P Shyam Nikhil clinches Commonwealth Chess Championship 2022

P Shyam Nikhil clinches Commonwealth Chess Championship 2022


India dominates Commonwealth winning 30 medals

WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay winning Gold made a new record of India’s only chess couple winning both Open and Senior title in the prestigious Commonwealth Chess Championship. India’s third GM in history and Head of Delegation for India at this event, GM Pravin Thipsay had also won the Gold in the Senior category at the previous edition in 2019. India dominated the event by winning 30 medals in total – 12 Golds, 11 Silver and 7 Bronze. IM Pranesh M (Gold and Bronze), CM Gaurang Bagwe (Gold and Bronze) and Rindhiya V (Gold and Silver) won two medals each. The total prize fund of the tournament was ₹5325000. Top three prizes in the Open category were ₹750000, ₹600000 and ₹450000.

Commonwealth Chess Championship 2022 Gold – IM P Shyam Nikhil 7.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Silver – GM Mitrabha Guha 7/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Bronze – IM Pranesh M 7/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Gold in Senior (Above 60) – WIM Bhagyashree Thipsay | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Silver in Women – WIM Sakshi Chitlange 5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Open: Aravindh – Shyam: 0-1

GM Aravindh Chithambaram (2625) made an incorrect decision not to trade the knights in the double rook endgame against IM P Shyam Nikhil (2489).

Position after 39.Nc4

39.Nxc6 Rxc6 40.Rxb7+ Kf6 would keep things balanced. 39.Nc4 Nd4+ 40.Kf2 Nb5 41.Rd2 Nc3 42.Re1 Rxc5 gave Black the decisive advantage as he gained the second pawn and White had no compensation for it. Shyam had no trouble rolling the connected passed pawns down the board and scored a full point, earning him the first place finish and a Gold medal.

Pranesh – Nubairshah: 1-0

IM Pranesh M (2438) won an exciting battle against IM Nubairshah Shaikh (2439) which could have gone either player’s way. This win earned Pranesh, a Bronze medal in the Open category.

Under-8 Girls: Gold

Top seed of the category, World Under-8 Girls 2022 Gold medalist and Asian Under-8 Girls 2022 double Gold and Silver medal winner, Charvi A scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 to clinch the Gold medal.

Under-8 Girls Gold – Charvi A 8.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-8 Boys: Silver and Bronze

World Under-8 Open 2022 Bronze medalist and Western Asian Under-8 Open 2022 triple Gold medalist, Safin Safarullakhan and Aadhya V both scored 6.5/9 each. They won Silver and Bronze medals respectively, according to tie-breaks.

Under-8 Boys Silver – Safin Safarullakhan 6.5/9 | Photo: Chess Federation of Sri Lanka

Under-8 Boys Bronze – Aadhya V 6.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

Rk. SNo Name sex FAT Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5 K x-ray +/-
1 4 Dayal Samar MEADOW 1210 7.5 0 45.5 49 7 37.5 40 96.8
2 1 AFM Safin Safarullah Khan IN 1494 6.5 0 45 49 6 32.5 40 -70
3 3 Aadhya V IN 1289 6.5 0 45 48.5 6 35.5 40 0.8

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Under-10 Boys: Gold, Silver and Bronze

The Asian Youth Under-10 Open double Silver and a Bronze medalist, National Under-10 Open 2022 champion, top seed of the category, Vivaan Vishal Shah scored a perfect 9/9 to clinch the Gold. He finished 2.5 points ahead of the field. Ritesh Maddukuri scored 6.5/9 to secure the Silver and Aarav Sarbalia scored 6/9 to claim the Bronze medal.

Under-10 Boys Gold – Vivaan Vishal Shah 9/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-10 Boys Silver – Ritesh Maddukuri 6.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-10 Boys Bronze – Aarav Sarbalia 6/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-10 Girls: Silver and Bronze

National Under-10 Girls 2022 runner-up and second runner-up, Aadya Ranganath and Hanya Shah scored 6/9 and 5/9 respectively to win the Silver and Bronze medal. Hanya won a Bronze in Asian Youth Under-10 Girls 2022 and Gold, Silver and Bronze each at Western Asian Under-10 Girls 2022.

