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IM Anup Deshmukh wins Khasdar Chashak Nagpur District Open 2018

by Swapnil Bansod - 09/06/2018

International Master Anup Deshmukh won the Khasdar Chashak Nagpur District Open FIDE Rating Chess Tournament 2018 by scoring 8.5/10 points and remaining unbeaten throughout the event. Vaibhav Jayant Raut and top seed FM Thakur Akash also scored 8.5/10 points each but were placed 2nd and 3rd respectively on the basis of tie-break score. Gurupreet Singh Maras was very close to winning the title, but in the end lost the final round to Akash Thakur and was relegated to the fourth spot. IA Swapnil Bansod, who was also the Chief Arbiter of the event, sends us photos and a detailed summary of what happened at the tournament.

The Tournament was open only for Nagpur District players and it was under the banner of Khasdar Krida Mahotsav. The six day grand tournament which started on 17th May 2018 and continued till 22nd May, 2018 at Naivedhyam Estoria, Kalamna, Nagpur, was the 1st ever district level FIDE Rating tournament by NDCA and the total cash prize fund was a sizable amount of Rs. 3,00,000. IM Anup Deshmukh started the tournament as the second seed and stayed rock solid throughout the tournament to remain unbeaten. Going into the last round Anup was playing on the 2nd board against the talented R. Sivasubramanium who was also leading the tournament with 7.5/9 points. It was a must-win situation but Anup ensured a thrilling end to the tournament by winning the game and clinching the title with a score of 8.5/10 points and better Buchholz score. He went home richer by Rs.50,000.

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In the penultimate round Gurpreet Singh Maras beat his opponent Ayush Jugele and became the sole leader with 8 points. In the last round Gurpreet was up against the top seed FM Akash Thakur, staying true to his style Gurpreet played the Vienna Gambit and later in the middle game even sacrificed a piece for counter play but Akash handled the position very well and won the game in 27 moves. This result placed Gurpreet on 4th position with 8.0/10 points and Akash finished third with 8.5/10 points.

Gurpreet played some excellent chess but missed the title by a whisker.

Akash Thakur paved the way for Anup Deshmukh to win the title after he beat Gurpreet Singh Maras in the last round | Photo: Prashant Mullick

This tournament was very successful for the 16 years old Vaibhav Raut who finished joint first and remained unbeaten with 8.5/10 points. He pumped up his rating by a whopping 88 Elo rating points.

Vaibhav Raut when he was 10 years old, back in 2011! | Photo: Facebook page of Vaibhav

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The tournament was organized and conducted by Nagpur District Chess Association under aegis of All Marathi Chess Association and All India Chess Federation. A total number of 295 players participated in this prestigious event, out of which 111 were rated players.

Excellent arrangements were made with good playing condition for players as well for accompanying persons.

Beautiful glittering trophies

The prize distribution ceremony was attended by many!

Earlier this event was inaugurated at the hands of International Master, Anup Deshmukh, who was the chief guest of the function. Hon’ble Shri. Krishna Khopde, MLA, East Nagpur, presided over the function.

IM Anup Deshmukh and Hon'ble MLA Shri. Krishna Khopde making moves over the board to start the event .

Other dignitaries present were Shri. Sandeep Joshi, Chief organizer of the Khasdar Chasak and Corporator, Nagpur, Shri. Manoj Itkelwar, Vice President, AICF, Shri. Dilip Kamdar, President, NDCA, Shri. Manoj Chafle, coordinator, Shri. Piyush Ambulkar, Secretary, Khasdar Chasak , IA Swapnil Bansod, the Chief Arbiter. Mr. K. K. Barat, Secretary, NDCA, conducted the function and Shri. Dilip Kamdar, President, NDCA, proposed the vote of thanks.

The mega event was a success and the organizers were very pleased with the first edition and looking forward to the next.

The prize distribution ceremony was organized in a grand manner at the hands of Mrs. Chandatai Tank, Corporator, Lakadgand Prabhag, Nagpur, other guests present were Shri. Manoj Itkelwar, Vice President AICF, Shri. Manoj Chafle, Chess Incharge, Khasdar Chashak, Shri. Dilip Kamdar, President NDCA, Shri Shreyansh Kamdar, Vice President NDCA, Shri. R N Shrivas, Secretary VCA., Shri. Amit Sampat, Sports Reporter, Times of INDIA and IA Swapnil Bansod Chief Arbiter.

The team of arbiter’s namely Dy Chief : FA Pravin Pantawane, FA Deepak Chavan, SNA Umesh Panbude, SNA Sheetal Panbude and SNA Simantini Adane were very much competent and reacted in every condition with equipped technical knowledge.

It is my duty to thank Mr. Pravin Datke, in-charge and Shri. Sandeep Joshi, Chief Organiser, Khasdar Chashak, without them this event could not have been a grand success. I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Dilip Kamdar, President NDCA, for providing all facilities to officials, players and accompanying persons along with the hall and Mr. Umesh Panbude, Tournament Secretary NDCA, for his tire less work, dedication and support which helped to conclude this mega event with a grand success. 

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
IMDeshmukh AnupS50IND22768,50,068,070,057,757102,4
Vaibhav Jayant RautIND18058,50,064,568,556,0084088,4
FMThakur AkashIND23278,50,060,564,552,75820-1,8
Gurpreet Singh MarasIND22668,00,066,068,051,25720-5,4
Ayush JugeleIND19268,00,065,571,054,7572019,2
Pradip TiwariIND19308,00,065,069,553,2562016,6
Shubham LakudkarIND20048,00,064,069,052,757205,0
Katdare Jayant CS50IND21218,00,062,067,051,50720-25,8
Yash DhokeIND18687,50,066,571,551,0074035,2
Swayam Uttam AalewadIND17047,50,061,066,046,257408,4
AGMSivasubramanian RIND17457,50,060,565,546,5064035,6
Atharva Rakesh BhedeU15IND16287,50,059,564,544,7574013,2
Deogade SalilIND16477,50,059,063,044,50640-16,0
Marsattiwar YashU15IND15497,50,059,060,542,2574036,4
Khamele OjasU15IND12857,50,057,561,545,00740118,0
Roneet DasIND17317,50,056,059,044,00640-50,0
Nilesh WasnikIND14157,50,056,058,542,0072029,4
Lonkar ParthU15IND12857,50,054,558,040,0074088,4
Ranade MayankU15IND13587,50,052,056,041,5064027,2
Pujjam BansodIND16967,00,062,567,545,00720-10,8

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About the author:

Swapnil Bansod is an International Arbiter from Nagpur. He is young, dynamic and efficient and likes to indulge in all roles related to chess.