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IM P Shyamnikhil dominates 5th SCS Open 2019

by R Anantharam - 30/04/2019

Top seed IM P Shyamnikhil of Integral Coach Factory wins the fifth edition of the Sivakasi Chess Sparklers FIDE rated tournament held at Mepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi from 14th to 17th April 2019. Shyamnikhil finished with a staggering 100% score of 8.0/8 and earned ₹70000 cash and a beautiful trophy. Untitled B Selvamurugan of Tamil Nadu, scored 7.0/8, finished at 2nd position and won ₹50000 cash and a trophy. FM P Maheswaran of Postal also finished at 7.0/8. Due to a lesser tie-break score, he had to settle for 3rd position. He received ₹35000 cash and a trophy. Both of them suffered their only loss of the tournament against the eventual champion in the final round. Photo: R Anantharam

'IMvincible' Shyamnikhil at Sivakasi

The former National under-17 Champion, IM P Shyamnikhil won his year's first championship in a fabulous way as he finished the tournament with a 100% score.

IM P Shyamnikhil scored an emphatic 8.0/8 to win the championship, ₹70000 cash and a beautiful trophy | Photo: R Anantharam

In the last round, Shyamnikhil defeated the eventual runner-up of the tournament B Selvamurugan of Tamil Nadu.

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The eventual runner up B Selvamurugan’s determination was evident when he brought Harikrishnan down to earth in the fourth round. Similarly, Muralikrishnan was held to a draw by the youngster S. Suganthan in the same round. After six rounds, five players – Shyaamnikhil, FM P. Maheswaran from the host town Sivakasi, now representing India Posts, Selvamurugan, N. Lokesh and J Saranya of Chennai, a former Asian Youth gold medallist and winner of three national age category titles.

Selvamurugan was the only below 2000 rated player to have finished in top 5.

B Selvamurugan's only loss was against the eventual champion IM P Shyamnikhil in the last round | Photo: R Anantharam

FM P Maheswaran of Sivakasi and India Posts was the second runner-up | Photo: R Anantharam

Shyaamnikhil was fluent in his win over P. Maheswaran in the seventh round and Selva matched him with seven victories by beating experienced Lokesh. Saranya was just half a point behind the duo, having an outside chance to win the title. In the title clash between the two leaders Shyaam had little difficulty in recording the eighth consecutive win to bag the first prize of ₹70000. Though lost in the final round, Selvamurugan was not disgraced, as he finished second and Maheswaran was declared third, both having seven points to their credit. Lokesh, IA S Ganesh Babu, IM Harikrishnan and B Manoj also had seven points and were placed in that order, based on the tiebreak score. The total prize money for the tournament was ₹5 lacs.

Lokesh's only loss to Selva put him to 4th place | Photot: R Anantharam

The International Arbiter S Ganesh Babu proved his potential as a player by finishing at 5th position | Photo: R Anantharam

IM Ra A Harikrishnan also finished at 7.0/8, but did not improve his rating | Photo: R Anantharam

WFM Saranya J's loss in the final round cost her dearly to place her 8th | Photo: R Anantharam

P Bala Kannamma lost 21 valuable ELO Rating points | Photo: R Anantharam

IM BT Muralikrishna did not exhibit his prowess and he had to be content with 9th position | Photo: R Anantharam

SS Manigandan scored 6.5/8 and he was placed 10th | Photo: R Anantharam

Sleeping or tired? Harsh Suresh managed to secure 11th position | Photo: R Anantharam

The tournament was inaugurated by Dr.S. Arivazhagan, Principal Mepco Schlenk Engineering College and the prizes were distributed by Sri G Ramamoorthy, former vice president of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association. The Virudhunagar district may have more rated tournaments than any other district, other than Chennai in Tamil Nadu. After the SCS tournament, Virudhunagar Chess Club is organising the popular Hatsun Idhayam rated tournament in the first week of October and the Ramco sponsored (which sponsors GM Praggnanandhaa and his sister WGM R. Vaishali) in November. Forty three year old Sivakasi Chess Club is jointly organising the National Under 15 Chess Championships with Namakkal District Chess Foundation at Tiruchengode in July.

Final Ranking after 8 Rounds

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
11IMShyaamnikhil PIND2429ICF8,00,043,047,047,008887,220,78107,8
214Selvamurugan BIND1865TN7,00,044,548,540,507874,572,432048,6
35FMMaheswaran P.IND2175Postal7,00,041,545,037,007876,630,37207,4
44Lokesh N.IND2177TN7,00,041,045,538,507876,680,32206,4
510Ganesh Babu SLMIND2052TN7,00,039,544,036,007876,530,47209,4
724Manoj BIND1679TN7,00,038,040,034,007764,561,444057,6
89WFMSaranya JwIND2054TN6,50,041,545,535,25686,55,590,912018,2
93IMMurali Krishnan B TIND2198S. Rly6,50,040,043,534,25586,57,13-0,6310-6,3
106Manigandan S SPaidIND2157TN6,50,039,544,034,50686,56,97-0,4720-9,4
1126Harsh SureshU12IND1657TN6,50,039,544,033,25686,56,080,424016,8
1211Rathina Sabapathi AU15IND1995TN6,50,039,543,534,75686,57,28-0,7840-31,2
1322Ruban Sanjai MU15IND1711TN-V6,50,038,542,533,25686,55,520,984039,2
1418Gugan GU15IND1779TN6,50,038,541,529,25686,55,520,984039,2
1529Kumaresh AU15IND1638TN-V6,50,038,041,533,25686,56,080,424016,8
1620Alaguraja M.A.IND1769TN6,50,037,040,531,25686,56,230,27205,4
1715Merryston David ScannyIND1843TN6,50,037,040,030,75686,56,470,03200,6
1821Dinesh Rajan MU15IND1769TN6,50,036,540,532,25686,57,11-0,6140-24,4
1936Rohith SU12IND1576TN6,50,033,536,529,50675,55,86-0,3640-14,4
207Srihari LU15IND2111PON6,00,040,545,032,006866,85-0,8540-34,0
2113AGMVignesh BU15IND1900TN6,00,040,044,031,505865,680,324012,8
2250Sai Kiran G VIND1481TN6,00,038,543,029,006754,500,502010,0
2332Ayyappan P Santhana PrabuU15IND1610TN6,00,038,542,528,506864,521,484059,2
2430Rajeev V MIND1637KER6,00,038,042,028,506864,611,392027,8
2574Rohit MU15IND1382TN6,00,037,540,527,006753,551,454058,0

Complete standings

About the Author

Prof. Rathinam Anantharam is an A-grade international arbiter. Member of FIDE Arbiters’ Commission, Chairman of Arbiters’ Commission in All India Chess Federation and also International Braille Chess Association, Vice President of Tamil Nadu State Chess Association, Chief Arbiter for six world championships, many Asian, International and National Championships.


Article was edited by Shahid Ahmed

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