MPL 31st National U-18 (Open & Girls) Chess Championship 2022 held at Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering & Technology, Pollachi, Tamilnadu from 18-23 April 2022 in a grand manner. Dr. M Manickam, President TNSCA & Chairman, MCET, Pollachi, GM R.B. Ramesh, Mr. P. Stephen Balasamy, General Secretary, TNSCA & GM Shyam Sundar of Tamilnadu were present in the Inauguration Ceremony. Mr. M Manickam & GM R.B. Ramesh Make inaugural move in the chess board and declare the tournament open.
Total 234 players participated from 22 states of the countries, 140 Players including 3 IMs in Open section and 94 players in Girls Section have participated in the National U-18 Chess championship 2022.
In the first round all seeded players won smoothly but in 2nd round Keerthi Ganta lost to Sevitha Viju M both are of Telengana.Most miserable moment in the event in Girls section Top seed L Jyothsna of Tamilnadu withdrawn from event due to health condition in 6th round.
In the girls section WFM Bhagyashree Patil sailed her journey very smooth till 6th round.
In the 7th round GM elect Bharath Subramaniyam H lost to IM L R Srihari on 1st board where as Soham Kamotra of J&K beat Avinash Ramesh of TN.
At the end of 10th round in open section Soham Kamotra of J&K clear .5 point ahead of his nearest rival IM L Srihari of TN. In the girls section Bhagyashree Patil of Maharastra secured his Championship Title 2 rounds before. Clear 1.5 points ahead of her nearest rival V Rindhiya of TN. Rindhiya V and Kanishka S both of TN placed 2nd & third and richer by Rs. 70000/- & Rs. 58000/- respectively.
In the Open Section Srihari L R & Ilamparthi A R both from TN placed 2nd & 3rd and richer by Rs. 70000/- & Rs. 58000/- respectively.
The tournament was played under swiss system format with 11 rounds. International chess set was used and digital chess clocks in every board. .
Soham Kamotra of J&K became Champion and bagged the same amount. He is the first ever from J&K who bagged the championship Title in respect of any National Chess Event.
The tournament was going on smoothly throughout all the rounds . Hall was beautiful, airy spacius and sufficient space for the palyers. There were no disputes/protests placed before the Appeals’ Committee. All deputy Arbiters, volunteers and all supporting staff were worked hard during the whole period of the tournament. The Organisers provided free food & lodging to all participants & also guardians/Parents.
It may be mentioned here the organiser i.e. Coimbatore District Chess Association deserves to organise any National/ International Chess Event in every year.
In the prize distribution ceremony Dr. M Manickam, President TNSCA & Chairman, MCET, Pollachi, Mr. N. Jayapal, President, CDCA & Dr. Rathinavelu, Prncipal, Dr.MCET, Pollachi & Mr. R Anantharam, VP- TNSCA gave away the prize to the prize winners.