2018 Senior National Open Chess Championship Kicks off in Jammu.

Senior National open chess championship 2018 started on 8th December at Gurjar Desh Charitable Trust, Channi Himmat, Jammu.

A total of 162 players from 27 states and 8 special units are participating including 19 grand masters and 20 International masters and some Arjuna awardee players. This is also a Asian Zonal 3.7 event as India is a separate Zone in Asia. Total prizes of Rs.20 Lacs will be distributed among top 10 players first prize being 5 Lacs.

Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, Chairman commonwealth chess association and also Secretary All India chess federation was the Chief guest on the occasion while Abdul Qyoom Chief Sports officer Jand K sports council and Ravi Singh Divisional sports officer were guests of honour.

Bharat Singh Chauhan appreciated the quality arrangements by AJKCA and hoped that this event will boost the moral of Youth in J & K. In his welcome address Atul Kumar Gupta President AJKCA welcomed all the players in J& K and thanked AICF for giving them biggest National chess championship of India.

Total 13 rounds will be played . International Arbiter Dharmendra Kumar is the chief Arbiter of this event who is supported by seven deputy Arbiters. Prominent guests present include Ashok Sharma sports Director SMVDSB , Munish Thappar Secretary Punjab state chess association and All J and K chess association members A.R. Wani, Ashiq Ahmed, Baldev Raj, Taranvir Singh, Kuljeet Jamwal, Farroq Ahmad, Mohd. Shafi, Khalid Amin, Raj Kumar, Vikas Nanda among others. Function was compered by Navneet Kaur.

Starting rank

No. Name FideID FED Rtg Club/City
1 GM Gupta Abhijeet 5010608 IND 2597 PSPB
2 GM Karthikeyan Murali 5074452 IND 2591 PSPB
3 GM Vaibhav Suri 5045185 IND 2589 PSPB
4 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. 5072786 IND 2584 TN
5 GM Sengupta Deep 5008352 IND 2565 PSPB
6 GM Chanda Sandipan 5004225 IND 2555 WB
7 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J. 5011132 IND 2550 RSPB
8 GM Venkatesh M.R. 5005779 IND 2528 PSPB
9 GM Karthik Venkataraman 25006479 IND 2527 AP
10 GM Vishnu Prasanna. V 5030692 IND 2518 TN
11 IM Harsha Bharathakoti 5078776 IND 2511 TEL
12 IM Stany G.A. 5029104 IND 2509 AAI
13 GM Anurag Mhamal 5024366 IND 2491 GOA
14 GM Swapnil S. Dhopade 5019184 IND 2490 RSPB
15 IM Karthikeyan P. 5018226 IND 2482 RSPB
16 IM Krishna C R G 5018625 IND 2464 RSPB
17 GM Sundararajan Kidambi 5005370 IND 2458 TN
18 IM Vignesh N R 25012215 IND 2455 TN
19 IM Swayams Mishra 5028183 IND 2452 AI
20 IM Nitin S. 5018277 IND 2450 RSPB
21 IM Shyaamnikhil P 5024218 IND 2448 RSPB
22 IM Akash G 5040299 IND 2443 TN
23 GM Laxman R.R. 5005361 IND 2436 RSPB
24 GM Bakre Tejas 5004195 IND 2433 AI
25 GM Neelotpal Das 5003512 IND 2412 PSPB
26 IM Rajesh V A V 5029317 IND 2402 TN
27 GM Thipsay Praveen M 5000033 IND 2400 MAH
28 IM Satyapragyan Swayangsu 5004306 IND 2394 AI
29 GM Sriram Jha 5001668 IND 2393 LIC
30 IM Viani Antonio Dcunha 5027330 IND 2392 KAR
31 Raahul V S 25035525 IND 2381 TN
32 IM Gusain Himal 5033861 IND 2379 RSPB
33 IM Rahul Srivatshav P 25059653 IND 2379 TEL
34 Sammed Jaykumar Shete 5073421 IND 2378 MAH
35 Sankalp Gupta 5097010 IND 2378 MAH
36 IM Rathnakaran K. 5005507 IND 2366 RSPB
37 Neelash Saha 5094160 IND 2351 WB
38 IM Saravana Krishnan P. 5018382 IND 2346 TN
39 Ritviz Parab 5073367 IND 2338 GOA
40 FM Srihari L R 46617116 IND 2316 TN