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   S Harini of TN won the 3rd MSV Memorial Fide Rating Tournament
Paychessentry.com sponsored 3rd MSV Memorial International Fide Rating Chess Tournament (Below 2200) organized by Mount Chess Academy at the Spacious Narayan Rao Diamond Jubilee Auditorium in Jaigopal Garodia National Higher Secondary School, East Tambaram,Chennai-59. This Tournament was inaugurated jointly by International Master Shri.Manuel Aaron & Shri. S.Rajendran Joint secretary Jaigopal Garodia National Hr Sec School in the presence of Shri. K .Thirukalathy, Asst Treasurer, TNSCA. This event attracted 374 players from which including 229 rated players took part. The total prize fund was Rs. 1, 50,000/- and prizes were given to the top thirty players and five prizes each for all 10 categories. Paychessentry.com sponsored lucky draw prizes for three players in every Round. This event was conducted in nine round Fide Swiss event with time control of 60 min per player with 30 sec increments. In the initial rounds almost all the high rated players registered victories and the process of elimination of contestants took place after five rounds. At the end of the 6th Round Two players S.Harini of Kanchi and M. Aaditya Jagadeesh of Velammal were leading the table with 6points each. Three players M Aadhitya, B.Vinesh and R.Prajesh were on second spot with 5.5points each. In the Seventh Round Aaditya Jagadeesh and S Harini made a peace treaty and split the points in the first board. M Aadhitya played an interesting game and won against B Vignesh and joined the leaders with 6.5points. In the 8th round M Aadhitya beat Aadithya Jagadeesh and jumped into lead with 7.5points. S Harini was held to a draw by seasoned player Sa Kannan of Karaikudi in the second Board. R.K Ranjith and R Adetya were scored 7points and on second place with 7points. In the dramatic final round Second seeded S Harini outplayed the overnight leader M.Aadhitya. and clinched the title with 8points.. Experienced K Ranjith of Ford defeated R Adetya in an interesting battle and shared the top spot. Both S Harini and R K Ranjith tied with 8points for the first place but on better tie break Harini got the title and richer by 25000.Ranjith won the runner up title and received Rs 15000 cash prize. Overnight leader M Aadhitya of Sankara School came third and awarded prize money of Rs 10000 Shri C G S Narayanan, FIDE Master of Chess Composition organsied a Problem solving contest on 4th October at the same venue in which 76 players took part. GM Norm holder Karthikeyan Murali won the Title and B Vignesh came second. Shri. K.Narayan Rao, Secretary, Jaigopal Garodia National Higher Secondary School was the Chief Guest and gave away the Trophies and prizes amounting to 1.5 lakhs to the winners in the presence of Shri. V. Kameswaran, International Arbiter and Shri M. Muthukumar, Joint Secretary, TNSCA in the Valedictory function.
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   Kasthoori Mahalingam OF TN WON THE TRICHY FIDE RATING TOURNAMENT-2014
Kasthoori Mahalingam K OF TIRUVARUR,TAMILNADU WON THE TRICHY ALL INDIA FIDE RATING CHESS TOURNAMENT-2014 ( BELOW1600) SCORING 81/2POINTS OUT OF 9 ROUNDS, WITH OUT ANY TIE HE WAS UNBEATEN, WON FIRST 8 ROUNDS AND DREW THE FINAL ROUND WITH YASHWANTH BABU P OF TAMILNADU , 2nd ASWIN BABU J,3rd YASHWANTH BABU P, ALL FROM TAMILNADU GOT 8/9 POINTS, BETTER POINTS PUT Kasthoori Mahalingam ON THE TOP TO POCKET Rs.25.000/- AS 1ST PRIZE, IN THE 0-1299 RATING SECTION ARAVINDHAN B OF SIVAGANGAI ,TAMILNADU GOT THE 1ST PRIZE SCORING 7 POINTS OUT OF 9 ROUNDS. THE TOURNAMENT WAS HELD FROM 3rd OCTOBER TO 5th OCTOBER-2014,AT CAUVERY ENGINEERING COLLEGE,TRICHY, ON 3rd MORNING Mr.VENKATRAMAN,SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT,VASAN EYE CARE HOSPITAL, INAGURATED THE EVENT IN THE PRSENCE OF