P Lokesh won GML’s Grandprix 1st All India Rapid Fide Rated Chess Tournament.

P Lokesh of Viyugam Chess Academy won the ALL INDIA CHESS GRAND PRIX GML’s 1st All India Rapid Fide Rated Chess Tournament, scoring 6.5 points out of the possible 7. The one day event was held on 23rd February, 2020 at Hindusthan College of Arts & Science here at Coimbatore. The Tournament was inaugurated by International Arbiter R Srivatsan, Treasurer TNSCA, Member Arbiter Commission AICF, Rating Officer AICF, Assistant Manager National Insurance Company. Other guests on the dais were IA Vijayaraghavan, Chief Arbiter, Mr. SK Vijaya Kumar, Vice President CDCA, Mr. K Dhanasekar, Secretary, CDCA.

The GMLs Grandprix is the final leg of the 5 Series in this rapid events. Others were held previously were in Tiruvarur, Sivakasi, Karaikudi, Madurai & now in Coimbatore. Each series had a similar prize structure of Rs.1.25 lakhs with winner getting richer by Rs.15000/-. The top 10 players are allotted Grandprix points which is accumulated to choose top 10 players from the five grand prix series to play in a super final with a cash prize similar to the existing one, on 22nd April 2020. The tournament had strong participants like top seed IM B T Muralikrishnan of Southern Railways, Syed Anwar Shazuli of ICF, Senthil Maran and IM A Ra Harikrishna to name a few. A total of 282 participants took part eagerly.

The event was organized by Mr. Arasu, Organising Secretary, GMLs Academy with an eye-catching hall and other facilities provided meticulously. Lokesh, Selvamurugan & Senthil Maran tied on 6.5 points with former getting better on tie breaks. A huge tie on 6 points happened from 4th to 14th place and IM Harikrishna was better and took the 4th place.

The Prizes were distributed by Dr. J P Satish Prabhu, Executive Director, Hindusthan Hospitals. He praised the parents for their patience and was happy that young chess players are staying well away from cell phones. IA Srivatsan, the guest of honour for the PD distributed the prizes for the ELO category along with IA V Vijayaraghavan, Jt. Secy. of TNSCA & Chief Arbiter of the event and Mr. K Dhanasekar, Secy, CDCA, Mr. B Arasu, Secy, GML Academy & Dr. S Karunanidhi, P.Ed, HICAS.

01) Main Prize
Prize Rank Player Name Prize Amount Rs. Rating Type Club Points BH. BH. SB
1 1 Lokesh N. 15000 2170   TN 35½ 32½ 32.25
2 2 Selvamurugan B 12000 1816   TN 34 31½ 30.75
3 3 Senthil Maran K 10000 2175   TN 32½ 29½ 30
4 4 Harikrishnan.A.Ra 8000 2081   TN 6 35 31½ 28.5
5 5 Surendran N 6000 2056   TN 6 34 30 28.75
6 6 Ram S. Krishnan 5000 2169   BSNL 6 33½ 30½ 27
7 7 Murali Krishnan B T 4000 2283   S.Rly 6 33 29½ 27.5
8 8 Sa Kannan 3000 1896   TN 6 32 29 26
9 9 Manigandan S S 2500 2012   TN 6 32 28 27
10 10 Sharan Rao 2000 1873   KAR 6 31½ 29½ 26
11 11 Barath Kalyan M 1500 1887   TN 6 31½ 29½ 25
12 13 Syed Anwar Shazuli 1500 2178   ICF 6 31 28½ 25.25
13 15 Sibi Visal R 1500 1988   TN 34½ 31½ 25.25
14 17 Eshwanth Dev Kumar J 1500 1812   TN-CBE 33 29½ 24.75
15 18 Shreyas M 1500 1675   TN-CBE 32½ 29½ 23.25
16 20 Bala Kannamma P 1000 1978   TN 30½ 27½ 21.75
17 24 Ganesh R 1000 2019   TN-CBE 5 31½ 28½ 21
18 28 Peter Anand A 1000 1843   PUD 5 30½ 29½ 19
19 29 Dhanasekar K. 1000 1794   TN-CBE 5 30½ 29 18
20 31 Subramanian R M 1000 1799   TN 5 30 27 18.5

 

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