Sa Kannan wins a double – Chess Doubles and Chess 960
Rajapalayam Chess Club organised a unique state level tournament sponsored by its president as well as president of Virudhunagar District Chess Association – a Tamil Nadu state level Chess 960 and also a Chess Doubles tournament at his school – Jothi High School, situated ten KMs away from Rajapalayam. Sa Kannan of Karaikudi won the Chess 960 event and he partnered with FM Maheswaran P of Postal Services Satur to clinch the doubles title also.
The Fischer Random Chess tournament awarded three points for a win and one point for a draw. Like football and hockey, yellow card was shown for the first violations like illegal move (without any time penalty), irregularities etc. and red card for the second violation which meant that the player lost the game. Top seeded Maheswaran, former under 10 national champion Syed Anwar Shazuli of ICF and Sa Kannan led the field with 15 points each after five rounds. Maheswaran defeated Syed Anwar and Kannan overcame Venkatakrishnan, brother of IM ARa Harikrishnan, to share the lead with 15 points each. In the crucial sixth round, Kannan shocked Mahesh to emerge sole leader with six consecutive wins. Though Kannan was held to a draw by former deaf and dumb national champion MA Alaguraja in the final round, Maheswaran was also had to share the point with lower rated A Kumaresh of Virudhunagar, enabling Sa Kannan to win the title.
The Doubles tournament was like a table tennis tournament and the players had to stand and play. After making a move, the player will move slightly back to allow his partner to come to the front. The teams had very interesting names like that of the one Maheswaran partnered by Sa Kannan – Modhi Paar 2, meaning Clash with me and see (what happens), The Modhi Paar 1 was a combination of Maheswaran and Syed Anwar which won the tournament in 2017. Pattaaz (Pataka), Sivakasi Super Kings, Name Vaikala (no name has been christened) etc. are other names to mention a few. The highest rated team Modhi Paar 2 was jolted by the Knack Knackers of Virudhunagar, comprising V Balaji and A Kumaresh. AlaguSenthil, a pair of Senthil Kumaran TH and Alaguraja seized the opportunity to lead the table until the sixth round. But in the final round, they lost to Modhi Paar 2, allowing the Modhi Paar 2 to win the title.
Sri A Gopalsamy, President VDCA distributed the prizes.
|6||Syed Anwar Shazuli||2113||ICF||16|
|7||Sanjay Ganesh Pandi||1494||VNR||16|
|11||Senthil Kumaran T.H.||1607||MDU||15|
|13||Jagendran Kamak N||1296||VNR||13|
|14||Radha Krishnan S||1037||SIV||13|
|21||Boopesh Kumar M||1215||VNR||12|
|21||Bhavana Priyadharshini G||1037||VNR||12|
|30||Jayarathi Kamak N||0||VNR||12|
|1||Modhi Paar 2||7||12|
|6||Sivakasi Super Kings 2.0||7||10|
|7||Affence Academy A||7||10|
|10||Sivakasi CC Kings||7||10|