Mr.UTHAYAKUAMR, PRICNCIPAL,CAUVERY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING,TRICHY. OFFICE BEARERS OF TRICHY DISTRICT CHESS ASSOCIATION WERE PRESENT ON THE DIAS,OTHERS PRESNT ON THE DIAS WERE Mr.KRISHNAMOORTHY ,& Mr.IRAVATHAM OF ROCKFORT CHESS ACADEMY. A TOTAL NO: OF 401 PARTICIPANTS FROM ALL OVER INDIA PARTICIPATED IN THIS TOURNAMENT., IN THAT 201 RATED PLAYERS WERE PARTICIPATED. ON 5th OCTOBER PRIZE DISTRIBUTION FUNCTION WAS HELD, Mr.NALLUSAMY,FORMER TAMILNADU STATE MINISTER & CHAIRMAN OF CAUVERY COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, AND Mr.ABDUL NAZAR, Jt.SECREATRY, TNSCA, GAVE AWAY THE PRIZES TO THE PRIZE WINNERS. TOTAL PRIZE MONEY IS Rs.1,50,000/-(ONE LAKH FIFTY THOUSAND) 45 CASH PRIZES AND 80 CUPS (TOTAL 125 PRIZES) WERE GIVEN AS PRIZES. OTHERS PRESENT IN THE DIAS ARE Mr.DHANRAJ, SOCIAL WORKER AND OFFICE BEARERS OF TRICHY DISTRICT CHESS ASSOCIATION.
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   Dr.N.Mahalingam passes away
He was President of All India Chess Federation between 1985 to 1989, President of Tamil Nadu Chess Association from 1975 to 1984 and later from 1999 to 2002. His singular contribution to sports in general and chess in particular is overwhelming.Long before the Government brought in a scheme of cash awards for Indians becoming International Masters and Grandmasters Dr.Mahalingam already was already having that in Tamil Nadu and when he became AICF President he extended the same to the whole of India. He gave Rs.20,000 to any one becoming IM and Rs.50,000 to any one becoming a GM. Dozens of Indian players benefitted from this scheme. When TNCA organized the Mariammal-Mahalingam FIDE Rating chess Tournament in 1983 one of the players to get his first FIDE Rating was Viswanathan Aanand. It was in the fitness of things that Anand accomplished his third and final norm at the Sakthi Finance GM Tournament sponsored by Dr.Mahalingam at Coimbatore in 1987 and became a Grandmaster. Apart from the tournament sponsorship he financially supported budding chess players when they needed encouragement. His assistance was substantial, quiet and not publicized. Dr.Mahalingam who moved with men who mattered-Governors, Presidents, Ministers and the elite in every field but always treated ordinary people with extra-ordinary courtesy and warmth. A renowned industrialist and a recipient of several awards including the ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 2007, he was elected to the state assembly from Pollachi constituency in 1952, 1957 and 1962 polls and had played a key role in development projects, including the Parambikulam-Aliyar water project.He was a recipient of Indira Gandhi National Integration Award and had been a member of the State Planning Commission for two terms. A staunch Gandhian, educationist and philanthropist, 91-year-old Mahalingam’s end came on the Gandhi Jayanthi Day. Indian chess is poorer in his demise. AICF and TNSCA deeply mourn the death of their former President.
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   Selection Circular for TN State Women Championship at Tiruvarur
We are happy to inform you that the following players have been seeded / selected to represent Chennai District in the TN State Women Chess Championship to be held from 7th to 11th May 2014 at Tiruvarur.
Seeded: 1.WFM J. Saranya, 2. Varshini V. 3. Bala Kannamma P, 4. M. Sandya,
Selected: (4+3) 1. WFM C. Lakshmi, 2. D. Akshita, 3. N. Hema Priya, 4. V. Rindhiya 5. A. Shreyanthi, 6. D. Neha Srinibash, 7. S. Sowjhanya,
Standby: 1. S. Pooja, 2. A.S. Saughanthika,
All the above players, including stand by players, should inform us of their willingness to participate. This should be received by us immediately. If no information is received it will be presumed that the players are not able to participate and that place will be offered to the next ranked player in Chennai District Women Selection Championship.
Wishing you all the best,

