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Punjab's Arvinder Preet Singh becomes National Amateur Champion

by Niklesh Jain - 19/11/2018

The reigning World Amateur Champion, Arvinder Preet Singh won the 7th National Amateur Championship held in Jalandhar, Punjab. The tournament, organised by the regional daily, Punjab Kesari, saw local players shine as two of the top three players hailed from the host state. The finale of the event was especially nailbiting when the eventual winner, Arvinder Preet, finished with his sixth straight win after a bad start to clinch the tournament. Meanwhile, the overnight leader, Shubham Shukla, who also comes from Punjab, lost an equal game against Jammu and Kashmir's Soham Komatra to slip down to the third spot. Overall, amid some exciting chess, the tournament also went on to show the growing popularity of the game of chess in Punjab, which would not have been possible without the generous support of Punjab Kesari.

We all fall sometimes, but only those who keep trying despite the fall are the ones who succeed. The reigning World Amateur Champion, Arvinder Preet Singh proved this by winning the 7th National Amateur Championship this year despite having a very bad start to the tournament. Winning all of his final six games, the Punjab lad etched his name on the title prize of the event organised by Punjab Kesari.

Arvinder defeated Rishabh Jain of Delhi in round 11 to bring his final tally to 9 points.

After a dismal start, having scored only three points in the first five rounds against lower rated opposition, Aravinder Preet won all of his final six games.

Arvinder's win over Ram Prakash of Punjab from the 10th round was especially noteworthy

 

Shubham Shukla's loss to Soham Komatra of Jammu and Kashmir in the final round also played a role in Arvinder's phenomenal win. Shubham had been leading the tournament going into the final round when a loss on the top board slipped him down to the third place with a score of 8.5/11. Komatra, who had won this battle was tied for first with Arvinder but due to his better tiebreak score, the latter was conferred the title prize.

Having led the event until the penultimate round, Shubham Shukla had to content himself with the third place after his final round loss

Y Grahesh, the National Under-25 Champion from Telangana, had also scored 8.5 points but a worse tiebreak score put him in the fourth place. Four players were tied at the 5th to 8th spots with a score of 8.0/11, half a point behind Shubham and Grahesh. After the application of tiebreaks, Indrajeet Mahindrakar of Maharashtra took the fifth place, Bihar's Manishi Krishna remained sixth, Chaitanya Sairam from Andhra Pradesh bagged the seventh spot while J&K's Sumit Grover finished eighth. The ninth and the 10th spots were taken by Krishna Soni (Haryana) and Sahajshri Cholleti (Telangana), respectively. Both players scored 7.5/11.

 

Although the event was played as one open tournament, women's prizes were given out to the top women performers from the mix. After the 11 gruelling rounds, Sahajshri Cholleti (Telangana), G Sandhya (Andhra Pradesh) and Mehak Jain (Delhi) took the top three spots respectively.

The tournament was conducted successfully under the guidance of IA Vipnesh Bharadwaj

Punjab Kesari is taking chess to new heights in the state of Punjab!

Punjab Kesari Group is one of the oldest and renowned regional dailies in India. It is also a staunch supporter of the game of chess in the state of Punjab. Not only does it sponsor chess events, but it also ensures that the event gets world-class coverage. Furthermore, it is the only Indian newspaper to publish chess news from India and the world on a daily basis.

The sports column of Punjab Kesari from the 17th of November 

Sports column of Jagbani (Punjabi) on November 17

14th November, Jalandhar Kesari

Glimpses from the closing ceremony of Punjab Kesari 7th National Amateur Chess Championship: 

