chessbase india logo

Karnataka State Chess Championship Day 04 - An unrated player in dominating form!

by Hinduja Reddy - 06/10/2019

The fourth day of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship also came to a conclusion. As the event is inching towards the end with only two more rounds to go, there are four players who are fighting it out for the top spot. Mr. Ajith Chandy Jose, who is lately representing the state of Karnataka, is an unrated player yet he is grabbing all the eyeballs for being one of the leaders with an incredible score of 6.5/7 points. The sixth round of the tournament was ruffled with an upsetting incident as a player's mobile phone began to ring out loud soon after the games were declared on. Our author Hinduja Reddy, who is currently present in the venue, brings glimpses of all the action and excitement.

Ajith Chandy Jose is unrated but still on a roll!

Unrated Ajith Chandy Jose, who is originally from Tamil Nadu, is representing Karnataka since quite some time. He is now a co-leader of the championship | Photo: Akshayakalpa

The Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship, organized by Innovators Chess Academy at the Silicon Academy of Senior Education in Bengaluru, has found four leaders after the conclusion of seven rounds. Kaushik G Iyer, Likhit Chilukuri, Rakshith Srinivasan, and Ajith Chandy Jose have all scored 6.5/7 points each so far and are ahead of the rest of the field by half a point.


In the 6th round, Keshav Kothari surprisingly held top-seed WIM Isha Sharma to a draw on board one. However, the real shocker came from the second board where, just after the round started, Vivek Nambiar's phone began ringing obtrusively to everyone's dismay. Vivek had to forfeit his game after this unfortunate occurrence and the arbiters awarded the point to his opponent Ajith Chandy Jose. The incident left the tournament's atmosphere a bit unsettled.

Keshav Kothari (1775) held WIM Isha Sharma (2182) to a draw with the black pieces | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Vivek Nambiar had an unfortunate day as he had to forfeit his sixth round encounter against Ajith Chandy Jose. The incident left him quite perturbed | Photo: Akshayakalpa

In the seventh round, games in top two boards ended in draws. Isha Sharma had a comfortable edge against Ajith from the beginning but couldn’t capitalize on it, while Keshav Kothari and Santosh Kashyap agreed to a draw in just eight moves. Likhit Chilukuri defeated Gavi Siddayya to emerge as a co-leader. 

Isha Sharma failed to convert her advantage against Ajith and slipped down the rank-list to the eighth place | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Likhit Chilukuri (right) got the better of Gavi Siddayya playing the white side of a closed sicilian | Photo: Akshayakalpa 

The 11-year-old Arnav Muralidhar held Sharan Rao to a draw | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Rakshith Srinivasan beat Varun Anant with black pieces in round seven | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Catch a glimpse of the electrifying atmosphere at the venue as the tournament inches closer towards the end!

Enlightening workshops as an aside for parents and guardians!

For parents and accompanying persons, there was an interesting talk by Former NASA Scientist and Urban Expert Dr. Ashwin Mahesh. He gave a talk about Urban planning and role of problem solvers in society. Also on day four a stimulating workshop on waste management took place.

In which direction should the solid waste management go? Are landfills the answer? Why segregation is the key? These are some of the questions that come to our minds when we discuss solid waste management...There was a workshop showcasing the best practices of solid waste management during Day 4 of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Earlier former NASA Scientist and urban expert Dr. Ashwin Mahesh spoke about urban planning and role of problem solvers in society | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Dr. Ashwin with Priyadarshan Banjan and Anand S R Yadwad | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Video gallery

Listen to Dr Rashmi talk about her son playing chess and how she finds Akshayakalpa Organic Milk beneficial!

Mrs Savita also talks about her son Jeeva's chess career and how Akshayakalpa Organic Milk benefits him.

Anita Nale says that her daughter Nikita loves chess and won't stop playing even if asked to! She is also a customer of Akshayakalpa Organic Milk since 7 years.

Mrs Rekha is very happy that her daughter Shripriya is playing the Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship 2019.

Results of round six

Bo.No.NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtgNo.
11WCMSharma Isha 21825 ½ - ½5 Keshav Kothari 177520
2248Ajith Chandy Jose 05 1 - 05 Nambiar Vivek 20304
39Rakshith Srinivasan 18995 ½ - ½5 ACMAnil Thungesh 166534
47Santoshkashyap Hg 1931 1 - 05 Devi Das Suresh Pai 161541
538Ramachandra Bhat 1620 0 - 1 Likhit Chilukuri 19268
610Sharan Rao 1894 1 - 0 Namboothiri K N 161939
717AIMKaushik G Iyer 1788 1 - 0 Anand Vittal T R 167233
826Arnav Muralidhar 1739 1 - 0 Teja Kirthi 178518
919Gavi Siddayya 1783 1 - 0 Apoorv Kamble 160043
1051Amith A 1525 0 - 1 Varun Anant 176522

Results of round seven

Bo.No.NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtgNo.
11WCMSharma Isha 2182 ½ - ½6 Ajith Chandy Jose 0248
220Keshav Kothari 1775 ½ - ½ Santoshkashyap Hg 19317
38Likhit Chilukuri 1926 1 - 0 Gavi Siddayya 178319
422Varun Anant 1765 0 - 1 Rakshith Srinivasan 18999
526Arnav Muralidhar 1739 ½ - ½ Sharan Rao 189410
634ACMAnil Thungesh 1665 0 - 1 AIMKaushik G Iyer 178817
72Prachura P.P. 21305 1 - 05 AIMAbhijit Chutia 162336
84Nambiar Vivek 20305 0 - 15 Devi Das Suresh Pai 161541
948Sujay B M 15415 0 - 15 Parthasarathy R 19845
106Varma Shabdhik 19475 1 - 05 Hariharan S Pillai 156845

Standings after round seven

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
117AIMKaushik G IyerU1617886,50,029,535,0
28Likhit Chilukuri19266,50,028,034,0
39Rakshith SrinivasanU1618996,50,028,033,5
4248Ajith Chandy Jose06,50,026,032,0
520Keshav KothariU1617756,00,029,535,5
67Santoshkashyap Hg19316,00,027,533,5
741Devi Das Suresh Pai16156,00,027,033,0
81WCMSharma Ishaw21826,00,026,533,0
910Sharan Rao18946,00,026,532,5
105Parthasarathy R19846,00,026,532,5

Complete results and standings

About the author

Hinduja Reddy is a 24-year-old Chess Entrepreneur who lives in Bengaluru. She is a former National Women's B bronze medalist, chess writer, coach and co-founder of ChessMine events.

Contact Us