K. Ganesan,
Secretary, CDCA
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   Selection Circular for TN State U-9 Championship for Boys & Girls at Puduvayal
We are happy to inform you that the following players have been seeded/ selected to represent Chennai District in the 27th TN State U-9 Championship for Boys & Girls -2014 to be held from 01-05-2014 to 05-04-2014 at Puduvayal, Sivagangai District.

Seeded Boys:
1. Sreevijay Sunil, 2. Vedant P Kumbakonam, 3. Praggnanandhaa R ,
Seeded Girls:
1. Yashavishree N, 2. Aswatha B, 3. Rakshitta Ravi,

Selected Boys: (2+3) 1.Bharath Subramaniam H, 2. Harsh R Shah, 3. Harsh Suresh, 4. Abinandhan R, 5.Venkata Subramanian,

Selected Girls: (2+2) 1. Tina C, 2. Kirtana S P, 3. Shreya K, 4. Subashree R,

Standby Boys: Standby Girls:
1. Mackenzie Campbel B, Sandhya B,
2. Satvik V, Varsha R
All the above players, including standby players, should inform us of their willingness to participate should be received by us before 24.04.2014. If no information is received by the above date it will be presumed that the players are not able to participate and that place will be offered to the next ranked player in Chennai District U-9 Championship.
Thanking you,
wishing you all the best,
CDCA
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   Selection Circular for TN State U-11 Championship for Boys & Girls at Trichy
We are happy to inform you that the following players have been seeded/ selected to represent Chennai District in the 27th TN State U-11 Championship for Boys & Girls -2014 to be held from 26-04-2014 to 30-04-2014 at Trichy.

Seeded Boys:
1. Balasubramaniam H, 2. Aditya M,3. Praggnanandhaa R ,
Seeded Girls:
1.WFM Lakshmi C , 2 . Shivani Madhu, 3. Poorna Sri M K,

Selected Boys: (2+3) 1. Harshavardhan G B, 2. Ajay Karthikeyan, 3. Vijay Shreeram P, 4. Hari Madhavan N B, 5. Raahul V S,

Selected Girls: (2+2) 1. Rindhiya V, 2. Bhavana A, 3. Madhumitha R, 4. Darshana Balakrishnan,

Standby Boys: Standby Girls:
1. Siddharth S, Kalai Arasi D P, 2. Sathyanarayanan V, Harshini B
All the above players, including standby players, should inform us of their willingness to participate should be received by us before 16.04.2014. If no information is received by the above date it will be presumed that the players are not able to participate and that place will be offered to the next ranked player in Chennai District U-11 Championship.
Thanking you, wishing you all the best,
CDCA
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   Introduction to Swiss Manager
Dear friends,

Greetings from Chennai District Chess Association.

Chennai District Chess Association is Glad to announce the Seminar on "Introduction to Swiss Manager (Pairing Software)" on 12.04.2014 (Saturday) at 09.00 am at Hall of Chess, JN Stadium, Chennai-3.

All are welcome to avail this opportunity to learn or enhance your knowledge of Swiss-manager the most widely used Chess Pairing Software in the world.

The seminar will last for minimum of three hours in the first half followed by practical applications/questionnaire on laws of chess related to pairing in the afternoon session.

A nominal Charge of Rs.100/- is collected towards Registration Fee of the Seminar.

For Registration Please Contact International Arbiter Ravikumar R @9444285482

Requirements to attend the seminar:-
1. Basic knowledge of computer operations
2. Laptop(if possible)
3. A note book with pen
4. Flair to learn.
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   Selection Circular for TN FIDE Rated Championship at Tiruvallur
We are happy to inform you that the following players have been seeded/ selected to represent Chennai District in the 62nd TN State FIDE Rated Chess Championship-2014 to be held from 17-04-2014 to 22-04-2014 at Tiruvallur.
Seeded Open: 1. Navalgund Niranjan, 2. IM P. Shyam Nikil, 3. Ram S Krishnan, 4. V. Haribalu, 5. Aniruddh Aiyengar, 6. P. Elancheralathan, 7. IM Akash G, 8. IM R. Siddharth, 9. IM Aswin Jayaram, 10. IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh, 11. IM VAV Rajesh, 12. IM Karthiikeyan Murali, 13. FM Praggnanandhaa,
Seeded Girls: 1.P.Bala Kannamma, 2.V. Varshini,3.WFM Saranya J, 4. WFM R. Vaishali
Selected Open: (4+3) 1. Sai Vishwesh C, 2. Chaithanyaa K.G, 3. Ashwath R, 4. Yogit S, 5. Harikrishnan A Ra, 6. Lokesh P, 7. Balaji M
Standby: 1. Vignesh B, 2. Hari Madhavan N. B.
All the above players, including standby players, should inform us of their willingness to participate should be received by us before 05.04.2014. If no information is received by the above date it will be presumed that the players are not able to participate and that place will be offered to the next ranked player in Chennai District Senior Championship.
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   Reception to Challenger and former World Champion Vishy Anand at Chennai Airport
Five time world champion Viswanathan Anand arrived for a warm and grand welcome at Chennai domestic airport earlier today morning. All India Chess Federation and Tamil Nadu State Chess Association presented a floral welcome to the genial champion on his arrival in home soil.
Mr. V Hariharan, Hon Secy, All India Chess Federation and General Secy, Tamil Nadu State Chess Association garlanded the Challenger on his stupendous achievement of winning the Candidates 2014 tournament comprehensively at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia a few days ago. Present on the occasion, representing the TNSCA and AICF were V Kameswaran, K Thirukkalathy, S Balaraman, K Ganesan, R Srivatsan, S Paul Arokiaraj, B Sakthi Prabhakar, Jagadeesh and Jayavelan respectively.
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   Sai Vishwesh and Lakshmi won the Title
Sai Vishwesh (National Public) and WFM Lakshmi (Bhavan’s Rajaji) won the men and women title in the Chennai District selection championship held at C. D. Nayagam Higher Secondary School at T. Nagar, Chennai here on Sunday 30th March, organized by Chennai District Chess Association. In all 160 players were participated in this 2 days selection event that includes 62 FIDE Rated players and the top billing was P. Lokesh in the Men and World U-10 Bronze Medalist WFM C Lakshmi in the Women category.
In the final round Master Sai Vishwesh drew with Ashwath and emerged champion in the men category, while WFM Lakshmi drew with Akshita to clinch the women title.
The top four players in each category will represent Chennai District in the forth coming TN State Championships.

