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Raceking Harsha Bharathakoti finishes first in Capablanca Chess School 5th Anniversary Online Blitz Open

by Shahid Ahmed - 09/04/2021

GM Harsha Bharathakoti won Capablanca Chess School 5th Anniversary Celebration Online Blitz Open with an unbeaten score of 8.0/9. He finished a half point ahead of the competition. This was Harsha's first Playchess event triumph hosted by ChessBase India. IM Mitrabha Guha, GM Jakhongir Vakhidov and IM Terry Renato scored 7.5/9. They were placed second to fourth according to their tie-breaks. A total of 138 players including 5 GMs, 18 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs registered for this event from 8 different countries across the world. Photo: Rupali Mullick

Harsha wins his maiden Playchess event

GM Harsha Bharathakoti scored an unbeaten 8.0/9 to finish a half point ahead of the competition. He won ₹10000 cash prize for his efforts. Despite making a draw against Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi in Round 2, Harsha managed to score 6.5 points in the last seven rounds. Three players finished at 7.5/9 - IM Mitrabha Guha, GM Jakhongir Vakhidov and IM Terry Renato. They were placed second to fourth according to their tie-breaks.

Champion Harsha Bharathakoti scored an outstanding 8.0/9 | Photo: Rupali Mullick

Total 138 players including 5 GMs, 18 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs registered for this event from 8 different countries across the world including England, Indonesia, India, Ireland, Peru, Sri Lanka, USA and Uzbekistan.

Positional Harsha

GM Harsha Bharathakoti's best win of the event was against GM Venkatesh M R in Round 6.

Venkatesh - Harsha, Round 6

Position after 13.Ne3

Things started going downhill for white after 13.Ne3 as the d3-knight became monster and dictated the outcome of the game in black's favor.

Harsha remained undefeated and made only two draws

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Endgame grind

IM Mitrabha Guha scored a fine victory against IM Pranav Anand in the penultimate round. Mitrabha converted his advantage slowly into a full point without making any big mistake.

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Runner-up IM Mitrabha Guha 7.5/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Winning finish

GM Jakhongir Vakhidov bounced back strong after suffering a loss against the eventual champion GM Harsha Bharathakoti. He won the final round game against GM Venkatesh M R.

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3rd GM Jakhongir Vakhidov of Uzbekistan 7.5/9 | Photo: gamesmaven.io

4th IM Terry Renato of Peru 7.5/9

5th IM Aronyak Ghosh 7.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

6th GM Diptayan Ghosh 7.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

7th IM Arghyadip Das 7.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

8th FM Aradhya Garg 7.0/9

9th IM Pranesh M 7.0/9

10th IM Nitin S 7.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Best Woman 1st - WIM Arpita Mukherjee 6.0/9 | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Best Woman 2nd - WFM Bhagyashree Patil 6.0/9

Best Woman 3rd WGM Nandhidhaa P V 6.0/9 | Photo: Shahid Ahmed

Best Woman 4th WFM Savitha Shri B 5.5/9

Best Woman 5th IM Bhakti Kulkarni 5.0/9 | Photo: Queen's Chess Academy

Final Standings

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
13
GMHarsha BharathakotiIND2509Raceking8,053,057,050,250,07
27
IMMitrabha GuhaIND2445Babysnake7,552,556,545,250,05
32
GMVakhidov JakhongirUZB2533Uzbektiger957,550,555,044,000,07
44
IMTerry RenatoPER2504Terryr7,550,554,543,500,07
513
IMAronyak GhoshIND2436Strange7,046,550,536,500,06
61
GMGhosh DiptayanIND2541Diptayan7,046,050,538,500,06
76
IMDas ArghyadipIND2453Arghyadip7,046,050,038,000,07
836
FMAradhya GargIND2198Aradhya7,045,549,537,000,07
912
IMPranesh MIND2437pranimastermuni7,044,548,035,000,07
1022
IMNitin S.IND2381Snitin7,044,546,532,000,07
1110
IMAditya MittalIND2438Vinniethepooh6,548,051,533,250,06
1234
Shome ShivIND2237kingofall6,546,049,031,000,06
1318
FMSrihari L RIND2414lsr6,544,048,031,250,06
1443
Aakash Sharadchandra DalviIND2110Aakash-Dalvi6,542,544,528,750,06
1515
IMKoustav ChatterjeeIND2431Koustavchatterjee16,050,054,032,000,06
1617
FMPranav AnandIND2417Lightsaber6,048,052,030,500,06
178
IMRathanvel V SIND2445Vsr646,047,551,531,000,06
185
GMVenkatesh M.R.IND2493Sivaji6,047,051,030,000,06
1928
IMRathnakaran K.IND2314Rathnakaran6,045,048,529,000,06
2020
IMRaja Rithvik RIND2408Masteredui6,044,047,029,000,06
2126
IMAnuj ShrivatriIND2350Anuj Shrivatri6,043,546,027,500,06
2216
CMShahil DeyIND2431Shahildey6,043,047,530,500,06
2332
Panesar VedantIND2266Brainboy1236,043,045,526,500,06
2431
FMDushyant SharmaIND2270Dushu29306,041,044,526,000,06
2529
FMSamant Aditya SIND2297Adityass6,040,544,527,000,06

Complete standings

Main Prize winners (Top 25)

Rank Name Points Prize
1 GM Harsha Bharathakoti 8 10000
2 IM Mitrabha Guha 7.5 6000
3 GM Jakhongir Vakhidov 7.5 4000
4 IM Terry Renato 7.5 2500
5 IM Aronyak Ghosh 7 1500
6 GM Diptayan Ghosh 7 1000
7 IM Arghyadip Das 7 500
8 FM Aradhya Garg 7 500
9 IM Pranesh M 7 500
10 IM Nitin S 7 500
11 IM Aditya Mittal 6.5 400
12 Shiv Shome 6.5 400
13 FM Srihari L R 6.5 400
14 Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi 6.5 400
15 IM Koustav Chatterjee 6 400
16 FM Pranav Anand 6 400
17 IM Rathanvel V S 6 400
18 GM Venkatesh M R 6 400
19 IM Rathnakaran K 6 400
20 IM Raja Rithvik R 6 400
21 IM Anuj Shrivatri 6 400
22 CM Shahil Dey 6 400
23 Vedant Panesar 6 400
24 FM Dushyant Sharma 6 400
25 FM Aditya S Samant 6 400

Best Women 

1 WIM Arpita Mukherjee 6 3000
2 WFM Bhagyashree Patil 6 2000
3 WGM Nandhidhaa P V 6 1000
4 WFM Savitha Shri B 5.5 600
5 IM Bhakti Kulkarni 5 400

All prize winners must claim the prizes two weeks within the publication of this article. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize.

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Feedback of the Participants

IM Aditya Mittal

Thank you for a very good tournament. It went much smoother than previous tournaments.

 

FM Aradhya Garg

The event was conducted smoothly by Chessbase India and the participation of a lot of strong IMs and GMs made it a tough fight throughout the whole event. The tournament was conducted smoothly without much problems and there was not much spamming either on Zoom or on PlayChess. The arbiters dealt very well with the players and this created a conducive environment to play the tournament for each and every participant. The arbiters also kept us reminded of how much time the next round will start in and published the pairings on Chess-results.com consistently. Thanks for Chessbase India for conducting this wonderful event.

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