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Top seeds IM Raja Rithvik and WIM Divya Deshmukh win National under-15 2019

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/07/2019

Top seed in the open category, IM Raja Rithvik R of Telangana scored 9.5/11 and won the tournament comfortably finishing half point ahead of his state mate, runner-up CM Kushagra Mohan. Rithvik took a sole lead heading into the 9th round and in the final round he defeated the defending champion Ajay Karthikeyan to become the champion in his final attempt. Among the girls, top seed WIM Divya Deshmukh won the tournament for the third consecutive year and created history. Divya took a half point lead going into the final round, a win the last round allowed her to etch her name in the record books and finish half point ahead of her state mate WCM Mrudul Dehankar. Photo: Organizer

Divya creates history, Rithvik wins his third National

Top 3 in open and girls (L to R): 3rd CM Rohith Krishna S (2312, TN) 8.5/11, 2nd CM Kushagra Mohan (2250, TEL) 9.0/11, 1st IM Raja Rithvik R (2357, TEL) 9.5/11; 1st WIM Divya Deshmukh (2373, MAH) 9.5/11, 2nd WCM Mrudul Dehankar (2074, MAH) 9.0/11 and 3rd WCM Jyothsna L (1939, TN) 8.5/11 | Photo: Organizer

Rithvik suffered an early setback when he had to settle for a draw in round 2 against Narayan Chauhan (1703) of Uttar Pradesh. Despite getting material advantage in the opening, Rithvik was unable to gain any substantial advantage and reached into to a drawn endgame.

After a draw in round 2, Rithvik won the next four consecutive rounds and most importantly the final round against the defending champion

In an absolutely fitting last round match, Rithvik faced the defending the champion Ajay Karthikeyan. Ajay managed to get advantage in the middle game, but he was unable to maintain as he exchanged at the wrong time which created opportunity for Rithvik. Eventually Ajay blundered and lost the game. Rithvik became champion, won a beautiful trophy, ₹25000 cash and a certificate.

Ajay - Rithvik, Round 11

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WIM Divya Deshmukh won the championship for the third consecutive year and created history. She receives a glittering trophy, ₹25000 cash and a certificate | Photo: Organizer

This was Divya's third consecutive National Sub-Junior title and she still has one more year left. This was the first time she finished as an undefeated champion as she lost a game each on the last two occasion.

Divya's unbeaten run in 2019 where she created a record

Divya won National Sub-Junior in 2018 with a round to spare so the last round loss was immaterial

2018 was the first year Divya won her first National Sub-Junior crown

After making two consecutive draws in round 5 and 6, Divya got into sole lead by a half point heading into the final round of the tournament.

Divya scored a win against WFM Nityata Jain of Madhya Pradesh who has been multiple time State Champion in various categories | Photo: Nidhi Jain

The tournament was organized by Namakkal District Chess Foundation & Sivakasi Chess Club at KSR Educational Institutions from 9th to 17th July 2019. Total 26 States including various union territories and units were represented by 339 players comprising of 220 players in open and 119 in the girls section.


Final Standings in open

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11IMRaja Rithvik RIND2357TEL9,50,074,580,568,758
27CMKushagra MohanIND2250TEL9,00,075,080,063,508
33CMRohith Krishna SIND2312TN8,50,077,582,062,256
44Pranav VIND2312TN8,50,077,082,061,257
56FMAaryan VarshneyIND2284DEL8,50,075,081,061,007
624Anadkat KartavyaIND1941GUJ8,50,072,577,557,506
75Samant Aditya SIND2296MAH8,00,077,582,555,756
811Soham KamotraIND2136J & K8,00,072,076,554,756
919Mahitosh DeyIND1955ORI8,00,068,573,551,257
1025Aditya Varun GampaIND1918TEL8,00,068,073,050,757
1112Sanket ChakravartyIND2107WB7,50,077,582,551,256
1226Praloy SahooIND1905WB7,50,074,580,049,257
139FMAjay KarthikeyanIND2216TN7,50,074,079,550,257
1413Srihari LIND2077PUD7,50,073,578,549,506
152FMPranesh MIND2343TN7,50,073,078,051,505
1610CMNikhil MagizhnanIND2164TN7,50,073,078,047,006
1716Srikrishnan PIND1990TN7,50,072,076,549,255
1822Ayushh RavikumarIND1946TN7,50,070,576,049,755
1934Arjun GuptaIND1851DEL7,50,070,575,548,505
2023Devesh Anand NaikIND1943GOA7,50,069,074,047,756

Complete standings


Final Standings in girls

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
11WIMDivya DeshmukhwIND2373MAH9,50,076,582,069,258
23WCMMrudul DehankarwIND2074MAH9,00,076,581,064,757
34WCMJyothsna LwIND1939TN8,50,076,581,560,257
46WCMBristy MukherjeewIND1862WB8,00,075,080,555,257
58Sai Divya MwIND1784AP8,00,074,079,054,757
631Nayanikaa MuralidharanwIND1475TN8,00,070,073,548,257
712Bhagyashree PatilwIND1703MAH7,50,075,079,049,006
82WFMJain NityatawIND2135MP7,50,072,577,548,506
99WCMArushi KotwalwIND1744J & K7,50,070,576,050,755
1013Poorna Sri M.KwIND1681TN7,50,069,074,046,755
1121Tarunika PwIND1561TN7,50,069,073,547,255
1225Shrija K MwIND1535TN7,50,068,573,045,007
135WFMDhyana PatelwIND1900GUJ7,50,066,571,544,757
1410Divyabharathi MasanamwIND1730TN7,00,070,076,045,754
1518Rindhiya VwIND1573TN7,00,069,574,542,756
1611Garima GauravwIND1713BIH7,00,068,574,044,505
1720Meenatchi Rajam VwIND1564TN7,00,067,071,543,005
1816Velpula SarayuwIND1640TEL7,00,065,571,044,505
1917WCMChopdekar GunjalwIND1624GOA7,00,065,069,543,005
2036Mishra RiyawIND1430UP7,00,065,068,540,006

Complete standings

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