At the prize distribution function Prof. C. S. Nayagam, Hon. Secretary of the school trust preside over the function and gave away the cash prizes for top 10 players in each category and A. N. Parasurman Memorial Rolling trophy for Men and T. Nagar Rolling Trophy for Women. Apart from that category prizes for U-7, U-9, U-11 & U-13 were also given to Boys and Girls.


Final Standings Men: 8 Rounds

1 Sai Vishwesh C 7.5
2 Chaithanyaa K G 7
3 Ashwath R 6.5
4 Yogit S 6.5
5 Hari Krishnan A Ra 6.5
6 Lokesh P 6.5
7 Balaji M 6
8 Vignesh B 6
9 Hari Madhavan N B 6
10 Dileep Kumar R 6


Final Standings Women: 7 Rounds

1 Lakshmi C 6.5
2 Akshita D 5.5
3 Hemapriya N 5.5
4 Rindhiya V 5
5 Shreyanthi A 5
6 Neha Srinibash D 5
7 Sowjanya S 5
8 Pooja S 5
9 Saughanthika A S 4.5
10 Krithigga K 4
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   Vishy Anand wins Candidates 2014
A hard fought 91 move draw against Sergey Karjakin gave Indian icon Viswanathan Anand another title shot at World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen, later this year. Logging in 8 points from 13 rounds, Anand won the super strong Candidates 2014 tournament with a round to spare at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia here today.

In the second spot are Aronian, Kramnik, Andreikin, Karjakin and Mamedyarov at 6.5 pts.

Remaining undefeated, Anand showed he was a completely transformed player vis-a-vis last world championship at Chennai. Starting with a win against top seed Aronian in the first round, Anand led from the front and deservedly picked up the
Candidates2014 title. Two more wins midway - against Mamedyarov & Topalov - sealed his victorius march.

The eagerly awaited Anand - Carlsen re-match has come to place, and a turn around could culminate in Anand winning the world title for the sixth time.
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   Prize Distribution of U9,13 & 25 Selections
Master Barath Subramaniam and Ms. Tina won the U-9 for Boys and Girls selection championship held at JJ Indoor Stadium, Kilpauk, Chennai here on Sunday 9th March, organized by Chennai District Chess Association. In all 300 players were participated in this 2 days selection tournament that includes 100 FIDE Rated players including World U-10 Bronze Medalist WFM C Lakshmi and others.
Master. S. Jayakumar won the U-13 Boys title and WFM Lakshmi Girls title. The Under-25 Boys title won by S. Yogit and P. Thamaraiselvi won the Girls title. The top two players in each category will represent Chennai District in the forth coming TN State Championships.
At the prize distribution function Sri. V. Kameswaran,International Arbiter and one of the sponsors of the Rolling trophies presided over the function and gave away the prizes and Trophies to the winners along with the Guests of honour Mr. Srinivasa Rangan of T. Nagar Chess Academy, Mr. Santhosh and Mr.Balaji of King Chess Foundation.
The import results are.
Under 9 Boys
1 Bharath Subramaniam H (6½),2 Harsh R Shah (6),3 Harsh Suresh (6),4 Abinandhan R (5½),5 Venkata Subramanian (5½),6 Sree Vijay Sunil (5½),7 Mackenzie Campbel B (5½),8 Satvik V (5),9 Rohit S (5),10 Anirud M (5),

