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Anand Shuts His Critics Like A Boss

Garry Kasparov on several occasions criticized Anand on his age, performance or results. The former World Champion had many snobbish things to say.

Time and again, Anand dished out explosive performance to shut his critics. But when the news came out that he has failed to qualify for World Candidates Championship next year; it led to growing criticism of Anand’s ability to become World Champion again.

Anand shrugged off the criticism and instead focused on what he does best—play chess!

When the World Rapid Championship was announced in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The clear favourite to win the title was reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen.  To everyone’s surprise, Anand defeated Carlsen in a crucial game and went on to become the World Rapid Champion.

Like the old Russian saying goes. “I speak with the pieces.” Anand has given a befitting reply to all his detractors.

…and oh yes! not to forget this sarcastic tweet 🙂 

Viswanathan Anand is a true legend!

Vardhaman Cup: Tamil Nadu Trio dominate the tournament

Hyderabad (08 Dec 2017): The sixth and the seventh round began to witness heavyweight clashes as the top seeds started facing each other.

In the sixth round, Tamil Nadu’s Senthil Maran, rated 2208, beat joint leader Balkishan A. of Karnataka, rated 2043 to become the second leader of the tournament. The game saw Balkishan execute four back to back piece sacrifices, to gain a fairly good position. However, at the crucial moment he faltered. In the end, he had a draw but just at that moment where he had to force the draw, there was more drama in store —there was a minor power cut in the hall
which lasted for 2 minutes. This minor lapse in concentration provided Senthil Maran the chance to play for a win which he did.

A fantastic turnaround! Telangana lad Krishna Karthik N., rated 1649, who was having a golden run against higher ranked opponents had to bite the dust against Tamil Nadu’s young Sibi Visal, rated 1984.

In the seventh round, Senthil Maran was pitted against Zimbabwe No. 4 Spencer Masango. In another interesting game, Senthil, who was black fought hard but the game was drawn. This was all the other Tamil Nadu young-guns needed.

The top-seed Sekar B. defeated Telangana’s experienced player FIDE Master J. Ramakrishna of Andhra Bank with white. This allowed Sekarbto catch Senthil Maran in the lead. Tamil Nadu’s Lokesh N. too took his chances to beat state-mate Sibi Visal to join Sekar and Senthil in the lead. The Tamil Nadu trio has scored 6.0/9 points.

The tournament is jam-packed with young talents whose rating may not reflect their current strength as most young players train hard and improve fast.

In the Blitz Tournament – – fast chess format with 3 minutes per player – – that was held at night
at the playing arena, Tamil Nadu’s Said Kannan, rated 1935, took the first place.

Pairings/Results

Round 7 on 2017/12/08 at 10.00 am

Bo. No. Name Rtg Pts. Result Pts. Name Rtg No.
1 3 Masango Spencer 2253 5 ½ – ½ Senthil Maran K 2208 5
2 1 Sekar B 2274 5 1 – 0 5 FM Ramakrishna J. 2149 6
3 4 Lokesh N. 2228 5 1 – 0 5 Sibi Visal R 1984 12
4 8 Likhit Chilukuri 2092 ½ – ½ 5 Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri 2141 7
5 23 Sai Kiran Y 1743 0 – 1 Balkishan A. 2043 10
6 13 WCM Jyothsna L 1983 1 – 0 Karthik Sai Ch 1707 27
7 19 Sannidhanam Anurag 1811 ½ – ½ Samal Aditya Ranjan 1697 30
8 2 Singh S. Vikramjit 2256 4 1 – 0 4 Aswin.P.G 1703 28
9 26 Ruban Sanjay M 1713 4 0 – 1 4 Manigandan S S 2084 9
10 11 Badrinath S. 2025 4 0 – 1 4 Duvvala Suresh 1713 25

Vardhaman Cup: Minor Flutter in the Second and Third Round

Vardhaman Cup FIDE Rated Open 2017

At the end of three rounds, ten players are leading the tournament with the perfect score. The second and the third rounds of the Vardhaman Cup FIDE Rating Chess Tournament witnessed minor flutters on the top tables.

Spencer Masango of Zimbabwe

In the second round, Hyderabadi youngster Sai Varshith Chilukuri, rated 1672, managed to hold the competition’s second seed Spencer Masango of Zimbabwe, who is rated 2253. Experienced FIDE Master J. Ramakrishna, rated 2149, was beaten with the black pieces by Andhra boy Krishna Karthik N., rated 1649.

