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Nihal visits Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship

by Hinduja Reddy - 04/10/2019

The second day of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Chess Championship proved enthralling for more than one reason. The biggest sensation of the day was undoubtedly Nihal Sarin visiting the tournament venue. The 15-year-old Indian prodigy interacted with selected youngsters and also had an exclusive autograph/photograph session with parents and fans. The rounds too had fair share of ups and downs. Top seed and WIM Isha Sharma had to toil hard for more than three hours to clinch victory against her 8-year-old opponent Chinmay Kowshik; while in the same round the second seeded Prachura P Padakannaya was shocked by 1397 rated Prasiddhi Bhat. Our author, Hinduja Reddy, sends an illustrated report from Bengaluru.

Thirteen-year-old Prasiddhi stuns Prachura!

Thirteen-year-old Prasiddhi Bhat caused a major upset by defeating second-seed Prachura P.P in the 3rd round of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship, organized by Innovators Chess Academy at Silicon Academy of Secondary Education in Bengaluru on Thursday.

Prasiddhi, rated 1397, created a major stir after scoring a point against Prachura, rated 2130. The game was roughly equal until Prachura blundered a full piece on move 41 | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Chinmay Kowshik tests top seed Isha Sharma

On the first board, WIM Isha Sharma (left), rated 2182 continued her lead with 3.0/3 points. However, in the third round she had a topsy-turvy encounter against Chinmay Kowshik (right), rated 1408 in a game that lasted for more than 3 hours | Photo: Akshayakalpa

Nihal Sarin Plays Chess with Bengaluru Kids!

India’s Number 1 ranked Junior and World no. 201 Grand Master Nihal Sarin played chess and did interactive Q&A session with Bengaluru kids at the venue. Talking to the media, Nihal Sarin said that he was pleased to interact and play with the budding chess talents of Karnataka. The young Grandmaster was speaking on the sidelines of the Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Open Chess Championship being held in Bengaluru.


On a personal note, the 15-year-old prodigy said he is eager to take his chess to the next level and is looking forward to perform at his best in the upcoming FIDE Grand Swiss, scheduled to take place from October 10 to 21 this year in the Isle of Man.


During the event, Nihal spoke about Akshayakalpa Organic Milk, "It’s heartening to know that Akshayakalpa is promoting chess in a big way in Karnataka. I’m very happy and proud to be part of this event", he said.

The biggest attraction of the day was definitely the World's youngest 2600 player Nihal Sarin visiting the playing venue | Photo: Akshayakalpa

The Indian phenom gladly shared tips with the young participants of the event | Photo: Akshayakalpa

There was also an exclusive photograph and autograph session with parents and players who wanted to meet Nihal | Photo: Akshayakalpa

The 15-year-old prodigy tweeted the following after the event:

Video Gallery

Seven-year old Yuvanesh studies in Christ School, Bengaluru. He has represented Karnataka in various National-level chess championships. Hear him talk about his love for the game.

10-year-old Abhyarth Kumar Mallick of Delhi Public School Bangalore East talks about benefits of chess. Watch this video as he distinctly explains the positives of the royal game.

There are many similarities between Chess and life. Vennala of St. Francis ICSE School Hongasandra shares with us the life lessons she draws from Chess. We couldn't agree more.

Apaar Saxena is 7yrs old. When not juggling with his academics and school assignments in Oakridge International School, he spends time learning chess under Sameer Ghotane & Gahan Mg of Chess SaGa.

When Rishika spoke with us, we did melt like our Butter!!

Results of round two

Bo.No.NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtgNo.
11WCMSharma Isha 21821 1 - 01 Abhinav Banerjee 1153144
2143Avyaya Kumara Bhat 11551 0 - 11 Prachura P.P. 21302
3145Anoushka Bhatt 11521 0 - 11 Nambiar Vivek 20304
4147Advait Ratnakar Vibhute 11491 0 - 11 Parthasarathy R 19845
5152Ojaswi M R 11381 0 - 11 Varma Shabdhik 19476
67Santoshkashyap Hg 19311 1 - 01 AFMGuna Sushanth Kondisetti 1134154
7153Sripathi Ramaswamy 11351 0 - 11 Likhit Chilukuri 19268
89Rakshith Srinivasan 18991 1 - 01 Aarya Satish Chikodi 1132155
910Sharan Rao 18941 1 - 01 Basavana Gowda P T 1129158
1013Manasa K. 18301 1 - 01 AFMYuvanesh A 1126160

Results of round three

Bo.No.NameRtgPts. ResultPts. NameRtgNo.
172Chinmay Kowshik 14022 0 - 12 WCMSharma Isha 21821
22Prachura P.P. 21302 0 - 12 Prasiddhi Bhat 139774
34Nambiar Vivek 20302 1 - 02 Krishna Ragavendran V 136380
45Parthasarathy R 19842 1 - 02 Harshini A 134582
56Varma Shabdhik 19472 1 - 02 WCMShriyana S Mallya 133384
673Medhansh Rathi 13992 0 - 12 Santoshkashyap Hg 19317
78Likhit Chilukuri 19262 1 - 02 Gagan B R 133286
875Monosij Roy 13922 0 - 12 Rakshith Srinivasan 18999
977Tanmay Srinath 13682 0 - 12 Sharan Rao 189410
1079Aaazad G Acharya 13642 0 - 12 Manasa K. 183013

Standings after round three

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
120Keshav KothariU1617753,00,04,06,0
429Sarthak SharmaU0803,00,04,06,0
37Santoshkashyap Hg19313,00,03,55,5
36AIMAbhijit Chutia16233,00,03,55,5
41Devi Das Suresh Pai16153,00,03,55,5
42Thirunarayanan Sampath Kumar16103,00,03,55,5
50Muralidhara G K15283,00,03,55,5
81WCMSharma Ishaw21823,00,03,05,0
4Nambiar Vivek20303,00,03,05,0
5Parthasarathy R19843,00,03,05,0
14Jagadish PU1618293,00,03,05,0
17AIMKaushik G IyerU1617883,00,03,05,0
29Bachikar Girish16983,00,03,05,0
31Sanjay Sindhia Mh16823,00,03,05,0
32Vaibhav KalpakaU1016753,00,03,05,0
33Anand Vittal T R16723,00,03,05,0
37Aravinda B R16223,00,03,05,0
40AIMSushrutha Reddy16173,00,03,05,0
43Apoorv KambleU1016003,00,03,05,0
45Hariharan S Pillai15683,00,03,05,0
54Rishabh KumaraU1614993,00,03,05,0
58Karthik S14593,00,03,05,0
62Abhishek I Ganiger14483,00,03,05,0
70Sanjana RaghunathF16w14243,00,03,05,0
71AFMRavindran RS6014193,00,03,05,0
74Prasiddhi BhatF16w13973,00,03,05,0

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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