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Sarbartho Mani and Narayani Umesh Marathe dominate 36th National Under-7 Open and Girls 2023

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/09/2023

Sarbartho Mani (WB) scored a perfect 9/9 to win 36th National Under-7 Open 2023. Narayani Umesh Marathe (MAH) registered 8.5/9 to win the Girls event. Both champions finished a full point ahead of the field. Kavish Palaniappan K (TN) and Shivay Singh (UP) scored 8/9 to secure second and third place according to tie-breaks. Sanvitha A Shetty (KAR) scored sole 7.5/9 to be placed second. Nakshatra Gumudavelly (KAR) edged past five other girls to claim third place 7/9. The total prize fund combining Open and Girls section was ₹500000. The top three prizes in both Open and Girls sections were ₹50000, ₹36000 and ₹30000 along with a trophy each respectively. Photos: Shahid Ahmed

Sarbartho and Narayani finish a full point ahead of the field

It is not every day we get to see someone become a National champion with a perfect score. Sarbartho Mani (WB) headed the final round with a perfect score 8/8. A draw against Shivin K (TN) would have made him a clear champion. However, Sarbartho went for a win and finished with a perfect score 9/9. In the Girls section, Narayani Umesh Marathe (MAH) defeated Aryahi Bhattacharya (WB) in the final round, to become a clear champion. The organizers, Sara Bangla Daba Sangstha gave a medal each to all 359 participants combining both Open and Girls section.

Champion in Open - Sarbartho Mani (WB) 9/9
Sarbartho Mani becomes 36th National Under-7 Open Champion with a perfect 9/9 | Video: ChessBase India

Champion in Girls - Narayani Umesh Marathe (MAH) 8.5/9
Narayani Umesh Marathe scores 8.5/9 to win 36th National Under-7 Girls 2023 | Video: ChessBase India

Runner-up in Open - Kavish Palaniapan K (TN) 8/9

Runner-up in Girls - Sanvitha A Shetty (KAR) 7.5/9

Second Runner-up in Open - Shivay Singh (UP) 8/9

Second Runner-up in Girls - Nakshatra Gumudavelly (KAR) 7/9

36th National Under-7 Open and Girls champions - Sarbartho Mani (WB) 9/9 and Narayani Umesh Marathe (MAH) 8.5/9 with their parents

Top 3 in Open (L to R): 2nd Kavish Palaniappan K (TN) 8/9, 1st Sarbartho Mani (WB) 9/9 and 3rd Shivay Singh (UP) 8/9

Top 3 in Girls (L to R): 2nd Sanvitha A Shetty (KAR) 7.5/9, 1st Narayani Umesh Marathe (MAH) 8.5/9 and 3rd Nakshatra Gumudavelly (KAR) 7/9

Sarbartho Mani scored a perfect 9/9, finished a full point ahead of the field and gained 54 Elo rating points

Narayani Umesh Marathe scored an unbeaten 8.5/9, finished a full point ahead of the competition and increased her Elo rating by 24.4 points

Open: 4th Sattwik Swain (ODI) 7.5/9

5th Vishesh Gupta (DEL) 7.5/9

6th Divith Reddy Adulla (TEL) 7/9

7th Shivin K (TN) 7/9

8th Hriday Garg (DEL) 7/9

9th Aarav Somani (WB) 7/9

10th Prayan Chopra (MP) 7/9

11th Laksh Mihir Dighe (MAH) 7/9

12th Nova Ayer Juyal (MAH) 7/9

13th Rithvik Uppu (AP) 7/9

14th Saathvik Chakravarthy Ramayanam (TEL) 7/9

15th Krithik Kathiresan (TN) 7/9

16th Akshith Done (TEL) 6.5/9

17th Ayaan Phutane (KAR) 6.5/9

18th Shreyan Thipparthi (TEL) 6.5/9

19th Hemanth Reddy (KAR) 6.5/9

20th Inba Dhinesh Babu (TN) 6.5/9

Girls: 4th Aryahi Bhattacharya 7/9

5th Rayna Ajay Patel (GUJ) 7/9

6th Harshika M (TN) 7/9

7th Ankita Raj (BIH) 7/9

8th Anirudhi Anant (CHAT) 7/9

9th Madhumitha G (TN) 6.5/9

10th Chippada Poshana Rithika Akshaya (AP) 6.5/9

11th Aditi Moharan (ODI) 6.5/9

12th Mahee Dutta (KAR) 6.5/9

13th Sukriti Rhea S (TN) 6.5/9

14th Naira Aditya (JHAR) 6/9

15th Sanskriti Yadav (UP) 6/9

16th Anupriya Yadav (UP) 6/9

17th Tvesha Singh (DEL) 6/9

18th Sakshi Kaushal (HAR) 6/9

19th Vamshika Boga (TEL) 6/9

20th Paushita Paliwal (RAJ) 6/9

Sara Bangla Daba Sangstha officials felicitated Sarbartho Mani (WB) for becoming 36th National Under-7 Open champion with a perfect 9/9

Trophies for the prize winners

Cheques for the top three in Open and Girls

Parents, accompanying persons and guests at the closing ceremony

Photo Gallery

GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly made the inaugural first move

The tournaments were inaugurated by the two-time Gold medalist at World Teams, Arjuna awardee and the man who has won countless accolades -  GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly, Swapan Banerjee, President of Bengal Olympic Association, in presence of Prof. (Dr.) R P Banerjee, Chairman & Director, EIILM Kolkata, India's second GM in history Dibyendu Barua, organizers and officials of the tournament.

