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Velammal Nexus clinches Dubai 2020 World School Tournament

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/11/2021

Velammal Nexus defeated Saco Oliveros (PER) 3-2 in the Finals to win Dubai 2020 World School Tournament. They beat School #1 (MGL) in the Semifinals 3.5-1.5. The tournament favorite won both Knockout stage matches convincingly. All five members of the team - Gukesh, Praggnanandhaa, Leon, Pranav V and Rindhiya, contributed valuable points to the team which made them invincible as a team throughout the event. Moreover, the seven-time world champion, Vishy Anand inspired them before the matches. The valuable words not only helped them in this event, but also for the rest of their life. Saco Oliveros (PER) and 33rd Secondary School secured second and third place respectively. Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE

Indian kids win four board prizes

GM D Gukesh, GM Praggnanandhaa, FM Steven Rojas Salas (Saco Oliveros, PER), WFM Dhyana Patel (Gujarat State Chess Association) and Swayham P Das (Gujarat State Chess Association) won Board prizes from Board no.1 to 5 each respectively. Greatest female chess player of all time Judit Polgar, FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and the legend Vishy Anand himself, were present at the closing ceremony of the event.

Winner - Velammal Nexus team | Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE

Velammal Nexus team with Vishy Anand before the Finals | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Velammal Nexus defeated School #1 3.5-1.5 in the Semifinals and Saco Oliveros 3-2 in the Finals to win the tournament. Only Praggnanandhaa and IM Pranav V won both of their games in the Knockout stage.

Velammal Nexus won both matches convincingly
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The board prize winners | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Board no.1 - GM D Gukesh (Velammal Nexus)

Board no.2 - GM Praggnanandhaa R (Velammal Nexus)

Board no.3 - FM Steven Rojas Salas (Saco Oliveros, PER)

Board no.4 - WFM Dhyana Patel (Gujarat State Chess Association)

Board no.5 - Swayham P Das (Gujarat State Chess Association)

Best Male player - GM Praggnanandhaa R | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

Best Female player - WFM Dhyana Patel scored 26.5/27 | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

2nd - Saco Oliveros (PER) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar
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3rd - 33rd Secondary School (MGL) with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

4th - School #1 (MGL) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

5th - Gymnazium Petra Bezruce (CZE) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

6th Gujarat State Chess Association receives the prize from Vishy Anand | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

The only other Indian team to advance to the knockout stage is Gujarat State Chess Association. The team finished sixth overall. WFM Dhyana Patel and Swayham P Das won board prizes on Board no.4 and 5 each respectively.

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7th EDM Torrelavega (ESP) poses with the greatest female chess player of all time - GM Judit Polgar | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

8th Istanbul Erkek Lisesi Team (TUR) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

9th Mission San Jose Hopkins Junior (USA) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

10th Green Village Chess Academy (ISR) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

11th Csanyi Alapitvany Gyermekekert (HUN) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

12th Al Ain Culture & Chess Club (UAE) | Photo: Patricia Claros Aguilar

When the one who inspired a nation and beyond, speaks, you try to soak them all in | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Vishy Anand made the first move on Gukesh's board | Photo: Niki Riga/FIDE
The Chess Feel at the Spanish Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020 | Video: ChessBase India

The time control is 20 minutes each + 10 seconds each. The Preliminary phase took place between 10th December 2020 to 5th March 2021. Qualifying stage was held from 6th March to 30th April 2021. Semifinals were held between 1st May and 18th June 2021. Until now, all stages were played online at chess24 platform. Now the Finals are being held at the Spanish Pavillion in Dubai Expo 2020 between 25th and 29th November 2021.

Replay Velammal Nexus and Gujarat State Chess Association games

Final standings

Rk.SNoTeamGames  +   =   -  TB1 
11Velammal Nexus22001
23Saco Oliveros21012
3433rd Secondary School20113
42School #120114
55Gymnazium Petra Bezruce22005
68Gujarat State Chess Association21016
710EDM Torrelavega21017
811Istanbul Erkek Lisesi Team20028
97Mission San Jose Hopkins Junior22009
109Green Village Chess Academy210110
116Csanyi Alapitvany Gyermekekert210111
1212Al Ain Culture & Chess Club200212



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