Final Standings

Rk.SNoNamesexFEDRtgClub/CityPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4  TB5 
14FMSingh Arvinder PreetIND2111PUN9,00,070,075,060,008
29Soham KamotraIND2025J&K9,00,069,574,560,509
319AGMShubham ShuklaIND1873PUN8,51,071,575,055,258
48Grahesh YIND2030AP8,50,075,080,060,008
52Mahindrakar IndrajeetIND2141MAH8,00,077,083,058,007
63Manishi KrishnaIND2130BIH8,00,070,075,053,007
721Chaitanya Sairam MogiliIND1834AP8,00,068,072,049,256
815Sumit GroverIND1958J&K8,00,065,570,550,757
913Soni KrishanIND1987HAR7,50,073,579,050,256
106WFMCholleti SahajasriwIND2096TEL7,50,073,578,552,505
1129Bhavesh MahajanIND1703PUN7,50,071,575,548,756
1217Sri Sai Baswanth PIND1924TEL7,50,071,076,550,506
135Vikas SharmaIND2104PUN7,50,070,576,050,005
1428Anmol BhagatIND1713PUN7,50,070,573,547,256
1520Sparsh KhandelwalIND1838MAH7,50,069,071,045,255
1627Karthik KIND1716KER7,50,068,571,543,756
1734Shreyas GhadiIND1639MAH7,50,066,070,043,756
1825Rishabh JainIND1740DEL7,50,065,569,541,507
1918CMSharma PankajIND1889PUN7,50,062,066,045,006
201Prakash RamIND2142PUN7,00,075,582,050,006
2110Samrat GhoraiIND2010WB7,00,072,077,547,255
2222Himanshu MoudgilIND1805DEL7,00,069,073,542,006
2324Namitbir Singh WaliaIND1799PUN7,00,068,572,542,005
2447Vashishtha AnkeshIND1496RAJ7,00,067,572,542,505
2535Swapnil RajIND1637UP7,00,066,570,541,005
2654Dhirain VijIND1414PUN7,00,065,570,038,756
2726Ranjan KumarIND1728BIH7,00,065,068,040,256
2833Singh Vimlesh KumarIND1644DEL7,00,064,066,538,007
2911Sandhya GwIND2000AP7,00,061,063,538,507
3041AIMBhavik AhujaIND1569DEL6,50,069,071,536,006
3112Pradeep TiwariIND1989MAH6,50,068,574,040,505
3236Samarth MittalIND1622HAR6,50,068,572,538,756
3385Mukul RanaIND1071PUN6,50,068,073,542,254
3442Mehak JainwIND1568DEL6,50,068,072,037,755
3538Singh OjasvaIND1614MP6,50,067,072,036,256
3644Arnav KushwahaIND1535CHD6,50,066,571,038,754
3739Giri AbhishekIND1600MAH6,50,066,571,036,255
3846Pasricha JayanIND1510PUN6,50,063,568,536,506
3923Punit IndoraIND1801HAR6,50,063,568,036,755
4049Rebecca JesumarianwIND1482TN6,50,063,066,034,255
4151Raj PrakharIND1472HAR6,50,062,567,035,756
4232Mckenzie Lionel JosephIND1653TN6,50,062,567,035,755
4350Pankaj AroraIND1481PUN6,50,062,566,533,756
4453Lokesh KumarIND1446JHA6,50,060,064,035,256
4575Ayaan SabharwalIND1196PUN6,50,058,062,532,756
4659Madhavansh MittalIND1335PUN6,50,057,560,532,256
4716Shanmukha PulliIND1937TEL6,00,073,579,042,004
4845Antony Jesumarian LeslieIND1534TN6,00,068,072,035,506
4956Cyrus ChhikaraIND1356HAR6,00,066,070,534,255
5014Madhuri M. PatilwIND1970MAH6,00,063,568,034,255
5152Raghu Ram Reddy SeelamIND1461TEL6,00,063,567,032,754
5243AFMBir Singh RaminderIND1555PUN6,00,061,063,529,006
5358Garg ShivamIND1341RAJ6,00,060,564,530,006
5460Vidit JainIND1326PUN6,00,059,563,530,006
5555Chakshu GoyalIND1371PUN6,00,059,562,527,755
5673Tiya SetiawIND1217PUN6,00,059,062,030,755
5776Karandeep SinghIND1187PUN6,00,058,060,526,755
5840Ramendra RanjanIND1591UP6,00,056,560,530,755
59121Manav ChawlaIND0PUN6,00,053,056,026,506
6061Prithvi MagooIND1315PUN6,00,052,555,525,006
6166Shendre PrajapalIND1279MAH6,00,051,054,526,006
6257Aditya JainIND1345PUN5,50,061,066,032,004
637Vikas NigamIND2049GUJ5,50,059,564,030,752
6479Piyush TandonIND1165MP5,50,059,563,526,755
6583Shresthi GuptawIND1087PUN5,50,059,062,527,755
6671Anahita VermawIND1223PUN5,50,058,062,026,005
67132Rajesh DuggalIND0PUN5,50,057,562,029,755
6863Siva VamsikrishnaIND1292AP5,50,057,561,526,754
6987Aggarwal AayushIND1067PUN5,50,057,560,525,504
7090Divyam PuriIND1012PUN5,50,057,061,028,754
71124Naitik SharmaIND0PUN5,50,057,059,527,754
