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Contribution for National A Blind 2018 crosses Rs. 5,00,000!

by Sagar Shah - 08/02/2018

We have reached our goal! We started with the aim of collecting Rs. 5,12,000 for the event on 2nd of February 2018 and you will be pleased to know that on 8th of February we have collected Rs. 5,12,053! It's a victory for the blind chess community! A huge "thank you" to all of you who helped by contributing and spreading the word! The tournament has reached a key point with just five rounds to go. With five spots at stake for the World Team Championship in Bulgaria later this year, things are getting tense. Kishan Gangolli seems to be on course to get his fifth national title! Can someone stop him? 

111 donors from all over India ensure that Blind National A is fully sponsored!

We made an appeal to the chess community at large - Please contribute to the blind national premier 2018. They had no sponsors apart from HPCL which was sponsoring Rs.50,000. The total expenses of the event that needed to be covered were Rs.5,12,000. The response has been humungous and in the last five days, we have collected Rs. 5,12,053! It's a proud moment for the entire chess fraternity of India.

Breakdown of Contribution received:

No. Amount Name
1 5000 Sachin Samant
2 2000 Rochelle D'souza
3 11000 Madhusudan Iyer
4 1000 Atul Dahale
5 10000 Ritu Mohit Bhandari
6 25000 Sainath Ramanathan
7 2000 Priti Mahendru
8 1000 Mamta wadhwa
9 5000 Shailesh Gadre
10 5000 Avathanshu Bhat
11 500 Rekha  Raghavan
12 1000 Vikas Sharma
13 10800 Rekha Pinkesh Nahar
14 1000 Aditya Mukund Kulkarni
15 2100 V j gupta
16 500 Nishchint Sharma
17 1500 Jeet shah
18 5000 Swapnil Kothari
19 11000 Sanjoy Shome
20 1000 Sudhahar
21 1000 Giriappa T Amin
22 2000 Vanita Noronha
23 500 Rajesh gupta
24 1000 Tamojit Chakraborty
25 200 Devansh Singh
26 5000 Shubham Sanjiv Kumthekar
27 100 Harshal Pramod Patil
28 10000 Sushir Lohia
29 2000 PAVAN BNB
30 2000 Nitish Mittal
31 5000 Sudip Singh
32 2000 S C AGARWAL
33 1000 Deepak chavan
34 1500 sanjeev Tambe
35 2000 Laishram Imocha
36 1000 Niranjan Prasad
37 2000 Niranjan Prasad
38 500 Eshan Tilwani
39 10000 Vedaprakash PC
40 5000 Vivek Gupta
41 2000 Prathamesh Mokal
42 1000 Chaitanya Kulkarni
43 251 Aditya Vimal
44 1000 Mitul KH
45 1000 Aruna Shiv shankar Singare
46 2000 Sneha Ghatpande
47 2500 Abdesh Jha
48 10000 Anand Kashelkar
49 27000 Mullick Somnath Charitable trust
50 1001 Ramkrishna Kashelkar
51 2000 Aravind
52 2000 PR Krishna
53 1000 Aniruddha Deshpande
54 3000 Sundararajan Kidambi
55 2500 Rahul Anil Bhagwat
56 5000 Himanshu Kumar
57 500 Rohan Bharat Joshi
58 500 Yoges kumbhar and Deepak vaychal
59 5000 Romit
60 700 Vishal Sodani
61 2000 sankaran ponnada krishnaswamy
62 1000 Durgaprasad Mahapatra
63 1500 Priyanka Ved
64 1001 CMA (Dr.) Ashish Thatte
66 500 VIMAL RAJ M
67 1000 Pankaj arora
68 2000 Vikrant Malvankar
69 1000 Satyajit Basak
70 2000 Sureshkumar .T.J
71 30000 Karthik Rangarajan
72 10000 Jayaram Swaminathan
73 1000 Bina Manoj Sanghvi
74 500 Suhas Murthy
75 500 Dinesh Prakash Gaikwad
76 5000 Tania Sachdev
77 2000 Kunal kochar
78 5000 Padmini Rout
79 5000 Seema Thukral
80 1000 Amit Sanjay Raje
81 2500 Roktim Bandyopadhyay
82 1000 Vedant panesar
83 7500 Nikhil And Dipika Joshi
84 10000 Amruta and Sagar
85 3000 Vasudevan RR
86 5000 Karthikeyan Sankaran
87 19400 Ramesh Balasubramanium
88 5000 Anjali patil
89 5000 Vandana Bhansali
90 1000 Abhinav Shetty
91 500 Sunita Prasad
92 10000 Ashutosh Datar
93 1000 Vidit
94 11000 Manoj Dengla
95 45000 Not to be disclosed
96 500 Rishi Kaushik
97 1000 Dr. Himadri Roy
98 10000 Akshay Sekhri
99 1000 Venkatesan Vembu
100 3000 Swayangsu Satyapragyan
101 2000 Aarti akash
102 45000 Not to be disclosed
103 5000 Viyugam Chess Academy
104 3000 Srinivas Rangan
105 500 Nikhil Dixit
106 2500 Ramkrishna Kashelkar
107 3000 Paras Gudka
108 2000 Manish Bajpai
109 500 Pradeep Cavale
110 1000 Aslam shirawala
111 25000 Dharmen Shah
112 10000 Shashi Kumar
  544053 TOTAL

This support is extremely heartwarming for the entire blind chess community. Your contribution has boosted the morale of all the players here. "We are enjoying this tournament tremendously because we feel that the world is watching our moves!" That's the general mood of the players at the Andheri Sports Complex.

