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Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open 2023 R3-4: The 1515s stir up trouble for the 2200+

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/05/2023

Two 1515 rated players caused trouble for two players rated 2200 and above. 14-year-old Atharva Kale outplayed FM FT Niranjan Navalgund. The 2200's small positional inaccuracy was caught by the teenager who seized his opportunity and went on to win the game. He is now one of the 18 players who has scored 4/4 at Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Ratng Chess Championship 2023. The other 1515 rated player, Dhrikshu K Vasant drew against the third seeded FM Yashas D. The 2315-rated Yashas definitely had his fair share of chances to win the game, however he missed it. The top three titled players - GM Thej Kumar M S, IM Viani Antonio Dcunha and WIM Isha Sharma have made a perfect start 4/4. Round 5 starts today at 9:30 a.m. IST. All photos in this article are by Shahid Ahmed.

A dozen and a half at 4/4

After the conclusion of the fourth round, a panel discussion took place at Forum Mall. The discussion was about Chess moves for 21st century - How has chess shaped lives and career? The panel discussion members were - Raghavendra V, Vice President KSCA, Founder, Karnataka Chess School, Shashi Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO of Akshayakalpa Organic, GM Stany G A, WIM Isha Sharma, IM Viani Antonio Dcunha and Dr. Suraj Muralidhar, Commonwealth Bronze medalist, Consulting Eurologist, Board Member of Jupiter Hospital and Jupiter Group of Institutions.

Atharva Kale scored a big win over FM FT Niranjan Navalgund

Akshayakalpa Organic is the main sponsor of Karnataka State Open Chess Championship 2023 | Photo: Akshayakalpa Organic

Anuran - Likhit, Round 3

Black to play

Likhit Chilukuri (1976) is an exchange up. However, his opponent Anuran Ghosh (1362) has a pawn for it and lots of time on the clock, Black on the other hand had less than a minute to play the endgame. Can Black win this? In a practical game it is not so easy for Black to find the winning plan. The game continued for another 65 moves, Black made all attempts to win this but his opponent manage to hold the draw.

Anuran Ghosh and Likhit Chilukuri had one of the longest games of the third round
Karnataka's first WIM Isha Sharma on playing with India's top Women at National Team Women, State Open and more | Video: ChessBase India
Irrespective of the result, the atmosphere is what we want to soak in - Sujay, Deccan Herald journo | Video: ChessBase India

The CEO and Co-Founder of Akshayakalpa, Shashi Kumar and Secretary of Karnataka State Chess Association, Aravind Shastry made the ceremonial first move of Round 3

Yashas - Dhrikshu, Round 4

White to play

1...Ne4 created a winning opportunity for White. 2.Bxe4 dxe4 3.Qc4 Qa3 is forced as Bd1 drops the bishop after Ne3. Now the bishop cannot be saved due to Qc8+ followed by Nf5+ fork threat. After 3...Qa3 4.Qc6 Qb3 5.Qxh6+ Ke8 6.Qc6+ Kf8 7.Qxb6 White gains a couple of pawns and can certainly push for a win. The game continued 2.Qc8+ Kg7 3.Ne3 Qe6 4.Qb7 Bb3 still Bxe4 would have given White an upper hand. 5.g4 h5 6.Qb8 Bc4 7.Nf5+ Kh7 8.Qf8 Qf6 and White's advantage was gone.

Dhrikshu K Vasant managed to draw against his 800 Elo rating points higher opponent - FM Yashas D

Atharva - Niranjan

Position after 26.Ng5!

25...Nd6 was a positional mistake as it allowed 26.Ng5! now Ne4 does not work due to 27.Bxg7+ Kxg7 28.Ne6+ followed by Rxe4. 26...Qxg5 27.Bxd6 Rg8 28.Re7 Rad8 29.Bg3 Be4 30.Rxb7 Rdf8 31.Kh2 Rf6 32.Qxa5 and White went on to win the game.

Srinivas - Nisha

White to play

The above position is quite an interesting double-edged one. Neither player can afford to make a mistake. It seemed like Nisha N Patkar (1617) was winning for the better part of the game against Srinivas Murthy N (1163). However, in reality it was not that easy. White kept fighting back in the game. The game continued 1.Rb8 Kg7 2.Bd4+ Kg6 3.R2b6+ Kg5?? Black had to play Kh5 to avoid any tactical combination. 4.Be3+ Kg4 5.Rg6+ Kh5 6.Rg5+ Kh6 7.Rf5+ and it's over.

Only a mistake in the end cost Nisha N Patkar the game which she could have won 

IA Vasanth B H and FA Sahana Subramanya made the ceremonial first move of Round 4

Photo Gallery

Chess is such a unique sport where players can be of any age facing each other in Open tournaments

Top boards in action during Round 3

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Despite having a cast on his arm, he is playing the tournament and a writer is noting down the moves on his scoresheet

Panel discussion members (L to R): Raghavendra V, Vice President KSCA, GM Stany G A, WIM Isha Sharma, Dr. Suraj Muralidhar, Consulting Eurologist, IM Viani Antonio Dcunha and Shashi Kumar, CEO and Co-Founder of Akshayakalpa

The Organizing team of BUDCA with the panel discussion members

A signboard at the mall for the Panel Discussion

For more Round 3 and Round 4 photos, please click at the respective links.


