PSPB triumphs National Team Championships-2018

Odisha: The Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) had a thumping victory in both Open and Women categories respectively in the National Team Chess Championship which concluded today in KIIT Campus, Bhubneshwar. Team PSPB amassed 9 match points in the nine-round Open category. Followed by Airport Authority of India (AAI) at 7 match points and Railway Sports Promotion Board – B with 5 match points.

In the 8th round, Odisha-KIIT proved no match for PSPB as the host team lost 0:4. This win pushed PSPB to claim the National title with a round to spare. In the final round, BSNL’s  Hemal Karsanji Thanki held higher rated GM Adhiban Baskaran (PSPB) to a draw. Apart from this minor hiccup, PSPB made a clean sweep in next three boards. The final score was ½ :3½.

As PSPB claimed the title, the battle was for second position among other teams. In the penultimate round, AAI outclassed Bengal Chess-B and convincingly (3 : 1 ) defeated stronger Railway Sports Promotion Board – A.

Railway Sports Promotion Board – B finished 3rd with 5 match points.

GM Adhiban Baskaran was awarded the best player prize. He scored 8.0/9 points.

Final Ranking after 9 Rounds

Rk. SNo Team Games   +   =   –  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 1 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 9 9 0 0 18 0 32,0
2 2 Airport Authority of India 9 7 0 2 14 0 28,0
3 5 Railway Sports Promotion Board – B 9 5 3 1 13 1 25,0
4 3 Railway Sports Promotion Board – A 9 6 1 2 13 1 24,0
5 4 Air India 9 5 2 2 12 0 23,0
6 6 Life Insurance Corporation 9 6 0 3 12 0 19,5
7 9 Bengal Chess-B 9 5 1 3 11 0 19,0
8 10 Odisha-A 9 5 1 3 11 0 19,0
9 8 Odisha-KIIT 9 5 1 3 11 0 18,0
10 16 Bihar 9 5 0 4 10 0 21,0
11 15 Uttar Pradesh 9 5 0 4 10 0 20,0
12 17 Defence Accounts Sports Control Board 9 4 2 3 10 0 20,0
13 7 Bengal Chess-A 9 5 0 4 10 0 19,5
14 11 Tamilnadu 9 5 0 4 10 0 19,0
15 12 Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited 9 4 2 3 10 0 17,0
16 18 Gujarat 9 4 1 4 9 0 21,0
17 21 Odisha-MCF-2 9 3 3 3 9 0 18,5
18 19 Services Sports Control Board 9 3 3 3 9 0 17,5
19 14 Assam 9 4 1 4 9 0 17,0
20 23 Reserve Bank of India 9 4 1 4 9 0 16,0
21 27 Telangana 9 3 2 4 8 0 18,5
22 20 Odisha-MCF-3 9 3 2 4 8 0 16,5
23 29 Himachal Pradesh 9 3 2 4 8 0 16,5
24 22 Andhra Pradesh 9 3 2 4 8 0 16,0
25 13 Odisha-MCF-1 9 3 1 5 7 0 18,5
26 28 Maharashtra-B 9 3 1 5 7 0 16,0
27 25 Maharashtra-A 9 3 1 5 7 0 16,0
28 26 Odisha-B 9 3 1 5 7 0 15,5
29 31 Odisha-KCA 9 3 1 5 7 0 14,5
30 30 Punjab 9 2 3 4 7 0 12,5
31 24 Odisha-MCF-4 9 2 2 5 6 0 14,0
32 34 Himachal Pradesh-A 9 1 3 5 5 1 13,5
33 32 Karnataka 9 1 3 5 5 1 13,0
34 33 Haryana 9 1 2 6 4 0 13,0
35 35 UP-Kaushambi Academy 9 0 1 8 1 0 2,0

Team Women

PSPB Women’s team followed the footsteps of Open’s team. In the penultimate round, they dismantled host Odisha-KIIT with 4 : 0. and made a clean sweep against Telangana to walk away with first place.

Two teams tied for the second spot with 5 match points.

Air India secured second place.
Airport Authority of India finished third.

WGM Swati Ghate of LIC took home the best player prize. She had the highest individual score of 7.0/7 points

Final Ranking after 7 Rounds

Rk. SNo Team Games   +   =   –  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 1 Petroleum Sports Promotion Board 7 7 0 0 14 0 23,0
2 2 Air India 7 5 1 1 11 0 21,5
3 3 Airport Authority of India 7 5 0 2 10 0 19,5
4 4 Tamilnadu 7 4 0 3 8 2 15,0
5 6 Life Insurance Corporation 7 4 0 3 8 0 19,0
6 7 Uttar Pradesh 7 3 1 3 7 0 15,5
7 9 Odisha-MCF-5 7 3 1 3 7 0 14,5
8 10 Punjab 7 3 1 3 7 0 13,5
9 5 Odisha-KIIT 7 2 2 3 6 0 14,0
10 8 Telangana 7 3 0 4 6 0 11,0
11 13 Karnataka 7 1 1 5 3 0 6,5
12 11 Himachal Pradesh 7 1 1 5 3 0 6,0
13 12 Himachal Pradesh-A 7 0 1 6 1 0 3,0