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10-year-old Ilamparthi wins 30th CUSAT Open Rating tournament and creates history

by R Anantharam - 29/05/2019

Ten-year-old A R Ilamparthi of Tamil Nadu created history by winning the CUSAT International FIDE rated tournament held at the Cochin university of Science and Technology, Kochi. One has to search and find whether it is a world record. The traditional CUSAT FIDE rated tournament completed its 30th edition on 22nd May 2019. The four-day open tournament comprising eight rounds had 343 participants from nine states. IM Al Muthaiah of Tamil Nadu had the privilege of being top seeded, followed by Senthil Maran, also from Tamil Nadu. But, fifth seeded A R Ilamparthi of Chennai had the honour of winning his maiden Open FIDE rated tournament title. Photo: R Anantharam

Ilamparthi creates history at CUSAT

A R. Ilamparithi at the centre flanked by the runner up IM Al Muthaiah and third placed Abhinav Chakrapani | Photo: R Anantharam

Ilamparthi's record breaking performance at 30th CUSAT Open rated 2019

In a pulsating finish to the final round, Ilamparthi got the better of Ram in an exciting game, wherein the former recovered from tense moments to clinch his maiden Open FIDE rated tournament title with 7.5 points to his credit. He also won a cash prize of ₹25000 along with a trophy.

Ilamparthi defeated Ram S Krishnan in the final round to clinch the title | Photo: R Anantharam

Can you think like the Champ?

Before we see the game of the champion, let's see if you can think like Ilamparthi:


Ilamparthi A R - Ram S Krishnan, Round 8

Black just played 19...c4. What is the best way for White to continue?

Black just made a knight fork with 26...Nxc2. How should White react?

Black is threatening to promote with 37...a3. White must do something now.

Here is the game from the final round against Ram S Krishnan annotated by the champion himself:

It was Al Muthaiah leading from the beginning without a blemish up to sixth round, scoring six points. Muthaiah suffered a setback in achieving a hat trick of titles in Kerala in a span of 100 days (he had already won KCA's 18th Open rated tournament in Kottayam from 8th-12th February and Waynad Open rated tournament from 11 - 15 May), when he lost to Ram S Krishnan, a former national blitz champion with several IM norms, in the seventh round. Ram unleashed a series of sacrifices to outwit Muthaiah in just 31 moves.

Ram S Krishnan (left) sacrificed many pieces at will to beat IM Muthaiah AL | Photo: R Anantharam

Key positions from the game between Ram and Muthaiah:


Ram S Krishnan - IM Al Muthiah, Round 7

Black just played 16...Ne7. White is ready to attack, but where to strike first?

19...Ng6 seems to stop all White's attacks but only momentarily. Find out how

Black's King is out in the open. White has already sacrificed a rook. Find the finish for White here.

Ilamparthi maintained his cool under pressure to beat Senthil Maran | Photo: R Anantharam

Young Ilamparithi, reigning national under-9 champion made short work of Senthil Maran with a beautiful finish and Akhilan of Kerala also defeated Manigandan to join Ram and Ilamparithi in the lead with 6.5 points each, after seven rounds.


Senthil Maran - Ilamparthi, Round 7

White just played 17.b4. Find out why it is a mistake

Here is the complete game annotated by the champion Ilamparthi himself:

The only draw by Ilamparthi, who makes Praggnanandhaa and Nihal Sarin look older was with Adithya A Chullikad of Kerala, who is one year senior to him and rated about 520 points less than him, in the third round.


Muthaiah did not face any problems in overcoming the resistance of Akhilan to score seven points and bag the runner up position. 

Muthaiah defeated the joint leader Akhilan to secure the second place | Photo: R Anantharam

Abhinav Chakrapani Santhalayan of Kerala was the surprise winner of the third place with seven points. Nine players tied for the places from fourth to twelfth.

Abhinav Chakrapanai of Kerala was the surprise winner of the third place | Photo: R Anantharam

In the opening round, the second seed Senthil Maran was totally shocked, when his opponent Arjun PR of Kerala rated more than one thousand points below him played and rook and pawn ending correctly to a draw.