72105Chirag SharmaIND0PUN5,50,056,561,028,755
7330Sudhirsana Singh R.K.IND1702MAN5,50,056,560,526,255
7465Kapoor DivyeIND1280PUN5,50,056,560,526,254
7569Ghadi RajanIND1251MAH5,50,056,560,525,505
7682Anushka AggarwalwIND1104PUN5,50,056,559,522,505
7784Vanshika SharmawIND1077PUN5,50,056,060,527,503
7868Divyaansh TandonIND1258MP5,50,055,059,528,503
7962Bhushita AhujawIND1292DEL5,50,054,055,021,505
8072Abhisheak Dutt ChandraIND1218MP5,50,052,556,023,005
8191Tushita ChoprawIND1004PUN5,50,052,055,523,005
8281Arshdeep SinghIND1108PUN5,50,051,053,523,505
8374Utkrisht TuliIND1215PUN5,50,049,053,023,255
8448Nagasri SaikanthIND1485AP5,00,061,565,523,505
8577Bhagwat YashIND1186MAH5,00,057,061,022,505
8686Shiv JindalIND1069PUN5,00,057,060,021,505
87141Sreevidh VIND0PUN5,00,056,561,025,005
8880Manthan AroraIND1139PUN5,00,055,559,524,754
8992Dhairya AggarwalIND1001PUN5,00,055,059,024,505
9078Gurmanpreet SinghIND1167PUN5,00,054,057,521,005
9189Jain DivayIND1045J&K5,00,053,557,522,504
92139Shreyas AroraIND0PUN5,00,053,055,021,753
93131Rajat SharmaIND0J&K5,00,052,556,524,253
94120Mahajan SaminIND0PUN5,00,051,554,522,003
95142Tanmay SharmaIND0PUN5,00,050,554,523,003
96114Krishna BralIND0J&K5,00,050,551,518,005
97143Tanul JindalIND0PUN5,00,050,053,520,504
98147Yaksha AroraIND0PUN5,00,049,552,518,505
99111Kartik JunejaIND0PUN5,00,046,049,018,754
10064Ashish SehgalIND1289HAR4,50,056,560,521,004
101127Nupur KandawIND0PUN4,50,054,559,022,754
102140Sidharth AroraIND0PUN4,50,052,055,021,502
10370Suvibhu SharmaIND1228PUN4,50,051,555,519,253
104135Saksham KapoorIND0PUN4,50,050,053,519,003
105130Raghav MittuIND0PUN4,50,050,052,517,003
106134Rushil JainIND0PUN4,50,050,052,516,254
107125Nakul JindalIND0PUN4,50,049,553,020,002
108128Parth GoyalIND0PUN4,50,049,552,518,503
10997Amaira MittalwIND0PUN4,50,048,051,018,253
11096Agampal Singh BawejaIND0PUN4,50,048,051,017,754
111109Jatin GargIND0PUN4,50,047,050,017,253
112146Vishesh MagoIND0PUN4,50,046,048,015,504
11388Gunjan KandawIND1053PUN4,50,044,046,515,753
114104Bhavdeep SinghIND0PUN4,00,057,061,020,253
11599Anish SikkaIND0PUN4,00,053,056,015,004
116148Yuvraj AroraIND0PUN4,00,052,555,518,003
117110Karan AroraIND0HAR4,00,051,555,518,503
118108Jahnvi ArorawIND0PUN4,00,051,054,014,753
119103Aryan Raj BaliIND0J&K4,00,049,053,016,504
12098Amrita GuptawIND0J&K4,00,049,051,515,252
121116Lakshit PusriIND0PUN4,00,048,550,513,504
122119Mahajan ArohiwIND0PUN4,00,046,548,513,253
12395Abhinav FotedarIND0J&K4,00,045,548,013,253
124138Shrenik JainIND0PUN4,00,045,047,515,253
125137Sarpreet SinghIND0PUN4,00,041,043,010,504
126144Vaanya GuptawIND0PUN4,00,039,540,511,004
127122Mannan GuptaIND0PUN4,00,038,541,013,003
12837Kumar DeepakIND1615PUN3,50,056,060,517,253
129126Neil Nanak SinghIND0PUN3,50,051,554,514,753
130106Devansh MahajanIND0J&K3,50,050,551,59,253
13193Aarav SinglaIND0PUN3,50,048,051,014,002
132123Muskan SainiwIND0PUN3,50,043,045,59,502
133100Anmolpreet KaurwIND0HAR3,50,042,044,510,252
134129Radhika PalgotrawIND0J&K3,50,042,044,010,002
135118Madhav ThaparIND0PUN3,00,045,548,510,003
136133Rubaina VermawIND0PUN3,00,045,047,510,752
137101Arpanpreet SinghIND0HAR3,00,045,046,06,503
138102ArshiawIND0PUN3,00,044,545,56,003
139145Vanshika GuptawIND0PUN3,00,041,042,56,502
140117Lakshya ChowdharyIND0J&K3,00,036,037,05,002
141107Garv SharmaIND0PUN2,50,049,052,010,752
14267Kumar TulaniIND1264PUN2,00,046,549,06,502
14394Aarika KapoorwIND0PUN2,00,039,540,53,502
144115Krishna JindalIND0PUN2,00,040,041,05,002
145136Samaira JainwIND0PUN1,00,038,540,53,000
14631Jaspreet SinghIND1688PUN0,00,037,538,50,000

Translated from Hindi by Aditya Pai