Bhiwani (26 Sep 10) :- Better tie-break score helped International Master M R Venkatesh of PSPB to clinch the 48th National Challengers Chess Championship after beating T U Navin Kanna of Tamilnadu in the final round here at Preksha Vihar on Sunday.
In the final round saw decisive battles at top boards and second seed M S Thej Kumar of Railways defeated team mate International Master Suvrajit Saha while Shyam Sundar of Tamilnadu got better off Vikramditya Kamble and joined Venkatesh at pole position with 10 points. Three way tie for the coveted trophy resolved by Buchholz tie break score and Bharat Petroleum employee Venkatesh edged out both Thej Kumar and Shyam Sundar to finish first. M S Thej Kumar secured runner-up position while Shyam Sundar satisfied with third spot finish.
Top thirty players from this championship qualified for the forthcoming National Premier (National ‘A’) Chess Championship scheduled to be held at New Delhi in the month of December. Surprisingly, the prominent players like third seed IM Swapnil Dhopade, IM Himanshu Sharma, IM K Rathnakaran, IM Praveen Kumar C were failed to qualify for the event.
Winner International Master M R Venkatesh with trophy
In the closing ceremony, Shri. Ashwin Shenvi, S P Bhiwani gave away the prizes in presence of Shri. Brij Lal Saraf, Shri. Vijay Kishan Saraf, Shri. Mohan Lal Buwaniwala, eminent social workers, Shri. Pradeep Gupta, Hony Secretary Haryana Chess Association and Shri. Sanjay Goyal, Organising Secretary.
Final Standings (Top 10)
(1) IM Venkatesh M R of PSPB with 10 points and 110 tie break score
(2) IM Thej Kumar M S of Railways with 10 points and 108 tie break score
(3) IM Shyam Sundar of Tamilnadu with 10 points and 107 tie break score
(4) IM Vikramditya Kamble of Railways with 9 points and 109 tie break score
(5) IM Rahul Sangma of Delhi with 9 points and 108.5 tie break score
(6) IM Suvrajit Saha of Railways with 9 points and 107 tie break score
(7) Navin Kanna T U of Tamilnadu with 9 points and 105.5 tie break score
IM Lalith Babu MR of Andhra Pradesh with 9 points and 102 tie break score
(9) Stany G A of Karnataka with 9 points and 97 tie break score
(10) WGM Soumya Swaminathan of Maharashtra with 9 points and 97 tie break score
Important Results (Round-13)
IM Thej Kumar MS of RSPB (10) beat IM Suvrajit Saha of RSPB (9); IM Shyam Sundar of Tamilnadu (10) beat IM Vikramaditya Kamble of RSPB (9); IM Venkatesh MR of PSPB (10) beat Navin Kanna T U of Tamilnadu (9); IM Rahul Sangma of Delhi (9) drew with IM Prathamesh Mokal of Maharashtra (8.5); IM Lalith Babu M R of Andhra Pradesh (9) beat FM Ramakrishna J of Andhra Pradesh (8.5); IM Swapnil Dhopade of RSPB (
lost to Stany G A of Karnataka (9); IM Debashis Das of Orissa (8.5) drew with Arjun Tiwari of RSPB (8.5); FM Vishnu Prasanna of Tamilnadu (8.5) drew with O T Anilkumar of Kerala (8.5); IM Singh D P of RSPB (8.5) drew with IM Karthikeyan P of Tamilnadu (8.5); WGM Soumya Swaminathan of Maharshtra (9) beat IM Rathnakaran K of RSPB (
; IM Balasubramaniam R of RSPB (
v IM Praveen Kumar C of RSPB (
; IM Shyam Nikil of Tamilnadu (8.5) drew with IM Saptarshi Roy of RSPB (8.5); Matta Vinay Kumar of Andhra Pradesh (8.5) drew with Akash Thakur of RSPB (8.5); IM Dinesh Kumar Sharma of LIC (8.5) drew with FM Rajesh VAV of Tamilnadu (8.5); Praveen Prasad of Andhra Pradesh (8.5) drew with G B Joshi of Air India (8.5).