National Schools Chess Championship Off with a Perfect Start
MPL 11th National Schools Chess Championship 2023, organized by Ananthi Chess Academy, Madurai and Viyugam Chess Academy, Hosur on behalf of Krishnagiri District Chess Association, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association and All India Chess Federation started off today at the Adhiyaman College of Engineering Hosur. The biggest tournament in the All India Chess Federation nationals calendar has attracted 1568 players (1091 in the open and and 477 girls) in the under 17, 15, 13, 11, 09 and 07 in the open and girls categories. The tournament is conducted in the indoor auditorium of the college, big enough to accommodate more than 1600 players.
Sri. D V Sundar, Former Vice President of the World Chess Federation FIDE was the chief guest for the inaugural function who made the first move against Aadhya Vijayakumar of Madurai who is a Commonwealth Bronze medalist in the under 8 category.
All the fancied players scored full point in the first round, except a few. In the under 17 girls section, third seeded S Pranava sri of Tamil Nadu was held to a draw by her team mate Priyadharshini J. Similarly third seeded Utkarsh Bhatnagar of UP had to split the point with M Nithish of TN.
97th seeded B Gowtham Tamil Nadu forced a draw with another third seeded player Naga AkhilCharan B of Andhra Pradesh in the under 15 open. Former under 8 World Schools Champion Lakshana Subramanian of Tamil Nadu also had to be content with a draw with Anusha Chakravarthy of the same state.
In the second round of the under 17 category, second seeded Y Rupesh Reddy of AP could muster only half a point against Godhani Maharth of Gujarat. Twelve players were leading with 2 points at the end of the second round. Under 8 world girls champion A Charvi of Karnataka playing in this category, lost to P Pavithran of TN in the second round. The under 9 and under 13 national champion Sneha Haldar of West Bengal, playing in the under 17 girls section had a shock defeat at the hands of M Gopika of Karnataka.
In the under 15 open section, third seeded S Rohith of TN had to concede half appoint to P Kavishvaran of the same state in the second round. Both second and third seed of the under 7 open category escaped with draws against their respective opponents in the second round.