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Indian women shine at the Asian Para Games 2018

by Sagar Shah - 11/10/2018

It was a big moment for the blind and physically disabled chess that chess had finally made its way into the Asian Paragames. We have some of the best players representing our country in blind and physically disabled chess that is taking from in Jakarta, Indonesia. We have the World Champions in Physically disabled chess - Jenitha Anto and Shashikant Kutwal. We have the brilliant minds of Kishan Gangolli, Soundarya Pradhan and others in blind chess. However, at the end of the day the performance in the classical section was not up to the expectations. India won two team bronze medals thanks to the efforts of Jenitha Anto (Physically disabled), Megha Chakraborty (blind) and Mrinali Pande (blind). Jenitha also won an individual silver. Report with photos from Jakarta.

The Asian Para games are taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia from the 7th to the 13th of October 2018. It is for the first time that chess has been included as one of the sports in the Para Games. This is a big news for the blind and physically disabled chess in our country as now the medals they win will enhance India's overall medal tally across other sports as well. A good performance here will make the Government as well as other stake holders take notice of Indian blind and physically disabled chess.

 

The tournament is split into open and women section. There are three different formats in which the players will be locking horns with each other - Standard, Rapid and Blitz. India has three teams: B1 (100% blind), B2+B3 (Partially blind), P1 (physically disabled). In what was a big blow to our hopes, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan who was slated to play in the 100% blind section (B1) did not pass the test. This meant that he had to take part in the B2+B3 category. Aryan Joshi who was going to play in the B2+B3 category could not participate and had to watch all the action from side lines.

 

The Classical section began on the 7th of October 2018 and had seven rounds in each section. There were individual as well as Team medals at stake. The tournament was conducted as if it were an individual event but at the end of it, the scores of two best performing players from one country would be clubbed together and a team medal would be given to the highest scoring team. Of course, better individual performance would lead to a better team result. Indians had an excellent chance to come out victorious in the B2+B3 category because the top seed was Kishan Gangolli and also in P1 women's section as we had the five time World disabled Champion Jenitha Anto. 

The Indian blind team at the Asian Para games in Indonesia 2018

The biggest success at the classical time control for India was Jenitha Anto's individual silver and the team bronze

Jenitha scored 5.5/7 and finished second. Of course, she would have been upset that she couldn't win the gold, knowing the champion that she is. However, an individual silver is not a bad result. The other player from India Prema Kanishsri Raju finished with 2.0/7, but the cumulative score of Jenitha and Prema helped India to win the team bronze. 

Final rankings in Physically disabled (P1) women's section

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14
Simanja Nasip Farta 2028INA1436INA6,00,024,527,0
21
WIMKanickai Irudayaraj Jennitha Ant 5148IND1972IND5,50,025,027,5
35
Manurung Roslinda Br 2032INA1302INA4,51,023,525,0
43
Tran Thi Bich Thuy 4841VIE1465VIE4,50,025,527,0
510
Nguyen Thi Kieu 4849VIE0VIE4,00,026,027,5
62
Doan Thu Huyen 4839VIE1581VIE4,00,024,526,0
76
Angot Cheryl 4952PHI1271PHI3,50,021,523,0
89
Yuni Yuni 2034INA1133INA3,01,025,527,0
97
Nacita Jean-Lee 4947PHI1197PHI3,00,015,517,0
108
Mangayayam Fe 4943PHI1180PHI2,01,019,020,5
1111
Raju Prema Kanishsri 5091IND0IND2,00,020,021,5

A big success for India was the team bronze. All the girls were rated below 1200 but they gave it their all and two of them Megha Chakraborty and Mrinali Pande scored four points each to bring home the bronze medal.

Final rankings in B2+B3 (Partially Blind) women's section

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
13
Naghavi Mandi Atefeh 4554IRI1553IRI5,50,025,526,5
25
Zendehboudi Fariba 3438IRI1509IRI5,00,026,029,0
34
Barghoul Fatemeh 3436IRI1524IRI5,00,026,028,5
414
Nguyen Thi Minh Thu 4848VIE0VIE5,00,024,026,5
57
Mohamed Halil Nur Feiqha 3857MAS1324MAS4,50,025,027,5
615
Nguyen Thi My Linh 4842VIE0VIE4,00,024,527,0
712
Pande Mrunali Prakash 4939IND1149IND4,00,024,025,5
89
Chakroborty Megha 4938IND1192IND4,00,020,021,0
96
Nguyen Thi Hong Chau 4844VIE1398VIE3,50,023,024,0
101
Brahmana Aisah Wijayanti Putri 2043INA1593INA3,03,021,524,0
112
Khairunnisa Khairunnisa 2049INA1571INA3,00,022,023,0
128
Puspita Tita 2044INA1216INA3,00,021,523,0
1311
Zakari Nur Izzati 3859MAS1159MAS3,00,019,020,0
1413
Mohd Shoberi Seri Izdihar 3860MAS0MAS2,00,017,518,5
1510
Gawar Tijan Punaram 6082IND1192IND1,50,019,521,0

Indian boys Soundarya Pradhan, Aryan Joshi and Prachurya Pradhan learning a few things from the girls Megha and Mrunali.