B. Sekar

In the third round, it was the turn of the top seed to be surprised. B. Sekar, rated 2274, played the black pieces and attacked Andhra Pradesh’s Ajay Mushini, rated 1770, in a Sicilain Defence game. Just when it seemed like he would coast to yet another victory, Sekar fumbled and the game was drawn.

Ajay Mushini
Krishna Karthik N.

Meanwhile, 1649 rated Krishna Karthik N. continued his giant killing spree with a clinical demolition of the 14th seeded Tamil Nadu player Sa Kannan, rated 1935. Karthik thus moved into the lead with nine others with 3.0/3 points.

Pairings/Results

Round 3 on 2017/12/06 at 10.00 am

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg Club/City No.
1 21 Mushini Ajay 1770 AP 2 ½ – ½ 2 Sekar B 2274 TN 1
2 4 Lokesh N. 2228 TN 2 1 – 0 2 Abhirami Madabushi F13 1718 AP 24
3 25 Duvvala Suresh 1713 Tel 2 0 – 1 2 Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri 2141 AP 7
4 26 Ruban Sanjay M U13 1713 TN 2 0 – 1 2 Balkishan A. 2043 Kar 10
5 11 Badrinath S. 2025 PON 2 1 – 0 2 Samal Aditya Ranjan U13 1697 Orissa 30
6 27 Karthik Sai Ch U13 1707 AP 2 0 – 1 2 Sibi Visal R U15 1984 TN 12
7 31 AIM Mohammed Shamil A 1690 TN 2 0 – 1 2 Selvabharathy T 1963 TN 14
8 15 AGM Sa Kannan 1935 TN 2 0 – 1 2 Krishna Karthik N 1649 AP 36
9 42 Nanditha V F15 1599 Tel 2 0 – 1 2 Nikhil M 1883 AP 16
10 17 Sri Sai Baswanth P 1846 Tel 2 1 – 0 2 Suhaib Ahmad 1503 UP 50

 

Vardhaman Cup off to a Glittering Start

Vardhaman Cup FIDE Rated Open 2017

Hyderabad (05 Dec 17):-  The  1st edition of Vardhaman Cup FIDE Rating Open Chess Tournament got off to a surprising start as unheralded Basant N. of Maharashtra, rated just 1375, held the second seed Vikramajit Singh of Manipur, rated 2256, to a credible draw in the opening round.

Vikramajit Singh
B. Sekar

The top seed B. Sekar of Tamil Nadu, rated 2274, had a positive outing to dispatch his lower rated opponent rated 1377. The third seed Spencer Masango of Zimbabwe also won quite quickly against Rajendra A., rated 1373.

Spencer Masango of Zimbabwe

There were many instances of lower rated Telangana youngsters holding their higher rated counterparts in a deadlock but almost no result saw a major upset as the more experienced players always came out victorious.

A total number of 150 players from 10 states, and some also from foreign countries like Australia and Zimbabwe have made this tournament a memorable affair.

Earlier, in the opening ceremony, Dr. Sai Satyanarayana Reddy, Principal of the Vardhaman College of Engineering, formally inaugurated the tournament by making the customary first move in the presence of Mr. K.S. Prasad, the Secretary of the Telangana State Chess Association.

In the opening ceremony, Dr. Sai Satyanarayana Reddy affirmed his love for chess and provided his commitment to supporting the sport as it closely identifies with the mission of the college to spread top-quality engineering education. He commented “This event speaks for the commitment that all of us in the Vardhaman College of Engineering hold for chess. Do your best and compete in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. And also take this opportunity to come closer to each other.”

Pairings/Results

Round 3 on 2017/12/06 at 10.00 am

Bo. No. Name Typ Rtg Club/City Pts. Result Pts. Name Typ Rtg Club/City No.
1 21 Mushini Ajay 1770 AP 2 2 Sekar B 2274 TN 1
2 4 Lokesh N. 2228 TN 2 2 Abhirami Madabushi F13 1718 AP 24
3 25 Duvvala Suresh 1713 Tel 2 2 Bharat Kumar Reddy Poluri 2141 AP 7
4 26 Ruban Sanjay M U13 1713 TN 2 2 Balkishan A. 2043 Kar 10
5 11 Badrinath S. 2025 PON 2 2 Samal Aditya Ranjan U13 1697 Orissa 30
6 27 Karthik Sai Ch U13 1707 AP 2 2 Sibi Visal R U15 1984 TN 12
7 31 AIM Mohammed Shamil A 1690 TN 2 2 Selvabharathy T 1963 TN 14
8 15 AGM Sa Kannan 1935 TN 2 2 Krishna Karthik N 1649 AP 36
9 42 Nanditha V F15 1599 Tel 2 2 Nikhil M 1883 AP 16
10 17 Sri Sai Baswanth P 1846 Tel 2 2 Suhaib Ahmad 1503 UP 50