More videos will be published soon, stay tuned.

Round 4 results

11IMViani, Antonio Dcunha241731 - 03Sujay, B M157137
241Rishabh, Kumara154530 - 13GMThejkumar, M. S.23842
33FMYashas, D.23153½ - ½3Dhrikshu, K Vasant151545
442Sumeetkumar, M S152030 - 13WIMSharma, Isha22754
55FMSharan, Rao224831 - 03Krupha, S UkkaliF11148149
644Atharva, KaleU15151531 - 03FMNavalgund, Niranjan22006
77Shet, Prajwal P20963½ - ½3Thejas, K142257
854Adrij, BhattacharyyaU13143830 - 13Apoorv, KambleU15198110
958Prasanth, Bhuvan KrishnaU11141730 - 13Augustin, A195312
1013Parthasarathy, R193831 - 03Raveesh, KoteU15141759
1116Sathvik, AdigaU1319063½ - ½3Aneesh, AdigaU15141661
1263Prasiddhi, Bhat140930 - 13Balkishan, A.181719
1364Aditya, SaxenaU13140430 - 13Gavi, Siddayya176421
1422Leelajai, Krishna N175630 - 13Aaditya, Ranjan SahuU13140365
1567Niranjan, J WarrierU15139831 - 03Swara, Lakshmi S Nair169323
1690Abhay, ChettyU13133831 - 03Shree, Krishna Pranama165425
1726Siddhanth, PoonjaU11164831 - 03Abhimaan, S NairU151300103
1828Dilip, Kumar Pedda164131 - 03Ashok, Abijeeth1276112
1930Ajith, M.P.162631 - 03Udupi, Avani Acharya1262118
20113Gopika, M127430 - 13Dhanush, Ram M160134


Standings after Round 4

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
14WIMSharma, Ishaw2275DK4910,511,0004
219Balkishan, A.1817Mysore4910,510,5004
328Dilip, Kumar Pedda1641Bengaluru Urban491010,0004
42GMThejkumar, M. S.2384Mysore4999,0004
512Augustin, A1953Kodagu48,51010,0004
21Gavi, Siddayya1764Bengaluru Urban48,51010,0004
790Abhay, ChettyU131338Bengaluru Urban48,59,59,5004
813Parthasarathy, R1938Bengaluru Urban48,599,5004
95FMSharan, Rao2248DK48,58,59,0004
1026Siddhanth, PoonjaU111648Bengaluru Urban489,510,5004
111IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417DK4899,5004
1210Apoorv, KambleU151981Bengaluru Urban4899,0004
1344Atharva, KaleU151515Bengaluru Urban47,59,510,0004
1430Ajith, M.P.1626Mysore47,599,0004
1567Niranjan, J WarrierU151398Bengaluru Urban47,58,58,5004
1665Aaditya, Ranjan SahuU131403Bengaluru Urban4799,0004
1734Dhanush, Ram M1601DK4789,0004
1835Ramachandra, BhatS601598Sirsi4788,0004
1916Sathvik, AdigaU131906Bengaluru Rural3,59,5119,2503
2011Likhit, Chilukuri1976Bengaluru Urban3,5911,510,2503


Round 5 pairings

134Dhanush, Ram M160144IMViani, Antonio Dcunha24171
22GMThejkumar, M. S.238444Siddhanth, PoonjaU11164826
34WIMSharma, Isha227544Dilip, Kumar Pedda164128
435Ramachandra, BhatS60159844FMSharan, Rao22485
510Apoorv, KambleU15198144Ajith, M.P.162630
612Augustin, A195344Atharva, KaleU15151544
765Aaditya, Ranjan SahuU13140344Parthasarathy, R193813
819Balkishan, A.181744Niranjan, J WarrierU15139867
921Gavi, Siddayya176444Abhay, ChettyU13133890
1050Samuel, MathewU151472FMYashas, D.23153
1145Dhrikshu, K Vasant1515Shet, Prajwal P20967
128Sudhir, S.2084Matthew, R JosephU15145252
1355Medhansh, RathiU151435Sudarshan, Bhat20209
1457Thejas, K1422Likhit, Chilukuri197611
1560Akshaya, SathiF131416Sathvik, AdigaU13190616
1661Aneesh, AdigaU151416Nambiar, Vivek187017
1766Adarsh, DU131402Vivekananda, L168724
1880Anuran, Ghosh1362Pranav, A J158836
19119Aarav, DasU111258Amith, A156040
206FMNavalgund, Niranjan22003Prajwal, Nayak1200143



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