Performance of Indian men in blind and physically disabled section

India had a lot of hopes from Kishan Gangolli, Soundarya Kumar Pradhan (both in B2+B3) and Shashikant Kutwal (P1). However all three of them under-performed. They will be looking to redeem themselves in the rapid section.

SNoNameRtgFED1234567Pts.Rk.Group
1Kishan Gangolli Kishan Gangolli 48982018IND1½½01014,06B2 B3 Men
7Pradhan Soundarya Kumar 50001881IND001½1002,512B2 B3 Men
9Makwana Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai 49151784IND01011104,08B2 B3 Men
5IMKutwal Shashikant Appaso 50842151IND110½0103,57P1 Men
8Arigala Naveenkumar 51232035IND00110013,09P1 Men
9FMKuchibhotla Venkata Krishna Kart 51451999IND011½01½4,06P1 Men

Final rankings in Classical B1 (100% blind) section

Prachurya Pradhan finished sixth and the team had no chance of a medal here.

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17
Wirawan Hendi 2096INA1589INA5,51,028,031,0
217
Kaung San 1406MYR0MYR5,50,025,025,0
34
Suryanto Edy 2100INA1667INA5,00,027,530,5
43
Ching Francis 4937PHI1678PHI5,00,027,530,5
516
Kabyzhanov Bolat 2144KAZ0KAZ5,00,024,025,5
65
Pradhan Prachurya Kumar 4929IND1653IND4,50,027,528,5
79
Mohammad Alizadeh Lashkari Erfan 4574IRI1494IRI4,50,024,526,0
810
Carsidi Carsidi 2083INA1458INA4,00,026,528,5
92
Roumifard Mehdi 4572IRI1733IRI4,00,025,028,0
1012
Pay Kandiyil Mohammed Salih 4931IND1341IND3,50,021,022,0
111
Ghadiri Bidhendi Hassanali 4567IRI2034IRI3,50,019,019,0
1219
Myo San Aung 1411MYR0MYR3,50,018,518,5
1314
Dao Tuan Kiet 4846VIE0VIE3,00,025,028,0
1413
Nguyen Manh Hung 4845VIE1252VIE3,00,024,026,0
1511
Bilog Cecilio 4941PHI1417PHI3,00,022,023,0
168
Sarmiento Rodolfo 4940PHI1557PHI3,00,019,519,5
1720
Yapa Mudiyanselage Saman Dushyan 5122SRI0SRI2,00,017,517,5
186
Than Htay 1408MYR1620MYR1,50,023,023,0
1915
Fernandes Gusmao Domingos Savio 1147TLS0TLS1,00,020,020,0
2018
Martins Do Rego Amandio 1148TLS0TLS0,00,019,020,0

Final rankings in Classical B2, B3 (partially blind) section

Kishan Gangolli could manage only the sixth place and Ashwin Makwana was eighth. India missed out on individual as well as team medal because Iran, Philippines and Indonesia finished ahead of them.

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
12
Karimi Omid 3430IRI2007IRI5,50,025,028,5
23
Menandro Redor 4934PHI1967PHI5,00,027,031,0
36
Subaste Arman 4936PHI1893PHI4,50,025,026,0
44
Satrio Gayuh 2067INA1953INA4,50,021,521,5
510
Hartono Adji 2070INA1753INA4,50,021,021,0
61
Kishan Gangolli Kishan Gangolli 4898IND2018IND4,00,025,528,0
714
Maklushov Serik 2140KAZ0KAZ4,00,025,528,0
89
Makwana Ashwinbhai Kanchanbhai 4915IND1784IND4,00,025,525,5
98
Bagheri Majid 4576IRI1839IRI3,51,023,524,5
1011
Peligro Israel 4935PHI1527PHI3,50,023,023,0
115
Ghoorchibeygi Alireza 3429IRI1909IRI2,50,021,021,0
127
Pradhan Soundarya Kumar 5000IND1881IND2,50,020,520,5
1313
Cassim Tuan Mohammed Rushdi 5119SRI1031SRI1,00,022,022,0
1412
Haryanto M 2076INA1451INA0,00,021,522,5

Final rankings in physically disabled Open (P1) section:

Shashikant Kutwal is the only IM in the section and he finished seventh which was not a great result. He and Krishna Venkata could not get India a medal.

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
11FMSeverino Sander 4930PHI2363PHI5,50,023,526,0
24FMFirdaus Maksum 2055INA2193INA5,01,026,029,5
33Rom Jasper Belarmino 4933PHI2202PHI5,00,023,023,5
47Lopez Henry Roger 4932PHI2101PHI4,50,020,020,5
52FMSoltanov Serik 2137KAZ2266KAZ4,00,025,528,0
69FMKuchibhotla Venkata Krishna Kart 5145IND1999IND4,00,024,024,5
75IMKutwal Shashikant Appaso 5084IND2151IND3,50,024,026,5
86Sinaga Suhardi 2063INA2131INA3,50,023,023,5
98Arigala Naveenkumar 5123IND2035IND3,01,019,520,0
1010Sutikno Sutikno 2059INA1700INA3,00,022,022,5
1111Lopes Julio Sarmento 1149TLS0TLS1,00,021,023,5

 

The rapid section will begin from the 11th of October and team India would be inspired to get back more medals for the country. The stakes are high and a lot of expectations lie on their shoulders, but if all of them show their A-game, the chances of Indians winning medals is very bright. Let's wish them the best!


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