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Multiple times Karnataka State Chess Champion, Hon. Secretay KSCA and experienced Chess coach Arvind Shastry becomes latest FIDE Master (FM) of Karnataka. In a recently concluded FIDE General meeting in Warsaw Poland, the title was conferred. He is a recepient of 2000, 2002, 2003, 2012 Karnataka State Chess champion, only National 'A' player from Karnataka state to participate after a 16 years in the 2003. He has also won numerous State Open, Rapiz, Blitz tournaments and won against GM R.B Ramesh, GM Sundararajan Kidambi, IM Ratnakaran K, GB Prakash, GM Sriram Jha and equalized against GM Abhijit Kunte, GM Surya Shekar Ganguly, GM RR Laxman IM Lanka Ravi IM Saptarsi Roy Choudary and many more notable players across India.
KSCA Congratulates on this achievement and wishes all the best.
R. Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India Rating Rapid & Blitz tournament 2021
R Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India Open FIDE Rating Rapid and Blitz Chess tournament was conducted on 25th and 26th of December 2021 in memory of late Shri R Haumantha , Honorable Ex Secretary of United Karnataka Chess Association. The event was conducted by Mandya Chess Academy and Smart Queens' chess Academy under the aegis of All India Chess Federation, Karnataka State Chess Association and Mandya District Chess Association at Hotel Amaravati, Mandya. 323 players participated in the Rapid rating tournament and 306 players participated in the Blitz rating Chess tournament. Top seed of the Rapid event was GM Thejkumar M S of Karnataka and Top seed of the Blitz tournament was Rathanvel V S of Tamil Nadu.
The tournament was inaugurated on 25th December in the presence of chief Guests Sri Rajashekara N IPS,Deputy Inspector General of police, Nagaland, Sri C Chandrashekhar,Chairman & MD, Amaravathi Hotel, Sri C Ashwath, Director Amaravathi Hotel, accompanied by the guest of honors Sri.Nageshwar, Sri Ramesh Madishetty, Sri Venumadhav, Co-founders of Safestorage Technologies and services Pvt. Ltd, Sri Aravind Shashtri Secretary, KSCA and Sri Sreenivas Reddy, Film Director.
IM V.S. Rathanvel (MPL) from Coimbatore, won the rapid and blitz titles on the concluding day of the R.Hanumantha Memorial Cup All India rapid and blitz tournament 2021
In the rapid tournament, three players, fifth seeded IM V.S. Rathanvel, eighth seeded IM. P. Saravana Krishnan and FM Aradhya Garg tied with eight points from nine rounds, but based on his better tie-break score of 49.50, Rathanvel won the title. Saravana Krishnan and Aradhya Garg secured the second and third places respectively.
In the blitz tournament, IM V.S. Rathanvel won the title with 8.5 points from nine rounds. IM V. Pranav (TN), Abhishek Das (Jha) and IM K. Ratnakaran, with eight points each, secured the second and third places respectively. Overall 3 lakhs prize money for both the tournaments and age category trophies distributed at the closing ceremony.
The prize distribution took place on 26th December 2021 in the presence of Chief Guests Sri Chandrashekhar, Chairman & MD, Amaravathi Hotel and guests of Honor Dr B Shivalingaiah Presidedent of SB Education Trust, Mandya, Sri MGN Prasad, Superintendent, RTO, Mandya and Sri K Gururaj Football Coach, Railway Department and Nagendra Muralidhar, Vice President, KSCA.
Full results - Rapid: Click here
Full results - Blitz: Click here
Press coverage : Click here
Tournament report : Click here