Karthik, Sakshi Crowned National Junior Champions

National Junior ( U-19 ) Open & Girls Chess Championship 2018

Report by I.A Manjunatha Murthy

Title-favourite and top seed GM Karthik Venkatraman overcame IM Raghunandan KS with his superior attacking moves to emerge new national junior’s champion while WIM Sakshi Chitlange outplayed Priyanka K to lift the junior girls’ crown at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi today.

For the most part of championship, GM Karthik Venkataraman was leading without any difficulties but tasted an unexpected defeat in the penultimate round by FM Wagh Suyog of Maharashtra. This loss of Karthik gave an opportunity to four more players to clinch the championship. In the final round, however, he comfortably won against IM Raghunandan K S of Karnataka.

The top-two boards had ended in draws and Karthik’s 9.0/11 points was enough to clinch the title.

For the runner-up position, seven players were tied with 8.5 points. On a better tie-break score, IM Rakesh Kumar Jena of Odisha secured 2nd position. While FM Nitish Belurkar of Goa secured the third position.

In the corresponding girls section WIM Aakanksha Hagawane of Maharashtra was all the way leading throughout the Championship. In the final round she lost to Meghana Ch of Kerala, this loss of Aakanksha made her land in the 2nd position .

WIM Chitlange Shakshi of Maharastra, who played and won on the 2nd board, clinched the title with 9 points.

Delhi’s WIM Vantika Agrawal secured the third position.

Arbiters Team with Chief Guest Mr Bharat Singh Chauhan, Hon’ble Secretary of AICF.

Arbiter team worked very hard throughout to make the event a grand success. Deputy Chie Arbiter IA Palaniappan P, IA Jitendra Choudhary, FA Chitaranjan Taorem, FA Shivakant Mishra, FA Kaviraj Sawant, FA Stella Sharmila, FA Mrityunajay Singh & SNA Puneet Jaiswal.

Delhi Chess Association, the star organiser of India, provided nice venue and hospitality to players and parents. Thanks to Delhi Chess Association for organising this mega and prestigious event without difficulty.

Open: Final Ranking

Rk. SNo Name Typ sex Gr FED Rtg RtgI RtgN Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 Rp w-we K rtg+/-
1 1 GM Karthik Venkataraman U19 IND 2527 2527 0 A P 9,0 0,0 76,0 80,0 63,25 8 2455 0,23 10 2,3
2 2 IM Rakesh Kumar Jena U17 IND 2394 2394 0 Odi 8,5 0,0 75,5 81,0 60,75 7 2397 0,91 10 9,1
3 15 FM Nitish Belurkar U17 IND 2310 2310 0 Goa 8,5 0,0 75,0 79,5 58,75 7 2411 1,73 20 34,6
4 6 Sammed Jaykumar Shete U19 IND 2368 2368 0 Mah 8,5 0,0 74,5 80,0 59,00 7 2365 0,83 20 16,6
5 12 CM Aronyak Ghosh U15 IND 2343 2343 0 W B 8,5 0,0 73,0 78,5 58,50 6 2310 0,63 20 12,6
6 7 FM Rajdeep Sarkar U17 IND 2362 2362 0 W B 8,5 0,0 72,0 77,5 57,75 7 2324 0,37 10 3,7
7 14 Pranav V U13 IND 2311 2311 0 T N 8,5 0,0 69,5 75,0 56,75 8 2267 0,22 20 4,4
8 20 FM Wagh Suyog U19 IND 2240 2240 0 Mah 8,5 0,0 65,0 70,0 53,50 7 2136 0,01 20 0,2
9 8 FM Anuj Shrivatri U15 IND 2357 2357 0 M P 8,0 0,0 70,5 76,5 54,75 5 2262 -0,37 20 -7,4
10 19 Saurabh Anand U17 IND 2246 2246 0 Bih 8,0 0,0 64,5 69,5 50,50 6 2097 -0,63 20 -12,6

Girls: Final Ranking

Rk. SNo Name Typ sex Gr FED Rtg Club/City Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5
1 3 WIM Chitlange Sakshi F19 w IND 2237 Mah 9,0 0,0 74,0 79,5 63,25 7
2 2 WIM Aakanksha Hagawane F19 w IND 2264 Mah 8,5 0,0 78,0 84,0 63,50 7
3 4 WIM Vantika Agrawal F17 w IND 2210 Del 8,5 0,0 73,5 79,0 58,75 7
4 21 WFM Meghna C H F19 w IND 1879 Ker 8,5 0,0 65,0 70,0 54,25 6
5 7 WCM Mrudul Dehankar F15 w IND 2136 Mah 8,0 0,0 70,0 75,0 52,50 7
6 1 WIM Priyanka Nutakki F17 w IND 2293 A P 8,0 0,0 70,0 74,0 51,50 7
7 6 WFM Makhija Aashna F17 w IND 2197 Mah 8,0 0,0 68,0 73,5 52,25 6
8 26 Toshali V F17 w IND 1859 A P 8,0 0,0 64,5 69,0 49,50 7
9 10 WCM Jyothsna L F15 w IND 2060 T N 7,5 0,0 76,5 81,5 53,50 5
10 15 Bakshi Rutuja F19 w IND 1981 Mah 7,5 0,0 74,0 79,5 51,50 6

Photos Courtesy: I.A Jitendra Choudhary