GM Aravindh Chithambaram wins National Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2019

National Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship-2019 was organized by Jalandhar Chess Association under the aegis of Punjab State Chess Association & All India Chess Federation. It was held from 25 to 27 May at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar.

More than 100  players from across 23 states competed for the coveted titles.  Participants included 7 Grand Masters; 3 Woman Grand Masters; 11 International Master; 1 Woman International Master; 6 FIDE Masters. In both Rapid and Blitz competitions of the event, 11 rounds for each were played.

Photo: Kanwarjeet/Punjab Kesari

GM Aravindh Chithambaram became the first Indian player to hold national titles in all three formats simultaneously. Aravindh- the reigning National Open Senior Champion (in Classical format)- scored 10.5 points from 11 rounds to clinch the Rapid title. Followed by an impressive score of 10/11 points to clinch the Blitz championship.

GM Visakh NR with 9 points, GM Laxman RR with remained at second, and third in Rapid respectively. Similarly, in Blitz, GM R.R.Laxman stood second while WGM Bhakti Kulkarni bagged third place. The reigning National Women’s Champion Bhakti (Classical format) defeated India’s latest GM Swayams Mishra, IM Rahul Shetty, WGM Meenakshi, WGM Swati Ghate before drawing with champion Aravindh in the final round of Blitz Championship.

Rapid -Final Ranking

Rk. SNo Name sex FED RtgI Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 2 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2478 Tn 10,5 0,0 71,0 76,5 72,50 10
2 17 GM Visakh N R IND 2268 Tn 9,0 0,0 75,0 80,5 62,50 8
3 5 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2429 Rspb 8,0 0,0 74,0 79,5 53,00 7
4 16 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H. IND 2274 Ap 8,0 0,0 73,5 78,5 55,00 5
5 3 IM Swayams Mishra IND 2475 Ai 8,0 0,0 73,5 77,5 54,50 6
6 7 IM Krishna C R G IND 2395 Rspb 8,0 0,0 69,0 74,0 51,00 7
7 4 IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2433 Lic 8,0 0,0 67,5 72,5 51,00 6
8 13 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti w IND 2318 Ai 8,0 0,0 66,0 70,0 49,50 7
9 14 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2312 Pspb 7,5 0,0 74,0 79,5 50,75 5
10 11 IM Saravana Krishnan P. IND 2327 Tn 7,5 0,0 67,5 71,0 44,00 7
11 15 FM Gahan M G IND 2298 Kar 7,5 0,0 65,0 70,0 44,75 7
12 47 Sharan Rao IND 1803 Kar 7,5 0,0 62,5 66,5 43,00 6
13 10 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2358 Rspb 7,0 0,0 74,0 79,5 46,00 6
14 8 IM Ravi Teja S. IND 2378 Ap 7,0 0,0 72,0 76,0 45,00 5
15 64 FM Aaryan Varshney IND 1623 Del 7,0 0,0 71,0 75,0 45,25 6
16 67 FM Dushyant Sharma IND 1585 Pun 7,0 0,0 68,5 74,0 45,50 6
17 12 GM Thipsay Praveen M IND 2325 Mah 7,0 0,0 68,5 73,5 40,75 6
18 34 Joshi Govind Ballabh IND 2011 Del 7,0 0,0 66,5 70,5 40,75 6
19 62 WIM Divya Deshmukh w IND 1656 Mah 7,0 0,0 64,5 68,0 38,50 7
20 23 Senthil Maran K IND 2181 Tn 7,0 0,0 64,0 67,5 40,75 6

Bliz- Final Ranking

Rk. SNo Name sex FED RtgI Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. IND 2532 Tn 10,0 0,0 76,5 80,5 72,50 9
2 2 GM Laxman R.R. IND 2463 Rspb 9,0 0,0 76,0 82,0 64,00 8
3 10 WGM Kulkarni Bhakti w IND 2320 Ai 8,0 0,0 73,0 79,0 53,50 7
4 12 GM Visakh N R IND 2310 Tn 8,0 0,0 73,0 79,0 53,00 8
5 5 GM Neelotpal Das IND 2408 Pspb 8,0 0,0 72,5 77,5 52,00 6
6 8 IM Ravi Teja S. IND 2391 Ap 8,0 0,0 71,0 76,0 52,50 7
7 16 FM Gahan M G IND 2254 Kar 8,0 0,0 70,0 75,0 51,00 7
8 24 Soham Kamotra IND 2136 J&k 8,0 0,0 69,5 73,5 51,75 7
9 7 IM Sharma Dinesh K. IND 2393 Lic 8,0 0,0 67,5 72,5 52,50 8
10 6 IM Rathnakaran K. IND 2408 Rspb 7,5 0,0 72,0 75,5 47,25 6
11 18 Shailendra K Bajpai IND 2243 Up 7,5 0,0 67,5 72,5 44,50 7
12 13 IM Konguvel Ponnuswamy IND 2307 Pspb 7,5 0,0 66,0 71,0 45,25 7
13 22 FM Aaryan Varshney IND 2196 Del 7,5 0,0 65,0 69,5 43,75 7
14 9 GM Sengupta Deep IND 2330 Pspb 7,5 0,0 64,5 69,0 46,25 5
15 3 IM Swayams Mishra IND 2442 Ai 7,0 0,0 72,0 77,0 43,00 7
16 11 FM Mehar Chinna Reddy C.H. IND 2317 Ap 7,0 0,0 70,0 74,5 42,50 7
17 48 Sharan Rao IND 1839 Kar 7,0 0,0 67,5 71,5 42,75 6
18 4 IM Krishna C R G IND 2424 Rspb 7,0 0,0 67,0 72,5 44,50 7
19 33 WIM Divya Deshmukh w IND 2017 Mah 7,0 0,0 67,0 71,0 40,00 7
20 28 FM Tiwari Ashwani IND 2055 Pun 7,0 0,0 62,5 66,5 37,50 7