The top two boards

Players in action

The tournament hall at The Stadel, Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal

Champion with the Grandmasters (L to R) - Sayantan Das, Dibyendu Barua and Diptayan Ghosh

West Bengal's latest and India's 81st Grandmaster, Sayantan Das, India's 43rd GM Diptayan Ghosh, Sanjay Budhia, renowned industrialist, Namit Bajoria, Managing Director, Kutchina and many other guests were present at the Closing Ceremony


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Video Gallery

Inauguration Ceremony of 36th National Under-7 Open and Girls 2023 | Video: ChessBase India
Here take your new queen, Wait! Aarav v Krithik | Video: ChessBase India
5 and 6-year-olds play a Major Piece Endgame - Aaranya v Madhumitha | Video: ChessBase India
I returned to professional chess in January this year - GM Diptayan Ghosh | Video: ChessBase India
"I can see India's future here" - GM Sayantan Das | Video: ChessBase India
I want to promote chess as much as possible - GM Dibyendu Barua | Video: ChessBase India

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A total of 237 players in the Open and 122 in the Girls took part from 27 states and union territories across the country in this five-day nine round Swiss-league Under-7 Rating tournament which was organized by Sara Bangla Daba Sangstha at The Stadel, Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, West Bengal from 21st and 25t September 2023. The time control of the event was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Final standings in Open

Rk.SNo NameTypsexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Krtg+/-
Mani, SarbarthoU07IND1369West Bengal9545959,00094054
ACMKavish, Palaniappan KU07IND1135Tamil Nadu8545849,00084054
Shivay, SinghU07IND1063Uttar Pradesh848,551,542,50084092,8
Sattwik, SwainU07IND1206Odisha7,54852,542,5007402,4
Vishesh, GuptaU07IND1072Delhi7,544,548,538,25074013,6
Divith, Reddy AdullaU07IND1428Telangana753,556,539,500740-29,2
Shivin, KU07IND1021Tamil Nadu751,555,538,50074043,2
Hriday, GargU07IND1258Delhi7505338,000740-23,2
Aarav, SomaniU07IND1284West Bengal748,55238,500740-65,2
Prayan, ChopraU07IND0Madhya Pradesh7475239,7506
Laksh, Mihir DigheU07IND0Maharashtra74649,536,0007
Nova, Ayer JuyalU07IND0Maharashtra74346,535,0007
Rithvik, UppuU07IND0Andhra Pradesh742,544,532,5007
Saathvik, Chakravarthy RamayanamU07IND0Telangana7424532,5007
Krithik, KathiresanU07IND0Tamil Nadu7424532,0007
Akshith, DoneU07IND1035Telangana6,55255,534,75064011,2
Ayaan, PhutaneU07IND1179Karnataka6,549,55233,250640-49,2
Shreyan, ThipparthiU07IND1038Telangana6,5495334,750640-18,4
Hemanth, ReddyU07IND0Karnataka6,5485233,5006
Inba, Dhinesh BabuU07IND0Tamil Nadu6,546,549,533,2506


Final standings in Girls

Rk.SNo NamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
Narayani, Umesh MarathewIND1200Maharashtra8,5525753,7508
Sanvitha, A ShettywIND1080Karnataka7,5535745,0007
Nakshatra, GumudavellywIND0Karnataka7505541,2506
Aryahi, BhattacharyawIND0West Bengal7505539,5007
Rayna, Ajay PatelwIND0Gujarat7495135,0007
Harshika, MwIND1025Tamil Nadu748,552,538,5007
Ankita, RajwIND0Bihar74852,539,0007
Anirudhi, AnantwIND0Chhattisgarh744,54735,0007
Madhumitha, GwIND0Tamil Nadu6,549,55337,0006
Chippada, Poshana Rithika AkshayawIND0Andhra Pradesh6,546,54930,7506
Aditi, MoharanawIND0Odisha6,544,548,532,2506
Dutta, MaheewIND0Karnataka6,544,546,530,7506
Sukriti, Rhea SwIND0Tamil Nadu6,543,547,532,7506
Naira, AdityawIND0Jharkhand647,55029,0006
Yadav, SanskritiwIND1207Uttar Pradesh646,550,531,5006
Anupriya, YadavwIND1307Uttar Pradesh64646,526,7505
Tvesha, SinghwIND0Delhi645,549,529,5006
Sakshi, KaushalwIND1029Haryana645,547,528,7505
Vamshika, BogawIND0Telangana643,54626,5006
Paushita, PaliwalwIND0Rajasthan6434729,0006


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@ 20/09/2023 by Shahid Ahmed (en)

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