National Team Chess Championship-2018 Begins

Shri. Achyuta Samanta, Founder Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology and Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences inaugurating the National Team Chess Championship-2018.

Photos by I.A. Gopakumar Sudhakaran

Odisha: The 38th National Team Chess Championship and 16th National Team Chess Championship for Women commenced today at KIIT University, Bhubaneswar. This event is being held from 07 to 14 February 2018. India’s premier companies like Airport Authority of India, Air India, Indian Railways etc. are fielding strong players like GM Adhiban Baskaran, GM Surya Shekhar Ganguly, IM Padmini Rout and many titled players.

President AOCA IM Sekhar Sahu addressing the gathering.

Round 1 

Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) scored 3½:½  to defeat Gujarat.

Karan Trivedi R held top rated GM Surya Sekar Ganguly to a draw.
Karan Trivedi R of Gujarat.

Trivedi made an exchange sacrificed on move 26. Ganguly had to give up his queen to escape immediate checkmate. There was a complete off-balance on the board. White was enjoying a massive advantage but few inaccurate moves later the grandmaster secured a draw.

Airport Authority of India (AAI) also had an easy day at the office after a 4 : 0 clear sweep.

Defending champions Railway Sports Promotion Board – A showed complete dominance against Odisha-MCF-3 with 4 : 0.

GM Swapnil Dhopade
GM Srinath Narayanan of Air India. AI defeated Odisha-MCF-2.

Board Pairings

Round 2 on 2018/02/09 at 10:00
Bo. 1   Petroleum Sports Promotion Board Rtg 9   Bengal Chess-B Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 GM
Adhiban, B.
2643
Kaustuv, Kundu
2336
1.2 GM
Gopal, G.N.
2593
Sonkalan, Bharati
2164
1.3 GM
Karthikeyan, Murali
2585
Saptorshi, Gupta
2087
1.4 GM
Sengupta, Deep
2572
Sayantan, Chandra
1854
Bo. 11   Tamilnadu Rtg 2   Airport Authority of India Rtg 0 : 0
2.1
Sathya, Giri V
1913 IM
Stany, G.A.
2500
2.2
Barath, Kalyan M
2127 GM
Shyam, Sundar M.
2521
2.3
Hari, Madhavan N B
2086 IM
Visakh, N R
2457
2.4
Kumar, S. (C)
1922 IM
Rajesh, V A V
2315
Bo. 3   Railway Sports Promotion Board – A Rtg 12   Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 GM
Himanshu, Sharma
2425
Thanki, Hemal Karsanji
2073
3.2 GM
Deepan, Chakkravarthy J.
2516
Ram, S. Krishnan
2197
3.3 IM
Karthikeyan, P.
2464
Sudhakar, Prem Dutt
1737
3.4 GM
Swapnil, S. Dhopade
2531
Jayakumar, P.
1875
Bo. 13   Odisha-MCF-1 Rtg 4   Air India Rtg 0 : 0
4.1
Samal, Ansuman
2022 GM
Narayanan, Srinath
2530
4.2
Pattnayak, Nilsu
1987 IM
Swayams, Mishra
2439
4.3
Das, Susobhit
1856 GM
Bakre, Tejas
2444
4.4
Rabindra, Kumar Ojha
1721 IM
Satyapragyan, Swayangsu
2398

Team Women

It was an easy day for higher-rated players with no hiccups or upsets. PSPB, Air India and AAI scored clear wins.

PSPB 4 : 0 Uttar Pradesh
IM Padmini Rout—Reigning Indian Champion.
WGM Aarthie Ramaswamy.

Board Pairings

Round 2 on 2018/02/09 at 10:00
Bo. 1   Petroleum Sports Promotion Board Rtg 4   Tamilnadu Rtg 0 : 0
1.1 IM
Karavade, Eesha
2386
Rindhiya, V
1848
1.2 WGM
Soumya, Swaminathan
2349
Saranya, Y
1966
1.3 WGM
Gomes, Mary Ann
2329
Divya, Lakshmi R (C)
1926
1.4 IM
Mohota, Nisha
2256 WFM
Saranya, J
2077
Bo. 5   Odisha-KIIT Rtg 2   Air India Rtg 0 : 0
2.1
Hansdah, Namita
1167 IM
Tania, Sachdev
2402
2.2
Smaraki, Mohanty
1814 WGM
Kulkarni, Bhakti
2290
2.3 WFM
Salonika, Saina
2151 IM
Vijayalakshmi, Subbaraman
2352
2.4 CM
Aparajita, Gochhikar
1740 WGM
Meenakshi, Subbaraman
2193
Bo. 3   Airport Authority of India Rtg 6   Life Insurance Corporation Rtg 0 : 0
3.1 WIM
Pujari, Rucha
2171 WGM
Swati, Ghate
2222
3.2 WIM
Parnali, S Dharia
2144 WGM
Kiran, Manisha Mohanty
2101
3.3 WIM
Chitlange, Sakshi
2089
S.Jayaseeli,
1174
3.4 WFM
Varshini, V
2103 WFM
Bindu, Saritha K.
1565
Bo. 8   Telangana Rtg 13   Karnataka Rtg 0 : 0
4.1 AFM
Advaita, Sharma K
1302
Tejaswini, M P
0
4.2
Yagna, Priya Polisetty
1112
Sakshi, S Auradkar
0
4.3
Chaitanya, V.
1813
Anvita, Aparanji
0
4.4
Sanvee, R
0
Sahana, Gobbur
0