Under-10 Girls Silver – Aadya Ranganath 6/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-10 Girls Bronze – Hanya Shah 5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-12 Boys: Gold and Silver

National Schools Under-11 Open runner-up, National Under-12 and Under-11 Open second runner-up, Ethan Vaz and National Under-12 Open champion, Goutham Krishna H, both scored 8/9 each. The encounter between them also ended in a draw. The top two seeds finished in the exact same order as per tie-breaks. Thus, Ethan won his first Gold of the year, Goutham secured Silver.

Under-12 Boys Gold – Ethan Vaz 8/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-12 Boys Silver – Goutham Krishna H 8/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

Rk. SNo Name sex FAT Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5 K x-ray +/-
1 1 AIM Wow Ethan IN 2049 8 0.5 44.5 48.5 7 39.5 40 -17.6
2 2 Goutham Krishna H IN 1877 8 0.5 44.5 48 7 39 40 18.8
3 6 Samaranayake Pamok Methdinu SRI 1408 6 1 46.5 49 4 33.5 40 81.2

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Under-12 Girls: Gold and Silver

The World Under-12 Girls Gold medalist, Shubhi Gupta added another Gold medal to her ever-growing list of accolades. She scored a perfect 9/9. Earlier she had won the National Under-12 Girls, National Amateur U-2000 Women and three Silvers at Western Asian Under-10 Girls. The Uttarakhand State Under-13 and Under-15 Girls champion tasted her first international success. She scored 7/9 to secure the Silver.

Under-12 Girls Gold – Shubhi Gupta 9/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-12 Girls Silver – Sherali Pattnaik 7/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-14 Boys: Gold

The reigning Maharashtra State Under-14 Open 2022 champion, Gaurang Bagwe scored an unbeaten 8.5/9 and finished a massive 3 points ahead of the field to clinch the Gold medal. This is also his first major triumph.

Under-14 Boys Gold – CM Gaurang Bagwe 8.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-14 Girls: Silver and Bronze

The current Gujarat State Under-15 Girls champion, Falak Joni Naik scored 7/9 to secure the Silver medal. She finished half a point behind the champion. The Kerala State Under-14 and Under-15 Girls 2022 champion, Anupam M Sreekumar won the Bronze medal with a score of 6/9.

Under-14 Girls Silver – Falak Joni Naik 7/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-14 Girls Bronze – Anupam M Sreekumar 6/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-16 Boys: Gold

GM-elect IM Pranesh M won the Gold medal with a 100% score of 9/9. He finished a whopping 2 points ahead of the field and 2.5 points ahead of the Silver medalist.

Under-16 Boys Gold – IM Pranesh M 9/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-16 Girls: Gold and Silver

The reigning National Under-15 Girls School champion, Kanishka S scored 7/9 and finished 1.5 points ahead of the runner-up. Current Tamil Nadu State Under-15 Girls and State Women’s champion, Tejaswini G scored 5.5/9 to secure the Bronze medal.

Under-16 Girls Gold – Kanishka S 7/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-16 Girls Silver – Tejaswini G 5.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

2 6 Kanishka S w IN 1764 7 0 44.5 48.5 6 34 40 72
6 3 Tejaswini G w IN 1859 5.5 0 40.5 43.5 5 23.5 40 -85.6
7 5 Gamage Desandhi Dhihansa w SRI 1771 5 0 38.5 40.5 4 24.5 40 -82

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Under-18 Boys: Gold

The National Under-18 Open 2022 champion and Asian Youth Under-18 Open Bronze medalist, CM Soham Kamotra scored an unbeaten 8/9 and finished a full point ahead of the field to clinch the Gold.

Under-18 Boys Gold – CM Soham Kamotra 8/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-18 Girls: Gold

Western Asian Under-18 Girls 2022 Silver and Bronze medalist, National Under-18 Girls 2022 runner-up, Rindhiya V scored 5/9 to clinch the Gold in Under-18 Girls category.

