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10-year-old Samuel Stephen Noble dominates 1st V4 Chess Below 1600 Rating Tournament 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 16/02/2023

10-year-old Samuel Stephen S Noble scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to win 1st V4 Chess Below 1600 Rating Tournament 2023. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. Three players - Harshal U Patil, Samarateja K and Manikandan Tayalan scored 8/9 each. They were placed second to fourth. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹1000000. Top three prizes were ₹100000, ₹60000 and ₹40000 along with a trophy each. A total of 508 players participated from various states across India along with three from USA. The three-day nine-round tournament was organized by V4 Chess at Sri KVBR Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana from 3rd to 5th February 2023. Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Samuel Stephen's first rating tournament triumph

At a tender age of 10 years, Samuel Stephen Noble S has already won close to a dozen age group tournaments at district and state level. However, this is his first rating tournament victory which had no age limit, only restricted for rating below 1600. The boy from Anantpur district of Andhra Pradesh scored eight straight victories. He drew his final round game against the only pursuer - Manikandan Tayalan, to become champion and finish a half point ahead of the field.

Champion - Samuel Stephen Noble S 8.5/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Runner-up - Harshal U Patil 8/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Second Runner-up - Samarateja K 8/9 | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Top 3 (L to R) - 2nd Harshal U Patil, 1st Samuel Stephen Noble S and 3rd Samarateja K | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Interview with Samuel Stephen Noble S | Video: ChessBase India

Samuel Stephen Noble S scored 8.5/9 and gained 153.2 Elo rating points

The champion Samuel Stephen S Noble with his father | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Samuel Stephen S Noble with the organizers of V4 Chess | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Telangana's very own and India's 73rd GM Raja Rithvik R inaugurated the event by making the first move | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

GM Raja Rithvik R with his mother along with the organizers V4 Chess | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

Players in action | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy

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A total of 508 players participated from various states across India and three from USA in this three-day nine-round Swiss League Rating tournament. The tournament was organized by V4 Chess - Deccan Chess Academy, Maestro Chess Academy and Chess Mavericks from 3rd to 5th February 2023 at Sri Kotla Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, Telangana. The time control for the event was 30 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
174Samuel, Stephen Noble SU11IND1359Andhra Pradesh8,5505450,0008
230Patil, Harshal UIND1444Maharashtra847,550,544,7507
39Samarateja, KIND1546Telangana84751,546,5007
446Manikandan, TayalanIND1405Tamil Nadu845,54942,0007
53Kesavan, GIND1575Tamil Nadu7,5495242,7506
638Bhanushali, KunjSAIND1424Maharashtra7,54649,539,5006
769Nidhish, ShyamalU09IND1364Telangana7,541,54537,0007
812Rama, Krishna Murthy MalladiIND1530Telangana7556043,5007
9217AFMRohan, Kumar GourabathuniU13IND1172Telangana754,557,543,0005
1037Phani, Krishna C HIND1426Telangana753,55842,5006
1166Sarvani, CheedellaF15wIND1372Andhra Pradesh749,554,540,2506
1242Anilkumar, Reddy KasireddyIND1414Telangana7495339,2506
1310Satheesh, Kumar GIND1542Tamil Nadu748,552,538,7506
1481Andalamala, Hemal VarshanU11IND1346Andhra Pradesh748,55238,5006
1529AGMKaryasheel, PIND1449Telangana748,55237,5006
1620Garimella, SrivallabhadityaU15IND1483Telangana74751,538,0007
1725Rithvik, RIND1465Telangana74750,537,5007
1857Anurag, M SU15IND1380Kerala746,549,535,7506
1916Karthikeyan, GIND1510Tamil Nadu74648,536,0007
2061AFMPavan, Karthikeya Varma GunturiU11IND1378Telangana745,55037,7505
21112Gopichand, KIND1308Tamil Nadu745,54937,2506
2240Lakshmi, Raja Perumal KIND1420Tamil Nadu744,548,536,0007
2386Sasikumar, NIND1336Tamil Nadu7444835,7505
2436Suhaas, KuppiliU13IND1427Telangana7444733,5007
25192Shriram, Kailas MhasaneIND1197Maharashtra74446,533,5007


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