IM Girish Koushik wins Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Championship

Mysore’s IM Girish  Koushik playing with white pieces on the top board held India’s 50th Grandmaster M. S. Thejkumar in the 10th round, and tied with the latter with 9 points from 10 rounds. Girish took home the glittering trophy, Rs.1,00,000 and the title of Akshayakalpa Karnataka State Champion on the basis of his better progressive tie-break score of 74.5 to the latter’s 73, at the Woodlands hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka on Wednesday.

GM Thej Kumar receiving the cash prize from Mr. Shashi Kumar, CEO, Akshayakalapa

The biggest state championship with a prize fund of Rs. 10 lakhs, sponsored by Akshayakalpa Organic Dairy Foods, began on the 14th of April 2018. It was organized by Innovators Chess Academy under the aegis of United Karnataka Chess Association and All India Chess Federation.

Sushrutha Reddy, Secretary, Innovators Chess Academy was the driving force behind this five-day mega state championship. Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India

In the prize distribution ceremony, Mr. Arvind Shastry, Secretary UKCA, Mr. Shashi Kumar, CEO Akshayakalpa, Mr. Vasanth B.H, Chief Arbiter, Mr. Sushrutha Reddy, Secretary, Innovators Chess Academy, Mr. Nagendra Muralidhar, Secretary, Mysore Chess Centre gave away prizes to the winners.

Four players — IM Girish Koushik, GM Thejkumar , Ojas Kulkarni  and N.Sanjay tied with 9 points each, but the basis of their progressive tie-break scores took the places from one to four respectively in the final rankings.

Final Ranking after 10 Rounds

Rk. SNo Name Typ sex Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 3 IM Girish A. Koushik 2401 Mys 9,0 0,0 65,5 74,5
2 1 GM Thejkumar M. S. 2493 Mys 9,0 0,0 64,0 73,0
3 6 Ojas Kulkarni 2252 Blu 9,0 0,0 61,0 69,0
4 4 Sanjay N. 2346 Blu 8,5 0,0 63,0 71,0
5 2 IM Stany G.A. 2493 Shi 8,5 0,0 61,0 70,0
6 9 Arvind Shastry 2175 Blu 8,5 0,0 61,0 70,0
7 24 Jagadish P U16 1894 Blu 8,5 0,0 57,0 64,5
8 12 Augustin A 2065 Kod 8,5 0,0 56,5 65,5
9 14 Gavi Siddayya 1993 Blu 8,5 0,0 56,0 63,5
10 7 Yashas D. 2243 Shi 8,0 0,0 62,5 71,5