The goal has been reached for this event. But if you do make the contribution, this money will be used to promote blind chess in the country by AICFB.

You can also contribute directly to the bank of AICFB. Here are the bank details:

All India Chess Federation For The Blind

Indian Bank

SB a/c: 415222082


Address:  Ground floor, United India Building, Sir P. M. Road, Fort Branch, Mumbai – 400001.


If you do make a direct payment to the above-mentioned bank please send a mail to with a copy (cc) to chessbaseindia@gmail.comwith the amount of contribution, your name, address and Permanent Account Number (PAN). These details are mandatory for tax purpose.

Kishan Gangolli maintains his lead

Kishan definitely seems like a man in control. After eight rounds he is on 7.0/8. He has drawn two games against Gaurav Gadodia and Soundarya Pradhan. But apart from this he has be untouched.

Kishan Gangolli is pacing himself well. He wins his games at the right moments and makes draws, ensures that he doesn't lose and has a one-point lead over the field.

He played a very nice game against Swapnil Shah in the sixth round of the tournament which won him the game of the day award:

Kishan drew his sixth round game against Gaurav. The Mumbai based lawyer was better but as always came under time pressure and couldn't make the most of his situation. He accepted the draw.

In the eighth round with the white pieces Kishan once again played for the win and came out on the top against Marimuthu.

Aryan Joshi from Mumbai is currently in the second spot with 6.0/8. He won a very nice game against Gaurav Gadodia in the eighth round.

Yudhajeet De true to his name fought hard when he was pitted against his brother Deeptyajeet. It speaks volumes about the mental strength of the De brothers that they played each other.

In the end it was Yudhajeet who won the game

The result didn't stop the brothers from having a nice meal together after the game!

One of the stars of Shimoga, Karnataka - Krishna Udupa. This man has ensured many champions are created from the state of Karanataka like Stany, Gangolli and many others

This was the longest game of the event lasting 128 moves! Aryan was on the backfoot, but Shirish lost his stamina, blundered and gave away a free queen towards the end.

One of Amruta's excellent shots!

Ashvin Makwana is currently in number three spot with 5.5/8

We try to find every angle to see the position, while they are sitting in the front row and unable to see anything!

Andheri Sports Complex has a world class swimming pool and a football stadium with excellent facilities of table tennis and badminton and just about every sport. Why not make a dedicated chess room as well?

The man who is responsible for building up the Radio Chess App. Do download it from the playstore for some amazing content related to chess.

It's a family!

There has been some excellent coverage with journalists from many newsportals and magazines have come to interview the players

I conducted the workshop on how to use ChessBase. But it was not just one way. They suggested me the improvements that needed to be made in order to make ChessBase more accessible.

The Pradhan family enjoys a nice quiet meal at the end of a long day! Prachurya and Soundarya play each other in round nine.

Ranking crosstable after round 8

Rk.NameRtgFED1234567891011121314Pts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
1Kishan Gangolli1996IND*½111111½7,00,021,006,0
2Aryan B Joshi1813IND*½½0111116,00,019,255,0
3Makwana Ashvin K1744IND*½1½1½½1½5,50,019,753,0
4Soundarya Kumar Pradhan1753IND½½½*1101½5,00,021,753,0
5Yudhajeet De1678IND½00*½111½4,50,514,253,0
6Prachurya Kumar Pradhan1611IND½*0½0111½4,50,513,503,0
7Patra Subhendu Kumar1604IND01½01*½014,00,016,753,0
8Krishna Udupa1711IND001½*1½½½4,00,013,252,0
9Patil Shirish1698IND00½001½*13,00,011,252,0
10Marimuthu K1613IND00½0*10½13,00,08,502,0
11Samant Milind1672IND000100*½12,51,57,752,0
12Swapanil Shah1678IND0000½1½*½2,51,07,501,0
13Deeptyajeet De1607IND0½0½½½0½*2,50,59,750,0
14Gaurav Gadodia1749IND½0½½0½00*2,00,010,250,0

Pairings of round 9


151813Aryan B JoshiKishan Gangolli199614
261744Makwana Ashvin KGaurav Gadodia17494
371611Prachurya Kumar PradhanSoundarya Kumar Pradhan17533
481672Samant MilindPatil Shirish16982
591607Deeptyajeet DePatra Subhendu Kumar16041
6101678Swapanil ShahYudhajeet De167813
7111613Marimuthu KKrishna Udupa171112

And that's the reason why we all love Vishy Anand!