Raceking Harsha Bharathakoti finishes first in Capablanca Chess School 5th Anniversary Online Blitz Open
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.
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.
GM Harsha Bharathakoti's best win of the event was against GM Venkatesh M R in Round 6.
Venkatesh - Harsha, Round 6
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.
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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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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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|13||18||FM||Srihari L R||IND||2414||lsr||6,5||44,0||48,0||31,25||0,0||6|
|14||43||Aakash Sharadchandra Dalvi||IND||2110||Aakash-Dalvi||6,5||42,5||44,5||28,75||0,0||6|
|17||8||IM||Rathanvel V S||IND||2445||Vsr64||6,0||47,5||51,5||31,00||0,0||6|
|20||20||IM||Raja Rithvik R||IND||2408||Masteredui||6,0||44,0||47,0||29,00||0,0||6|
|21||26||IM||Anuj Shrivatri||IND||2350||Anuj Shrivatri||6,0||43,5||46,0||27,50||0,0||6|
|25||29||FM||Samant Aditya S||IND||2297||Adityass||6,0||40,5||44,5||27,00||0,0||6|
Main Prize winners (Top 25)
|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|
|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|
|24||FM Dushyant Sharma||6||400|
|25||FM Aditya S Samant||6||400|
|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.