Under 9 Girls
1 Tina C (6),2 Kirtana S P (6),3 Rakshitta Ravi (5½),4 Shreya K (5½),5 Yashavishree N (5),6 Subashree R (5),7 Sandhya B (4½),8 Varsha R (4½),9 Sadhana A (4½),10 Pragnya B (4),

Under 13 Boys

1 Jayakumar S (6½),2 Harikrishnan A Ra (6),3 Prasant N Nayagam (6),4 Balasubramaniam H (6),5 Sadhu S Adithya (5½),6 Arjun Kalyan S (5½),7 Alan Diviya Raj (5½),8 Prajesh R (5½),9 Rakshith N D (5½),10 Vijay Shreeram P (5½),

Under 13 Girls
1 Lakshmi C (6½),2 Krithigga K (5½),3 Shalini R (5),4 Tejasvi M (5),5 Nivetta T (5),6 Rindhiya V (5),7 Jegatha B (5),8 Megha Krishnan A A (5),9 Pooja S (5),10 Darshana Balakrishnan (4½),

Under 25 Boys
1 Yogit S (6½),2 Sai Vishwesh C (6½),3 Hemanth Raam M (5),4 Hari Madhavan N B (5),5 Mythireyan P (5),6 Niranjan Nadarajan (5),7 Sanjay Thiruvengadam V (4½),8 Arun M S (4½),9 Venkatesan R (4½),10 Raghava M (4),

Master Barath Subramaniam and Ms. Tina won the U-9 for Boys and Girls selection championship held at JJ Indoor Stadium, Kilpauk, Chennai here on Sunday 9th March, organized by Chennai District Chess Association. In all 300 players were participated in this 2 days selection tournament that includes 100 FIDE Rated players including World U-10 Bronze Medalist WFM C Lakshmi and others.
Master. S. Jayakumar won the U-13 Boys title and WFM Lakshmi Girls title. The Under-25 Boys title won by S. Yogit and
P. Thamaraiselvi won the Girls title. The top two players in each category will represent Chennai District in the forth coming TN State Championships.
At the prize distribution function
Sri. V. Kameswaran,International Arbiter and one of the sponsor of the Rolling trophies presided over the function and gave away the prizes and Trophies to the winners along with the Guests of honour Mr. Srinivasa Rangan of T. Nagar Chess Academy, Mr. Santhosh and
Mr.Balaji of King Chess Foundation.
The import results:
Under 9 Boys
1 Bharath Subramaniam H (6½), 2 Harsh R Shah (6), 3 Harsh Suresh (6), 4. Abinandhan R (5½), 5 Venkata Subramanian (5½), 6 Sree Vijay Sunil (5½), 7 Mackenzie Campbel B (5½),8 Satvik V (5), 9 Rohit S (5),10 Anirud M (5),
Under 9 Girls
1 Tina C (6),2 Kirtana S P (6),3 Rakshitta Ravi (5½),4 Shreya K (5½), 5 Yashavishree N (5),
6 Subashree R (5),
7 Sandhya B (4½),8 Varsha R (4½),9 Sadhana A (4½),10 Pragnya B (4),
Under 13 Boys
1 Jayakumar S (6½),2 Harikrishnan A Ra (6),3 Prasant N Nayagam (6), 4 Balasubramaniam H (6), 5 Sadhu S Adithya (5½),6 Arjun Kalyan S (5½), 7 Alan Diviya Raj (5½),8 Prajesh R (5½), 9 Rakshith N D (5½),10 Vijay Shreeram P (5½),
Under 13 Girls
1 Lakshmi C (6½),2 Krithigga K (5½),3 Shalini R (5),4 Tejasvi M (5), 5 Nivetta T (5),
6 Rindhiya V (5),7 Jegatha B (5),8 Megha Krishnan A A (5), 9 Pooja S (5), 10.Darshana Balakrishnan (4½),
Under 25 Boys
1 Yogit S (6½),2 Sai Vishwesh C (6½),3 Hemanth Raam M (5),4 Hari Madhavan N B (5), 5 Mythireyan P (5),6 Niranjan Nadarajan (5),7 Sanjay Thiruvengadam V (4½),8 Arun M S (4½), 9 Venkatesan R (4½),10 Raghava M (4),
Under 25 Girls
1 Thamarai Selvi P (4),2 Keerthana Maran T (3),3 Akshita D (3),4 Monicca V (2), 5 Priyanka Devi (2), 6 Ilakya M K (2),7 Janani B (2),8 Preethi G (1), 9 Raja Rajeshwari S (1),
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   Prize Distribution of Under 11, 15 & 19 District Selection
The District selection for Under 11, 15 & 19 Boys concluded today(02.03.2014) at Fatima Matriculation school, Kodambakkam. Sister Alpones, Correspondent of the Insitution has presided over the prize distribution function. Sri. K. Thirukalathy, Asst. Treasurer of TNSCA and Director of Megha Chess Academy felicitated the function as guest of honour.
Champions of the event
Dhaksin Academy Rolling Trophy for Under 19 Boys
Harikrishna A Ra - T.Nagar
Megha Chess Academy Rolling Trophy for Under 19 Girls
Thamarai Selvi P -
S. Ramachandran memorial Rolling Trophy for Under 15 Boys
Hemanth Raam M - T.Nagar
Taanya Kaavya School of Sports Rolling Trophy for Under 15 Girls
Lakshmi C - T.Nagar
P N Bhaskaran Memorial Rolling Trophy for Under 11 Boys
Balasubramaniam H - T,Nagar
Vilasini Bhaskar Rolling Trophy for Under 11 Girls
Poorna Sri M K -