B Selvamurugan of Madurai got the fourth place pushing Ram to the fifth place | Photo: R Anantharam

Dr. A Madhusoodanan, Vice Chancellor, CUSAT inaugurated the tournament in the august presence of R Rajesh, Secretary of Chess Association Kerala. Dr.P G Sankaran, Pro Vice Chancellor of CUSAT distributed the prizes on the final day. Sasi Gopalan Syndicate member and chairman of the organizing committee, presided the function.


The Cochin University of Science and Technology evinces keen interest in chess and organising an event for 30 years in a University is not an easy task. An additional feature and plus point is that lunch was provided to all players on all the days. KV Alfred, a former employee of SBI has played in all the 30 editions, which is a record. The club’s secretary MS Ananthakrishnan, a former staff of the University and himself a good chess player is doing a relentless service for the welfare of the tournament.


Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
15Ilamparthi A RU10IND2074TN7,50,038,543,039,75787,56,251,254050,0
21IMMuthaiah AlIND2427TN7,00,041,045,539,007877,29-0,2910-2,9
349Abhinav Chakrapani SanthalayanU15IND1582KER7,00,035,038,033,507764,531,474058,8
410Selvamurugan BIND1909TN6,50,041,545,535,25686,55,750,752015,0
54Ram S. KrishnanIND2135BSNL6,50,040,544,534,00686,56,040,46209,2
68Akhilan E MIND1957KER6,50,040,044,035,75686,55,381,122022,4
734Madhavan R MunjanattuU15IND1641KER6,50,038,542,533,75686,55,111,394055,6
83Manigandan S SIND2155TN6,50,038,542,032,75686,57,15-0,6520-13,0
918Madhusoodanan K.R.S50IND1737KER6,50,037,040,533,75686,56,310,19203,8
109Sooraj M RIND1919KER6,50,037,040,529,50686,56,64-0,1420-2,8
1138Ananthapadmanabh D VU15IND1634KER6,50,036,039,530,25586,55,810,694027,6
1213Sanjay S PillaiIND1827KER6,50,034,538,531,00686,57,01-0,5120-10,2
1319Manoj BIND1737TN6,00,041,045,031,506865,530,474018,8
1422Dhanasekar K.IND1730TN6,00,040,043,030,005865,600,40208,0
152Senthil Maran KIND2166TN6,00,039,043,030,255867,06-1,0620-21,2
167Anilkumar O.T.S50IND1975KER6,00,039,042,028,755866,25-0,2520-5,0
1727Aswath SU15IND1688TN6,00,038,041,527,506865,630,374014,8
1812Vijay Anand M.IND1838TN6,00,037,041,029,755865,990,01200,2
1935Balachandar EIND1636TN6,00,037,041,028,755865,080,922018,4
2015Sharsha BackerIND1788KER6,00,037,041,028,505865,860,14405,6
2125Anandha VenkatesanIND1712TN6,00,037,040,529,005865,400,604024,0
2220Raju O AIND1734KER6,00,037,040,029,004866,47-0,4720-9,4
2369Vinoth MIND1498TN6,00,037,039,527,506753,471,532030,6
2429Nandha Kumar KIND1670TN6,00,035,539,529,005866,26-0,2620-5,2
2545Gabriel B MIND1591KER6,00,035,539,528,505865,470,532010,6

Complete Standings

Kochi, the spice trading and tourist centre in Kerala, also known as the Queen of Arabian sea has recently become a chess hub. Besides the chess destinations like Kottayam, Thiruvanathapuram, Wayanad, Malappuram etc. in Kerala, Kochi is organising more chess tournaments. With three fide rated tournaments in April and May 2019, besides a mega National Under 17 Championship to be organised in June, Kochi has become a chess metropolis.

Kochi, the chess Metropolis of Kerala | Photo: Unknown

A beautiful view of Kochi | Photo: Unknown

GM G N Gopal - The first GM of Kerala from Kochi | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Arbiters’ Commission in All India Chess Federation and also International Braille Chess Association, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.


Article was edited by Shahid Ahmed

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