Women's Day Special: LBHM One Day Rapid witnesses over 330 players participation
by Shahid Ahmed - 12/03/2020
On International Women's Day 8th March 2020, Aryan's Enterprises organized a one day state level rapid chess tournament in memory of Late Bharatbai Halkude. Over 330 players from all over Maharashtra participated in eight different categories, starting from Under-7 to Veteran (Above 55 years). Fourth seed of the tournament FM Aniruddha Deshpande scored an unbeaten 7.0/8 to win the Above 1600 category. FM Ramkrishna Kashelkar also finished with the same score 7.0/8. He was placed second according to the tie-breaks. FM Nikhil Dixit secured third position with a score of 6.0/8. Total Prize fund ₹100000 was distributed among the prize winners. Photo: Aryan's Enterprise
Aniruddha Deshpande wins Above 1600 Open Rapid
Fourth seeded FM Aniruddha Deshpande scored an unbeaten 7.0/8 to win Women's Day Special: Late Bharatbai Halkude Memorial One Day Rapid - Above 1600 section. FM Ramkrishna Kashelkar also scored 7.0/8 and he drew with the eventual champion Aniruddha in the sixth round, however he had to settle for the second position according to the tie-break score. Top seed FM Nikhil Dixit scored 6.0/7 to finish third.
Champion FM Aniruddha Deshpande 7.0/8 | Photo: Aryan's Enterprise
Aniruddha was paired with his wife Supriya in the first round
Runner-up FM Ramkrishna Kashelkar 7.0/8 | Photo: Aryan's Enterprise
Second Runner-up FM Nikhil Dixit 6.0/8 | Photo: Aryan's Enterprise
The seeding for Above 1600 was decided based on the players' standard rating instead of rapid rating as most of the players' standard rating was much higher than their rapid counterpart.
The trophies and medals which were given away as prizes | Photo: Aryan's Enterprise
The Tournament Hall | Photo: Aryan's Enterprise
The Prize distribution function was chaired by Mr. Rajendra Konde, Secretary PDCA and Treasurer AMCA, Mrs. Vandana Halkude, Tournament Director for this Women's Day Special tournament, Mr. Ketan Khaire PCA, Mr. Anandrao Kulkarni, Retired MSEB officer Kolhapur, Mr. Vikas Deshpande, Mr. Sadashiv Godse and IA Nitin Shenvi (Chief Arbiter – Working in Department of Electronic Science, Savitribai Phule Pune University).
Total 339 players combined eight different categories - Above 1600, Below 1600, Veteran (Above 55 years); Age group - Under 7, 9, 11, 13, 18, participated in this one day rapid open tournament organized by Aryan's Enterprises at Moraya Mangal Karyalay, Pune, Maharashtra on 8th March 2020. Total Prize fund ₹100000 was distributed among the prize winners.