Abhijeet wins ChessMine Rapid, Vidit takes home the blitz
The strongest Rapid and Blitz tournament ever in India was held from the 5th to the 7th of August 2017 in Bangalore. Vidit, Abhijeet, Sethuraman, Deep, Gopal, Aravindh, Karthikeyan. Barring Anand, Hari and Adhiban all the big names of Indian chess were present there! Abhijeet Gupta won the rapid section while Vidit Gujrathi dominated the blitz. It was a festival of chess that was sublimely organized. We have a beautiful pictorial report that will give you the feel of the entire event.
Photos by Akshay Halagannavar
We left you on day one of the ChessMine rapid with the 13-year-old Nihal Sarin dominating the event with 6.0/6 start.
Rapid final rankings before tiebreaks:
|2||34||IM||Girish A. Koushik||IND||2319||8,5||0,0||64,0||58,5|
|3||24||FM||Sai Krishna G V||IND||2369||8,5||0,0||62,5||57,0|
|7||13||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2452||8,0||0,0||61,5||56,5|
|15||35||FM||Rathanvel V S||IND||2319||7,5||0,0||66,5||60,5|
|16||38||GM||Aravindh Chithambaram Vr.||IND||2296||7,5||0,0||62,5||56,5|
The organizers were clear that tie-breaks in the form of rapid and blitz games will decide the winner of the tournament. The players had to first play two rapid games of 10 minutes + 5 seconds of increment. And in case of a draw, they would move to blitz.
Abhijeet Gupta took on Girish Koushik and Gopal was up against Sai Krishna G.V. Gupta was clinical as he dismantled Girish 2-0 in the rapid. Sai Krishna beat Gopal in the first game, but allowed the Kerala GM to stage a comeback and win the second. In the blitz Gopal showed no mercy and won 2-0.
Thus the finals was now between two experienced and top class GMs of India - Abhijeet Gupta and G.N. Gopal. Gopal struck the first blood as he won game one. Abhijeet is not one to bow down so easily. He played with all his might and equalized the scores. The match now moved to blitz. Gopal was better in game one with the white pieces and presssing throughout the game. But it ended in a draw. In the second game Gupta was white and tried to close the duel. In a fairly drawish position Gopal's flag fell and the Delhi GM won the match by a score of 1.5-0.5. Abhijeet won the ChessMine Rapid and went back home richer by Rs.1,00,000.
The blitz section is the story of one man who led right from the start and finished off the tournament with a flawless performance. Vidit Gujrathi. After a relatively lacklustre performance at the rapid event, Vidit showcased a comeback in the blitz to score 10.0/11 and go back home with the winner's purse of Rs.60,000.
Vidit writes on his Facebook page, "Yesterday night after the rapid ended I relaxed a bit. Spoke with my friends and family. That helped me a lot to get back into good frame of mind. And in the blitz tournament today I was able to show my best chess. I can say that in the eleven rounds I played I did not blunder a single pawn. I was quite solid. In the last round of the event I was playing against the master of tiebreaks Abhijeet Gupta and we were both down to seconds. If I would have drawn the game, then I might have had to go into playoffs. The tension was palpable and I was happy to cap off the event with a win! Lessons from this tournament will be surely useful in my World Cup at Tbilisi in Georgia."
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Final Ranking after 11 Rounds
|1||1||GM||Vidit Santosh Gujrathi||IND||2619||10,0||0,0||80,5||74,5|
|4||9||GM||Deepan Chakkravarthy J.||IND||2506||9,0||0,0||71,5||65,5|
|12||26||IM||Navin Kanna T.U.||IND||2372||8,0||0,0||73,5||67,5|
|14||16||IM||Ravi Teja S.||IND||2408||8,0||0,0||70,0||64,5|
|16||21||IM||Viani Antonio Dcunha||IND||2398||8,0||0,0||60,5||56,0|
|19||29||IM||Krishna C R G||IND||2352||7,5||0,0||71,5||65,5|
The ChessMine effect:
The single biggest achievement of the ChessMine team has been to bring almost all of the top Indian players apart from Anand and Harikrishna under one roof.
Pictorial impressions by Akshay Halagannavar:
Akshay Halagannavar with his camera captured some very nice pictures at the tournament: