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GM Sriram Jha wins it big in Jaipur

by Sagar Shah - 12/02/2018

A big tournament was held in Jaipur in the memory of Ankit and Sakshi Bhargava from the 29th of January to 2nd of February 2018. Four grandmasters - Himanshu Sharma, Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury, Pravin Thipsay and Sriram Jha, and three IMs Sayantan Das, Suvrajit Saha and Dinesh Kumar Sharma took part. The event was closely contested and three players finished with the same score of 8.0/9. It is GM Sriram Jha who won the event with a superior tiebreak and took home the top prize of Rs.80,000/-. We have a report with pictures, game analysis and information of all the prize winners sent to us by Rishi Kaushik. 

The 1st Ankit Sakshi Memorial Open FIDE Rated Chess Tournament was held at Maharishi Bhrigu Sadan, Jaipur from 29 Jan to 02 Feb 2018. A total number of 420 players which includes four grandmasters, three International Masters and 262 International rated players from different parts of the country participated in the event which was spread over five days with a time control of 90 minutes and 30 seconds increment from move 1.

 

The total prize fund of the event was Rs. 5,00,000. The tournament was played under Swiss System with nine rounds and had Grandmaster Himanshu Sharma of Railways as the top seed. The event progressed on expected lines as seeded players registered comfortable victories in the earlier part of the event. Hard fought battles ensured a thrilling end as three players tied for the pole position with eight points. With better tie-break score, grandmaster Sriram Jha of LIC emerged as the champion to pocket a cash prize of Rs. 81,000/- along with the winner’s trophy while Grandmaster Saptarshi Roy Chowdhary of Railways finished as the first runner-up. International Master Sayantan Das of West Bengal third.

Main Prizes

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

GM

Sriram Jha

2393

LIC

8

81000 + Trophy

2

GM

Roy Chowdhury Saptarshi

2318

WB

8

51000 + Trophy

3

IM

Das Sayantan

2432

WB

8

25000 + Trophy

4

GM

Thipsay Praveen M

2417

MAH

15,000

5

IM

Suvrajit Saha

2228

WB

10,000

6

IM

Sharma Dinesh K.

2238

LIC

9,000

7

 

Sher Singh

1906

RAJ

7,000

8

 

Rathore Sonakshi

1782

RAJJAI

7,000

9

 

Prakash Ram

2238

PUN

7

6,000

10

 

Vinay Raj Bhatt

2031

UTT

7

6,000

11

 

Sinha Santosh Kumar

1962

GUJ

7

5,000

12

 

Punit Indora

1905

HAR

7

5,000

13

 

Kant Rupesh

2037

MP

7

5,000

14

 

Dubey Sanchay

1875

UP

7

5,000

15

GM

Himanshu Sharma

2470

HAR

7

5,000

16

 

Rathore S.K.

2145

MP

7

4,000

17

AFM

Choubey Saurabh

1774

MP

7

4,000

18

 

Puneet Manchanda

1708

HAR

7

4,000

19

 

Sharma Rajjan

2095

MP

4,000

20

 

Shubham

1915

DEL

4,000

21

 

Sumit Grover

1922

J&K

3,000

22

 

Deepak Katiyar

2162

UP

3,000

23

 

Joshi Manish

2030

MP

3,000

24

 

Saumil Nair

1805

GUJ

3,000

25

 

Rawat R.S.

1779

UTT

3,000

26

 

Gajendra Singh

1951

UP

3,000

27

 

Sharma Suyash

1681

MP

3,000

28

 

Bhupendra Kumar

1721

BIH

3,000

29

 

Trivedi Karan R

1880

GUJ

3,000

30

 

Alok Mishra

1964

UP

3,000

Chess-results link

GM Sriram Jha receiving the winner's trophy and a cheque of Rs.80.000/-

GM Saptarshi Roy Chowdhury finished second and took home Rs.51,000/-

IM Sayantan Das finished third and was awarded Rs.25,000/-

Here is a nice victory by GM Sriram Jha against IM Suvrajit Saha. Just have a look at how a small edge in the opening was milked by Sriram and brought to its logical conclusion through powerful moves.

In the last round Sriram Jha had to work hard for the full point but he did so with some excellent technique in the opposite coloured bishop endgame. We are not sure if the position is a 100% win for Black and there is also a variation we analyzed which gives White ideas on how to defend, but this is something that we recommend the reader to dig deeper into.

In the rating category of Below 1600, Rituraj Singh of Uttar Pradesh secured first prize while in Below 1200 category, Avinash Srivastava of LIC finished first. Siddhali Shetye of Maharashtra was adjudged as best female player while Gautam Jangid of Rajasthan became  the best among unrated players. Harshit Arya of Haryana, Shah Moxit J of Gujarat, Harshit Pawar of Delhi, Aditya Maderana of Rajasthan finished best among Under-15, Under-13, Under- 11 and Under-9 age categories respectively. Kapil Dadhich and Raghav Bagri finished as the best Rajasthan player and Best Jaipur player respectively. The veteran prize bagged by season campaigner Kantilal Dave of Rajasthan and Rudradaman Mertia was the youngest player of the event. In a colourful closing ceremony, Shri. Rajendra Singh Rathore, Hon’ble Minister of Rajasthan gave away the cash prizes and trophies to the winners along with Shri. Ajay Ajmera, President ARCA and Shri. Ashok Bhargava, Secretary ARCA.