Two days to go for the Vardhaman Cup

The talented chess players of India will get to fight for big cash prizes and trophies when the 1st Vardhaman Cup FIDE Rated Open Tournament at the Vardhaman College of Engineering in Hyderabad. The player will be competing for a prize pool of Rs. 6,00,000/- at Hyderabad—the city of pearls.

The tournament will be played over nine rounds spread over five days from 05 December 2017 to 09 December 2017 at one of the best Engineering Colleges of Telangana. The event is open to all and players of all age categories are welcome to compete for cash prizes.

Vardhaman College of Engineering has been a long-standing giant in the field of engineering education. This tournament is their first foray into the world of chess. The cerebral sport of chess, which was invented in India, is Vardhaman College’s way of building the community in Telangana where the future citizens of India will be intelligent and leaders of tomorrow.


The prime objective of Vardhaman College is to update and modernize the quality of professional education. Its aim is to employ innovative teaching methods which carry an emphasis on fast-changing technological trends. This is to integrate classroom learning with actual work experience in the industry concerned or in a related professional field. The college aims to encourage students from the first year B.Tech itself, to identify suitable work areas and to execute projects of their own choice and interest.

The teaching-learning process is carried out through the use of overhead and LCD projectors. Vardhaman boosts facilities such as an extensive computer center, library, advanced lab for communication skills, internet center and spacious seminar halls and Electronic Classrooms.

The college recognizes chess has a tool to improve and exercise mind’s capacity. Thus, the first edition of Vardhaman Cup is a step towards development of chess as a sport as well as an educational tool for one’s improvement.


Tentative Starting List

No. Name FideID FED Rtg sex Typ Gr Club/City
1 GM Narayanan Srinath 5018420 IND 2532 TN
2 Sekar B 5043743 IND 2274 TN
3 Singh S. Vikramjit 5006090 IND 2256 SC Rly
4 Masango Spencer 14300753 ZIM 2253 NA ZIM
5 Lokesh N. 5025044 IND 2228 TN
6 Senthil Maran K 25035681 IND 2208 U20 TN
7 IM Ramnathan Balasubramaniam 5001277 IND 2155 TN
8 FM Ramakrishna J. 5008174 IND 2149 AD Bnk
9 Badrinath S. 5029961 IND 2025 U20 PON
10 Sibi Visal R 46685588 IND 1984 U16 TN
11 WCM Jyothsna L 35013220 IND 1983 w U14 TN
12 AGM Sa Kannan 5018340 IND 1935 TN
13 Nikhil M 35015966 IND 1883 U20 AP
14 Srinivasa Rao G.V. 5000602 IND 1837 S50 Tel
15 Sannidhanam Anurag (aicf due?) 5068380 AUS 1811 U20 due
16 AIM Pati Spandan 46667768 IND 1804 U12 Tel
17 Mushini Ajay 35066188 IND 1770 U20
18 Sibi Srinivas Eistein Reddy 45073643 IND 1763 U14 AP
19 Duvvala Suresh 5071658 IND 1713 Tel
20 Ruban Sanjay M 35070592 IND 1713 U14 TN
21 Samal Aditya Ranjan 46694447 IND 1697 U14 Orissa
22 AIM Mohammed Shamil A 5005752 IND 1690 TN
23 Chilukuri Sai Varshith 25617125 IND 1672 U12 Tel
24 Krishna Karthik N 25009605 IND 1649 U20 AP
25 Sameer Kumar Y 35017535 IND 1638 AP
26 Akira Sowmyanatha Reddy 45073295 IND 1617 U12 AP
27 Sreekar J S S 45015155 IND 1608 U12
28 Nanditha V 46626697 IND 1599 w U14 Tel
29 Mohammad Ismail Khadar 5065240 IND 1579 AP
30 Unnikrishnan M A 25027980 IND 1508 Joy Alukas

Click here to view the full  starting list. 

This tournament is a golden opportunity for unrated players who are looking to achieve their first rating.

prospectus Vardhaman Cup 2017

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