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Akshayakalpa Karnataka State 2023 R5-6: Viani, Sharan, Augustin and Parthasarathy score a double hat-trick

by Shahid Ahmed - 28/05/2023

IM Viani Antonio Dcunha, FM Sharan Rao, Augustin A and Parthasarathy R are the four leaders with a 6/6 score. 10-year-old Siddhanth Poonja held GM Thej Kumar M S to a solid draw in the fifth round. Dilip Kumar Pedda caused an upset against WIM Isha Sharma. First nine out of top ten games ended decisively in Round 6. Sharan scored a quick win over Niranjan J Warrier and became the first person to score a double hat-trick at this event. IM Viani Antonio Dcunha cruised his way to the sixth victory of the event against Gavi Siddayya. India's 50th and Karnataka's first GM Thej Kumar played three Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibition matches after his two Classical games and won them all. Akshayakalpa Organic Karnataka State Open Rating Chess Championship 2023 Round 7 starts today at 9:30 a.m. IST. All photos in this article are by Shahid Ahmed.

10-year-old Siddhanth Poonja draws against GM Thej Kumar

Before each round, Chief Arbiter announces players to ensure they are not wearing any wrist-watch or having an electronic item in their possession. Unfortunately a teenager forgot to take his wrist watch and as per AICF rule, he had to forfeit the game, after his opponent made the claim and arbiter validated it. The other announcement which is made and can often be overlooked by anyone is, draw agreement within 30 moves without the consent of arbiter is not allowed. Now, ask yourself, have you heard that in any state championship ever before? That certainly promotes the fighting spirit among the kids and adults both.

Sharan Rao blazed his way to 6/6

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

Round 5

10-year-old Siddhanth Poonja (1648) held India's 50th and Karnataka's first GM M S Thej Kumar to a draw. Dilip Kumar Pedda (1641) defeated Karnataka's only WIM Isha Sharma (2275).

Dhanush Ram M lost to IM Viani Antonio Dcunha after a battle of nearly four hours

At the age of ten years, Siddhanth Poonja definitely played solid to force the Grandmaster concede a half point

WIM Isha Sharma suffered her first loss of the event against Dilip Kumar Pedda

Ramachandra Bhat's old Indian style double fianchetto did not work out against FM Sharan Rao

Augustin A halted Atharva Kale's winning streak

Parthasarathy R might have arrived late for his game, but he had eagle-eye towards the full point

Shilpa Kumar, better half of Akshayakalpa Organic Co-Founder and CEO, Shashi Kumar and Vinay Kurtkoti, Vice President of KSCA made the ceremonial first move of Round 5.

Viani - Gavi, Round 6

Position after 19.Nf5+

Viani went for a thematic idea in the Sicilian Dragon 19.Nf5+ Bxf5 20.exf5 Rh8 21.fxg6 and the game followed an over a decade old game between two 2300+ players at a Serbian tournament. 21...Nxg6 22.Ne4 Nhf4 23.Rhg1 Rh4 24.Rdf1 Qb6 25.Ng5 e6 26.Nf3 and things started falling apart for Black soon.

Gavi Siddayya arrived late for his game and couldn't find his footing in it

FM Sharan Rao became the first person to reach 6/6 in no time

Parthasarathy R capitalized on his advantage when his opponent Apoorv Kamble blundered a piece

Augustin A finished off Dilip Kumar Pedda with a nice checkmate combination to move to 6/6

Bhargavi Bharath, Vice President BUDCA and Shubha Hebbar, Secretary BUDCA made the ceremonial first move of Round 6

Photo Gallery

Round 5 in progress

Hermon Dain Saldanha never walks alone as he is a Liverpool fan (Those who don't get the YNWA reference, check here)

The fastest result of Round 5 is a less than nine minutes of game comprising five moves. Pushkar Vithal was wearing a wrist-watch for which he had to forfeit his game when his opponent Nisarga Girisha Priya (1109) claimed it.

Fastest result of the fifth round

See this is the correct notation. Okay got it.

Watermelon combined with IM Sagar Shah's teachings earned Ishan Bhansali a full point

The above position looks like should end in a draw, right? It didn't. Niranjan J Warrier went on to win the game against Balkishan A

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India's 76th GM Pranav Anand's father Anand and Pranav's younger brother

Two Akshayakalpa men unwind by playing a friendly game, following their Co-Founder and CEO's passion

Stalemate combination salvaged a half point

The Blindfold Simul participants - Monisha Ramchand, C B Thaman and Soukhya

GM Thej Kumar in action

GM Thej Kumar after taking off the blindfold, posed for a photo with the participating three kids

For more Round 5, Round 6 and Blindfold Simul photos, please click at the respective links.