Sister Alphones gave away the prizes to the top ten players in each category and the Rolling Trophy for the Champions.
Sri. K. Thirukalathy the sponsor of Megha Chess Academy Rolling Trophy has added Rs. 1500 from this year to the Under 19 Girls Champion towards the Tournament Expenses of Under 19 State

Top Ten Players of the Championships

Under 11 Girls - 1 Poorna Sri M K , 2 Rindhiya V , 3 Bhavana A , 4 Madhumitha R, 5 Darshana Balakrishnan, 6 Kalai Arasi D P, 7 Harshini B, 8 Hamsavalli J, 9 Shwetha A, 10 Tina C

Under 11 Boys - 1 Balasubramaniam H, 2 Harshavardhan G B, 3 Ajay Karthikeyan, 4 Vijay Shreeram P, 5 Hari Madhavan N B, 6 Raahul V S, 7 Siddharth S, 8 Sathyanarayanan V, 9 Pranav G, 10 Rangesh N D

Under 15 Girls - 1 Lakshmi C , 2 Priyamadha Sundar , 3 Saughanthika A S, 4 Tejasvi M, 5 Shreyanthi A, 6 Jegatha B, 7 Ilakiya M K , 8 Neeraja J, 9 Nivetta T, 10 Lathecka Sai M A

Under 15 Boys - 1 Hemanth Raam M, 2 Vignesh B, 3 Sanjay Thiruvengadam V, 4 Niranjan Nadarajan, 5 Arun M S, 6 Sai Vishwesh C, 7 Vigneshwaran S, 8 Lakshman K R, 9 Dileep Kumar R, 10 Bhuvan R

Under 19 Girls - 1 Thamarai Selvi P, 2 Prakruthee A, 3 Akshita D, 4 Keerthana N, 5 Evangeline , 6 Soundhariya Lakshmi B G, 7 Vimala Princy I

Under 19 Boys - 1 Harikrishna A Ra, 2 Jayakumar S, 3 Osama Salim, 4 Yogit S, 5 Moulik P, 6 Balakumaran K, 7 Kumar S, 8 Rakesh , 9 Krishnan C S, 10 Hari Narayan S

The selected players will represent CDCA in the forth coming respective State Championships. CDCA will provide TA/DA along with entry fee to them.
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   Karthikeyan Murali is third in International Solving Contest 2014
India participated in the 10th ISC 2014 held on 26.1.2014 in Chennai in which 30 countries took part simultaneously.Thirty Indian solvers participated and International Master Karthikeyan Murali finished a creditable third in ranking in the Juniors (category 1) and 27th overall.
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   Venkatesh wins 66th CM Birthday lightning chess tournament on 23.02.2014
Grandmaster M R Venkatesh (BPCL) with 8.5 points won the 66th Birthday celebrations of "Thanga Tharagai" Puratchi Thalavi AMMA Honorable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu lightning chess tournament that concluded at Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Chennai here on 23.02.2014

In a three way tie to the top, Venkatesh (8.5) emerged the Champion in tie-break ahead of Grandmasters Krishnan Sasikiran and S P Sethuraman. In the crucial final round, Venkatesh, playing with black pieces, held top seed Sasikiran to a draw.

The winner takes home a cash prize of Rs 66000 among the total prize money of Rs 202000 (Rupees Two Lakhs two thousand only). The prizes were distributed by Shri N Balaganga, MP and Shri Saidai Duraisamy, Mayor of Chennai. Present in the dais were Shri JCD Prabhakar, MLA, President, All India Chess Federation and Shri D V Sundar, Vice President, FIDE respectively.