Rating Under 1600

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Rituraj Singh

1286

UP

7

15000 + Trophy

2

 

Suthar Pradip

1453

MAH

10000 + Trophy

3

 

Arnav Kushwaha

1379

CHAN

8000 + Trophy

4

 

Bhoopnath

1534

BIH

6,000

5

 

Yadav Narayan

1562

UP

5,000

6

 

Patil Ketan Anil

1594

MAH

6

4,000

7

 

Sankit Swami

1521

HAR

6

3,000

8

 

Bhatt Pradip P.

1592

GUJ

6

3,000

9

 

Vraj N Shah

1548

GUJ

6

2,500

10

 

Raj Prakhar

1599

HAR

6

2,500

Rating Under 1200

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Avinash Ch. Srivastava

0

LIC

6

13000 + Trophy

2

 

Sandeep

0

DEL

6

9000 + Trophy

3

 

Sunil Vyas

1014

RAJJAI

5

7000 + Trophy

4

 

Shubham Saini

1129

CHAN

5

5,000

5

 

Yashika Singh

1164

RAJJAI

5

4,000

6

 

Shrawan Jaiswal

1189

RAJJAI

5

3,000

7

 

Akshat Rawat

1104

RAJ

5

2,500

8

 

Garg Shivam

1179

RAJJAI

5

2,500

9

 

Hemant Raikwar

1177

MP

5

2,500

10

 

Mahi Shrivastava

1070

DEL

5

2,500

Unrated Players

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Gautam Jagid

0

RAJJAI

5

9000 + Trophy

2

 

Kunj Bihari Sharma

0

RAJJAI

5

7000 + Trophy

3

 

Sharma Kuldeep

0

RAJ

5

5000 + Trophy

4

 

Abhisheak Dutt Chandra

0

MP

5

3,000

5

 

Mohit Joshi

0

RAJ

5

2,500

Best Rating Increment

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Chetan Sharma

1550

UTT

6

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Manoj Kumar Singh

1231

DEL

2500 + Trophy

Best Veteran (60+)

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Dave Kantilal

1861

RAJ

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Gupta R K

1594

RAJ

2500 + Trophy

Best Lady Participant

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Shetye Siddhali

1927

MAH

7

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Shreetu Bhavikbhai Nandi

1454

GUJ

2500 + Trophy

Best Under 15 (Ist and 2nd Boys, 3rd Girl)

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Harshit Arya

1692

HAR

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Joy Pankaj Shah

1905

GUJ

3000 + Trophy

3

 

Kritika Pal

1553

DEL

2000 + Trophy

Best Under 13 (Ist and 2nd Boys, 3rd Girl)

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Shah Moxit J

1450

GUJ

6

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Chauhan Narayan

1507

UP

6

3000 + Trophy

3

 

Yashasvi Gupta

1256

RAJJAI

5

2000 + Trophy

Best Under 11 (Ist and 2nd Boys, 3rd Girl)

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

AFM

Pawar Harshit

1612

DEL

6

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Arora Honi

1530

RAJJAI

3000 + Trophy

3

 

Riddhika Kotia

1142

HAR

5

2000 + Trophy

Best Under 9 (Ist and 2nd Boys, 3rd Girl)

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Aditya Maderana

1039

RAJ

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Divyansh Pandey

1136

UP

4

3000 + Trophy

3

 

Shivika Saraogi

0

RAJJAI

2000 + Trophy

Best Rajastan Player

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Kapil Dadhich

1646

RAJJAI

4000 + Trophy

2

AGM

Chandrajeet Singh Rajawat

1821

RAJ

2500 + Trophy

Best Jaipur Player

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Raghav Bagri

1672

RAJJAI

4000 + Trophy

2

 

Saxena Arpit

1705

RAJJAI

6

2500 + Trophy

Best Youngest Player

Rank

Title

Name

Rating

Club

Pts

Prize Money

1

 

Rudradaman Mertia

 

RAJ

 

2000 + Trophy

2

 

Shourya Veer Saxena

 

RAJ

 

1500 + Trophy

The most important people involved in the organization of the event: Sunil Bhargava, Ashok Bhargava (Tournament Director), Rishi Kaushik, Chief Arbiter IA Gopa Kumar, Dr K L Batra

Interactive session by GM Pravin Thipsay:

After the tournament came to an end there was an interactive training session with GM Pravin Thipsay where he spoke to children about different topics.

It is always a wonderful experience for the youngsters of the game to gain knowledge from a legend like Pravin Thipsay

Students of various ages had gathered together

A group picture after the camp ended

Below is the lecture of Pravin Thipsay given in Bihar towards the end of 2017 which gives you an idea about what genuine and knowledgeable teacher he really is.

About Ankit and Sakshi Bhargava Smriti Sansthan:

Ankit and Sakshi Bhargava in whose memory the tournament was held

The Ankit Sakshi Bhargava Smriti Sansthan was established by Shri Sunil Bhargava and Smt Asha Bhargava in April 2012 in memory of his daughter and son, Sakshi Bhargava, who passed away on 7 Jan 2008 and Ankit Bhargava on 24 Oct 2011. Ankit was BTech (Computer Engineering) and Sakshi was pursuing BTech 4th Semester in Computer Engineering. They both died in an accident and their parents being chess enthusiasts organising a chess tournament every year since Oct 2008 in their memory. This was the first time the tournament conducted as a rating event.

About the author:

Rishi Kaushik is a passionate chess player (FIDE rating 2008), organizer and lover of the game. He dabbles in every facet of the game which helps to promote chess in the country. He works a Geospatial consultant at Tata Consultancy services!

 

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