Sa Kannan wins a double – Chess Doubles and Chess 960

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.

Sa Kannan and Maheswaran defeated Alaguraja MA and Senthil Kumaran TH in the final round of the Doubles tournament

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.

Final Ranking

Chess 960

Rank Name Rtg Club Pts
1 Sa Kannan 2022 SIV 19
2 Rathish T.J. 1685 VNR 17
3 Maheswaran P. 2156 VNR 16
4 Alaguraja M.A. 1767 MDU 16
5 Venkatakrishnan R 1553 CHE 16
6 Syed Anwar Shazuli 2113 ICF 16
7 Sanjay Ganesh Pandi 1494 VNR 16
8 Gokul S 1541 VNR 16
9 Kumaresh A 1613 VNR 16
10 Sabarish A 0 VNR 15
11 Senthil Kumaran T.H. 1607 MDU 15
12 Harisudhan S 1075 SIV 15
13 Jagendran Kamak N 1296 VNR 13
14 Radha Krishnan S 1037 SIV 13
15 Nithin K 1190 TPR 13
16 Kayalarasan V 1190 TPR 12
17 Ayyanar K 1073 VNR 12
18 Palvannan A 1051 TNV 12
19 Balaji V 1300 VNR 12
20 Visvesh M 0 VNR 12
21 Boopesh Kumar M 1215 VNR 12
22 Manickam S 0 SIV 12
Girls
21 Bhavana Priyadharshini G 1037 VNR 12
25 Rajeswari E 1115 VNR 12
30 Jayarathi Kamak N 0 VNR 12
Under 16
29 Sabin Vishal 0 TNV 11
41 Kathiran R 0 VNR 9
44 Reyabalaveni 0 VNR 9
Under 13
26 Ayyappan S 0 SIV 12
29 Gowtham G 0 VNR 11
31 Kirpesh I 1207 VNR 10
Under 10
32 Harsith V 0 VNR 10
35 Kavyasri G 0 VNR 9
36 Rohith P 0 VNR 9

 

Chess Doubles

1 Modhi Paar 2 7 12
2 AlaguSenthil 7 11
3 Name Vaikala 7 11
4 Knack Knackers 7 10
5 SaravanaKalidas 7 10
6 Sivakasi Super Kings 2.0 7 10
7 Affence Academy A 7 10
8 Modhi Parkkalaam 7 10
9 Pattaaz 7 10
10 Sivakasi CC Kings 7 10
11 SuryaPorkalai 7 9

 

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