitz competitions of the event, 11 rounds for each were played.
GM Aravindh Chithambaram became the first Indian player to hold national titles in all three formats simultaneously. Aravindh- the reigning National Open Senior Champion (in Classical format)- scored 10.5 points from 11 rounds to clinch the Rapid title. Followed by an impressive score of 10/11 points to clinch the Blitz championship.
GM Visakh NR with 9 points, GM Laxman RR with remained at second, and third in Rapid respectively. Similarly, in Blitz, GM R.R.Laxman stood second while WGM Bhakti Kulkarni bagged third place. The reigning National Women’s Champion Bhakti (Classical format) defeated India’s latest GM Swayams Mishra, IM Rahul Shetty, WGM Meenakshi, WGM Swati Ghate before drawing with champion Aravindh in the final round of Blitz Championship.
Rapid – Top ten
|1||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2478||Tn||10.5|
|2||GM||Visakh N R||IND||2268||Tn||9|
|a||FM||Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H.||IND||2274||Ap||8|
|6||IM||Krishna C R G||IND||2395||Rspb||8|
|7||IM||Sharma Dinesh K.||IND||2433||Lic||8|
|10||IM||Saravana Krishnan P.||IND||2327||Tn||7.5|
Blitz – Top ten
|1||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2532||Tn||10|
|4||GM||Visakh N R||IND||2310||Tn||8|
|6||IM||Ravi Teja S.||IND||2391||Ap||8|
|7||FM||Gahan M G||IND||2254||Kar||8|
|9||IM||Sharma Dinesh K.||IND||2393||Lic||8|