The nine round lightning event attracted 1035 entries including nine Grandmasters, 12 International Masters among 32 FIDE titled players. Earlier, the annual event was inaugurated by Tmt. B. Valarmathi, Hon’ble Minister for Social Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu.

The top 66 prize winners
1 GM Venkatesh M.R.
2 GM Sasikiran Krishnan
3 GM Sethuraman S.P.
4 IM Ramnath Bhuvanesh.R
5 IM Karthikeyan P.
6 Kunal M.
7 IM Rajesh V A V
8 Saravana Krishnan P.
9 Lokesh P.
10 FM Vinoth Kumar M.
11 IM Karthikeyan Murali
12 IM Vijayalakshmi Subbaraman
13 Sunyuktha C M N
14 GM Laxman R.R.
15 Ram S. Krishnan
16 GM Adhiban B.
17 Akash Pc Iyer
18 GM Sundararajan Kidambi
19 Clifford Flair
20 FM Shantharam K.V.
21 Hemanth Raam
22 WGM Meenakshi Subbaraman
23 GM Ramesh R.B.
24 IM Nitin S.
25 IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam
26 Pradeep Kumar R.A.
27 Iniyan P
28 Sharma R. Preetham
29 FM Praggnanandhaa R
30 Aniruddh Aiyengar
31 Arun J
32 GM Deepan Chakkravarthy J.
33 Varshini V
34 Sai Vishwesh.C
35 Ajay Krishna S
36 Prajesh R
37 GM Shyam Sundar M.
38 Ramalingam Karthik
39 Bavankumar
40 Vignesh Nr
41 Shashaank D.S.
42 Muthaiah Al
43 Elancheralathan P
44 Haribalu V.
45 Rohit Vassan S
46 IM Babu N Sudhakar
47 Eshwanth Dev Kumar J
48 Uttam Sharma
49 Gunasekaran K.
50 Harikrishnan.A.Ra
51 Thaarak Charen Saravankumar
52 Harini S.
53 Surendran N.
54 Osama Salim
55 Aravindkumar S
56 Saranya Y
57 Sa Kannan
58 Santhosh Venkateshwaran S
59 Iyer Vishal
60 Siva Mahadevan
61 Manu David Suthandram R
62 IM Praveen Kumar C.
63 Vignesh B
64 Thamaraiselvi P
65 Vignesh R
66 Jaswant G
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   Fourteen year old Chennai boy Keerthivasan Won the 5th AIM Chess FIDE Rating Tmt
The 5th AIM Chess Academy FIDE Rated All India Tournament was conducted at Hotel Golden Palace, Namakkal from 14th to 16th February 2014. February 2014. The ten round Swiss event for players having a rating below 1600 had 263 players from ten different states.14th players having a rating below 1600 had 263 players from ten different states. Ahamad Sarfaraz of U.P. and M. Subhash Kumar of A.P. with a rating of 1596 were the top seeded.
The 5th AIM Chess Academy FIDE Rated All India Tournament was conducted at Hotel Golden Palace, Namakkal from 14th to 16th February 2014. February 2014. The ten round Swiss event for players having a rating below 1600 had 263 players from ten different states. Ahamad Sarfaraz of U.P. and M. Subhash Kumar of A.P. with a rating of 1596 were the top seeded players. Duration of each game was 30 minutes main thinking time, with an additional increment of 30 seconds for each move.
Sanjay Thiruvengadam of Tamil Nadu and Ahamad Sarfaraz scored a perfect five at the end of the fifth round and Ahamad emerged clear leader with 6 points in the sixth round. But, he surrendered the lead, by losing to K Keerthivasan of TN, enabling him and two more players from TN Nithin Shankar Madhu and R Rajkumar to wrest the lead. Keerthivasan continued his good run in the eighth round also, whereas the other two lost. He again proved his form by beating S. Jeevanandham of TN to establish one point lead over his nearest rivals in the penultimate round. Fourteen year old Chennai boy Keerthivasan safely drew the last round game to win the coveted title and a cash prize of Rs.25000/-. VG Nishanth of Tirupur scored 8.5 points to finish runner up and collected Rs.10000/-.Dr.R. Selvaraj, Secretary of several leading educational institutions presided over the inaugural function and the tournament was declared open by Mr. S. Durai, a prominent caterer in Namakkal. On the final day, Sri. M. Durairaj, Sri S. Gnanasekaran, P. Subramani Sri B Radhakrishnan and Sri KC Karuppan all popular citizens of Namakkal distributed the prizes to winners of various categories. The venue Hotel Grand Palace has good facilities including swimming pool and two spacious halls for organising big chess events. Sumptuous and high quality food was provided to participants at a nominal cost.

