Thursday, December 04, 2008

Girish bags bronze in National Subjunior!

Karnataka's wonderboy and former World Under 10
Champion Girish Koushik added one more feather
in his cap by finishing third in the National
Subjunior Chess Championship which concluded at
Mangalore today. In an exciting finish, Girish needed
just a draw in the last round to emerge as Champion
but somehow lost his final encounter. He nevertheless
will be part of the Indian team to play in the next
World Under 16 Olympiad in Turkey and that will give
him some valuable experience.

Girish finished on eight and a half points
just a shade behind winner Aditya Udeshi of
Maharashtra and K. Priyadarshan (T.N.) who finished
with 9 points and were first and second respectively.
Girish, who is the current Asian Under 12 Champion
and National Under 11 Champion, will be gaining a
whopping 33 points from this tournament alone!

Other Karnataka boys to have done well were M.G. Gahan
and Antonio Viani D'Cunha who finished 9th and 10th
respectively. They both ended with eight points each
in their kitty. As in the National Under 13, Karnataka
had three boys in the top 10 and this reflects the trend
in the youngsters' performances and the determined efforts
of their coaches.

In the Girls section, Shrishti J. Shetty finished fifth
with 7.5 points. She will be gaining 16 points from
this event. Shrishti had earlier won the Silver medal in
the Commonwealth Chess Championships in New Delhi in
the Girls Under 14 section in 2007. Vanessa D'Souza,
who still has some more years to participate in this
category finished a creditable 18th with 6.5 points
with a gain of 24 elo rating points!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Inauguration of National Subjunior, Mangalore

The 34th National Sub-junior and 25th Sub-junior girls' chess championship, jointly organized by the South Kanara District Chess Association (SKDCA) and the United Karnataka Chess Association (UKCA) under the auspices of the All India Chess Federation, was inaugurated at Subrahmanya Sabha on Wednesday November 26.

Earlier, addressing the large gathering after inaugurating the event, Sameer Salgaocar (Vice President, All India Chess Federation) said that a chess revolution is taking place in Karnataka as many tournaments, camps and chess related events have been organised in the state in a relatively short span of two years. 'At the same time, we have to support emerging players to achieve new heights', he added.

Four budding champions from the state - Girish Kaushik (Current Asian Under 12 Champion and National Under 11 Champion), Arjun Bharat (World Schools Under 9 Champion), K. Manasa (Nationals Girls Under 17 Bronze medallist) and Nihal Manjunath (Under 13 Bronze Medallist) were felicitated and presented momentoes and cash awards on this occasion. Shrikrishna Udupa of Shimoga, who won the Gold Medal for the Fourth Board in the 13th Olympiad for the Visually Impaired in Greece last month was also honoured at this ceremony.

R. Hanumantha (Secretary UKCA) thanked AICF for allocating this prestigious tournament to Karnataka and promised many more initiatives on the behalf of UKCA. He praised the efforts of the SKDCA team and its President M.S. Gururaj and singled them out for their 'dedication and total devotion to the sport'.
Thirunavakkarasu, Principal General Manager BSNL, and Sucharitha Shetty, President, Zilla Panchayat, played the inaugural chess moves. The diaries of SKDCA were released by Harikrishna Punaroor, former president, Kannada Sahitya Parishad. Atchutananda Reddy, President - United Karnataka Chess Association, released the calendar of SKDCA. M R Vasudeva, Director, Mangalore International Airport, presided over the function.

M.S. Gururaj (President SKDCA) welcomed the gathering and Mrs. Lydia D'Cunha (Secretary SKDCA) proposed the vote of thanks.

(Report prepared by R. Hanumantha (Secretary UKCA))

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Manasa bags bronze in Under 17 Nationals!

K Manasa of Mangalore representing Karnataka,
won the bronze medal in the National Under 17
age group girls Chess Champoinships held at
Kalash Mangal Hall Aurangabad in Maharashtra
from 8th to 16th October 2008. She will be
gaining 9 ELO rating points for her efforts.

This is the selection event for the next year's
Indian Team for the Asian Youth Chess Championships
in the Boys and Girls sections was conducted
by the Marathwada Chess Association on behalf
of All India Chess Federation (AICF).

Pon. N. Krithika of Tamil Nadu was the winner
whereas reigning National Junior Girls Champion
Bhakti Kulkarni of Goa finished runner up.
K. Shruthi, Manasa's teammate, finished a creditable

The complete results can be found at

Friday, September 12, 2008

Girish wins Telegraph Chess!

The 20th edition of The Telegraph Schools' Chess
Championship was held at Gorky Sadan, Kolkata
between 2nd and 8th September 2008. Karnataka's
Girish Koushik won the event with a round to spare.
He made 9 Points out of 10 rounds.

