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R Balasubramaniam wins Thalavaipuram All India Open

by R Anantharam - 22/08/2019

Seasoned International Master R Balasubramaniam of Tamil Nadu added one more trophy to his collection by winning the Thalavaipuram Rotary Club & Perunthalaivar (great leader) Kamarajar Matric HSS FIDE rated tournament held at Thalavaipuram, a small town near Rajapalayam in Tamil Nadu. The other three International Masters namely VAV Rajesh of Tamil Nadu, C Praveen Kumar of ICF, and M Chakravarthy Reddy (top seed) of Telangana secured sixth, seventh and fifteenth ranks respectively. IA Rathinam Anantharam sends us a detailed pictorial report. Photo: R Anantharam

Tough tussle at Thalavaipuram!

IM R Balasubramaniam won the title at Thalavaipuram sscorring 6.0/7, while S. Prasanna, Sa Kannan, and SS Manigandan - all from Tamil Nadu - finished second, third and fourth respectively.

IM R Balasubramanian won the title at Thalavaipuram

Except an early blemish in round 3, IM R Balasubramaniam had an unbeaten championship run of 6.0/7

S Prasanna, the runner up receives the prize

Things turned topsy turvy on the top four boards in the third round. While Anup Shankar, a youngster from Trichy rated 1726, shocked Chakravarthy Reddy rated 666 points more on the top board; VAV Rajesh and Prasanna were respectively held to draws by the former deaf and dumb national champion MA Alaguraja and KK Gowtham of Madurai. And on the fourth board, Dhanush Raghav defeated IM Praveen Kumar, rated 450 points above him.


Four players - former national under-10 champion Syed Anwar Shazuli of ICF, Dusthageer Ibrahim of Madurai, Sa Kannan, and Anup Shankar - had perfect scores of 4.0/4 points after four rounds. Dusthageer emerged as the sole leader with five points by beating Anup in the fifth round as the other top board games were drawn.


Balasubramanian got the better of Dusthageer in the sixth and penultimate round of the event to raise his tally to 5.5 points.

VAV Rajesh was held to a draw by former deaf and dumb national champion MA Alaguraja

IM Balasubramanian wrested the lead from Dusthageer in the sixth round

Sa Kannan overcame the resistance from Balkishan of Karnataka to join Balasubramaniam.

 Sa Kannan beat Balkishan of Karnataka to join the lead

IM Chakravarthy Reddy stayed in contention for the title by beating Aravinth Shanmugam

Though eight players were half a point behind Bala and Kannan, both played safe quick draws in 20 moves in the final round while Prasanna subdued Dusthageer to claim the second place.

Sa Kannan drew with the winner IM R Balasubramanian to secure the third place

SS Manigandan dealt a blow to Chakravarthy to place himself on fourth

IM VAV Rajesh finished fifth with a win over M Vinoth Kumar

IM Praveen Kumar was sixth by virtue of the win over his friend Syed Anwar

Uma Maheswaran also scored 5.5 points to reach seventh

Ten-year-old Daakshin Arun of Chennai achieved the eighth place

Thalavaipuram tournament reveals why Tamil Nadu is numero uno in chess. With a population of just around six thousand, the garment town manufacturing cotton sarees, nighties, inskirts, lungies etc, has hosted a rating tournament with a prize fund of four lakh rupees. The credit goes to the local chapter of the Rotary Club and the secretary of the Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Matric HSS SR Ravichandran, who is also a member of the club. Even such a small town had an air conditioned playing hall. 


The former chief minister and a dedicated freedom fighter Kamarajar hailed from this district. He was nicknamed as “king maker of India”, as he was responsible for the appointment of two prime ministers of India namely, Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri and Ms. Indira Gandhi.

Kumaraswami Kamaraj, was a leader of the Indian National Congress. Above (left) is a picture of him with Mahatma Gandhi

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNameTypsexGrRtgIClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 nwwew-weKrtg+/-
15IMRamnathan BalasubramaniamLM2200TN6,00,033,530,028,005765,760,24102,4
311AGMSa Kannan69542021TN6,00,032,028,526,505764,461,542030,8
410Manigandan S S50292100TN6,00,031,528,026,255765,040,962019,2
52IMRajesh V A VCash2378TN6,00,030,527,525,505766,17-0,1710-1,7
64IMPraveen Kumar CCash2205ICF6,00,030,527,525,006766,06-0,0610-0,6
715Uma Maheswaran P50301839TN5,50,530,028,021,25575,55,340,16203,2
824Daakshin ArunU1056751628TN5,50,529,526,521,75575,53,931,574062,8
97Syed Anwar Shazuli69582173ICF5,00,035,532,523,504755,04-0,0420-0,8
1019Dhanush Ragav N S69791753TN5,00,034,531,022,505754,020,984039,2
1112FMVinoth Kumar M.10451991TN5,00,034,530,523,505755,41-0,4120-8,2
128Dusthageer Ibrahim M.52212156TN5,00,034,031,022,005755,38-0,3820-7,6
1322Gowtham K K69481675TN5,00,032,529,520,504753,651,352027,0
1418Alaguraja M.A.57161754TN5,00,032,528,522,504754,360,642012,8
151IMChakravarthi Reddy MNA2392TEL5,00,032,029,021,505756,37-1,3710-13,7
169Barath Kalyan M52132118TN5,00,032,029,021,254755,70-0,7020-14,0
1720Anup Shankar R51521726TN5,00,032,029,021,005753,171,834073,2
1813Badrinath S.NA1970PON5,00,031,027,520,754755,05-0,0520-1,0
1925Gopinath Parthasarathy56771623TN5,00,030,527,520,004753,951,052021,0
2016Godson Merlin E10271828TN5,00,029,026,519,254755,49-0,4920-9,8

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.


The article has been edited by Satanick Mukhuty

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