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More videos will be published soon, stay tuned.

Round 6 results

11IMViani, Antonio Dcunha241751 - 05Gavi, Siddayya176421
25FMSharan, Rao224851 - 05Niranjan, J WarrierU15139867
313Parthasarathy, R193851 - 05Apoorv, KambleU15198110
428Dilip, Kumar Pedda164150 - 15Augustin, A195312
516Sathvik, AdigaU1319060 - 1GMThejkumar, M. S.23842
63FMYashas, D.23151 - 0Nambiar, Vivek187017
77Shet, Prajwal P20961 - 0Vivekananda, L168724
836Pranav, A J15881 - 0Sudhir, S.20848
911Likhit, Chilukuri19761 - 0Siddhanth, PoonjaU11164826
1040Amith, A1560½ - ½4WIMSharma, Isha22754
1158Prasanth, Bhuvan KrishnaU11141740 - 14FMNavalgund, Niranjan22006
129Sudarshan, Bhat202041 - 04Raveesh, KoteU15141759
1364Aditya, SaxenaU13140440 - 14Balkishan, A.181719
1422Leelajai, Krishna N175640 - 14Prasiddhi, Bhat140963
1565Aaditya, Ranjan SahuU13140340 - 14Swara, Lakshmi S Nair169323
1668Suman, SaideepU1113924½ - ½4Shree, Krishna Pranama165425
1773Abhay, HippargiU13138340 - 14Nitish, Bhat162729
1830Ajith, M.P.16264½ - ½4Thirunarayanan, Sampath Kumar138771
1978Medhvansh, MadetiU15136740 - 14Chinmay, KowshikU13160433
2083Harshini, A135240 - 14Dhanush, Ram M160134


Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNoNameTypsexRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
15FMSharan, Rao2248DK621,52223,0006
21IMViani, Antonio Dcunha2417DK6212323,5006
313Parthasarathy, R1938Bengaluru Urban620,52222,5006
412Augustin, A1953Kodagu620,52222,0006
53FMYashas, D.2315Bengaluru Urban5,520,523,522,2505
62GMThejkumar, M. S.2384Mysore5,520,52118,7505
77Shet, Prajwal P2096Mysore5,5192221,2505
836Pranav, A J1588Bengaluru Urban5,5192220,2505
911Likhit, Chilukuri1976Bengaluru Urban5,518,521,520,7505
1067Niranjan, J WarrierU151398Bengaluru Urban52325,519,5005
1110Apoorv, KambleU151981Bengaluru Urban5232519,0005
28Dilip, Kumar Pedda1641Bengaluru Urban5232519,0005
1319Balkishan, A.1817Mysore522,52621,0005
1449Krupha, S UkkaliF11w1481Bengaluru Urban5222519,0005
1523Swara, Lakshmi S Nairw1693Bengaluru Urban521,52318,5005
1621Gavi, Siddayya1764Bengaluru Urban521,52317,0005
179Sudarshan, Bhat2020Bengaluru Urban52123,516,5004
1855Medhansh, RathiU151435Bengaluru Urban520,52319,5004
1954Adrij, BhattacharyyaU131438DK5202318,0005
2034Dhanush, Ram M1601DK52022,517,5005


Round 7 pairings

112Augustin, A195366IMViani, Antonio Dcunha24171
213Parthasarathy, R193866FMSharan, Rao22485
32GMThejkumar, M. S.2384Shet, Prajwal P20967
411Likhit, Chilukuri1976FMYashas, D.23153
510Apoorv, KambleU1519815Pranav, A J158836
66FMNavalgund, Niranjan220055Amith, A156040
741Rishabh, Kumara154555Sudarshan, Bhat20209
819Balkishan, A.181755Sumeetkumar, M S152042
921Gavi, Siddayya176455Aarav, Saish AmonkarU11151246
1023Swara, Lakshmi S Nair169355Krupha, S UkkaliF11148149
1155Medhansh, RathiU15143555Dilip, Kumar Pedda164128
1229Nitish, Bhat162755Adrij, BhattacharyyaU13143854
1333Chinmay, KowshikU13160455AIMSushrutha, Reddy142856
1463Prasiddhi, Bhat140955Dhanush, Ram M160134
1567Niranjan, J WarrierU15139855AFMSureka, AkshatU15156039
168Sudhir, S.20845Abhimaan, S NairU151300103
174WIMSharma, Isha2275Aneesh, AdigaU15141661
1815Abhishek, Singh1919Suman, SaideepU11139268
1966Adarsh, DU131402Sathvik, AdigaU13190616
2017Nambiar, Vivek1870Nithinpal,138672



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