Following him closely was Sayantan Das. The local
lad who is a student of Alekhine Chess Academy also
has a bright future. The event which is known as the
Talent Spotting Event of the country has even featured
bright foreign stars such as Rustam Kasimdzhanov and
Antoaneta Stefanova who went on to become World Champions.

Let us hope that young Girish can follow in their
footsteps ...

Friday, July 25, 2008

Girish wins Gold in Asian Youth!

Karnataka wonderkid Girish Kaushik won
the Asian Youth Chess Championships
Boys Under 12 section in grand style by
a margin of one and a half points to get
his second Asian youth Gold medal.

Although Girish had lost to topseeded
Shiven Khosla of Maharshtra in the third
round, the young FIDE Master subsequently
recovered to win 5 games in a row. In the last
round, he completed the formality of a draw
with Vietnamese Tran Truan Minh to register
an ELO rating performance of 2258. Girish's
next big test will be the World Youth Chess
Championships to be played in Vietnam in the
month of October.

Shardul Gagare who lost to Girish in the seventh
round finished third in the same section. K. Manasa,
the other player from Karnataka, finished eighth
in the Girls Under 18 section with a fifty percent
score in seven rounds. P. Uthra of Tamil Nadu won
the Gold medal in this section.

Girish Kaushik's Gold medal was one of the six won
by India, and the contingent finished with a whopping
tally of 21 medals which is indeed a remarkable feat.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Viani gains twelve ELO points in Benasque

Name ANTONIO Viani D'cunha
Starting rank 193
Rating national 0
Rating international 2114
Ratingperformance 2192
FIDE rtg +/- 12,0
Points 5,5
Rank 160
Federation IND
Ident-Number 0
Fide-ID 5027330

Rd. SNo Name RtgI RtgN FED Club/City Pts. Res. we w-we K rtg+/-
1 466 AGÜES MONTOLIU Maria 0 1890 ESP Val 3,5 w 1
2 45 GM DE LA VILLA GARCIA Jesus Maria 2458 2468 ESP Nav 6,5 s 0 0,12 -0,12 25 -3,00
3 344 ALONSO IGUAL Ignacio 1906 1880 ESP Val 3,5 w ½ 0,77 -0,27 25 -6,75
4 330 PLO PALACIAN Sandra 1925 1909 ESP Ara 4,0 s 1 0,75 0,25 25 6,25
5 73 FM RECUERO GUERRA David 2417 2400 ESP Ast 6,5 w 1 0,14 0,86 25 21,50
6 57 IM COLLAS Didier 2439 0 FRA 7,0 s 0 0,13 -0,13 25 -3,25
7 56 FM ANTOLI ROYO Joaquin Miguel 2441 2410 ESP Ara 6,0 w 0 0,13 -0,13 25 -3,25
8 306 SANMARTIN AGUSTIN Alvaro 1951 1974 ESP Ara 5,0 s 1 0,72 0,28 25 7,00
9 117 FM PRIYADHARSHAN K 2297 0 IND 6,5 w 0 0,26 -0,26 25 -6,50
10 324 MAZA BROTO Pablo 1934 1903 ESP Ara 4,5 s 1K

Monday, May 19, 2008

Thej gets his third GM norm!

Thejkumar now needs just a few more
ELO rating points to become Karnataka's
first Grandmaster. He completed his
third and final GM norm in the Mayor's
Cup in Mumbai when he drew with Abhijit
Kunte in the penultimate round.

His performance including two wins over
foreign Grandmasters -

Name Thejkumar M S
Starting rank 23
Rating 2414
Rating national 0
Rating international 2414
Ratingperformance 2531
FIDE rtg +/- 21,7
Points 8
Rank 10
Federation IND
Club/City KAR

Rd. SNo Name Rtg FED Pts. Res.
1 249 Lakshmanan Veeraraghavan 1798 IND 4,0 w 1
2 136 Aravind Subramanian N 2099 IND 7,0 s 1
3 87 Nimmy A G 2217 IND 6,5 w 1
4 108 Neelakantan Narayanan 2160 IND 7,0 s 1
5 8 GM Rahman Ziaur 2511 BAN 9,0 w 1
6 1 GM Krasenkow Michal 2624 POL 9,0 s 0
7 66 Arun Karthik R 2281 IND 7,5 w 1
8 14 GM Safin Shukhrat 2481 UZB 7,5 s 1
9 3 GM Macieja Bartlomiej 2599 POL 8,5 w ½
10 6 GM Kunte Abhijit 2547 IND 9,0 w ½
11 2 GM Koneru Humpy 2603 IND 9,0 s 0

Karnataka's G. A. Stany also went unbeaten
in this tournament and gained 26 ELO points for
his efforts.