Under-18 Girls Gold – Rindhiya V 5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

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Under-20 Boys: Silver and Bronze

Punjab’s first IM Dushyant Sharma scored 6/9 to clinch the Silver in the Under-20 Boys category. CM Gaurang Bagwe earned his second medal Bronze, by scoring 5.5/9.

Under-20 Boys Silver – IM Dushyant Sharma 6/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-20 Boys Bronze – CM Gaurang Bagwe 5.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

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Under-20 Girls: Gold, Silver and Bronze

The Asian Continental Women 2022 Silver medalist, National Junior (Under-20) 2022 Girls champion, WGM Priyanka Nutakki and Rindhiya V, both scored 5.5/9. Priyanka won Gold due to better tie-breaks, Rindhiya secured her second medal at the event – Silver. Swara Lakshmi S Nair scored 4.5/9 to receive the Bronze.

Under-20 Girls Gold – WGM Priyanka Nutakki 5.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-20 Girls Silver – Rindhiya V 5.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Under-20 Girls Bronze – Swara Lakshmi S Nair 4.5/9 | Photo: IA Asit Baran Choudhury

Final standings

23 22 WGM Priyanka Nutakki F20 w IN 2320 5.5 0 42.5 45.5 5 29 20 -34.6
26 29 Rindhiya V F20 w IN 1971 5.5 0 35 38 4 25 40 -86.4
44 55 Swara Lakshmi S Nair F20 w IN 1497 4.5 0 41.5 44.5 4 22 40 75.2

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A total of 94 players including 12 GMs, 7 IMs, a WGM and 3 WIMs took part from Bangladesh, England, India, Maldives, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in the Open category. The nine-round Swiss League tournament was organized by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka from 14th to 22nd November 2022 at Citrus Hotel in Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka. The time control of the tournament was 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment from move no.1.

Round 9 results in Open

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Final standings in Open

Rk. SNo Name Typ sex FAT Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3 TB4 TB5 K x-ray +/-
1 7 IM Shyamnikhil P Open IN 2489 7.5 0 46 49 7 35.5 10 8.2
2 10 GM Mitrabha Guha Open IN 2474 7 0 50.5 53.5 5 39.5 10 18.4
3 15 IM Pranesh M Open IN 2438 7 0 48 51.5 6 35.5 10 15.2
4 9 IM Vignesh NO Open IN 2486 7 0 46 50.5 5 36 10 5.5
5 8 GM Karthik Venkataraman Open IN 2486 6.5 0 48.5 52 5 34.5 10 5.5
6 2 GM Visakh NO Open IN 2566 6.5 0 46.5 50 4 34.5 10 -1.2
7 11 GM Venkatesh MR Open IN 2470 6.5 0 44.5 48 6 35 10 -0.6
8 21 FM Liyanage Ranindu Dilshan U20 SRI 2331 6.5 0 44 48 4 31.5 20 20.4
9 1 GM Aravindh Chithambaram Vr. Open IN 2625 6 0 49.5 52.5 5 35.5 10 -9.9
10 4 GM Inian P Open IN 2534 6 0 48 52 5 32 10 -11.3
11 3 GM Lalit Babu MR Open IN 2550 6 0 46 50 4 34 10 -10.3
12 14 IM Mohammad Nubairshah Shaikh Open IN 2439 6 0 45.5 49 5 33 10 -6.3
13 6 GM Sengupta Deep Open IN 2497 6 0 45 48.5 4 32 10 -8.2
14 19 IM Dushyant Sharma U20 IN 2370 6 0 43 47 5 30.5 10 -6.5
15 17 GM Hossain Enamul Open BAN 2392 6 0 42 45.5 5 29.5 10 -14.1
16 16 GM Neelotpal Das Open IN 2400 6 0 40.5 45 5 29.5 10 -12.3
17 30 CM Bagwe Gaurang U20 IN 1965 5.5 0 50.5 55 5 31.5 40 169.6
18 34 Kiriella KGTSD Open SRI 1845 5.5 0 46 50 4 31.5 40 116
19 13 GM Raja Rithvik R Open IN 2452 5.5 0 45.5 48 4 31.5 10 -11.4
20 18 IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman U20 BAN 2380 5.5 0 45 49 4 30.5 10 -15

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Tournament Regulations

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