Final Ranking

1 Keerthivasan K 1576 TN 9

2 Nishanth V G 1584 TN 8½

3 Ahmed Sarfaraz 1596 UP 8

4 Ashhwath C 1578 TN 8

5 Baskar P 1568 PON 8

6 Akilesh Viswaa 1353 TN 8

7 Surya S G 1591 TN 8

8 Santhosh V R 1570 KER 8

9 Nitin Shankar Madhu 1435 7½

10 Raj Kumar R 1548 TN 7½

11 Sanjay Thiruvengadam 1553 TN 7½

12 Yutesh P 1591 TN 7½

13 Muthu Palaniappan P L 1578 TN 7½

14 Muhammed Reja C 1575 KER 7½

15 Pakkurti Vijay Kumar 1452 TN 7½

Rating between 0 and 1300

No. Rank Name Rtg Club Pts

1 22 Aravindharaj K 0 TN 7

2 27 Senthil Murugan M 0 TNN 7

3 32 Rohan Kailash 1270 TN 7

4 33 Selvamurugan B 0 TN 7

5 35 Natarajan M 0 TN 6½

6 56 Lokesh R 1298 TN 6

7 61 Bharath Subramaniyam H 0 TN 6

8 63 Steephan Raj Joseph Samson 0 TN 6

9 71 Ajay R 1293 TN 6

10 72 Mugunth R B 1248 TN 6

11 73 Satvik V 1203 TN 6

12 74 Pranav Anand 1270 KAR 6

13 75 Bharath Koushik P 1217 TN 6

14 77 Pradnesh A 1190 TN 6

15 82 Gnanasabesan G 1274 TN 5½

Best Unrated

15 79 Srividya Sundar F 0 TN 6 46

Best Women

1 147 Manjula R F 1162 TN 4½ 53½

age group S58

Rank Name Rtg Club Pts BH.

1 43 Atul Bihari Sharan 1563 JHA 6½ 55

Namakkal

Rank Name Rtg Club Pts BH.

1 28 Vel Vishwanathan G M 1485 TNN 7 58½

2 41 Mohamed Musthafa I 1501 TNN 6½ 56½

3 49 Manikandan P 1336 TNN 6½ 51½

4 136 Palanivel T 0 TNN 5 47

83 Raaj Bajaj GUJ 5½ 60

age group U09

Rank Name Rtg Club Pts BH.

1 58 Sriram B 1318 TN 6 59½

2 101 Gukesh D 1256 TN 5½ 53

3 104 Srihari L R 1304 TN 5½ 52½

4 124 Harsh R Shah 1247 TN 5 51

5 133 Pranav V 1182 TN 5 48½



1 117 Mohana R F 1289 TN 5 56

2 158 Shrija K M F 0 TN 4½ 48½

3 212 Avanthika F G F 1113 TN 3½ 48

4 224 Aarvi Jain F 0 KAR 3 47

5 242 Sreeja S F 0 TN 3 36

age group U12

Rank Name Rtg Club Pts BH.

1 30 Shyam Sundar M 1469 TN 7 58

2 36 Balasubramaniam H 1443 TN 6½ 61

3 37 Mohamed Anees M 1584 TN 6½ 61

4 38 Abhinessh S 1437 TN 6½ 57½

5 46 Sathyanarayanan V 1440 TN 6½ 53



1 44 Jyothsna L F 1339 TN 6½ 55

2 54 Poorna Sri M.K F 1371 TN 6 61½

3 94 Pooja S (2002) 1304 TN 5½ 54

4 98 Preethika B 1318 TN 5½ 53½

5 109 Rindhiya V 1307 TN 5½ 49½

age group U15

Rank Name Rtg Club Pts BH.

1 31 Sarveshwaran P 1561 TN 7 57

2 47 Vishwak S 1538 TN 6½ 53

3 57 Kasthoori Mahalingam K 1422 TN 6 60

4 65 Suryakanth C 1421 TN 6 54½

5 85 Annamalai Raja C 1275 TN 5½ 58



1 108 Ilakiya M K F 1292 TN 5½ 51½

2 119 Nivetta T F 1282 TN 5 53½

3 123 Jayalakshmi R K F 1228 TN 5 51½

4 231 Vedhanayaki K F 0 TN 3 41½

5 241 Ananya V Krishnakumar f 0 TN 3 36½
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