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Karnataka State Chess Championship - halfway through and in full swing!

by Hinduja Reddy - 05/10/2019

The Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship is halfway through. The over-the-board battles are slowly getting longer and more intense. At the conclusion of day three seven players have emerged as joint leaders with perfect scores of 5.0/5 points each and they are being followed by as many as fourteen players who are just half a point behind with 4.5/5. Thanks to various initiatives of Akshayakalpa, the tournament has established itself as a zero-plastic sporting event. The authorities have effectively managed to avoid the use of even a single plastic or paper cup. Consequently, the food is being served on steel ware and players are being provided with steel bottles. Hinduja Reddy, our author who is present at the venue, sends an illustrated report.

Isha Sharma among the seven leaders

Isha Sharma has had a more or less smooth sailing so far in the event | Photo: Akshayakalpa

It was Anantharam R U who became Isha's casualty in round five | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Top-seed and Karnataka’s first Woman International Master Isha Sharma has scored a perfect 5.0/5 points so far to be among the seven leaders at the end of five rounds of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship organized by Innovators Chess Academy at Silicon City Academy of Secondary Education in Bengaluru. On the first board, Isha playing black pieces scored a convincing victory against Anantharam R U. Anantharam chose to surprise his opponent by playing the irregular 1.b4 but Isha maintained her composure and managed to get a slightly better position out of the opening. Not long after she landed with a decisive advantage after White blundered on move 34. 


Anantharam R U - Isha Sharma, Round 5

Can you see what White missed when he captured a pawn on a5?

White had to play 34.Rd4 in the last move and the position would have remained equal. But 34.Nxa5 was a mistake and allowed 34...Rc1+ 35.Kh2 h4!

After 35...h4! the decisive threat is Nb3 followed by Rh1# 

There is no good way to prevent this. Something like 36.g4 / g3 runs into 37...hxg3+ after which Black gets a winning passer in the g-pawn. In the game, 36.Nb3 Rb1 was played and White decided to call it a day!

Vivek Nambiar defeated Shiva S with the white pieces on the second board in round five | Photo: Akshayakalpa

On the second board, Vivek Nambiar defeated Shiva S in a Classical Dutch-Stonewall Defense. Vivek, playing White, got clear opening advantage after few inaccuracies from the black side. This was enough for White to build a strong pressure in the center. Black soon succumbed after a deadly blunder on move 30.

10-year-old Vaibhav Kalpaka went down against Rakshith Srinivasan in the fifth round | Photo: Akshayakalpa

11-year-old Arnav Muralidhar held higher rated Likhit Chilukuri to a draw in the fifth round on board three | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Namboothiri K N in action against Siri Sharma | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Bharani GN has participated in the event along with her father Gavi Siddayya | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Video Gallery

Watch the highlights comprising of rounds four and five from day three of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship 2019!

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An environment friendly initiative by Akshayakalpa

The authorities are proud to declare Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship as a Zero-Plastic Sporting Event. Food here is being served in steelware. They have taken measures to avoid single-use plastic or paper cups for water consumption. Owing to which all players have been given steel water bottles | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Players during the rounds with their steel bottles | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Results of round four

Bo.No.NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtgNo.
11WCMSharma Isha 21823 1 - 03 Aravinda B R 162237
236AIMAbhijit Chutia 16233 0 - 13 Nambiar Vivek 20304
341Devi Das Suresh Pai 16153 1 - 03 Parthasarathy R 19845
443Apoorv Kamble 16003 1 - 03 Varma Shabdhik 19476
57Santoshkashyap Hg 19313 ½ - ½3 Namboothiri K N 161939
645Hariharan S Pillai 15683 0 - 13 Likhit Chilukuri 19268
79Rakshith Srinivasan 18993 1 - 03 AIMSushrutha Reddy 161740
810Sharan Rao 18943 1 - 03 Thirunarayanan Sampath Kumar 161042
913Manasa K. 18303 1 - 03 Sujay B M 154148
1051Amith A 15253 1 - 03 Jagadish P 182914

Results of round five

Bo.No.NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtgNo.
123Anantharam R U 17634 0 - 14 WCMSharma Isha 21821
24Nambiar Vivek 20304 1 - 04 Shiva S 175624
38Likhit Chilukuri 19264 ½ - ½4 Arnav Muralidhar 173926
432Vaibhav Kalpaka 16754 0 - 14 Rakshith Srinivasan 18999
533Anand Vittal T R 16724 ½ - ½4 Sharan Rao 189410
634ACMAnil Thungesh 16654 1 - 04 Manasa K. 183013
741Devi Das Suresh Pai 16154 1 - 04 Sudarshan Bhat 181515
843Apoorv Kamble 16004 ½ - ½4 AIMKaushik G Iyer 178817
918Teja Kirthi 17854 ½ - ½4 Amith A 152551
1064Anirudh Sharma 14464 ½ - ½4 Gavi Siddayya 178319

Standings after round five

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
120Keshav KothariU1617755,00,013,517,5
241Devi Das Suresh Pai16155,00,013,017,0
34Nambiar Vivek20305,00,012,016,0
9Rakshith SrinivasanU1618995,00,012,016,0
51WCMSharma Ishaw21825,00,011,015,0
634ACMAnil ThungeshU1616655,00,010,514,5
248Ajith Chandy Jose05,00,010,514,5
88Likhit Chilukuri19264,50,014,018,5
17AIMKaushik G IyerU1617884,50,014,018,5
107Santoshkashyap Hg19314,50,013,017,5

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.

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